Thursday, May 28, 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.

Name-your-price tickets available here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MAFB announces 13th season

The Mid America Freedom Band’s 13th season is dedicated solely to the works of female composers and songwriters. In Spring 2016 MAFB will partner with Paul Mesner Puppets for a new collaboration. Clara Schumann, Germaine Tailleferre, Julie Giroux, Julia Seeholzer, Lynn Ahrens, Clare Shore, Anne McGinty, Jessica Rudman, Cécile Chaminade, Elena Roussanova Lucas, and many more are among the programmed composers.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

Underrepresented for far too long on concert stages, a vast of array of works by female composers are featured on MAFB’s fall concert, “Roar.” Guest soloist mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney performs new arrangements of Clara Schumann lieder. Germaine Tailleferre, the lone woman of Les Six, is exemplified by her Ouverture in an arrangement by legendary bandmaster John Paynter. Julia Seeholzer is composing a new work for MAFB before starting a Fulbright Scholarship in Poland. Tatarian Dances by Elena Roussanova Lucas is one of the staples of wind band repertoire. The “Female John Philip Sousa” Helen May Butler’s Cosmopolitan America was used as a campaign song by Theodore Roosevelt. Highlights from Ragtime by songwriting pair Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty bring a bit of Broadway. Joni Green’s Moonscape Awakenings takes listeners to a lunar landscape and Julie Giroux’s Vigils Keep brings audiences down South with snippets of “Wayfaring Stranger.”

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Sunday, December 13, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

Pop and classical meet with great results in MAFB’s winter concert, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Modern holiday favorites from Eartha Kitt and Mariah Carey complement traditional classical fare from Clare Shore, Anne McGinty, Gloria Shayne, and Julie Giroux. Your toes will tap for the jazzy Three Wise Men and the kids will love Julie Giroux’s mash-up of popular holiday cartoon themes.

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 at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO

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

Season and individual tickets go on sale April 27, 2015 at Name-your-price tickets are available with a suggested donation of $10.

Repertoire List 2015–16 Roar Germaine Tailleferre: Ouverture Julia Seeholzer: New Work Clara Schumann: Lieder Helen May Butler: Cosmopolitan America Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty: Selections from Ragtime Joni Greene: Moonscape Awakenings
Elena Roussanova Lucas: Tatarian Dances Julie Giroux: Vigil's Keep
All I Want For Christmas Is You Clare Shore: Midwinter Julie Giroux: All through the Night Julie Giroux: Stockings Full of Composers Julie Giroux: Three Wise Men Julie Giroux: Christmas Toons Anne McGinty: Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Joan Javits: Santa Baby Gloria Shayne: Christmas Fantasy on "Do You Hear What I Hear" Mariah Carey Christmas

Stories We Share Jessica Rudman: Through the Looking Glass New Work TBA
Julie Giroux: Symphony of Fables
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits

The Mid America Freedom Band is a community ensemble of LGBT and allied instrumental musicians with 70+ 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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Join Us for Trivia Fundraiser at Industry Bar

Trivia Night

Come join Mid America Freedom Band for a fun night of Trivia at Industry Bar in KC! 

Bar Brawl Trivia is a video-based trivia competition. The host of the game will run the evening much like a game show and teams compete to win the evening!! There will be a lot of crowd interaction and laughs.

Registration starts at 6:30pm. Bring a team of 2-6 players, or join one at the door! House will be packed, so get there early!! This will be a great night of raising money for Kansas City's only LGBT concert band! Cost is $50 per team so the bigger your team, the less you pay!

100% of the proceeds go to Mid America Freedom Band!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

MAFB announces $5000 matching challenge from Jon Sims Endowment Fund

The Mid America Freedom Band has started an endowment fund to ensure the future viability of the organization for years to come. 

Why now?

The Jon Sims Endowment Fund has agreed to match every dollar up to $5000 for Lesbian and Gay Band Association member ensembles.

The first 10 bands to reach the $5000 threshold will receive an additional $1000 in matching funds!

This matching offer expires on December 31, 2015.

Your tax-deductible gift will have the double the impact until we reach that $5000 threshold and hopefully the $6000 one as well. Contributions to the endowment fund will be listed cumulatively in our programs.  

To donate to the MAFB endowment fund, click the donate button above to be taken to our Paypal donation page, or write “Endowment” on the memo line of a check mailed to:

Mid America Freedom Band
P.O. Box 32792
Kansas City, MO 64171

Alternately, you can write a check directly to the Jon Sims Endowment Fund with "Mid America Freedom Band" written in the memo line to make sure that funds are directed into the MAFB fund.

Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts
PO Box 14172
San Francisco, CA 94114

For more information about the Jon Sims Endowment Fund, visit:

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