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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.