Frequently Asked Questions:
Who are you guys?Formed in the spring of 2005, Pride of Indy Bands has several talented ensembles in its family- a concert band, marching band, pep band, visual ensemble and jazz ensemble. The group also performs at 10+ annual concerts and special events in Indianapolis and beyond.
What are the different ensembles?The Concert Band focuses on a classic to modern repertoire with a variety of instrumentation. The Jazz Band stays true to the standard jazz instrumentation, but is open to any musician interested in jazz lit or improvisation opportunities. The Marching/Pep Band, as well as the Visual Ensemble, perform throughout the year, including the Circle City IN Pride Parade.
When & where do the ensembles meet?The Pride of Indy Concert, Pep, and Jazz Band all rehearse at Steffen Music Center on the Marion University campus. Concert Band meets every Tuesday from 6:30-8:00 PM. Jazz Band rehearses every Sunday for three weeks leading into each concert from 6:00-7:30 PM. See all upcoming rehearsals and events on our calendar.
I don’t have an instrument.It never hurts to ask! Because some of the members work in the music industry, networking is a vital part of the organization. If there is a need, the artistic directors pull their resources to try and help anyone that wishes to play but needs to borrow an instrument. Simply visit the band (rehearsals are open), see if the organization sparks interest, and speak to the Director to see if he or she can provide assistance.
I haven’t played in years...Pride of Indy Bands is home to a wide variety of musicians. Some members have been playing every day for years while others haven't even played in years. The important thing to know is that all are welcome, at any skill level, even if you want to try out a new or secondary instrument. The Pride of Indy Bands provides a warm and inviting atmosphere where all are welcome to enjoy the music making experience.
Do I have to be LGBT to be a member?No, not all of our members are LGBT. Pride of Indy Bands is a LGBT sponsored organization that accepts all performers. The organization simply asks that you keep an open mind, whether you are LGBT or an ally, so we can create a positive and uplifting atmosphere of communal music making.
How long is the concert season?The concert band season begins in August and lasts through July, with performances around Halloween, Christmas, in the spring, and around Pride in June. Marching/pep band and visual ensemble perform mainly for Pride events, but opportunities are quickly opening up for other parades and activities throughout the year. The jazz band, much like the concert band, has a full schedule of fundraisers and concerts, usually found around the same time as the concert band concerts.
Are there other activities?Pride of Indy Bands hosts socials regularly. Additionally, performers plan small outings on a nearly weekly basis where members get together in fellowship outside of making music.
I can't play at every performance.Am I out of the group? Absolutely not! Pride of Indy Bands is very understanding and accommodating to the busy lives of its members. Players can sit out a concert rotation due to conflicts and will be welcomed back whenever their schedule is free. Because the Pride of Indy Bands has multiple ensembles, some members play in multiple groups, or will switch to another that better fits their schedule.
Sounds great! What's next?There is no sign up or auditions. If you are interested, simply come to a rehearsal ready to play with your instrument, or just come sit in on a rehearsal and check us out. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you come out and play!