Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals for New Band Work 2019

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 resonate with the ensemble’s 17th season theme of “Kyngs and Qweens.” This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s 2020 educational concert, “Tolkien and The Great War” at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on March 1, 2020.

MAFB is Kansas City’s community ensemble of LGBTQ+ and allied 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. Performing works by composers traditionally underrepresented on the concert stage is central to organization’s mission.


  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) and brief biography (approximately 250 words) in .pdf format.
  2. Written proposal for new work addressing how it will fit with the theme (“Kyngs and Qweens”) and the ensemble’s mission in .pdf format. Special attention will be given to those proposals which highlight a Tolkien or World War I theme. A brief sketch of musical materials may be included but is not required. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS.
  3. 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. If the proposal includes an electronic component, one of the sample works must include electronics and be accompanied by a sound sample.
  4. There is no fee to submit materials.
  5. Please use .pdf for submitted cover letter, proposal, and score samples and .mp3 for sound files. Permanent, direct links (e.g. personal website, dropbox, google drive, issuu, soundcloud) to score samples and audio are acceptable and encouraged. If providing a link, ensure that sharing settings are viewable to anyone with the link.
  6. Submit all materials electronically to by April 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST.


  1. After April 1, 2019, 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 April, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
  3. Shortly after May 1, 2019, 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 December 15, 2019.
  5. MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend.
  6. MAFB will rehearse the work beginning January 2020 and perform it on March 1, 2020. 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 (optional English Horn)
3 B-flat Clarinets
(1 optional Alto Clarinet)
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Bassoon (optional second Bassoon)
(1 optional Soprano Saxophone)
2 Alto Saxophones
1-2 Tenor Saxophones
1 Baritone Saxophone
3 B-flat Trumpets
2-4 F Horns
3 Trombones (Bass Trombone available)
1 Euphonium
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes) (optional 4.3 Marimba)
2-4 Percussion (no pitched percussion)
(Optional Electronics)
(Optional Voice, any fach)

  1. Piece should be graded approximately as a high 3 to low 4 on American Band College Music Grading Chart (
  2. Any deviation from the above items must be approved by the Artistic Director.
  3. If including an optional instrument, that part must be cross-cued or doubled with the exception of piccolo and electronics.
  4. Piece will be played on the same concert as these tentatively programmed works: Johan De Meij: Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings,” Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring; Annie Lennox: Into the West; and George Butterworth: Banks of the Green Willow. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections. Other composers tentatively programmed across the season include David Avshalomov, Amparo Edo Biol, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Stacy Busch, Ramin Djawadi, Manuel de Falla, Julie Giroux, Joe Hisaishi, Anne McGinty, Aulis Sallinen, and more.

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2018 - Louisa Trewartha Silver Lake
2017 - Justin Raines CME Coronal Mass Ejection
2016 - Nicole Murphy six
2015 - Derek Jenkins Kolo