San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) Dance-Along Nutcracker

Interview with Pete Nowlen – Artstic Director



The 2015 Dance-Along Nutcracker® -The Nutcracker of Oz! will take audience members on a wild adventure when a twister carries Clara and her dog Fritz over the rainbow to the Land of Oz. Clara and Fritz’s journey down the Yellow Brick Road is sure to entertain and amuse.

Under the baton of Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, who is celebrating his 3rd season, the band will play Ozesque favorites from the 1939 cinema classic, Wicked and The Wiz blended with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Sugar Plum wannabes will dance and pirouette under the spotlights of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and as always, a rollicking fun time will be had by all!

Mr. Nowlen was the guest conductor this summer for the annual conference of the Lesbian/Gay Band Association.  He serves as director of concert bands at UC Davis and on the faculty of Sacramento State.

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is the first openly gay musical organization in the world, inspiring the formation of LGBT bands, choruses and performing groups around the globe. On a local level, SFLGFB is the Official Band of San Francisco, having been given that honor by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in honor of the Band’s 20th and 25th anniversaries.

Founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade, the Band has made music to build understanding among communities of all sexual orientations and identities for more than three decades. SFLGFB first appeared in public when it marched up Market Street behind Harvey Milk’s convertible in the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, an event recreated in the Oscar-winning film “Milk.”


San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB)  Dance-Along Nutcracker®
Saturday December 12  3pm & 7pm,  Sunday, December 13  11am & 3pm
at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
See and hear a sample of the show at

The cast features Donna Sachet (Witch), Zelda Koznofski (Clara), Flynn DeMarco (Scarecrow), Joe Wicht (Lion), Noah Haydon (Tinman), Tina Sogliuzzio (Glinda) and Leigh Crow (Wizard).

JOIN: “Our marching and pep program is non-audition and especially friendly to people who haven’t picked up their instrument in a while or are switching to something more marching-esque. The music we play is a good mixture of some easier pieces and some things more challenging, so there is something for everyone at every level.  There are no auditions, just come and play. Contact us at membership [at] sflgfb [dot] org

VOLUNTEER: “You don’t need to play an instrument to get involved! SFLGFB is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and leaders. Your efforts will help make our concerts and events better for our fans and members.”  Leave a message at 415.255.1355 or email us at sflgfb [at] sflgfb [dot] org  to volunteer.

DONATE: It takes a lot of money and hard work to keep a multi-faceted musical group like this going for 36 years.  To donate online, please pay securely

HIRE THE BAND:  Hire the Band to add a true piece of San Francisco to your ceremony! Contact

We’re looking forward to seeing you at SFLGFB’s Beloved Holiday Show.  It’s just a few weeks away so order your tickets now.  Ask about their Friends and Family Ticket Packages.


Article by: Paul Margolis – Director of 

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