Atlanta Freedom Bands is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

An affiliate of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA).

OUR MISSION is to increase LGBTQ acceptance through our visibility as performing artists in Atlanta and surrounding communities.

OUR CORE VALUES are commitment, respect, visibility, and creativity.

OUR BAND was the inspiration of Buz Carr, our founder and first director, as he watched the 1993 Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Pride celebration. Realizing that there was no marching band he thought "Every parade should have a band!"  He then set out to create a group to represent Atlanta's increasingly visible LGBTQ community. 

The Atlanta Freedom Marching Band has evolved into the Atlanta Freedom Bands which includes the Concert Band, the MetroGnomes Stage Band, and the Color Guard.

Our membership is comprised of individuals representing a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, experience and skill levels.  Our mission is based on the principles of commitment, volunteerism, respect for others, and of course, fun!  We remain committed to Buz Carr's dream of promoting greater awareness of Atlanta's LGBTQ community.

Current AFB Leadership

President

Robert Corona

Vice President

Brandon Gray

Secretary

Kelly Rhyne

Treasurer

Greg Keith

MetroGnomes

Board Representative

Laura Case

Concert Band

Board Representative

Alfredo Fernandez

Color Guard

Board Representative

Michael Boddie

Marching Band Board Representative

Cassandra Leary

Marching Band

Coordinator

Jay Crossley

Color Guard

Coordinator

Michael Boddie

Concert Band

Music Director

Dr. Kathleen Nicole Fallin

Concert Band Associate Director

Kurt Wackerly

MetroGnomes 

Director

Justin Varnes

MetroGnomes 

Director

Justin Varnes

MetroGnomes 

Associate Director

Michael Opitz

MetroGnomes 

Coordinator

Beth Herndon

Dir. of Marketing & Development

Cliff Norris

Webmaster

Peter Knaup