The Freedom Band Foundation is incorporated as an educational and charitable organization within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of 
the Internal Revenue Code to support the activities of the performing organizations, the Gay Freedom band of Los Angeles, and to provide a structure to expand support of the performing arts in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities of Southern California.

Donations to the Foundation are fully tax deductible as defined by law.

Our Mission and History

Our Artistic Director

The Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles promotes acceptance and celebrates diversity by bringing together musicians from across Southern California for performance and educational opportunities that embrace equality, inclusion, and the love of music.

 

We welcome musicians with all levels of experience and from all backgrounds.

 

Founded in 1978, GFBLA is one of the oldest LGBT concert bands in the world. Originally named the Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles, this group was created to promote visibility of the LGBT community and to provide entertainment at pride celebrations.

 

The scope of the band has since expanded, focusing now on providing a positive environment for everybody, enriching the community through music, and setting an example of acceptance and camaraderie among all people.

 

Throughout its forty years, GFBLA has witnessed many of the important milestones in gay history. Drawing from the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic and the battles for marriage equality and transgender rights, our musicians bring a deep well of experience to all of our performances.

            

Justin earned his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has had the opportunity to study with several recognized and respected conductors. At New Mexico State University, he studied with Dr. William Clark and Dr. Ken Van Winkle, both notable clinicians and members of the American Bandmasters Association. Tokyo’s noted TAD Wind Symphony has premiered and commercially recorded several of his band works, which have been released internationally. Recently, Justin worked with Voltage Pictures and Hollywood Media Bridge to score the films Ambushed and Puncture Wounds. Both soundtracks were released on Milan Records.

Originally from New Mexico, Justin Raines is a tuba player and composer whose music has been performed throughout the world.

            

Justin earned his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has had the opportunity to study with several recognized and respected conductors. At New Mexico State University, he studied with Dr. William Clark and Dr. Ken Van Winkle, both notable clinicians and members of the American Bandmasters Association. Tokyo’s noted TAD Wind Symphony has premiered and commercially recorded several of his band works, which have been released internationally. Recently, Justin worked with Voltage Pictures and Hollywood Media Bridge to score the films Ambushed and Puncture Wounds. Both soundtracks were released on Milan Records.

Originally from New Mexico, Justin Raines is a tuba player and composer whose music has been performed throughout the world.

Board of Directors

GFBLA is overseen by the Freedom Band Foundation of Los Angeles, a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized to support and promote instrumental music in the Southern California LGBT and Allied communities.

     David Doan, President

     Joey Curti, Vice President

     Susannah Ramshaw, Secretary

     David Burch, Treasurer

     Mandi Collier, Member at Large

     David Gordon, Member at Large

     Lee Quick, Band Manager