About Us

We exist to provide an opportunity for musicians to develop their musical abilities in an environment free of prejudice and discrimination and to promote the LGBTQ+ community to the wider population.

The Melbourne Rainbow Band is a gender and sexually diverse community concert band. We began in 1995, and currently have around 40 members drawn from the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities. We are a non-profit community group.

Our members’ musical skill levels vary from beginner to professional and our MRB family spans the entire rainbow spectrum – as long as you are enthusiastic, accepting, and love music, we are happy to have you! The MRB does not hold auditions for members and is open to all players with basic music reading and playing abilities.

Our repertoire is as diverse as our members. We play music from movies, musicals and TV, pop, rock, jazz, classical and everything in between.

We have regular performances each year, including Midsumma Carnival and an Australia Day Picnic at Mt Macedon.  Generally, we also perform two ticketed showcase concerts each year, along with various community and private performances.

Though we are primarily a sit-down concert band, each Summer we take to the streets as a marching band.  We have marched in Melbourne’s Pride March every year since we began, and in recent years have also marched in the Australia Day Parade, Moomba Parade, Daylesford ChillOut Parade, and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.

Hire Us

We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to perform out in the community.

If you are interested in discussing performance opportunities with us, please email events@mrb.org.au.

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