The powerful connection between sports and music has long been recognized as a source of joy and celebration. In June, Reign City Riot, a vibrant part of Rainbow City Performing Arts, had the opportunity to perform at two exhilarating pride matches, leaving a lasting impact on the communities they reached. Their performances during the OL Reign's 2023 Pride Match and the Seattle Pride Hockey Association Tournament's All Stars of Pride Game showcased the transformative power of music in fostering unity and breaking down barriers in communities still managing prejudice and misunderstanding.
OL Reign's 2023 Pride Match
On June 10, Reign City Riot took center stage at the OL Reign's 2023 Pride Match, a captivating event and always the highlight of the year for our band. The match, held at the renowned Lumen Field, brought together athletes, fans, and artists to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. As the OL Reign players showcased their talent on the field, the Drumline's electrifying sound elevated the atmosphere, filling the stadium with an undeniable sense of pride and inclusivity.
Our band played with pride before and after the match as usual, but again this year was accompanied by our color guard for a visually stunning dual performance. At half time, our combined forces were able to play a few pieces from on the field itself, always a great honor to our members who used to routinely do this at our old Tacoma venue, Cheney Stadium.
The Seattle Pride Hockey Association Tournament's All Stars of Pride Game
The following day, on Sunday, June 11, Reign City Riot continued their mission of spreading joy and celebration at the Seattle Pride Hockey Association Tournament's All Stars of Pride Game. This event, hosted by the Seattle Pride Hockey Association, brought together LGBTQ+ hockey players from various teams, celebrating their dedication and love for the sport. Reign City Riot's powerful music added an extra layer of energy and camaraderie, uniting players and spectators alike in a shared experience of acceptance and appreciation. This was our second year supporting this event and we had a great time playing for the crowd.
The Power of Music and Sports - The Purpose of the Pride Game
The combination of music and sports has a unique ability to transcend boundaries, providing a platform for communities to come together, express themselves, and challenge prejudice. Both sports and music have the power to unite people from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance. In communities that are still managing prejudice and misunderstanding, this connection serves as a catalyst for positive change, helping to break down barriers and create an environment of celebration and inclusivity.
Through their performances at the pride matches, Reign City Riot demonstrated the profound impact of music in these settings. Their lively melodies and energetic rhythms uplifted spirits, amplifying the joy and pride felt by all participants. The music served as a unifying force, allowing individuals to connect on a deeper level and celebrate their shared identity and values.
Furthermore, the visibility of LGBTQ+ musicians and performers in sports events helps to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. By showcasing their talents, artists like Reign City Riot break down barriers and inspire others to embrace their true selves. Their presence sends a powerful message of acceptance, proving that the LGBTQ+ community has a place in the world of sports and that everyone deserves to be celebrated for who they are.
The performances by Reign City Riot at the OL Reign's 2023 Pride Match and the Seattle Pride Hockey Association Tournament's All Stars of Pride Game were a testament to the transformative power of music in fostering unity and acceptance. By combining the passion of sports with the energy of music, these events brought joy and celebration to communities still grappling with prejudice and misunderstanding. The connections made through these performances served to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, one where acceptance, pride, and celebration flourished. Reign City Riot's contribution exemplified the vital role that music plays in breaking down barriers and fostering positive change in society.