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March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

I joined the band in the autumn of 2006 after I moved to Seattle. I recently had seperated from my partner and was feeling very depressed and shy on top of moving to a strange city. As the weeks went on I made friends. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. After 2 years I ran for the Director of Events position and joined the board. This group is extremely motivated and incredibly ambitious. Its leaders are involved and cognizant. The group is a great environment for community musicians of all ability levels and the director is the sweetest, most nurturing guy. The band has experienced significant growth in the past 2 years in many areas. During last years recession they had their most successfull fundraising aucution, performed with the Seattle Womens Chorus, and have had the capital to advertise on NPR and Seattle Times. They were also awarded a Pride Foundation grant. This group will no doubt be the leader in new community arts organizations within the next 5 years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I've strengthened my identity and pride as a gay man.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is developing new leadership skills and meeting new people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perform in any venue, hire any guest artist, get a trememndous rehearsal and administrative space, provide more for its members and not charge them dues, afford more publicity and hire an executive director.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

My children participated in the Rainbow City Band's holiday concert this past year (they played the kazoo). We all had a wonderful time. In addition to being a superb musician, the conductor is great with children. It was definitely the highlight of our holiday season.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The music

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I joined the band in it's first year. I knew the conductor and wanted to support her vision for a Gay and Lesbian band. I was a member for less than one year...(Back then...only 15 to 25 members)...We marched for the fist time ever in the Seattle Pride Parade...and were welcomed into the community with shouts and screams!!!..I have been involved with music since childhood...eventually carving out a career, so my participation with this wonderful band has been sporadic. Now over ten years have passed and the band has grown into a great artistic energetic and enlightened group. The leadership is the best. WOW! A healthy and positive place for like minded adults... Having recently joined the band...once more, I am delighted with energy that each person brings...whether it is board members who lead us into the future, or Michael, the fearless leader of the band, or the sound of a musician as they express beauty in the notes they play. I am very happy to be a member and will continue to support this group.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The overall feeling of being welcome. Each rehearsal is like a homecoming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I joined the band after being away from music for 26 years! I was immediately drawn to the peacefulness that comes with being immersed in music making for several hours each week. I stayed because of the people and the relationships I developed. I've taken on leadership roles and am always awed by the members' dedication and selfless giving to this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

parades, concerts, fundraising for the band and for other organizations (Breast Cancer, Bellingham Pride, Spokane Pride).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people we meet who thank us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly welcoming!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to more LGBTQ&Allies;throughout Washington State by insuring its future with rehearsal space, concert venue and providing the same for other LGBTQ arts organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I have been in Rainbow city band for 12 years. I have been HIV positive since 1988 of October. This wonderful organization is a place for healing, support, and a place where i can express fully. I love this band called Rainbow City band. I don't know where I would be without it. It has given me strength, courage, and has helped me to conquer anything that may be challenging in my life. I love this band and I consider it my family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

marching and Christmas concerts. Retreats and social events. Friends I have Made

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people i had somthing in common with. That is music

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build our own state of the art practice hall

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't get any better than it is already

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rainbow city band rocks!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

Last summer, on a hot July evening the Rainbow City Band took to the streets in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle to pratice our marching and playing. Being that it is rare to have a very warm evening here in Seattle, everyone had their windows open in hope of a cool breeze. Instead, to their surprise they heard a marching band. What happened next was unbelievable. People began coming out of their apartments and houses to listen, clap, dance and even to follow us block after block. Bringing this spontanious erruption of pure simple fun and joy to our community on a warm summer evening is what makes the Rainbow City Band such a wonderful organization. I never expected that playing "Stars and Stipes Forever" and "Thriller" on my flute after a 34 year hiatus, during band practice on the streets of Seattle, would be so fun!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

bringing happiness to our communtiy through live music!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I joined RCB over seven years ago after not having played in 13 years. I was instantly hooked on the pure joy of creating music and developing long-lasting friendships at the same time. Since then I've had the pleasure of serving in leadership positions, sharing in the band's growth in size and musicianship, and watching the impact we make wherever we play. This organization has a proud past and a bright future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

children and parents running gleefully out of their houses as we march by during summer rehearsals; members finding a safe and welcoming place to pursue their passions; and hosts in smaller cities saying, "Now it's a real parade!"

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

growing musically and having a heckuva lot of fun doing so.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more musicians who need help with funds for dues, instruments, or retreats; perform more outreach to communities lacking an established LGBT support structure; continue to expand the number and professionalism of its performances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

Rainbow City Band in Seattle does a great performance, offers a great expereince and provides musical outreach to communities. You will enjoy the show... that is a guarantee.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Olympia

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

community, ability to play in a community band

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, fun, talanted, diverse

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more outreach, and offer additional schollarships

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Rainbow City Band is about community and diversity. While it's an LGBTQ and Allies organization, the band reaches audiences on a broad spectrum by giving back in small and large ways. From collecting canned goods for the hungry during the holiday season to volunteering their musical talents at events like the AIDS and Breast Cancer walks, Rainbow City Band never hesitates to help others in need. My involvement in the band started when I carried water for the marching season. I stepped it up the following year by pushing a member of the drum line in a wheelchair so that she could continue to participate and do what she loves. After that, I was hooked, and I'm a full on member of the band!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting so many wonderful people and building a huge network of friends within a short period of time after moving to the area. I've also learned a few things by taking on percussion which I've never played before!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated. The amount of hours some of the people put into this organization are equal to or more than that of a full time job.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do some amazing things. It could purchase some much needed new instruments and shore up some really great rehearsal space!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

While I enormously enjoyed the performances of the marching band this past summer, the two concert band performances so far this season were spectacularly entertaining and well played. Keep up the excellent work all!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excellent music-making and the strong sense of community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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