History

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 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 33 formal concerts most of them at no charge to the general community. 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.

Artistic Directors:

Dr. Lee Hartman 2012Current
Skip Schrock 20102012
Presten Fry 20072009
Zachary Parker 20022006

Executive Directors:

Position is currently vacant
Greg Morey 2015-2015
Amy Personett 2014-2015
Gregory Campbell 2014
James Henry 2013-2014
Matthew Novotny 2010-2013
Kris Stice 2007
Zachary Parker 20022006

Memberships:

Past Performances

20142015
Just Dance
April 26, 2015 J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Frozen Fantasia 
December 14, 2014 J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
October 19, 2014 J.C. Nichols Auditorium

20132014
Reading is Fundamental
April 12, 2014 Atkins Auditorium
Holidays Around the World
December 15, 2013 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Art of Music
October 20, 2013 Atkins Auditorium


20122013
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
April 20, 2013 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Visions of Sugarplums 
December 16, 2013 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Tribute to Walt
October 20, 2012 Unity Temple on the Plaza

20112012
Weather or Not
April 14, 2012 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Holidays & All That Jazz
December 18, 2011 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Night of Wicked Wonder
October 22, 2011 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
AIDS Walk

20102011
Road Trip
April 9, 2011 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Together for the Holidays
December 19, 2011 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Out in Space
November 13, 2010 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
AIDS Walk
KC Carnivores Rugby Game
Out in Westport
LGCC-KC Picnic

20092010

Spring Fling
April 17, 2010 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Sounds of the Season
December 13, 2009 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Rainbow Revolution
November 7, 2009 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
AIDS Walk
OUT in Westport
LGCC-KC Picnic

20082009

Evolution Discover the Music
April 18, 2009 Unity Temple on the Plaza
Discover Christmas
December 21, 2008 Central Presbyterian Church
Discover the Classics
October 25, 2008 Central Presbyterian Church
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
AIDS Walk
Out in Westport

20072008

In the Mood for the Big Band Sound
April 5, 2008 Paseo Academy
In the Mood for Christmas
December 16, 2007 Central Presbyterian Church
In the Mood for Espionage
November 3, 2007 Paseo Academy
Symphony of Freedom
June 16, 2007 Theise Park
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
AIDS Walk
Trinity United Methodist Church Block Party
Show-Me State Rodeo

20062007

Odds & Evens
March 31, 2007  Paseo Academy
Sounds of the Season: A Christmas Fanfare
December 17, 2006 Trinity United Methodist Church
Broadway Then & Now
November 11, 2006 Paseo Academy
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
St. Louis Pride
KC Storm Game
AIDS Walk
Trinity United Methodist Block Party
Show-Me State Rodeo

20052006

Around the World in 80 Minutes
April 22, 2006 Paseo Academy
Heroes & Villains
November 19, 2005 Paseo Academy
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
AIDS Walk
Trinity United Methodist Block Party
Show-Me State Rodeo

20042005

My Favorite Things
April 23, 2005 Paseo Academy
Americana
November 20, 2004 Central Presbyterian Church
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride
AIDS Walk

20032004

That's Entertainment
April 17, 2004 Broadway Church
Journeys 
November 15, 2003 Broadway Church
Pride & Other Events
Kansas City Pride

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