During my Philadelphia years, I happened to be around when LGBA sent some emissaries to help Philadelphia create their own gay community band. I was one of the founding members, eventually became its conductor, and worked with them on and off until I moved to New York City.
Once in NYC, I joined the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps and worked with them on and off until, rather suddenly, I became their artistic director. I served in that post from 1998-2005, conducting over twenty concerts. It was the best artistic opportunity I've ever had and my growth as a person and as a musician was tremendous.
Of the many high points of that seven years, I have to feature two here: