Thursday, June 23, 2016

MAFB and CRKC Benefit for Orlando Survivors

Classical Revolution KC and Mid America Freedom Band have joined forces to present a benefit concert for the survivors and family members of those in need of support after the shooting at Pulse, the LGBT nightclub in Orlando. All donations will be given to the OneOrlando Fund. 

Repertoire includes 
Ticheli: Amazing Grace
Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry
Mozart: Requiem

Join us for solace in music and community.

Monday, June 27, 2016
8:00 pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
11 E 40th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Free Admission and open to all. Donations accepted for the OneOrlando Fund

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mid America Freedom Band Announces 14th Season

The Mid America Freedom Band’s 14th season is based on the alchemical ideas of the classical four elements: fire, water, earth, and wind. With this in mind, an exciting season awaits, including MAFB’s first educational concert of songs of World War I for the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

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 the erupting peaks of Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, 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.    

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.

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.

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.

Season and individual tickets go on sale May 1, 2016, at Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets are $25. Admission to the February concert is free.

The Mid America Freedom Band is a community ensemble of LGBT and allied instrumental 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. For more information, visit

Complete Season Repertoire (Tentative)

Of Alchemy and Science
Frank Ticheli: Vesuvius
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: 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

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
TBA: 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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stories We Share-Concert April 30 & May 1, 2016

Stories We Share
Saturday, April 30, 2016
7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

MAFB and Mesner Puppet Theater collaborate for “Stories We Share”—a concert event with live puppetry. The world-renowned imaginative Mesner Puppet Theater create new puppetry to be performed with Julie Giroux’s Symphony of Fables, a musical collection of Aesop and morality tales and Jessica Rudman’s Through the Looking Glass. six, a new work commissioned for this concert by Nicole Murphy is also slated for performance as are Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute (with Brian Logan as soloist) and a medley of Whitney Houston’s most famous numbers!

Repertoire List
Jessica Rudman: Through the Looking Glass
Nicole Murphy: six (world premiere)
Julie Giroux: Symphony of Fables
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits

Justin Raines Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

April 22, 2016 Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Justin Raines to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 14th season.
Raines, a freelance composer and conductor from Redondo Beach, California, was unanimously selected by a five-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the third-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 64 composers from across the globe including those from Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Japan, the United Kingdom, and numerous entries from the United States. The number of submissions was over two times that of last year’s call. In keeping with the theme of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 2016–17 season which highlights musical composition based on the classical elements, Raines will write a piece inspired by solar flares to receive its premiere on May 6 and 7, 2017 at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial by the Mid America Freedom Band.

“Justin’s music is immediately engaging. His writing for the concert band medium is of the highest caliber with creative ideas, soaring melodies, gorgeous textures, evocative harmonies, and well-written parts for each instrument. This call for proposals series has results in two amazing works so far in Derek Jenkins’ Kolo and Nicole Murphy’s six; we are excited and delighted that Justin will be the composer of the third piece in this new tradition. We look forward to working with him and sharing his music with our fantastic audiences,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join pieces by Alex Shapiro, James Mobberley, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sydney Hodkinson, Nicholas Omiccioli, Dan McIntosh, Manuel de Falla, and Earth Wind and Fire on the final concerts of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 14th season on May 6 and 7, 2017.

MAFB Call for Proposals Results

Selected Composer: Justin Raines
Runners-Up: Jason Charney and Ted King-Smith

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Jay Franklin, percussion representative, timpani
Greg Hahn, brass representative, horn/technology
Lee Hartman, Artistic Director
Sean P. Jones, woodwind representative, clarinet
Jessica Riggins, Board President, clarinet/saxophone

For more information, visit


Justin Raines holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition. As an award-winning composer, Mr. Raines has had music performed all over the world. The Tad Wind Symphony from Tokyo, Japan has premiered several of his works and has released these recordings internationally on CDs and via Internet downloads. His most recent work, Metropolis, is now available for purchase worldwide. Justin’s versatile writing style has made his music accessible to any ensemble from chamber music to choral music, and from stage productions to film scores.

