Well Ray Del Ray 2014-present
Tot Rock Fest 2015-present
Del Ray Gateway 2016-present
Del Ray Music Festival 2007-2014
Ben Tufts and Friends Concert 2012-present
Del Ray Halloween Parade 2006 -present
Art on the Avenue 1996-present
Alexandria Turkey Trot 2000-present
Del Ray Tree Lighting 2000-present
First Thursday's Del Ray 2007-present
Dr. Kate Moran: Educator, Musician, CrossFit Kids Coach, Rainbow Lady!
The Rainbow Lady (a.k.a. Dr. Kate Moran) has been performing and singing from an early age. In December 2014 she received her Doctorate in Special Education Leadership, from George Mason University, and has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years. Dr. Kate's research focused on the effects of the CrossFit Kids Program on improved academics and fitness with students with disabilities.
Bringing this amazing knowledge to her song writing and performance, the Rainbow Rock Band is locked into education and movement! Dr. Kate studied theater at the Catholic University of America and followed that with a Master's in Special Education from The University of Virginia. After graduation she ran a behavior program with Loudoun County Public Schools and was a Special Education Coordinator with the Alexandria City Public Schools. Dr. Kate currently works at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education Programs when she is not rockin the rainbow.
In addition to her experience with education, Moran is also a well established singer-songwriter in the DC/MD/VA area. She began a successful local music festival in Del Ray, a neighborhood just out side of Washington, DC in 2007, the Del Ray Music Festival, and performed with her pop band, the Kate Moran Band, in and around the DMV area for years. She released an EP and a Single with the Kate Moran Band, both available on iTunes and other music outlets.
Making the move into children's music, however was a natural transition, with her years of experience in education, her love of working with children, and her musical talents, this has been a life changing endeavor! Dr. Kate is super proud of the bands release of their Award Winning CD, "Meet the Rainbow!" in May 2015, and loves every moment that she gets to rock the rainbow!
Dr. Kate furthered her dream when she began the Rainbow Rock Collection, "Rockin the Rainbow to kids in need all over the world!", a non-profit devoted to meeting the needs of children in her neighborhood and beyond. She then founded the Tot Rock Fest in 2015 to support those activities, as well as highlighting the awesome music in the children's music scene. She is currently a Recording Academy Washington D.C. Chapter Governor, supporting children's musicians in the DMV. She has enjoyed the opportunities this is providing to connect with so many kindie musicians, as well as sharing her passion in this field!
Office of Special Education Peer Recognition Customer Service Award
Washington, DC 2016
Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award, Meet the Rainbow
National Award 2015
Alexandria Senior Services, Generation to Generation Award, Alexandria, VA 2014
Alexandria, VA 2010
Harry Burke Award
Alexandria, VA June 2008
Commonwealth Academy Recognizing Educators (CARE) Award
Alexandria, VA May 2007