I joined the Band in 1978. Our first appearance after the Pride Parade was the Columbus Day Parade. Jon (Sims) decided to surround our marching members with “body guards” just in case of trouble. My fondest memory was when we stopped in North Beach in front of a drunken and belligerent straight crowd. They were shouting the usual homophobic obscenities at us when Jon decided to have us play “Stars & Stripes Forever.” By the end of our performance, these same hecklers were CHEERING us!! It was the power of music, I guess. We went on to win first prize!