OLATHE CIVIC BAND INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2015 E Northview Rd Olathe KS 66062 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a concert at Hanover, Kansas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything except have them come back to Hanover to play again

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a musician in the group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of rehearsals, increase the number of performances especially by the Jazz Band.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I've gotten to know and the music we've played.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always positive and worked well together.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide musical enrichment to even more people by being able to travel beyond the immediate community.

Ways to make it better...

we could rehearse more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

possibly funding, because the city has stopped providing necessary funds the group relies on to purchase music and other supplies.

One thing I'd also say is that...

being a part of the group is one the greatest joys in my life, not only for the chance of making music, but also for the chance of making life-long friends.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to attend and appreciated by the band members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pleasant and interested in their organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow too big and lose its uniqueness and pleasure.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching them play and put smiles on peoples faces.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and professional!

Ways to make it better...

Could not imagine it being any better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Playing numerous rehearsals and concerts

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Chance to make music with nice people, super conductors

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enjoyment of performing live music and building friendships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making good music with my fellow band members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely courteous and personable. You can really tell they enjoy what they are doing, and know how to have fun with it.

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten to perform with them sooner. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the people who give their time and talents so freely so others can enjoy them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how nice and friednly everyone is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great!! Friendly and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do so much more to get more music,stands,lights for outside performances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it made me feel after one of the best band concerts I've been to in a very long while. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and the band members are all so talented.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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