Mid America Freedom Band Announces 16th Season and New Concert Home

The theme “Colors” for Mid America Freedom Band’s 16th season stems from those of the LGBT rainbow flag to shimmering metallics of the holidays and stark black-and-white photography of World War I. 

This year, MAFB will hold its concerts in the band’s new venue at the Medallion Theater, but will continue its partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial for February’s educational program.

Red, Orange, and Yellow

Saturday, October 20, 2018

7:30 pm

Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons

300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO

Autumn colors and big, bold symphonic hues are in store for MAFB’s fall concert, which features three marches: Margaret Brouwer’s Red Hill Special March, Sergey Prokofiev’s March from Love for Three Oranges, and Henry Fillmore’s Orange Bowl March. Also programmed are Stephanie Berg’s Summoning Fire, Autumn Passages by Eric Knechtges, Quincy Hilliard’s In Praise of Autumn, Arthur Sullivan’s Pineapple Poll, and more.


Silver and Gold

Saturday, December 15, 2018

7:30 pm

Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons

300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO

Let the warm glow of candlelight and friendship wash over you during MAFB’s holiday concert, which features Ralph Raymond Hays’s Hanukkah Medley, Ayatey Shabazz’s Christmas Fantasia, Yukiko Nishimura’s Winter Milky Way, Bob Krogstad’s Bells of Christmas, and many more.


Black, White, and Gray

Sunday, February 24, 2019

2:00 pm

J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial

2 Memorial Dr., Kansas City, MO

The harrowing times of World War I are captured in the premiere of Kimberly Archer’s Songs of Longing and Solitude with text by WWI-era poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Also to be performed are various marches and laments from both the Allies and Central Powers.


Green, Blue, and Purple

Saturday, May 4, 2019

7:30 pm

Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons

300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO

MAFB’s 16th season concludes with one of the modern band world’s favorites: Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades. The program is rounded out by Catherine McMichael’s Sapphire, Anne McGinty’s Greensleeves Fantasia, Purple Mountain Majesty by Chris Sharp, the world premiere of a new commissioned piece, and more.

Eventbrite - Season Tickets: Season 16 "Colors"

Season and individual tickets go on sale June 1, 2018, at www.freedomband.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets are $25. Admission to the February concert is free.


Complete Season

(works subject to change)

Red, Orange, and Yellow

Stephanie Berg: Summoning Fire

Leonard Bernstein: “Mambo” from West Side Story

Margaret Brouwer: Red Hill Special March

Henry Fillmore: Orange Bowl March

Quincy Hilliard: In Praise of Autumn

Clifton Jameson Jones: Saddle Up!

Eric Knechtges: Autumn Passages

Sergey Prokofiev: March from Love for Three Oranges

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Variations on a Theme of Glinka

Arthur Sullivan: Pineapple Poll


Silver and Gold

Leonard Bernstein: “A Simple Song” from Mass

Carol Brittin Chambers: So Wondrous Bright

BJ Brooks: Willows of Winter

Katherine Davis: Carol of the Drum

Amy Dunker: Ice

Shelley Hanson: Patapan

Ralph Raymond Hays: Hanukkah Medley

Bob Krogstad: Bells of Christmas

Yukiko Nishimura: Winter Milky Way

Ayatey Shabazz: Christmas Fantasia

Gloria Shayne and Noël Regney: Do You Hear What I Hear?


Black, White, and Gray

Kimberly Archer: Songs of Longing and Solitude (Book II) (world premiere)

Nathan Brown: Grey Hill

Edward Elgar: “March of the Mogul Emperors” from Crown of India

Gustav Holst: Second Suite in F

Pierre Leemans: March of the Belgian Paratroopers

Charles Gourdin: American Parade (Two Step)

Traditional mehter music from the Ottoman Empire


Green, Blue, and Purple

TBD: New Commissioned Work

Lee Hartman: Sapphire

Ted King-Smith: Reflections through Green and Gold

Anne McGinty: Greensleeves Fantasia

Catherine McMichael: Sapphire

Claudio Monteverdi: “Toccata” from L’Orfeo

Music of Prince

Arthur Pryor: Blue Bells of Scotland

Chris Sharp: Purple Mountain Majesty

Frank Ticheli: Blue Shades

Giuseppi Verdi: Il trovatore


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 http://www.freedomband.com.