About Us


The Minnesota Freedom Band is a Twin Cities-based (Minneapolis/St Paul), non-profit Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied (GLBTA) concert, jazz, and marching band.  We are committed to presenting quality performances, providing opportunities for our members to improve musicianship, and gathering to build relationships with each other and with our community.



Building a positive community

We build a positive community by providing a safe environment, celebrating humanity through music, and being a visible role model for others within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied community.

Integrity in Communication and Actions

We build trust among others and ourselves through mutual accountability.


We celebrate different backgrounds in music, education, skills, leadership, and membership. We appreciate the gifts each musician offers to the band.

Musical Growth

We foster the talents and musicianship of individual musicians as well as the band.

Bethany Higgins

Artistic Director

Marching Band Director

Jackie Dubbe-Ohana

Assistant Conductor

Chris Kaner

Freedom Jazz! Director



Laura Holland


Danelle Wilbraham

John Hering

Laura Johnson

Sophie Grossman

Betsy Preston

KP Powell

Mandy French