Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Call for Proposals for New Concert Band Piece (Submission Deadline Dec. 1)

The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band from composers regardless of age, nationality, or style. The proposed 6–7 minute long original piece should tie in with the ensemble’s 15th season theme of Frontiers and Pioneers. This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s Fall 2017 concert.

MAFB is Kansas City’s community ensemble of LGBTQ+ and allied musicians with 60+ playing members. MAFB provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion of performance with the diverse community of Kansas City. It strives for excellence while promoting equality, fostering education, and celebrating the joy shared through music.


1. Composer can be of any age or nationality working in any style.


1. Cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, website (if possible).
2. Brief biography (approximately 250 words).
3. Written proposal for new work addressing how it will fit with the theme and the ensemble’s mission. If including text, either for the optional narrator or solo vocalist, please be sure to include that along with your proposal. A brief sketch of musical materials may be included but is not required. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS.
4. Two sample .pdfs of recent works. Preference is for large ensemble works and those involving winds and percussion instruments. Sound samples or realizations of the works submitted are also encouraged but not required. A permanent, direct link to a specific .pdf or soundfile is also permitted. If the proposal includes an electronic component, one of the sample works must include electronics and be accompanied by a sound sample.
           5. There is no fee to submit materials.
6. Submit all materials electronically to composition@freedomband.com by December 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST.


1.       After December 11, 2016 a five-person panel of the MAFB artistic director, board, musicians, and outside voices will review the materials.
2.       A shortlist of finalists will be compiled mid December, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
3.       Shortly after January 1, 2017 the committee will select one composer with which to collaborate on a new piece for band.
4.       The new work and parts must be completed by August 1, 2017.
5.       MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend upon completion.
6.       MAFB will rehearse and perform the work in Fall 2017. The composer is encouraged to attend rehearsals and the performance, but is not required.


1.       Piece must be scored for a concert band with the following instrumentation. Parts will have multiple players in most cases. Brief solos by any required instrument are permitted.

2-3 Flutes (optional Piccolo)
1-2 Oboes
3 B-flat Clarinets
(1 optional Alto/Contra-Alto Clarinet doubler)
1 Bass Clarinet
1(-2) Bassoons
(1 optional Soprano Saxophone)
2 Alto Saxophones
1-2 Tenor Saxophones
1 Baritone Saxophone
3 B-flat Trumpets
2-4 F Horns
2-3 Trombones
1 Euphonium
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes)
2-4 Percussion (no pitched percussion)
(1 optional Keyboard)
(Optional Electronics/Tape)
(1 optional narrator or vocalist of any voice type)

2.       Piece should be graded approximately as a high “3” or low “4” on Alfred Music’s scale (http://www.alfred.com/belwinconcertbandseries)

3.        Any deviation from the above items must be approved by the Artistic Director.

4.       Piece will be played on the same concert as these tentatively programmed works: Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait; Mark Camphouse: Movement for Rosa; Julie Giroux: Boston Liberties; James Hosay: We Hold These Truths; Music from Star Trek; among others. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections.

Send any questions to composition@freedomband.com

2017 - Justin Raines
2016 - Nicole Murphy six
2015 - Derek Jenkins Kolo

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Of Alchemy and Science October 16, 2016

Of Alchemy and Science
Sunday, October 16, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

From the earthly bowels of Edvard Grieg’s "In the Hall of the Mountain King" to gentle droplets of "Singin' in the Rain," MAFB explores the power inherent to the classical elements through a diverse collection of pieces. Also included on the program is Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw’s "Into the Sun" that calls for homemade percussion instruments; a medley of John Williams tunes, Fantasy of Flight; Georges Bizet’s operatic classic "Pearl Fishers;" and Francis McBeth’s epic "Sea-Treaders," as well as world premieres of works by Andrew Hamilton and Jason Gerraughty. General Admission tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase season tickets to all 3 concerts for just $25 here: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?p=91792c679bc3f33279a0a6d9a986d85c&t=package
Of Alchemy and Science
Andrew Hamilton: Breathe (premiere)
Jason Gerraughty: burn it down and salt the earth (premiere)
John Williams: Fantasy of Flight
Edvard Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Francis McBeth: Sea-Treaders
Georges Bizet: Pearl Fishers
Jodie Blackshaw: Into the Sun

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire December 17 & 18, 2016

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire: Holiday Favorites to Warm Your Heart
Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
With selections chosen by members of the band, MAFB’s holiday concert features well-known staples and adventuresome arrangements including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting),” and many more. Also on the bill are Julie Giroux’s Hark! Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’, Danny Elfman’s score to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a quartet of Sleigh Rides from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergey Prokofiev, Frederick Delius, and, of course, Leroy Anderson.
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire: Holiday Favorites to Warm Your Heart
A Vaughan Williams Christmas
Arr. Sammy Nestico: Fireside Christmas
Danny Elfman: Nightmare Before Christmas
Robert W. Smith: American Bell Carol
Julie Giroux: Hark! Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’
Festival of Alfred Burt Carols
Johnny Marks: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
David Bobrowitz: Chanukah Celebration
Arr. Chip Davis: Auld Lang Syne
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sleigh Ride
Frederick Delius: Sleigh Ride
Sergey Prokofiev: Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets are $25.

On Generation and Corruption February 19, 2017

On Generation and Corruption
Sunday, February 19, 2017
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Tenor Jacob Sentgeorge joins MAFB for a free educational concert featuring selections written by composers during World War I. Songs by Charles Ives, Ivor Gurney, George Cohan, and several Tin Pan Alley composers take center stage and are complemented by instrumental selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song.
On Generation and Corruption
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Ivor Gurney: In Flanders
Charles Ives: Selections from 114 Songs
Percy Grainger: Colonial Song
Other repertoire TBA

Generating and Overcoming May 6 & 7, 2017

Generating and Overcoming
Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 pm Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

MAFB’s spring concert takes listeners on a journey from the bottom of the sea with Alex Shapiro’s Immersion—a work for band and electronics that at times sounds as if she invited humpback whales to solo in a jazz club—to sweeping panoramic earthly vistas with Kansas City-based James Mobberley’s piece Fantasy in Earth Tones. Sydney Hodkinson’s Stone Images, Daniel McIntosh’s Earth, and a new piece inspired by heavy metal from Nick Omiccioli are also programmed. Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams bring a classical touch. And what season based on the elements would be complete without a medley of songs from Earth Wind and Fire.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets are $25.

Generating and Overcoming
Justin Raines: new commissioned work (premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Nicholas Omiccioli: new work (premiere)Daniel McIntosh: Earth
James Mobberley: Fantasy on Earth Tones
Alex Shapiro: Immersion
Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Sydney Hodkinson: Stone Images
Earth Wind and Fire In Concert


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