Atlanta Freedom Bands celebrates its 20th anniversary during this year’s “Holiday Spectacular” concert! For the first time ever, ALL of our performing ensembles will perform together on the same stage.
The show features swinging selections from The MetroGnomes Stage Band, delightful dance routines from our Color Guard, festive favorites from the Marching Band, and a program of familiar and unusual holiday pieces from the Concert Band. Our master of holiday ceremonies will be WSB Radio’s Chris Chandler. And, our always fun audience sing-a-long will return this year, too.
The concert takes place
Saturday, December 21, 8 PM
Free parking is available at church and along the surrounding streets.
You are invited to a dessert reception after the show to celebrate AFB's 20th birthday!
$15 for General Admission
$10 for Seniors
$5 for Students
The concert program includes:
From the Marching Band -
"Frosty the Snowman" by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson
"Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
From the MetroGnomes -
"Jingle Bell Rock" by Joesph Beal and James Boothe
(with dance by the Color Guard)
"Zat You Santa Claus?" by Jack Fox
From the Concert Band -
"C'est Noël" by André Jutras
"Holiday for Trombones" by David Rose
"Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl
"Baroque and Blue, Part One" by Claude Bolling
"Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed
"A Christmas Festival" by Leroy Anderson
"Christmas Sing-A-Long" by James Ployhar
And our 20th Anniversary highlight -
"If My Friends Could See Me Now" by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
A Milestone Event - "Color Our World: Life, Spirit, Magic!"
On Saturday October 12 over 200 musicians from 32 different LGBT bands in the Lesbian and Gay Band Association presented the 2013 LGBA Conference concert gala to an enthusiastic and excited audience at the Ferst Center. The venue resonated with the latest in symphonic wind band music, including the world premiere of "Colors: A Celebration!" from Atlanta composer Tim Jansa, specially commissioned for this event.
Atlanta author and playwright Topher Payne was the special guest host for the evening who provided an insightful and entertaining narrative for the performance.
Following the scheduled program the audience was treated to a performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" featuring the vocal talents of Kyla Grogan.
This event was the largest number of LGBT bands assembled in one place at the same time. The concert audience enjoyed a rare opportunity to hear both a wind symphony of this size and the world premiere of a new work. The concert program included music inspired by the meanings behind the original 8-color rainbow flag, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The concert program included:
Opener: "Skysplitter!" by V. Oppido
Red - Life: "Promise of Living" by Aaron Copland, arr. Curnow
Orange - Healing: "Sure on This Shining Night" by Samuel Barber
Yellow - Sunlight: "Sun Dance" by Frank Ticheli
Green - Nature: "In Nature's Glory" by Brian Balmadges
Turquoise - Magic: "Selections from Wicked" by Stephen Schwartz
Indigo - Serenity: "October" by Eric Whitacre
Violet - Human Spirit: "Joy" by Joseph Curiale
Hot Pink - Sexuality: "Big Band Tribute" by John Wasson
Premiere: "Colors: A Celebration" by Tim Jansa
The concert artistic team included Dr. Kathleen Nicole Fallin, Atlanta Freedom Bands Artistic Director; Mr. Kurt Wackerly, Atlanta Freedom Bands Associate Director; and guest conductors Dr. John Lynch, Director of Bands at the University of Georgia and Mr. Brian Worsdale, Artistic Director of French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts.
The concert was presented with support from MailChimp, the title sponsor of the 2013 LGBA Conference.
The concert was supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding for this program was also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
Atlanta Freedom Bands proudly presented this program as a community partner with the Atlanta Pride Committee.
Atlanta Freedom Bands Members Help Make History
Several members from the Atlanta Freedom Bands have joined other Lesbian and Gay Band Association musicians and auxiliary groups from around the United States to once again play a part in history.
The Lesbian and Gay Band Association was selected from more than 2,800 bands to perform for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden during the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21, 2013.
This is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in history to be invited to march in a Presidential Inaugural Parade. Their first appearance in the Inaugural Parade was in 2009.
Click here to view the video entry submitted for the 2013 Inauguration parade and see footage of the band at the 2009 parade.
Learn more about the Lesbian and Gay Band Association here.
Other coverage of LGBT representation in this inaugural event:
photo courtesy lgba.org
December 21 - Concert Band, MetroGnomes, Marching Band, Color Guard - "Holiday Spectacular - 20th Anniversary Celebration"
March 15 - Concert Band
"Music of the Far East" - Music from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia
June 21 - Concert Band
"Set Sail" - A musical adventure exploring the majesty of the the seas.