Ensembles

The Mile High Freedom Bands include three core ensembles and numerous chamber ensembles and community programs.

Freedom Winds is our symphonic wind and percussion ensemble. This group performs four major events each season with repertoire that includes traditional concert band music, contemporary pops literature, and collaborative performances. Events include the annual Halloween production Spooktacular! Spooktacular!, the kickoff to Denver’s PrideFest Melodies of Pride, and traditional band concerts in the winter and spring.

Freedom Winds is under the direction of Artistic Director Derek Hebert.

Freedom Winds rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at Historic Grant Avenue.
Established in 2010, Freedom Swing features both a traditional big band and jazz-style combos performing a mix of big band favorites, contemporary jazz charts, and eclectic combination of genres fitting a big band. The band performs several events each season including the annual Krewe of Olympus Carnival Ball. Freedom Swing also performs for hire at gigs and events throughout the Denver metro area.

Freedom Swing is under the direction of the MHFB Assistant Artistic Director.

Freedom Swing rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm at Historic Grant Avenue.
Freedom Corps was the first performing ensemble of MHFB, premiering in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of 1985. The Corps now consists of our Marching Unit and Pep Unit. The marching unit participates in parades for St. Patrick’s Day and Denver Pridefest each year. We have also supported other LGBA bands at their pride festivals with members having recently marched in parades in Colorado Springs and Albuquerque. Our Pep Unit plays at several events including Denver AIDS Walk and Holiday Caroling each December. Freedom Corps has also been hired for gigs in the past.

Freedom Corps is under the direction of Associate Artistic Director Donnie Lemley.

Freedom Corps rehearses on Saturdays from 1-3pm and Thursdays from 7-9pm at Historic Grant Avenue in advance of events.
MHFB also supports several Chamber Ensembles made up of different members of the band. These ensembles allow for varying levels of skill and different styles of music, and are a great way to participate in the organization aside from affiliation in one of the three large ensembles!MHFB supports several Chamber Ensembles made up of different members of the band. These ensembles allow for varying levels of skill and different styles of music, and are a great way to participate in the organization aside from affiliation in one of the three large ensembles!