Who we are
We are a group of LGBT and allied musicians who have a great time making music and putting smiles on thousands of faces every summer. We come from many backgrounds, musically and otherwise, and range from recent graduates to retirees. Some of our members are new to their instrument, some are music professionals, and many of us picked up our instrument after years of neglect for the opportunity to re-live the great time we had marching in high school or college.
We have a great time at both relaxing and focusing on honing our performance to thrill our audiences. Although we work intensively during our rehearsals and annual retreat to prepare a great performance for our audience, we wouldn't be there if we weren't having a great time.
Together with spinOUT, our color guard, we perform in parades and festivals in the Pacific Northwest, bringing the joy of music, the energy and excitement of a classic marching band, and the spirit of a group of adults who refuse to grow up to a broad and diverse audience.
Each year, we perform proudly in the Seattle Pride Parade along Fourth Avenue in Seattle. We march in parades of all kinds and perform standing concerts at local community events. While our focus is supporting Pride and allied events, we perform in events of all kinds to support communities in need of visibility and support. Outside Seattle and its suburbs, we've traveled to Bremerton, Spokane, Bellingham, and Tacoma, as well as Vancouver, BC. We aim do delight diverse audience and kids of all ages!
Marching band is where it all began so many years ago. In 1998, Rainbow City Band was founded and debuted at the Seattle Pride Parade, then a neighborhood parade on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Our members had a blast at this and other events during the summer and were thrilled to have a new group of friends among whom they could be themselves and make music - even though many of them hadn't played for decades!
Our membership and ambition grew, and we began to participate in more parades and festivals. We became fixtures at the Fremont Solstice Parade, the Seattle Pride Parade, and the Kirkland Fourth of July Celebration. We explored various summer parades in Renton, West Seattle, Redmond, Greenwood, the International District, and Wallingford. We supported smaller but growing Pride celebrations in Tacoma, the Kitsap Peninsula, Bellingham, and Spokane. And we marched in large, televised parades like the Seafair Torchlight Parade.
Our uniforms have evolved with the band. Starting out with all-black uniforms and a rainbow sash, we moved to a casual look with t-shirts and white slacks. As our visual performance became more important and polished, we dug into our pockets for band-owned uniforms consisting of vests and (honestly not very comfortable) hats. As the time to replace our aging uniforms arrived, a committee of members worked with a uniform supplier to design a snazzy new outfit for us, and after a successful fundraising drive we introduced our latest uniforms in 2016 to increase both marching comfort and our wow factor on the streets.
Come see us at a parade this summer!