Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Season and Individual Tickets now available!

Season and individual concert tickets are now available for the Mid America Freedom Band's 2014–15 season.

All concerts are in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

Each ticket has a name-your-price option. Whether it's $5, $10, $20, $50 or even free, it's your choice! The suggested price of each individual concert is $10 and $25 for the season pass for all three.

For a season pass, click here.

Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves     Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2 p.m.

Join the Mid America Freedom Band in a concert of music inspired by the sounds of Eastern Europe, Spain, the American West, the Middle East, Broadway, and the Seven Seas. The Suite from Carmen, Overture to Gypsy, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more wonderful pieces await. 

For individual tickets to Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, click here.

Frozen Fantasia     Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2 p.m.

It's the Mid America Freedom Band in a concert of holiday music with a twist. Classic carols like Silent NightWe Three Kings, Joy to the World, and Here Comes Santa Claus are inventively reimagined while new selections from Daniel Elder and Greg Bartholomew are paired with J.S. Bach's beloved Fantasia in G. Bring the kids because they will definitely want to hear the hot-off-the-press medley from Disney's hit film, Frozen

For individual tickets to Frozen Fantasia, click here.

Just Dance     Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2 p.m.

Let's boogie! The Mid America Freedom Band breaks out its dancing shoes for toe-tapping numbers from around the world and throughout music history. Feel the rhythm with a collection of Renaissance dances, selections from A Chorus Line, Sibelius' Valse triste, Thommessen's Stabsarabesk, Copland's Promise of Living, and the premiere of Derek M. Jenkins' Kolo. Also programmed is Clifton Williams' Symphonic Dance No. 3, "Fiesta," which is one of the masterpieces of the band repertoire.

For individual tickets to Just Dance, click here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Season 12 rehearsals start Thursday, August 21

Rehearsals for the concert band's Season 12 start on Thursday, August 21 from 7–9 at Central Presbyterian Church. Grab your instrument and pencil; we'll provide the music, chair, stand, friends, and great time! If you're interested in coming out and playing with us this season, write an email to info@freedomband.com or sign-up here: http://www.freedomband.com/p/join-us.html

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mighty Mo Combo at KC Fringe Festival

Big-Band jazz, Kansas City style. Under the Mid America Freedom Band’s rainbow umbrella of musical ensembles, Mighty Mo Combo brings a refreshingly diverse blend of jazz tunes to KC Fringe Festival. This all volunteer community jazz band serves the Greater Kansas City area. From classic jazz to jazz based on classical music, you’ll hear (and see) some entertaining stuff.
Tickets are $10 with the one-time purchase of a KC Fringe Button. For more information, visit http://www.kcfringe.org. To purchase tickets, visit http://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/mighty-mo-combo/.
Concert dates are: 
Saturday, July 19, 6:30 pm Sunday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 26, 7:30 pm
An additional performance may be scheduled on Sunday, July 27, 4:30 pm if the Mighty Mo Combo draws the largest audience for the venue.
All performances are at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gregory Campbell appointed MAFB Executive Director

The Mid America Freedom Band welcomes Gregory Campbell as the organization’s new executive director.

"We are very excited to welcome Gregory Campbell as our new Executive Director for Mid America Freedom Band. His ideals, experience, and drive will help lead us forward as we strive to realize our mission as Kansas City's LGBT and allied instrumental ensembles, and achieve success along with other LGBT organizations in this community,” said MAFB President Jessica Riggins.
Gregory is a passionate supporter of the performing arts in Kansas City and is thrilled to work with the Mid America Freedom Band as they grow and continue to make an impact in the local community. Originally from Gardner, Kansas, Gregory returned to Kansas City to serve on the administrative staff of the Kansas City Symphony. He is in demand as a trombonist with groups like Fountain City Brass Band, the Kansas City Symphony, and The Northland Symphony.
Prior to his return Gregory spent 12 years performing with a variety of orchestras and opera companies including the Orlando Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Miami, Opera Naples, Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico, Summer Opera Theater of Washington, DC, and the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio. From the Peabody Conservatory of Music he holds a bachelor's degree in trombone performance and obtained a master's degree in the same at the University of Miami (FL).  He is a published arranger with Cherry Classics of Vancouver, Canada.
Gregory’s tenure starts as MAFB’s jazz band, the Mighty Mo Combo, gears up for their Kansas City Fringe Festival performances and the ensemble’s 12th concert season.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Derek M. Jenkins Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

KANSAS CITY, MO - May 15, 2014 - The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Derek M. Jenkins to compose a new piece scheduled receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 12th season.

Jenkins was unanimously selected by a six-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the Mid America Freedom Band’s Call for Proposals from Missouri and Kansas Composers. He will write a new piece for concert band to be premiered at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium by the Mid America Freedom Band.

“Derek’s proposal and catalogue of works clearly show a talented, young composer with an ear and skill for writing for wind band. His music strikes the balance between approachable and innovative and we look forward to working with Derek to bring his new piece to life,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join piece by Aaron Copland, Jean Sibelius, Reinhold Glière, Clifton Williams, Olav Anton Thommessen, Brian Balmages, Tielman Susato, and Marvin Hamlisch on “Just Dance,” the final concert of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 12th season on Sunday, April 26, 2015.


Derek M. Jenkins (b. 1986, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is an American composer currently studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA Composition, MM Musicology) and he holds degrees from Rice University (MM Composition, 2013) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (BM Composition, BM Theory, 2010). Additionally, he has received further instruction at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium and the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt. Previously, Jenkins held positions with Polyphonic.org's OnCampus Vlog through the Eastman School of Music and the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University. ​
Numerous ensembles and performers including the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band; the Florida State Wind Orchestra; the UMKC, Arizona State, Western Michigan, Iowa State, and Bethel College [North Newton, KS] Wind Ensembles; the Tri-State Wind Symphony; the Carinthia, Joseph Wytko, and Saxophilia Saxophone Quartets; Washington Square Winds; Musica Nova; mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie; and saxophonists Randall Hall, Gilbert Sabitzer, and Joseph Wytko have performed his works through the U.S., Europe, and in Canada. In 2012, Jenkins's wind ensemble piece, Eosphorus: The Morning Star, was selected as a winner of the National Band Association's Young Composer Mentor Project. Jenkins has received recognition from MACRO, ASCAP, UMKC, the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, and at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions have come from the University of Tennessee at Martin Wind Ensemble, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir [North Newton, KS], the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Concert Band [Dubuque, IA], the University of Missouri-Kansas City Saxophone Ensemble, and various individuals throughout the country.
His primary composition teachers have included Karim Al-Zand, Chen Yi, Pierre Jalbert, Richard Lavenda, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. He has also had lessons with Kathryn Alexander, Mark Camphouse, Amy Dunker, Peter Graham, Carter Pann, David Rakowski, and Alfred Stingl. His music is available through Veritas Musica Publishing and under his own imprint, Mühltal Musikpresse.​ http://www.derekmjenkins.com/