Georgia Council for the Arts

 Proud Member Since 1993

Join Us for Summertime Funtime Concert Band Reading Sessions!

Dust off those mouthpieces and drag that instrument out of the closet!

We have three Summertime Funtime Concert Band Reading Sessions coming up this month!  Our directors as well as a few of our members will be leading us through a wide variety of fun and interesting pieces, some we are trying out for the upcoming concert season and some we are playing just for fun!  We welcome wind band and percussion musicians at all levels and of all orientations to sit in and meet the wonderful people that make up Atlanta Freedom Bands.

The rehearsals will take place over three Sundays this month: August 10, 17, and 24 at 6 PM.  The rehearsal location is Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.  [Click for directions.]

Here are some highlights of pieces on the schedule for the three weeks:
"Candide Suite" by Leonard Bernstein
"The Symphonians" by Clifton Williams
"Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst
Suites from Les Misérables and Miss Saigon
"Traveler's Tale" - a suite by Sousa
"Rolling Thunder" - a march by Sousa
"Poet and Peasant Overture" by von Suppé
"Aurora Borealis" by Robert Rumbelow
"Flight" by Robert Sheldon
"Carmen Suite" by Bizet
"Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tchesnokov
"Masque" by W. Francis McBeth
"O Cool is the Valley" by Vincent Persichetti
Plus a few selections for the holiday concert
Plus a few more surprises just for band-geeky-enjoyment!

We also have two special treats!  We will be the first band EVER to read "Land of the Morning Calm", a new suite of Korean folk songs by Eric Dollerschell-Petry, the director of our sister organization, the Minnesota Freedom Band.  We will also read a new composition by one of our own AFB members, "The War of Fantasia" by J.P. Dennis.

Be sure to join the Summertime Funtime Facebook event for more fun postings as we draw near to the date.  Come Out and Play!

Previous Concerts of our 21st Performance Season

Set Sail Concert Poster

Set Sail with AFB!!

Ahoy, Matey!  On Saturday June 21, the Concert Band invited music loving land lubbers to embark on a musical adventure exploring the majesty, beauty, and fun of the sea.  The concert program featured traditional songs of the sea paired with "epic" works that evoked swash-buckling adventure.  

Concert selections include: 
"Eternal Father Strong to Save" (US Navy Hymn) by C.T. Smith
"Sea Songs" by Thomas Knox
"Sea Hawk, Suite for Symphonic Band" by Eric Korngold, arr. Brubaker
"The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre
"Hands Across the Sea" by John Philip Sousa
"Bride of the Waves" by Herbert L. Clarke
"Pirates of the Caribbean" by John Wasson
"Gilbert and Sullivan Symphonic Suite" arranged by Ted Ricketts
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa

Spring Swing with the MetroGnomes

ood, Drinks, Dancing, and Great Music were enjoyed by all  during AFB's second annual Spring Swing, featuring the MetroGnomes Stage Band.  
The event this year was held a great new location this year, the Hudson Grille in Midtown, which offered lots of room every one to spin on the dance floor or just sit back and enjoy the great music.  

The MetroGnomes performed everything from classic swing to boogie-woogie to rock and roll.

Click HERE to visit our Facebook album and see some highlights from the event!

Music of the Far East Concert Poster

A Memorable Journey: Music of the Far East
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 PM

Eastern music met Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ March 15 “Music of the Far East” concert.  The band lead the audience on a musical tour that includes works from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.  

The concert featured Dr. Robert Foster, shakuhachi flute master from Augusta State University, and concert host Dr. Yayoi Everett, Professor of Music at Emory University.
This was one of the more unusual wind band concerts one might be likely to hear.  

The pieces on the program captured portraits in sound of the different countries represented.  In fact, the repertoire called for 34 different percussion instruments, some of which our very own percussion section made from scratch to match the native instruments the composers called for in their scores.  

As always, a tasty reception followed the show!

Our Pan-Asian concert program included a wide variety of pieces, sounds, and cultural references:

"The Singapore Flyer" by Satoshi Yagisawa - Capturing the excitement of a ride on the world's tallest observational wheel
"Spring Festival" by Chen Yi - Celebrating the annual Chinese celebrations marking the start of the new year
"Figuration for Shakuhachi and Band" by Tetsunosuke Kushida - With a special performance and mini-talk by shakuhachi flute master Dr. Robert Foster
"Bali" by Michael Colgrass - Featuring the sound of a homemade gamelan with bowls of metal, clay, and porcelain
"Variations on A Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance -
An enchanting, 600-year-old song of unrequited passion in a land of dreams
"Selections from 'Princess Mononoke'" by Joe Hasaishi - A suite of music from the most popular movie in Japan in 1997
"Concordia - A Chinese American Overture" by Rob Grice - Honoring the connection and friendship between our two countries
"Orient Express" by Philip Sparke - Enjoy a magical ride on the historic train that links East and West


Upcoming Events


September 21  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 12  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 19  - Marching Band/Color Guard