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About Us:

Our Mission
Musical Leadership

The Queen City Freedom Band provides for the education and musical development of its members and community, presents music-based programs for public benefit and for charitable purposes, promotes visibility of LGBTQ+ community and their allies, and builds understanding between and among LGBTQ+ and other communities.

We believe that all talent is worthy of development and that visible artistic expression improves our communities’ health

Dr. Jon Noworyta, Artistic Director

Jon Noworyta is the Artistic Director of the Queen City Freedom Band. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Instrumental Activities, and Educational Outreach at the University of Indianapolis. There, he administers all aspects of the woodwind, brass, and percussion area, teaches basic and advanced conducting and courses in music education, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, and opera. A versatile conductor who is equally comfortable with orchestras as wind and brass groups, Noworyta is the Director of the Crossroads Brass Band of Indianapolis, IN, and the former Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ensembles under his direction have given notable local, state, national, and international performances, the most significant being Carnegie Hall in 2009, the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (rehearsal lab), and the 2012 Music for All National Festival. Noworyta has led groups at such legendary venues as Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Carnegie Hall.

Noworyta’s professional affiliations have included the NAFME, CBDNA, WASBE, NABBA, NBA, Pride Bands Alliance, GLSEN, the Conductors Guild, and the Indiana, Illinois, New York (NYSSMA) and Ohio Music Educators Associations. He currently sits on the Committee for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion for the North American Brass Band Association, is listed among the Who’s Who in America Educator’s Edition, and is a founding member and on the advisory team for the 32,000+ member “Band Director” Facebook group. Noworyta shared his personal-professional story in “Out In Front: Queer Identity and Visibility in the Wind Band,” a compilation of queer career and coming out stories included in the recent GIA publication The Horizon Leans Forward… stories of courage, strength, and triumph of underrepresented communities in the wind band field by Erik Kar Jun Leung. 

A Western New York native, Noworyta holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace University (BME), Northwestern University (MM), and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati (DMA). Additional study as a participant in conducting workshops at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School, has given Noworyta the opportunity to work with the major conducting pedagogues in the field today.

Joining the Band:

The Queen City Freedom Band (QCFB) is the LGBTQ+ concert band in Cincinnati, OH. Open to woodwinds, brass, and percussion players of all abilities and orientations – including allies – the QCFB places a high emphasis on community building through music. All are welcome, COME OUT and play!

Our season runs concurrent with the academic year, with concert cycles in the Fall, Spring, and early Summer. Rehearsals are Sundays 1:00-3:00 PM during the regular season in Elmwood Place. No auditions are required and music is sent electronically to print or download on a tablet. Membership dues are requested at $30 per season, but don’t let cost be a barrier! QCFB musicians are given the flexibility to commit to individual concert cycles.

If you are ready to sign up, please fill out this Membership Form! This will add you to our musicians mailing list. You only need to fill out this form once.

In addition to the membership form, players should sign up for each cycle within the season by completing the Rehearsal Attendance Form for that cycle. After you fill out this form, you will receive a link to the music for the corresponding cycle.

Pride Cycle 2023-2024
Decades of Pride
Fall Cycle 2023-2024
Spring Cycle 2023-2024

Rehearsals are Sundays from 1-3, starting on April 28th, 2024

The concert is Sunday June 9th, 2024 at 3pm, location at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex.

Want to play on the June 9th Concert? Let us know by filling out this Rehearsal Attendance Google Form.

Thanks to all who played in our November 5th concert!

Rehearsals were Sundays from 1-3, starting on September 10th, 2023.

The concert was Sunday November 5th, 2023 at 3pm at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex.

Thanks to all who played in our March 10th concert!

Rehearsals were Sundays 1-3, starting on January 7th, 2024.

The concert was Sunday March 10th, 2024 at 3pm at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex.


Unsure about joining? Want to try it out first? Interested members are welcome to come try out a rehearsal. Send us an email with your name and instrument, and we’ll let you know when the next rehearsal is. Remember, all are welcome! 

Concerts & Events

The Heart of it All
Jul 17 - 21, 2024
Sun, Nov 5th, 2023, 3PM
Sun, Mar 10, 2024, 3PM
Decades of Pride
Sun, Jun 9, 2024, 3PM

Happening nearby!

Pride Band Alliance’s 2024 Conference, “The Heart Of It All,” in Columbus. Check out the conference website for more information, registration, schedule, and performances. Registration ends July 1. 

Pride Bands Alliance Concert:
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center
77 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets on sale now!
$27, limit 8 per person/household

Thank you for all the support for our fall concert!

Are you ready for a revolution? Join us on Sunday, November 5 for adventure, heroics, and an appreciation of those who fought for change before us.

Admission is free, with donations welcome to support the mission of the Queen City Freedom Band.

LOCATION: Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex
6620 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

QCFB Revolution! poster. Sunday November 5, 2023, 3pm at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex

Thank you for all the support for our spring concert!

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve

Join the Queen City Freedom Band in an afternoon of music celebrating heroes both real and fictitious. Selections include pieces from Star Trek, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, and Batman, as well as pieces honoring real-life heroes.

Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 3:00PM

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 to support the mission of the Queen City Freedom Band.

LOCATION: Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex
6620 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

QCFB Heroes poster. Sunday March 10, 2024, 3pm at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex

Please note that the following pieces address serious and heavy themes:
  • “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night” composed by Mark Camphouse will pay tribute to the survivors of child abuse.
  • “Kyiv, 2022” composed by Brian Balmages raises awareness of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
  • “Our Cast Aways” composed by Julie Giroux will be dedicated to those who rescue innocent animals.

Thank you for all the support for our pride concert!

From the disco floor to the Broadway stage, songs of Pride have echoed through the decades. Join the Queen City Freedom Band Sunday, June 9 to sing along to iconic medleys from the 70s to today.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 3pm
LOCATION: Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex
6620 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

Free and open to the public. $10 suggested donation. No one turned away!

QCFB Decades of Pride poster. Sunday June 9, 2024, 3pm at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center

Queen City Freedom Band Videos

This video of the QCFB was part of a larger video concert performance recorded in June, 2021.

You will see an introduction by our Artistic Director, Dr. Jon Noworyta, followed by our band performing two short band selections. 

This video from of the QCFB was part of a larger Cincinnati Points of Pride series in June, 2023, and features clips of our band rehearsing before our 2023 Pride concert. 

Contact Us!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Let us know if you have questions, or need a ride to rehearsal. 

Queen City Freedom Band lined up on steps

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QCFB logo with music notes