Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Louisa Trewartha Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

January 24, 2017 Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Louisa Trewartha to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 15th season.
Trewartha, a freelance composer, conductor, educator, and trumpeter from Melbourne, Australia, was unanimously selected by a five-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the fourth annual Mid America Freedom Band Call for Proposals. Each year the call is altered slightly to fit the theme of the season.

Submissions were received from a talented pool of 40 composers from across the globe including those from Brazil, China, Australia, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, and numerous entries from the United States. In keeping with the theme of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 2017–18 season “Frontiers and Pioneers,” Trewartha will write a piece inspired by Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, to receive its premiere on October 29, 2017 at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial by the Mid America Freedom Band.

“Louisa’s diverse background as a performer, composer, conductor, and educator shows in her carefully crafted compositions. Her skill is evident across her gripping film scores, timbrally creative chamber music, and compelling works for brass band. We’re delighted to work with her on this new piece. It’s a honor to present new and unfamiliar voices in contemporary composition to our Kansas City audiences. I encourage those in the band world to seek out her music and that of our other stellar finalists,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join pieces by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse, Ralph Raymond Hays, and more on the fall concert of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 15th season on October 29, 2017.

MAFB Call for Proposals Results

Selected Composer: Louisa Trewartha
Runner-Up: Matthew Nunes

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Lee Hartman, Artistic Director
Jeanine Asay, Librarian, tenor saxophone
Federika “Freddy” Morado, euphonium
Christopher Walter, trumpet
Daniel Vu, percussion

Past Selected Composers
Season 14 - Justin Raines CME
Season 13 - Nicole Murphy six
Season 12 - Derek Jenkins Kolo

For more information, visit http://www.freedomband.com


Louisa has recently returned to Melbourne from studying a Masters in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College in Dublin, Ireland. In order to pursue this study Louisa was supported by the Mason Family Trust bursary, Garry Schyman Scholarship- Pulse College, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Louisa completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2010. During this time she received the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Florence Bradford Scholarship. In 2013 Louisa completed a year at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by David Elton and Tristram Williams. Louisa has been a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria since 2009, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Although she most regularly performs on C and B-flat trumpets, Louisa enjoys the opportunity to play flugelhorn, baroque, and piccolo trumpet. Louisa is also a private trumpet teacher, and brass educator in Melbourne and around Victoria.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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
FREE CONCERT 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, Lili Boulanger, George Cohan, and Irving Berlin take center stage and are complemented by instrumental selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song.

Echoes from the Battlefield: Songs of World War I arr. Jenkins
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Vaughan Williams Christmas
Percy Grainger: Colonial Song
Ivor Gurney: In Flanders
Charles Ives: Three Songs of War (In Flanders Field, He is There, Tom Sails Away)Abide With Me/Last Call arr. Lawson

Vasilv Agapkin: Slavic Woman's Farewell
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu
Irving Berlin: God Bless America

Quiz for a Cause Trivia Fundraiser

MAFB Geeks who Drink Quiz for a Cause
Saturday, January 21, 2017

9:00 pm
KC Kitchen and Pizzaria
3906 Waddell Ave.
Kansas City, MO

Do you know the 3rd largest planet? How about the three actors who played Spider-Man? Did Abigail Adams live longer than Thomas Jefferson? Do you like grabbing a drink, sharing a meal with friends, and having a good time? Well then head on over to MAFB's Quiz for a Cause sponsored by Geeks Who Drink. Entry is $5 per person with teams of up to six people. The winning team gets $5 per team entered. There's no need to have a team preformed. Come and make some new friends! It's 8 rounds of 8 questions in a variety of categories and a whole barrel full of awesomesauce. Come show off your nerd cred and support MAFB in the process. http://www.geekswhodrink.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/149815302176873/

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 17 concert canceled due to inclement weather. December 18 still on.

Due to the icy conditions, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is closed today and thus our Saturday evening concert has been canceled. Those holding tickets for tonight's concert can use them at Sunday's concert at 2 pm or request a refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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

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