Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mid America Freedom Band Seeks Executive Director (Full Job Description)

The Show-Me Pride Ensembles Corporation (d/b/a Mid America Freedom Band (MAFB)) seeks a highly-motivated individual to serve as the organization’s Executive Director.  Working collaboratively with the organization’s Board of Directors, staff, and membership, the Executive Director serves as MAFB’s senior business executive. In this role, the incumbent will establish and oversee the organization’s business processes and operations, lead fundraising efforts including grant funding and third-party sponsorship, and lead the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan.  

MAFB seeks proactive candidates with experience in non-profit, business, or arts management. Strong oral and written communication skills, grant writing experience, and marketing/advertising experience are also highly desired. The Executive Director is provided a base annual stipend of $3,600.

The Mid America Freedom Band is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion for performance with the diverse community of Kansas City.  Established in 2002, MAFB proudly represents the LGBT and allied community through performances at a wide variety of venues throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Consisting of a concert band, marching/pep band, and a jazz ensemble, MAFB has a membership of approximately 100 performing and non-performing members from the LGBT and allied community and is open to all skill levels. MAFB is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the Mid American Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Concert Bands.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to no later than August 28, 2015.

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Job purpose
The Executive Director functions as the business executive of the Show-Me Pride Ensembles Corporation (d/b/a Mid America Freedom Band) and is responsible for all operational aspects of the organization. The Executive Director publically represents and promotes MAFB in a positive, constructive, and professional manner. The Executive Director works closely with the MAFB Board of Directors to achieve organizational goals.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Implement high-level strategies and objectives established by the MAFB Board of Directors

  • Develop and implement event strategy and time-lines

  • Develop, manage, and achieve organizational strategic plans


  • Develop and manage organizational budgets in conjunction with the treasurer

  • Adhere to annual budget set forth by the Board of Directors


  • Cultivate and increase audience awareness and attendance for all MAFB events

  • Maintain and expand relationships with other Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) members and the LGBA national organization

  • Nurture and grow relationships with community and corporate organizations in the Kansas City Area.

  • Proactively grow organizational membership


  • Acknowledge and uphold MAFB policies on anti-discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

  • Regularly attend performances, meetings, other major events and remain easily accessible to the membership

  • Establish and implement business processes for the organization’s operations

  • Responsible, with the Board of Directors, for hiring, overseeing, and termination of all staff members.

  • Manage media relations and all publicity for MAFB

  • Manage correspondence to and from the organization

  • Manage organizational inventory and assets

  • Maintain good-standing pursuant to all general membership requirements and comply with MAFB Bylaws.

  • Secure rehearsal and performance space(s)


  • Assist in the establishment and implementation of fundraising and grant opportunities

  • Be a primary participant in fundraising activities and events


Suggested Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience

  • Business Management Skills/Experience
    • Non-profit and/or business management
    • Arts management
    • Patron and Volunteer management
    • Fundraising
    • Human Resources management
  • Communications Skills/Experience
    • Grant Writing
    • Social media, marketing, and advertising
    • Strong oral and written communications
  • Technical Skills
    • Microsoft Office or Equivalent

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

All applicants will be subject to a background check.


$3,600 base annual stipend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Butch. Jayne Butch." Join the Mighty Mo Combo for KC Fringe 2015

"Butch. Jayne Butch." Join Mid America Freedom Band's jazzy Mighty Mo Combo as they perform a rainbow riff on tunes & tropes from popular spy series including James Bond, Austin Powers, Peter Gunn, and Get Smart. Get ready for campy escapades, clandestine affairs, and shady subterfuge as our hero goes toe-to-toe with a dastardly nemesis and a sultry femme fatale. You'll need a drink after all the excitement, just remember to keep it shaken, not stirred.

"Casino Royale" features the vocal stylings of guest artist Julie Amen. Jen Kiper stars as Jayne Butch.

There are four opportunities to experience "Casino Royale" at the 2015 KC Fringe Festival

Saturday, July 18, 
7:30 pm

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 24, 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 25, 6:00 pm

All performances at

City Stage at Union Station

30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO

Tickets are $10 with the one-time purchase of $5 KC Fringe button. Tickets available at

Selections for "Casino Royale" are drawn from the following list:

Spies R Us (excerpts) arranged by Mike Story
Charade by Henry Mancini, arranged by Mark Taylor
James Bond Theme by Monty Norman, arranged by Tom Davis
Skyfall words and music by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, arranged by Roger Holmes (vocal soloist Julie Amen)
It Had Better Be Tonight music by Henry Mancini, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, arranged by Mark Taylor (vocal soloist Julie Amen)
Get Smart by Irving Szathmary, arranged by Roger Holmes
Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini, arranged by Paul Murtha
Live and Let Die by Paul & Linda McCartney, arranged by Robert Curnow
The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini, arranged by Mike Tomaro
Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones, arranged by Mike Lewis
Diamonds are Forever by John Barry and Don Black, arranged by Jesper Riis (vocal soloist Julie Amen)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nicole Murphy Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Nicole Murphy to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 13th season.

