New Members FAQ

We are always looking for new members to grow and maintain our band. We welcome anyone who loves to make music, enjoys a great group of musicians, and desires to have fun along the way. NO AUDITIONS are required; we do ask that you can read music and be 18 years of age or older. Below are a lot of frequently asked questions. If you have question that isn't answered below, send us an email at info@freedomband.com.

What is the organization's mission?
Mid America Freedom Band 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.

What's the organization's motto?
Pride in every note.

Do I have to be LGBT to join the band? 
NO! MAFB is home to many straight allies. Ours is a mission of sharing everyone's passion of performance in a safe, welcoming, and accepting place. Our current membership is roughly 1/3 straight allies.

What does it take to play with MAFB?
MAFB welcomes all woodwind and percussion players, or those instruments that can also be part of a concert band like harp, piano, and string bass. Skill levels vary within the band. Some members have played on their instrument for only a couple of years, while others have played for decades. So get your chops warmed up, and come join us. If you still are not sure, come to one of our rehearsals and play with the band with no strings attached! We do ask that if you are considering joining the ensemble to not do so within three of a concert as that's not enough time to learn the music.

What type of music do you play? How hard is the music?
We play all sorts of music including classic standards, orchestral transcriptions, pop, film, and Broadway medleys, new commissions, and exciting collaborations with other groups and soloists. The band typically performs medium to medium-advanced repertoire. If you played in a good high school or in a symphonic or marching band in college, you'll fit right in. If you have trouble on some of the difficult passages, that's okay, you don't have to play them; someone in the section will be able to. If all you can play is whole notes, that's fine, play those whole notes to the best of your ability and next time try the half notes. You'll be amazed at how quickly your chops come back and how fast you'll get better on your instrument.

Are there any dues?
As with most community ensembles, MAFB is a dues-paying organization. Rates are currently $50 for the season or $30 for a half season. Dues account for less than 10% of the annual operating budget. No one will be turned away for inability to pay; we have scholarships available. With payment of dues, you get one complimentary ticket to each concert for a friend or loved one.

How much time am I required to invest to play?
It is important to be at rehearsal, since this is the only time you get to play with the group each week. It is also important to play at the concert as well since you have worked so hard. Outside practicing is encouraged but not required. If you miss rehearsals then you may need to practice outside of the normal schedule.

I do not play an instrument, but I want to help!
That is great because being a non-profit organization; we appreciate all sorts of help and support. We have a variety of needs including assistance with fundraising, front of house, ushering, etc.

What is the band’s annual schedule like? Do I have to perform in everything?
The concert band has four formal concerts scheduled in October, December, February, and May for 2016–17. The Mighty Mo Combo, our jazz ensemble, will have multiple events throughout the year as need but has performed annual on the KC Fringe Festival for the past three year in late July. Our marching pep band schedule includes Brookside St. Patrick's Day Warm-Up Parade (mid-March), KC AIDS Walk (late April), and KC Pride (early June). Other events may be added with band approval. Some members only perform in the concert band, others perform in all three. It's all up to you. The concert band is typically on break from June to mid-August and mid-December to early January.

How may I participate in weekly band rehearsals?

Day + Time
Concert Band
Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Mighty Mo Combo (Jazz Band)
As needed Tues and Thurs.

Try to arrive by 6:45 so you have time to set up and warm up. If you must be late, please assemble your instrument and enter quietly.

Where?
Central Presbyterian Church
3501 Campbell Street
Kansas City, MO 64109

What should I bring to rehearsal?
Bring your working-condition instrument. Unless announced otherwise, each weekly rehearsal is for the concert band group. Music, chairs, stands, pencils, and tons of fun will be provided at rehearsals.

I'm a percussionist. What should I bring?
Bring your sticks and mallets. The band owns many percussion instruments including timpani, bass, snare, tenor drums, congas, bongos, drum sets, chimes, cymbals, and a hefty array of other auxiliary instruments. Other instruments are used on loan until the band is able to purchase its own. 

I sold my instrument years ago but I still want to play...
Let us know you are interested. The band and many of its members have back-up instruments that we may be able to loan you until you rent or purchase your own. Just ask!

How will the band communicate with me?
Announcements
Each rehearsal, our main announcement time is just before break. Please hold down any talking while this takes place. If you wish to make an announcement, let one of the leaders know or raise hand during.

Band Notes
We strive to send an email out once a week prior to rehearsal to give important news and rehearsal order. Rehearsal order will also be posted on a whiteboard at rehearsal and in this email.


Interested in joining or any other questions?  Email us at info@freedomband.com

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