Hello LGBA 2018 attendees!

The Mid America Freedom Band (MAFB) and Kansas City invite you to experience our gorgeous, hospitable city alongside your fellow musicians and guests in America’s heartland known for its historical importance and cultural relevance.

“There’s No Place Like Home,” our theme for the 2018 Lesbian and Gay Band Association Annual Conference, is a nod to one of the most iconic lines from The Wizard of Oz during which we will celebrate Kansas City’s recent arts renaissance and its importance in the development of the jazz idiom.

Down tree-lined boulevards, past ornate fountains, jamming in jazz clubs, drinking and dining in steakhouses, craft breweries, and barbecue joints, and into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts—one of the top 25 concert halls in the world—for the culminating performances of the weekend, Kansas City has so much to offer, that we hope you’ll join us in music, visibility, and pride for this 2018 LGBA conference from May 23–27.

Welcome to Kansas City!

Lee Hartman

Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director

2018 LGBA Conference Artistic Director


Welcome from Mayor Sly James



Cancellation Policy

In the event you are unable to attend LGBA 2018 and must cancel your registration, please email conference@freedomband.com.  Be advised that the following refund schedule will apply:

  • Cancellations prior to April 1, 2018 will receive a full refund of registration fees.
  • Cancellations on or after April 1, 2018 and before April 15, 2018 will receive a 50% refund of registration fees.
  • No refunds will be provided for cancellations on or after April 15, 2018.