A Tribute to Stonewall 50th Anniversary Concert
- September 28, 2019
- 5:00 PM
- HCC Ybor City Performing Arts Building
About the Concert
A Tribute to Stonewall (50th Anniversary)
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a riot followed a police raid on the
Stonewall Inn gay club in Manhattan. A legacy of inequality and harassment against the
LGBTQIA+ Community finally reached a tipping point as a wave of activism began to
sweep across the nation, giving birth to what would evolve to become Gay Pride
The Tampa Bay Pride Band had its first-ever performance at the rebirth of the Tampa
Pride festival in 2014. Born during the wave of acceptance and civil rights gains of the
Obama Administration, the band grew rapidly, building upon its mission to support
community outreach in addition to creating outstanding performance opportunities for
members. Taking inspiration from transgender activist Marcia P. Johnson, who is
credited as being a leader of the Pride Movement, the Tampa Bay Symphonic
Winds/Tampa Bay Pride Band will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this pivotal event
with a program of classic band literature and original compositions themed around
Pride, Equality, and Activism. Working in conjunction with the Lesbian Gay Band
Association for it’s 2019 International Conference in Orlando, the TBSW will take part
in the world premiere of a new work by American Composer Julie Giroux honoring the
victims of the Pulse Massacre of 2016, as well as the new work “A Mother of a
Revolution” by rising young composer Omar Thomas.
In the ensuing five decades since the Stonewall Riots, Pride Celebrations and
community activism have taken on equality injustices in America. While there have been
many victories, the current world political climate highlights the importance of the
Tampa Bay Pride Band’s mission “Empowered by Pride. United by Community. Inspired
- City Trees by Michael Markowski Conductor David Triplett-Rosa
- Mother of a Revolution by Omar Thomas Conductor David Triplett-Rosa
- The Girl I left Behind Me by Leroy Anderson Conductor John O. Davis
- Give Us This Day by David Maslanka Conductor David Triplett-Rosa
- Machine Awakes by Steven Bryant Conductor John O. Davis
- Solas Ane by Samuel Hazo Conductor John O. Davis
- Sleep by Eric Whitacre Conductor David Triplett-Rosa
Jay Chetney relocated to St Petersburg in 2017, and lost no time becoming involved in his new community, particularly with the Democratic Party of Pinellas County. Currently, he is the proud PCP for Precinct 252, in Florida’s HD 69 (the seat held by Jennifer Webb).
Jay has over 50 years of activism with various political campaigns, starting off by working for Eugene McCarthy during his tumultuous 1968 campaign, as the first anti-war candidate for President. That year he also began working with Frank Kameny, the first man to sue the Federal Government, all the way to the Supreme Court, because he was fired for being a “known” homosexual.
Jay’s first public protest in support of homosexual equality, was with Frank and a large group of men and women from The Mattachine and Daughters of Bilitis, who would walk every Jult 4th, in dignified silence, around Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the home of the Liberty Bell. These walks were known as “The Annual Remembrance,” held on the busiest sightseeing day of the year, when hundreds of American families would be confronted by this group of well dressed men and women, waving signs and placards in support of homosexuality.
Later, Jay became a founding member of The Christopher Street Gay Liberation Front, The Gay Activist Alliance of NY, The Southern Human Rights Campaign, and The American Veterans For Equal Rights.
Event Venue & Location
The campus is minutes away from downtown Tampa and easily accessible to all sections of the county via Interstate 4, Interstate 275, State Highway 60, and the Lee Roy Selmon ... The campus has a top notch Performance Arts Building, which features studios, classrooms, band room, gallery, theatre and auditorium.
HCC Ybor City Performing Arts Building
1411 E 11th Ave Tampa Florida 33605