Alan Day and Zachary Parker began discussing the formation of a band during the summer of 2001. Originally planned as a senior Drum & Bugle Corp, the founders decided to shift focus into becoming a performing musical organization focused on Kansas City’s LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual, and Ally) community. Mid America Freedom Band held its first rehearsal on April 18, 2002, at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Kansas City with four musicians. That same year MAFB also became a proud full member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association an organization complied of now over 35 similar bands across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
On November 15, 2003, MAFB, under the leadership of Zachary Parker, gave its first concert, “Journeys” with only 13 local musicians aided by St. Louis’ Band Together. Mid America Freedom Band in 2004 became incorporated as a non-profit entity and a board of directors took office in 2005. In 2006 the band added an annual holiday concert to the fall and spring season, as well as many other outreach events. The band that once numbered barely a half dozen now has approximately 70+ members to include a volunteer rest section, concert band, marching band, and jazz band.
MAFB has produced over 40 formal concerts. The group has performed in outreach events in churches, nursing homes, parks, prides and parades in front of over 35,000 people this last year alone. The organization believes producing high-quality performances that are entertaining and accessible to all walks of life while creating a safe, fun, and supportive atmosphere for its members and patrons.
Dr. Lee Hartman 2012–Current
Skip Schrock 2010–2012
Presten Fry 2007–2009
Zachary Parker 2002–2006
Thursdays, 7-9 pm, at Central Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO