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)
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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.