Concert Band

The GFBLA Concert Band is an inclusive wind ensemble that welcomes musicians of all skill levels and backgrounds. Led by Artistic Director Joseph Vranas, the GFBLA Concert Band prides itself on engaging, diverse performances that teach our audience while challenging our members to seek musical excellence. With two concert seasons per year, the GFBLA Concert Band holds 6+ performances in venues across Los Angeles.

Whether you’re a seasoned musician or someone who’s rediscovering their passion for playing, we invite you to join us Tuesday nights at the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) for rehearsals! No auditions necessary, the GFBLA Concert Band welcomes all skill levels and is a space to build your craft as a musician in a supportive community!

Upcoming Performances
  • GFBLA Pride Concert | Tuesday, June 25th, 2024 @ 7:30PM in Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Arts and Recreation Center
  • Pops Concert | Saturday, June 29th, 2024 @ 7PM in Motion Picture & Television Fund
Interested in joining the GFBLA Concert Band?
If you have more questions, please reach out to
Artistic Director
Joseph Vranas, Artistic Director

Artistic Director since 2021

Joey Vranas, Artistic Director for GFBLA

Joseph Vranas (he/him) is a conductor, composer, and music educator living and working in Los Angeles. He serves at the Artistic Director of the Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles (GFBLA), conductor of ensembles at the Saturday Conservatory of Music, and conducts youth orchestras, bands, and teaches high brass with Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) in partnership with the LA Phil. He has previously conducted the Regional Youth Orchestra and Regional Youth Symphonic Winds with Harmony Project, the Pacific Artists Collective, the Old Main Brass Choir, and has been a featured conductor at the Oregon Composers Symposium and Pride Bands Alliance Annual Conference. He has been recognized by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the City of Bell, California for excellence in music education.

As a composer, Joseph has written for concert halls, ballet, film, and theatre with premieres across the US and internationally. His music has received commendations from the 48 Hour Film Competition, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the Bolivian Music Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival.

Joseph is a graduate from the University of Oregon with Master’s degrees in Composition and Trumpet Performance and previously studied Composition and Music Education at Sam Houston State University. Visit his website:

Previous Artistic Directors
  • Justin Raines (2012-2022)
  • Bill Masonheimer (1986-198x; 2002-2012)
  • Jim Berg (1997-2001)
  • Cindy Nunes (1996)
  • Gaylene Martinez (1995)
  • Scott Brahm (1984-199x)
  • James Becker (19xx-1983)
  • Paul Stewart (19xx-19xx)
  • Michael Ash (19xx-19xx)
  • Lesene Van Antwerp (1978-19xx)