Mid America Freedom Band Corp
PO Box 32792
Kansas City MO 64171-5792
Mid America Freedom Band Concert
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 377-6717
Mission Statement
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.
CEO/Executive Director Joyce Anderson Downing PhD
Board Chair Christian Montes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bayer Crop Science
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Other ways to donate include mailing a check to: 
Mid America Freedom Band
PO Box 32792 
Kansas City, MO 64171-5792
For in-kind donations or volunteer opportunities email info@freedomband.com 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement 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.
Background Statement
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 American Freedom Band held its first rehearsal on April 18, 2002, at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center in Kansas City with four musicians.

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. The same year the organization became a full member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. The band that once numbered barely a half dozen now has over 85 members which include a volunteer rest section, concert band, marching band, jazz band, small ensembles and flag corps.
Impact Statement


  1. Two concert performances for the first time during Christmas and spring concerts. Allowing for patrons to choice what time worked better for them and allowed the band to perform in front of a larger audience.
  2. First Educational performance in collaboration with the National WWI Museum and Memorial in February of 2017.
  3. Successful bid and approval for hosting the 2018 LGBA National Conference in Kansas City May 23-27, 2018
  4. Third year successfully commissioning a new work of music this year from LA composer Justin Raines.
  1. Attract additional audience and membership while maintaining high artistic quality
  2. Find new revenue sources
  3. Remain financially sound
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to cover compensated Artistic Director and Mighty Mo Combo conductor to help refine and improve overall musical sound; funding for Executive Director to manage the organization's administrative functions.
  2. Funds for additional instruments that musicians could not otherwise afford including percussion equipment.
  3. Funds/grants to offset production costs to keep all concerts affordable to general public.
  4. Add marketing to encourage audience growth and achievement of attendance goals.
  5. Secure venues with a stage large enough to accommodate our growing membership of 70+ musicians and accommodate our growing audience.
Service Categories
Bands & Ensembles
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Platte County
MO - Clay County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Mid America Freedom Band prides itself on being the only community band in the heart of Kansas City. Our central location allows us to pull membership, as well as audience, from all of Kansas City’s neighborhoods and surrounding communities. The 2018–19 season marks our 16th season, and follows significant growth within the organization. Once just a concert band, we are that and much more. The Mighty Mo Combo is a jazz ensemble offshoot from within the group and is steadfastly building a reputation of lively performances and attaining many performance invites. We've also added a new string orchestra. Growth presents challenges the board welcomes. We may soon outgrow our concert performance venue. Our new subsidiaries have increased our operating costs. And we are hiring our first paid staff member in our otherwise all-volunteer organization. Staff training in strategic planning and sustainable fundraising insures we will continue to meet our long-term goals; and continue to share the joy of music with the greater Kansas City community.
"From my very first rehearsal with the Mid America Freedom Band, I knew this was an organization that could really make a difference in the LGBT community in Kansas City. Not only was I surrounded by talented performers, but also passionate people. People that were there for each other, and willing to go that extra mile for what they believed in. These weekly rehearsals give band members a chance to meet with friends, and have a support system that many of them don’t find in their daily lives. I knew I wanted to be more than just a performing member. It was then I decided to volunteer my time on the Executive Board as well, and was voted Board Chair. This was a chance for me to not only contribute my passion for playing and performing, but my drive to help make a difference. The LGBT community in Kansas City is growing, and that is thanks to wonderful organizations such as Mid America Freedom Band that help promote not only the community as a whole, but help to create safe spaces for people to perform and create, and feel safe to just be who they are with no social stigmas attached. This group participates in many local events around Kansas City, such as the Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Parade, KC Fringe Festival, and Mayor Sly James’ Turn the Page KC program. By participating in wonderful community events such as these, we are able to not only give back to this great city, but reach others and help spread words of love and acceptance in and for the ever growing LGBT and allied community of Kansas City." - Jessica Riggins, Board Chair

Concerts and outreach is our primary program for this Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual and Ally (LGBTA) community band. MAFB produces three major concerts as well as outreach events and parades.  The groups Mighty Mo Combo (Jazz Band) also produce a series of outreach concerts though the greater KC metropolitan area. The marching pep band performs at local parades.

