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Rainbow Concert Band goes to the movies

Vancouver’s Rainbow Concert Band finishes up its season with music from the movies.

Vancouver’s Rainbow Concert Band finishes up its season with music from the movies.

Vancouver’s Rainbow Concert Band finishes up its season with music from the movies.

With theme songs from such movies as the original Superman starring Christopher Reeve, Mission Impossible and even a medley from the iconic Wizard of Oz, the evening is sure to appeal to movie buffs of all stripes.

“The Superman theme is a really fun but challenging piece for the band,” says Kenzie Woodbridge, the band’s treasurer and one of its two euphonium players.

“The euphonium is like a baby tuba that plays in the same range as a trombone,” laughs Woodbridge who has been with the band for 14 years.  Even with more than a dozen years under her belt though, that doesn’t make her the longest serving member the band which has two original members who started with the group when it was first formed in 1990.

What she categorizes as a family, Woodbridge sees the band as a not only an outlet to be able to play her instrument, it is also a safe place for the LGBTQ community to come together to make music.

“Being able to play a wind instrument is not something you can do just anywhere.  Nobody asks me to bring my euphonium to a party,” laughs Woodbridge.  “But it is also a great opportunity to be yourself, whether you’re queer, lesbian or gay.”

Currently under the leadership of conductor Chris Johnston, himself a relatively new addition to the group, the band consists of 15 members, although Woodbridge says that there may be a few extra “ringers” on the night of the concert.

Along with the music, that will also include a sci-fi medley from such classics as Star Wars and Star Trek, the band will also serve up refreshments and hold a silent auction.

Rainbow Concert Band: The Motion Picture
Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
Vancouver Community College, Room 1010 Auditorium, 1155 East Broadway

Join the Rainbow Concert Band for an evening of your favourite film & TV soundtracks. Tickets at the door by donation.  Visit http://www.rainbowband.ca for more information.

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