Our History

We are the Rainbow Concert Band based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Band was formed in 1990, shortly after Gay Games III. After seeing the spectacular Lesbian and Gay Band Association performance, it was only a matter of time before a group of local musicians took the first steps to organizing their own Gay and Lesbian Concert Band – the first, and still the only one of its kind in Canada!  Our first concert, “Safe Sex: The Concert,” was performed in 1991 and we have been playing together ever since!

Who Are We?

We are a non-profit community based concert band, run 100% by volunteers, and are active throughout the LGBTTIQQ2S+ community in the Lower Mainland.  We provide a safe, supportive and welcoming community in which to practice and perform music. We welcome anyone who plays a concert band instrument (yes, it’s okay if you last played 50 years ago!) and who can read music.

We thrive on the diversity and openness of our band.  We have a multi-talented Artistic Director, Chris Johnston, a graduate of the UBC School of Music and an excellent artistic director.  During our weekly practice on Thursday evenings at The Cedars (Rupert & East 5th), we build friendships, have fun and unwind through the power of music and community.  Every year we strive to be an active part of the local LGBTTIQQ2S+ community through involvement in the Pride season, various community events and semi-annual ticketed concerts.

Join the Band

Check out our Join the Band page to find out how you can participate in the band’s activities including rehearsal information.

We are, of course, always looking for new members so if you play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument and can read music, we would love to hear from you. We welcome instrumentalists of all ages and abilities, no audition required.

In the News

On occasion, the Rainbow Concert Band or their members are featured in the news.

Here is an article from the Daily Xtra, about one of our members and how the band performs a community service that cannot be measured…

Check it out here.