The Rude Mechanical Orchestra (RMO) is a 30-odd-piece New York City radical marching band and dance troupe. Through their music and performance, they strive to support people and communities working for social justice. They play protests, demonstrations, direct actions, picket lines, marches, benefits and events for good causes. RMO function as a democratic collective through consensus-based decision-making.
Rude Mechanical Orchestra pledges to fight racism, sexism, homophobia, war and violence in all its forms. Through their music, we strive to bring joy and inspiration to these communities and to bring new people into radical causes. Internally, RMO works towards being a safe, welcoming place for all genders and gender identities, ages, races, backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities and musical skill levels. Through their musical selections, the band pays tribute to the world’s cultures and the revolutionary role music has played throughout history.