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RCGFB has a back story

In the 1980’s when discrimination was real and AIDS was at its worst, The Portland Lesbian and Gay Community Band marched without masks in Portland’s Gay Pride Parade. It was a time of organizing, collaboration, energetic discussion and wild dreams.

In 1990, the Rose City Gay Freedom Bands became a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing all members of our diverse community together to perform wind band literature. Over the years, RCGFB has evolved into the parent organization representing the Portland Gay Symphonic Band, Rose City Swing, and the Portland Pride Band.

Portland Gay Symphonic Band

The Portland Gay Symphonic Band (PGSB) is a traditional wind ensemble (with percussion) that accepts members without auditions. Joseph Accuardi-Gilliam, our conductor since 2005, selects literature and encourages members to attain the highest level of performance. Our band is recognized as one of the top adult bands in the Portland metro area. The band is active on a national level as a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA) and the Association of Concert Bands.

We welcome anyone who plays an instrument to consider joining. While many members are accomplished musicians, many new members had not played since high school or college. Rehearsals for Concert Band are on Wednesday nights, held at Cleveland High School, 8300 3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202.

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Portland Pride Band

Our Pride Band season runs from May-October and includes our performance in the Portland Pride Parade in conjunction with our fabulous color guard and drumline. In 2016, we were 80 members strong! This entry level, non-audition band welcomes wind players and percussionists that have at least 3 years of playing experience. PPB is our most visible band in our community due to our musical participation in the Cascade AIDS Walk and Portland Marathon.

All are welcome to join us! Take this opportunity to dust off your instrument and have some fun.

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Rose City Swing

Rose City Swing is our 16 piece big band that has performed for local dances and Pride events. This group has also performed for Portland Opera’s Big Night and for Iris Pride in Lincoln City. RCS is currently rebuilding and open to new members by audition. 

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