Conference Leadership

Conference Directors

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Ian M. Bradt, PMP

Conference Director

Ian M. Bradt, PMP, started his performance in music in elementary school while singing in local children choirs and began playing trombone in the fifth grade and continued to sing and play trombone throughout his education. While at the University of Kansas, Ian played principal trombone with KU's Symphonic and University Bands, lead trombone with the KU Basketball Band and served as a section leader and Drum Major for KU's Marching Jayhawks. During an assignment to Washington, DC, he joined He joined the Capital Pride Symphonic Band and the DC Swing Jazz ensemble; both part of DC's Different Drummers — the LGBA organization in Washington, DC. He joined the Mid America Freedom Band in August 2011 as a trombone player in the concert band and Mighty Mo Jazz Combo.  In 2012, he became assistant conductor of the MAFB.

Away from MAFB, Ian works as program manager at Honeywell FM&T, LLC in Kansas City where he executes and oversees a variety of government-sponsored projects.  Through his work at Honeywell and in support of various professional organizations, Ian has directed or co-directed three national conferences and managed regional meetings and trainings throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas. Ian is a certified Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Dr. Lee Hartman

Conference Artistic Director

Lee Hartman holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA, MM) and the University of Delaware (BM). At UD, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. He served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), which is the conservatory's new music ensemble, while teaching composition classes. Musica Nova, under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip's Gorintou released by Navona records. He now teaches full-time at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), having previously taught at Park University, University of Delaware, and UMKC. Since 2012, Hartman has served as the Artistic Director of the Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City's LGBA band. In addition to his post with MAFB, he regularly conducts newEar — Kansas City's professional new music ensemble — and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator for competitions and composition calls. Most recently his works have been performed by the UCM Wind Ensemble, William Jewell Symphonic Band, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, UCM Flute Ensemble, Minnesota Freedom Band, oboist Sheri Mattson, and tenor Jake Sentgeorge.

Executive Committee

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Matthew Novotny
Budget/Financial Lead
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MAFB Board of Directors
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Programming Lead
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