Rainbow City Band

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 51074 Seattle WA 98115 USA

Mission: Rainbow City Band is a community band of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gay-friendly instrumentalists and supporters.  For the enjoyment of ourselves and others, we perform music at the highest level possible, build confidence and commitment by mastering challenging music in a variety of styles, enjoy a rewarding musical and social experience by fostering professional and friendly atitudes, and promote visibility and acceptance of gays and lesbians in the community at large.
Results: We regularly sell out our current performance hall (300 seats) at 4 concerts per year and annually host a successful gala dinner auction to subsidize our operating costs.
Target demographics: Music lovers of all ages.
Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest including British Columbia
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I joined RCB in 2005 because I wanted to meet new people. I had my instrument shipped out from the midwest where it was hidden in storage for 5+ years. Since then, thanks to RCB, I've grown as a musician and as a person. I've met so many wonderful people through participation in RCB. Our organization is a place for people to come together around an activity that is positive and life-giving. Because of that, RCB has helped strengthen my relationship with my family and others who otherwise struggled to accept my sexual orientation. By witnessing the positive and life-giving community of RCB, they were able to discard the misunderstandings and negative imagery they had of the LGBT communities.

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

the ways we give back to the community through performances in events such as the Walk for Hope Breast Cancer fundraiser and the Seattle AIDS Walk.

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

forming friendships with people in RCB.

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

competent, kind-hearted, positive and inspiring.

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

find a rehearsal and performance space that is worthy of its members' talents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I joined Rainbow City Band about 6 years ago after attending one of their concerts. I had not played my instrument in over 20 years. I was warmly welcomed when I joined and over the years have developed long lasting relationships with people who are now like family to me. Some Tuesday evenings when I am tired after a long day of work I tell myself I am too tired to go to rehearsal but I go anyway knowing by the end I will be uplifted and energized by the music, the friendships and camaraderie of my band mates! It's a wonderful thing to experience relationships through music and a common goal.

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

it's ability to welcome everyone!

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

the friendships I've gained and my growth as a musician.

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

kind, generous and thoughtful.

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

provide more scholarships to youth and bring more music to surrounding communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

After college I put my trombone away and became a teacher. I had to make a living. Twenty years later wandering around the booths after the Seattle Pride Parade, I was yelled at by an older lady. "Hey, do you play an instrument? Join OUR band!" I will never forget how afraid I was the first time I pick up my trombone after 20 years. I had my postition sheet to cheat from and the music looked like a foreign language. That was 4 years ago and I am now playing the 1812 Overture! What can I say about Rainbow City Band? It is the BEST 2.5 hour WOW of my week! I leave the stress of my daily life and walk into my FAMILY of musicians:straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, single, married, able-bodied, physically-challenged, young, wise, beginners, and experts and everything in between and with gentle, humorous, and expert leadership we create the most beautiful sounds imaginable. We have AHHH moments that we are fortunate to take to the stage.

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

watching the faces of children and adults dancing in the Seattle Train Station during National Train Day May 8th while playing in Purple Passion. FREE public music is so rare and the joy it brings is immense!

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

improving my personal music ability while meeting some amazing people of all ages and abilies. I have had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans where I marched in an AMAZING parade and met MORE amazing people!

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

dedicated beyond words! Everyone pays their dues or volunteers to keep this organization going. I am amazed how people teach each other what they need to know!

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

Make a REAL BIG DIFFERENCE not only to the city of Seattle, but to the many children in the schools. Public monies continue to be cut and children are missing out Our vision is to make a difference through music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Rainbow City Band is a passionate, dedicated group of individuals committed to musical excellence and serving the LGBTQ community. The bring visibility of LGBTQ people to parades around the region, as well as concerts. The sense of community and belonging that is felt within the organization is second to none. This is a strong arts focused non-profit that will continue to grow, evolve, and serve more and more folks for years to come, no doubt!

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

bringing joy to people's lives through music, and creating very strong community amongst the organization's membership.

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

the diversity and feeling of community!

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

passionate and 100% committed to the success of the Rainbow City Band.

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

build a community arts center specific to LGBTQA Arts organizations in the greater Seattle region, to foster collaboration between groups and an even stronger sense of queer musical community. Not to mention entertain tens of thousand of folks annually.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Rainbow City Band is a dynamic and welcoming community organization. Since I joined in 2001, I've seen our numbers grow from about 50 to almost 80 in our concert band. Our musicality and professionalism has also grown exponentially and I'm continually impressed at the level of music we're able to accomplish as we prepare for each new concert. We are in the midst of a growth spurt which has come with its share of bumps, but I'm happy to say that our membership and board gracefully welcomes each new set of "nice to have" problems that are happy symptoms of a growing organization. I'm very proud to be a member of RCB.

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

the opportunity to continue playing my tuba beyond high school and grow in my musicality and playing ability - and also stretch my artistic side into graphic design and share these talents with an organization I'm passionate about.

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

Fulfill a dream to build a community arts facility with rehearsal spaces, 1000 seat auditorium, parking!, and business offices to offer other like arts organizations the opportunity to flourish in the Seattle area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

RCB is unique and amazing. How refreshing to have an LGBT and Ally organization that is based on such an accessible thing as music. RCB is truly inclusive from its transgender members to their invaluable allies from 18-year-old's to senior citizens. Anyone can participate and everyone can enjoy. It is a real gem of the community and a joy to be a part of and to watch!

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

great improvement in my own life and happiness and feeling of belonging. Improving my own musicality. Fostering my love of Seattle.

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

n/a

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

being a part of something bigger than myself with such a diverse range of people doing something healthy, good for the community and that people enjoy and can understand and relate to!

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

Dedicated to RCB and the LGBT and greater community.

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

Help provide scholarships for more people to be members, learn to play music, learn to perform that music, pay their leaders to be fulltime conductors and musical directors, record their concerts for posterity, play in a bigger concert hall and so much mo

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

funding

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

Really RCB is unique. There is NO OTHER organization like it. It's not exclusive and by design VERY inclusive. All ages, gender identities, sexual orientations. The music is accessible. The concerts affordable. Their outreach is effective and pure joy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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