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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles, Music

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

Programs: Music instruction:main objective is to provide music education and training through group rehearsals (9,143 student hours)

band programs: perform three major concerts in concert halls, nine small concerts in community settings, and march in nine community parades.

band and orchestra programs: training retreat. Intensive three-day musical training (720 student hours)

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!