This season's concert band events include:

  • "There's No Place Like Home"  Annual Conference of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association hosted by Mid America Freedom Band—May 2018
  • "Red, Orange, and Yellow" Fall Concert at the Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons
  • "Silver and Gold" Holiday Concert at the Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons
  • "Black, White, and Gray" WWI Historical Concert at the National WWI Museum and Memorial (free of charge)
  • "Green, Blue, and Purple" 16th Season Finale Concert at the Medallion Theater, Plexpod Westport Commons
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success MAFB has diversified our outreach by adding a new flag corp and Mighty MO Jazz Ensemble and recently formed String Orchestra all to perform in stages and venues too small for our full concert band.
Long-Term Success Our programming is for our community at large to include our audience and members. Our goal is to continue to provide quality concerts for the community with a finical foundation so we do not have to charge for these concerts.
Program Success Monitored By
We measure the success in the following ways:
  • Audience attendance
  • Donations
  • Direct feedback from audience.
  • Membership satisfaction and growth.
Examples of Program Success
  • MAFB has grown the band from 19 members to 80 playing members. During the same time, what was an audience of less than 100 now comprises approximately 350 patrons per event. The group’s over-all music quality has improved drastically. We have also added a Pep Band, as well as a Jazz Band, the Mighty Mo Combo. 
  • A new member stated: “This is the first community band my partner and I were able to be ourselves and be fully accepted for who we are.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Joyce Anderson Downing PhD
Term Start July 2018
Experience Retired educator with leadership experience in higher education and nonprofit organizations. 
Former CEOs
James HenryJune 2013 - June 2014
Matthew NovotnyFeb 2011 - June 2013
Senior Staff
Title Dr.
Lee holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A., M.M.) and the University of Delaware (B.M.). At the University of Delaware, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova, the conservatory's new music ensemble, while teaching a variety of composition classes. In 2007 he was invited to both the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China to give lectures and master classes in composition. In 2007–08 he was Visiting Instructor in music theory at the University of Delaware where he taught freshman music theory, honors music theory, graduate orchestration, and private composition. He currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri and serves as Editor-in-Chief for KCMetropolis. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 80
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Paul Mesner Puppets, Heartland Men's Chorus, Kansas City Women's Chorus, PerformOUTKC, Spirit of Hope MCC, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, KCMetropolis.org, KC Fringe Festival, AIDS Walk KC, Turn the Page KC
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Christian Montes
Company Affiliation Bayer Crop Science
Term Feb 2019 to Jan 2022
Email Christian.Montes@Freedomband.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Austin Rexroad
Company Affiliation Armed Forces Bank
Term Feb 2019 to Jan 2022
Email Austin.Rexroad@Freedomband.com
Board Members
Nathan Brown
David Deatherage
Emily KuennenCenter School District #58
Christian Montes
Elizabeth Murray
Austin RexroadArmed Forces Bank
Jessie RigginsCentralized Showing Service
Ruth RobargeCommunity Volunteer
Erin TrampelBrunson Instrument Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $31,391
Projected Expenses $30,080
Endowment Value $142,500
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using internal financial statements provided by the organization. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$17,247$0$17,883
Administration Expense$12,348$0$10,498
Fundraising Expense$1,250$0$2,107
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.02--0.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%--59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose To generate funds necessary to relocate concert band performances to venues with larger stages, or to acquire equipment (e.g., stage extensions) to extend stages in current venues.
Goal $15,000.00
Dates July 2019 to June 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments MAFB switched fiscal years with a short FY in February 2015-June 2015. This was to put FY in line with large grants and concert season. During FY18, MAFB served as the local host organization for the international conference of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, held in Kansas City. The financials upload for the year do not include revenue or expenses that were specifically related to that conference.
Other Documents
Just Dance2015View
Mighty Mo Combo Fringe Performance2014View
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves2014View
Frozen Fantasia2014View
Organization Name Mid America Freedom Band Corp
Address PO Box 32792
Kansas City, MO 641715792
Primary Phone (816) 377-6717
Contact Email info@freedomband.com
CEO/Executive Director Joyce Anderson Downing PhD
Board Chair Christian Montes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bayer Crop Science
Year of Incorporation 2005