An Australian, Murphy was unanimously selected by an eight-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the Mid America Freedom Band’s Call for Proposals from female composers. 

Submissions were received from a talented pool of composers from across the globe including those from Australia, China, England, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Uruguay, and numerous entries from the United States. She will write a new piece for concert band based on Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-word memoirs by famous and obscure writers (ed. Smith Magazine, pub. Harper Perennial) 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.

“Nicole’s proposal stood out for its originality and evocative nature. Coupled with her compelling music, stunning timbral combinations, and command of idiomatic writing, the Mid America Freedom Band is excited to work with Nicole on her first piece for concert band,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join pieces by Julie Giroux, Jessica Rudman, Whitney Houston, and Cécile Chaminade on “Stories We Share,” the final concerts of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 13th season of all female composers and songwriters on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016. Paul Mesner Puppets also joins Mid America Freedom Band for these performances for an immersive concert experience.

MAFB Call for Proposals from Female Composers Results

Selected ComposerNicole Murphy

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

For more information, visit


Australian composer Nicole Murphy is the recipient of various awards, including the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013), the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011), the Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), the Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize (2004), and the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001).

Her music has been performed at festivals in various countries, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut, USA), the 30th Asian Contemporary Music Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Gamper Contemporary Music Festival (Maine, USA), the Soundstream New Music Festival (Adelaide, Australia), the Dallas Festival of Modern Music (Texas, USA) and the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA).

Nicole has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore) and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed by ensembles such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova (Dallas), Halcyon (Sydney), Soundstream (Adelaide) and Chronology Arts (Sydney).

Nicole completed a Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2011, under the tutelage of Gerardo Dirié. During her undergraduate degree she studied under Gerard Brophy, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of  Music (Composition) with First Class Honours. She is represented as an Associate Artist by the Australian Music Centre and holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Call for proposals from female composers

The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band from composers identifying as female of any age or nationality. The 6-7 minute long piece should use fables, mythology, folktales, common literature, etc. as a source of inspiration. This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s 13th season’s concerts, “Stories We Share” in Spring 2016. In an exciting collaboration, Paul Mesner Puppets may create and perform puppetry with this piece. MAFB is Kansas City’s community ensemble of LGBT 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 must identify as female.
2.       Composer can be of any age or nationality.


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. 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.
5.       There is no fee to submit materials.
6.       Submit all materials electronically to by May 1, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CST.


1.       After May 1, 2015 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-May, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
3.       By June 1 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 January 1, 2016.
5.       MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend upon completion.
6.       MAFB will rehearse and perform the work in Spring 2016. The composer is encouraged to attend rehearsals and the performances, but 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 Clarinet)
1 Bass Clarinet
1-2 Bassoons
2 Alto Saxophones
1-2 Tenor Saxophones
1 Baritone Saxophone
3 B-flat Trumpets
2-4 F Horns
3 Trombones
1-2 Euphoniums
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes)
2-3 Percussion (no pitched percussion)

2.       Piece should be graded approximately a high 3 to low 4 on Alfred Music’s scale (

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

4.       Piece will be played on the same concerts, entitled “Stories We Share,” as these tentatively programmed works: Jessica Rudman: Through the Looking Glass; Julie Giroux: Symphony of Fables, Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute, among others. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections.

Send any questions to

2015 - Derek Jenkins Kolo (Kansas/Missouri Composers)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Dance Concert April 26, 2015

On April 26, 2015 at 2 pm come join the Mid America Freedom Band at the Liberty Memorial for the Spring Concert, Just Dance.

Mother monster Lady Gaga has some killer dance moves and the repertoire of dance pieces is endless. Clifton Williams’ "Symphonic Dance No. 3 ;Fiesta'" is one of the standards and the Latin flavor and throbbing rhythms will get your blood pumping and toes tapping. For contrast, Sibelius’ "Valse triste" complements in this the 150th anniversary of his birth. Two other band transcriptions of Gliere’s popular “Russian Sailor’s Dance” and Copland’s lush “Promise of Living” from "The Tender Land" are programmed with selections from the Renaissance era’s Tielman Susato’s "Danserye". Brian Balmages wrote a showstopper with "Three Celtic Dances." MAFB will also give the premiere of a new commissioned work by Derek Jenkins. Marvin Hamlisch’s medley from "Chorus Line" fills out the season and the EGOT winners presented.

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