I know this is a day late, but just wanted to say that I have heard the band play and they are very talented musicians, very polite, visited with the public before and after the concert. It is always a pleasure to listen to their great concerts
I have been a member of the Olathe Civic Band for 18 years. I'm also on the board because I want to contribute back to the organization that has provided so much enjoyment and fulfillment for me. This group provides a positive, meaningful experience not only for the audience members, but also for the musicians. The Band is a cornerstone for art and culture in this community, playing for many civic events throughout the summer and fall. Their subsidiary group, the Olathe Civic Jazz Band, also contributes greatly to the community by playing in venues where the larger concert band may be difficult and by playing all year long. All members are volunteers and play for the sheer love of making music. We all share a special comrodery. My life would be incomplete without this wonderful group of people and the great audiences who come and hear us play.
The wife and I attended civic bands in the Seattle area and you would think they would have plenty of talent to draw from. We both agree that the OCB is far better and the approach to their activities is well thought out and much appreciated. The members show that they truly enjoy their participation and display their talents well. We look forward to the 2010 sessions.
I had the opportunity to see this amazing band during the Christmas holiday season! They do a wonderful thing for the veterans and their families! They are very professional and super friendly. If your ever in the Olathe or Kansas City area I highly suggest you check them out.
I have performed with this band since 2004. I believe it is the best band in Kansas. We play a nice variety, marches, show tunes, and classical. We play several concerts a year, all free, including a children's concert and a concert at a retirement home. Especially touching is our Memorial Day concert, where veterans stand for their service anthem.
I have performed with the band for the last 15 years and it has been a wonderful experience. The band has provided an outlet for musicians of various ages to perform quality music, keep up their playing abilities and further their enjoyment that music brings to their lives.
As others have commented, the Olathe Civic Band provides wonderful music at a variety of public venues and for underserved audiences around the community. Equally important is that the Band also represents a valuable musical outlet for its members. I am a strong advocate on behalf of opportunities for people to have direct hands-on experiences that deepen their connection to the arts, and enrich their lives in ways that attendance alone at performances or exhibitions cannot achieve. The Olathe Civic Band is an outstanding example of this principle. It is an inter-generational group of musicians, and we all embrace the same goal – to make good music together and share it with our community. No auditions are held, and consequently this experience is open to all. The Band’s strong music quality becomes self-fulfilling as it encourages each of us, individually and collectively, to work hard and learn during rehearsal, and perform at our best. This, and the intrinsic satisfaction that accompanies it, are the very essence of public participation in the arts.
My wife and I are huge fans of musical performance. We love going to the local performances of shows, orchestras, or bands. We found the Olathe Civic Band by searching an events list and seeing them performing that same night! They were a very well directed, talented, and diverse group. That was two years ago, and ever since my wife and I have taken active roles in the band. They are extremely welcoming, and continue to impress beyond expectations. If you get the opportunity to see them, please take advantage of it. You will not be disappointed.
We have been going to the OCB concerts for more years than I can remember--at least 11 or 12 for sure. It is a wonderful group and you can tell the members really enjoy what they are doing--they must since they do not get paid. We love the Christmas concert and all the other concerts and also really enjoy the Jazz Band. One thing we would like is if they could get more support so they could have more concerts.
I was invited by a friend of mine to attend an Olathe Civic Band concert who was performing a Christmas Program. I had no idea of what to expect as it had been a long time since I had been to a band concert. I invited my mother and we were both so very pleasantly surprised! One minute I was laughing at the band's light-hearted comedy and the next minute I was in tears because the music was just so beautiful. The Olathe Civic Band is a very talented organization. We enjoyed that concert so much and I now have a new-founded appreciation for band music. It opened my eyes to one of the many aspects of culture that this area has to offer. Thank you, Valarie Ellis