Rainbow City Band seeks new members
Rainbow City Band seeks new members
Did you play an instrument in high school or college, and keep thinking you should pick it up again?

Have you watched a color guard perform a great flag routine and thought, "that looks like fun, I wonder if I could do that?"

Yes you should, and yes you can! Rainbow City Band, one of the largest and most active LGBT bands in the country, is welcoming new members for its 2008 marching season. The band includes musicians with a variety of playing experience - some of whom hadn't played for 20 years or more before joining the band, color guard members with lots of experience or no experience at all, and non-playing volunteers who march with the band at its performances. As it prepares for its eleventh marching season, the band is seeking to grow each of these groups to bring even more entertainment - and more pride - to the Puget Sound area this summer.

Under the direction of conductor Michael Clark, Rainbow City Band consists of a concert band that plays in the autumn, winter, and spring; Purple Passion, a swing ensemble that plays all year; and a marching band that is a fixture in Seattle-area parades and festivals. The marching band traditionally performs in the Fremont Solstice Parade, Seattle's Pride March, and Kirkland's Fourth of July parade, and other events that change from year to year. The band has marched in many different Seafair neighborhood parades, at Pride festivals in other Washington cities, and at other LGBT and community events.

Interested in learning more? The band will host an informal gathering on Tuesday, April 1 at Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway Avenue E, from 6-9 p.m. Band members will be available to answer questions about the band and its 2008 rehearsals and performances. The band will also have more information available at its spring concert, "Broadway Baby!" at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, on March 22 at 8 PM. More information can be found on the band's website at www.rainbowcityband.com.

Thinking about spinning a flag in this year's parades? The color guard will host a clinic for new or experienced guard members on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The group will meet in Volunteer Park on the north side of the Asian Art Museum. Equipment will be supplied; those interested in joining may participate in part or all of the clinic. No experience is necessary!

Founded in 1998, Rainbow City Band is a non-profit, non-audition community band consisting of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and straight members from all around the Puget Sound area. Its goals are to develop and sustain musical talent; to develop long-lasting friendships among its members and with other musical and LGBT groups with whom the band interacts; and to promote visibility and acceptance of gays and lesbians in the community at large. Contact the band at rainbowcityband@onebox.com, (866) 841-9139 x2126, or online at www.rainbowcityband.com.

A Rainbow City Band press release