Freedom Bands looks to build roster for Pride

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imageThe Atlanta Freedom Bands opens its 16th marching band season on Sunday hoping to add new musicians in advance of the Atlanta Pride Festival.

Band organizers are hosting “Step Off to Pride,” an open rehearsal in which they are inviting brass, woodwind and percussion musicians and people interested in the color guard as they ramp up to the Nov. 1 Pride parade.

“The open rehearsal is a great opportunity to make a start with the band,” Cliff Norris, president of Atlanta Freedom Bands, says in a press release. “We welcome new people from across the community to join us for all the fun leading up to Pride – no auditions required.”

Volunteers created the Atlanta Freedom Bands after musician Buz Carr watched the Pride parade in 1993 and dreamed of adding a marching band. Since, the marching band has appeared in each Pride parade, community events and neighborhood festivals. The organization has expanded over the years to include the MetroGnomes jazz ensemble, the Atlanta Freedom Brass Quintet and Atlanta Freedom Concert Band, which formed three years ago.

“We have a diverse group of people in the band representing different ages, genders, races, orientations and walks of life,” Norris says. “We like to think of ourselves as a band ‘family’ with friendships that deepen over the years.”

View the full event listing for Sunday’s “Step Off to Pride” open rehearsal.

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