Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Philadelphia Freedom Band Inc

  • Swarthmore, PA
  • philadelphiafreedomband.com

Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Freedom Band seeks to be a
place where anyone - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or
straight - can enjoy the beauty of playing and performing music with
supportive friends. The Philadelphia Freedom Band is simply a group of
people who love to play music in large and small ensembles. Many of us
played instruments in our high school and college bands. Others are
professionally trained musicians. We've come together to practice our
skills, perform for the public and be visible as folks who support the
LGBT community and its straight allies. We welcome anyone who wants to
play in a concert band with others in community.

Main Programs

  1. Concert Band
  2. Marching Band
  3. Small Ensemble
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia metro area

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Mr. Christopher Johansen MBA

Keywords

Self-reported

Band, community, gay, lesbian, arts

EIN

23-2583490

 Number

4227744491

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We will always be a refuge for anyone who wants to practice and
perform in a supportive community - regardless of their sexual
orientation or identity. We are committed to creating a band where
members can:


reconnect with the love of playing music.




continue to evolve and improve as musicians.




find fellowship within a community of like-minded people.




celebrate the beauty, creativity and magnificence of all communities.

Programs

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Program 1

Concert Band

We play classic and popular concert band pieces for the public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Other Named Groups

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 2

Marching Band

We marching in community parades, especially gay pride parades throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia area.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 3

Small Ensemble

We play for small events at community venues such as museums, sports games, etc.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Budget

$1,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia metro area

Funding Needs

There are three specific requests we propose.  First, we seek one or more funders to help us to purchase sheet music (20 new pieces), a conductor's stand, a stand for our bells, a suspended cymbal and stand, mallets and other auxilliary percussion pieces.  Second, we desperately need a crash cymbal with stand and a traveling drum set.  Currently, we do not have these items. While brass and woodwinds carry bass and melody, percussion keeps the rythym and fills out the sound.  Typically, percussion equipment is acquired by the band for the band because it has to stay in the practice location.  We need these pieces along with new music selections (to add to our library of sheet music) to help us sound full, complete and current. Lastly, we need help with recruiting new members and securing new performance venues.

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Philadelphia Freedom Band Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Christopher Johansen MBA

BIO

Christopher Johansen is the president of the board and manages most of its affairs.  Mr. Johansen has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years starting, growing and stabilizing organizations.  He has raised millions of dollars in funding from a variety of funding sources including governments, foundations, corporations and individuals.  He has also been on boards of directors for other community bands.  Mr. Johansen has an MBA in Marketing and Nonprofit Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"While all of this performing and visibility are important, the
creation of a supportive community is our most notable accomplishment.
The band has become a home for a number of gay and straight people who
recently moved to the Philadelphia area. Two examples are especially
notable. First, Aaron - a 19 year-old young man - moved from a small
town in Berks County to Ambler last year to attend Temple University
there. He grew up in a homophobic household with strict, religious
parents who disparaged LGBT folks often. Aaron loved playing flute in
high school and wanted to continue playing, but he could not find a
community band in Ambler. He also wanted to connect with the gay
community.  He found the band through an internet search and reached
out to the director who encouraged him to join and helped him talk
about his fears.  The band has been a refuge for him as he finds his
way at school, in his family and through his social life.  A straight
band member, David, joined the band days after moving to Philadelphia
from Michigan. He had played saxophone in college and wanted to
continue playing in a community setting, but he could not find a
community band. He found us. One evening at a social gathering he told
a group that he really enjoys the band and the opportunity to know some
gay folks - he had never known any.  We are proud that Philadelphia
Freedom Band can be a refuge and place of musical and personal growth
for anyone; that's what we feel being a community band is all about.

Sincerely,

Christopher Johansen, MBA
President
Philadelphia Freedom Band"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Christopher Johansen MBA

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Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

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