RCPA Leaders

Rainbow City Performing Arts is governed by a board of directors that manages the operations of the organization. Our talented artistic team provides music education and guidance to our ensembles. These leaders, together with our member and non-member volunteers, guide the organization and ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission.

Timothy V. Norris, Jr.
Artistic Director, RCPA and Music Director, Rainbow City Band and Purple Passion Swing Band

Timothy V. Norris Jr. served as the Artistic Director of the LGBA affiliated organization, the Oak Lawn Band from 2013-2017. During his seven years living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, he performed with and conducted ensembles both nationally and abroad from the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Cathedral of Hope Orchestra, multiple school ensembles in Texas and Ohio, to the Bucharest National Symphony of Romania and the Chisinau National Chamber Orchestra in Moldova.

Tim graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a Master's of Music in instrumental conducting. He also earned a Master’s in orchestral/opera performance, and undergraduate degrees in trombone performance and education with a minor in composition from Ohio University. In conjunction with his education, he worked for several years to bolster Ohio's musical culture by serving in the community as Assistant Conductor to the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Opera; Musical Director of the Ohio Valley Summer Theater; Conductor of the Athens String Orchestra; Student Teacher and Marching Band Assistant in the Athens City Schools; and Conductor of a number of other community ensembles.

Mr. Norris's awards and honors include an SMU President’s Award for Academic Innovation, Artistic Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship from the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Graduate Service Award and Artistic Fellowship from the Ohio University School of Music, the Evolyn Houk Trombone Performance Award, and the first annual Ohio University Marching 110 Arrangement Competition Award. Tim has had the honor of presenting workshops and educational clinics across the U.S. including for the Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and International Trombone Association. Tim is currently a member of the LGBA Board of Directors. He is thrilled for the opportunity to begin his service to the Seattle community, increasing the reach and impact of an already phenomenal group of musicians in Rainbow City Band!

Erin Howard
Assistant Director, Rainbow City Band

Erin Howard was born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. When given the opportunity, Erin picked trumpet at age ten because though the cool girls were picking clarinet, it just had so many buttons. Erin holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a M.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from the University of Washington. Currently Erin teaches 6-12th grade band in the Granite Falls School District.

Additionally, Ms. Howard also continues to play trumpet, arrange and compose. Erin has performed in a variety of ensembles including the St. Louis Wind Symphony, Letter Carriers Big Band, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, and Filthy Femcorps All Women's Street Band.

Erin is passionate about building community through music making. This topic is the focus of her research interests and also the fire that sparked the founding of the Give Back Brass Band. Erin co-founded and currently directs the local brass band that strives to bring people together in community through providing high-quality music to populations that have limited access to such experience (such as: shelters, food banks, juvenile detention centers, senior citizen homes, etc.).