Recently, Justin has worked with both Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club) and Hollywood Media Bridge to score the films Ambushed and A Certain Justice (directed by Giorgio Serafini.) In 2011, he also composed the score for the film Stealing Las Vegas (produced by Roger Corman.)

Throughout his career, Justin has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with many talented and creative artists. Under the guidance of Tony Award-winning writer Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God), Justin has composed music for many high-profile projects including orchestration work on the new musical We Are Enron, which was co-created by Christine Sanders and Bradford Hodgson. He also collaborated with Medoff on several other projects including the film 100 MPG, the first major project completed by the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University, and more recently the short film Hatching Max, which won Best in Fest at the Sycamore Film Festival in Chicago.

As a regularly commissioned composer, Justin has developed a repertoire of chamber works that have been premiered and performed at instrumental conferences nationwide. In 2003, Dr. Pancho Romero commissioned a trumpet ensemble piece based on the musical exercise of noted trumpet instructor John Haynie. Some High Notes, A Few Low Notes, And One Too Many Trumpets was premiered at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Denver, Colorado by 50 of Haynie’s former students. A year later, Trumpet Soup was premiered at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Dallas, Texas. In 2005, Dr. James Shearer commissioned a work for horn, tuba, and piano titled The Haunted America Suite, which has become one of his most popular recital works to date. This work has enjoyed performances throughout the greater Southwest, including a recent performance at an International Tuba Euphonium Association Conference at the University of Redlands. The work was also recorded for international commercial release by Summit Records in 2014. In 2009, The Madera Winds from Las Cruces, New Mexico commissioned The Mad Hatter Suite for flute, sax, and piano for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Athens, Georgia, and in 2010, Nancy Joy commissioned a horn trio for the Southwest Horn Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Also recently completed was a new work for Tuba and String Quartet titled Cauterizing The Soul, which was premiered on April 12, 2012 by James Shearer and the La Catrina String Quartet. Cauterizing The Soul also won Justin the Harvey Philips Award for Composition Excellence on May 21, 2014.

Justin Raines was born in El Paso, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from New Mexico State University under the guidance of Michael Staehle-Laburda, and completed his Masters in Music Composition under the guidance of Jorge Grossmann and Virko Baley. He lives in Redondo Beach, California.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Call for Proposals for New Concert Band Piece

The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band with or without electronics from composers of any age or nationality. The 6-7 minute long piece should tie in with the four classical elements (earth, wind, water, fire). This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s 14th season’s spring 2017 concert. 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.

  • Composer can be of any age or nationality.

  • Cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, website (if possible).
  • Brief biography (approximately 250 words).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Venue has video projection capabilities if desired. Contact for dimensions, equipment parameters, and limitations.
  • There is no fee to submit materials.
  • Submit all materials electronically to by March 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST.

  • After March 31, 2016 a five-person panel of the MAFB artistic director, board, musicians, and outside voices will review the materials.
  • A shortlist of finalists will be compiled early April, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
  • By April 15 the committee will select one composer with which to collaborate on a new piece for band.
  • The new work and parts must be completed by January 1, 2017.
  • MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend upon completion.
  • MAFB will rehearse and perform the work in Spring 2017. The composer is encouraged to attend rehearsals and the performance, but not required.

  • 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
1-2 Euphoniums
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, no four-mallet technique)
2-4 Percussion (no pitched percussion)
(1 optional Keyboard)
(Optional Electronics/Tape)

  • Piece should be graded approximately as a high “3” or low “4” on Alfred Music’s scale (
  • Any deviation from the above items must be approved by the Artistic Director.
  • Piece will be played on the same concert as these tentatively programmed works: Alex Shapiro: Immersion; Jim Mobberley: Fantasy in Earth Tones; Syd Hodkinson: Stone Images; David Maslanka: Mother Earth; Manuel De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance; Earth Wind and Fire Greatest Hits; among others. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections.
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2016 - Nicole Murphy six (Female Composers)
2015 - Derek Jenkins Kolo (Kansas/Missouri Composers)

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