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February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

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

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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

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I've been a band member for 8 years. The concerts are entertaining for the entire family and are fun to participate in. The friends I've made because of the Civic Band has been priceless as well.

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

the friends I've made

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I have been a member of the band for two years. It is so much fun. The music is challenging, but fun. Ed Colson is such a wonderful director. He and the rest of the members make it such a fun experience.

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

my musical abilities. It has helped my playing.

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

no changes

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

the directors and band members. A great group of people.

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

other musicians.

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

play all over the country.

Ways to make it better...

we could perform more in the winter months besides the Christmas concert.

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

financial concerns. It costs a lot of money to keep this large of a group running.

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

it is the best group to join. Also please come to our concets. Great music and a fun time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I have been playing with the Olathe Civic Band now for about 6 years or so and have enjoyed it immensely. Because of the instrument I play, not many venues come open for me to use it so I was excited when I discovered the OCB. And the musicians that I play with are top notch so it is truly a joy to perform with them. I can't say enough good things about the band and what an opportunity they have opened up to me to play my instrument!

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

the opportunity to be a member and continue to play my instrument

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

participate in so many more activities locally and otherwise.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I started playing with the Olathe Civic Band about eight years ago, after hearing several of their concerts. They sounded great, and after Ed Colson told the crowd that anyone could join the band at any time and that there were no auditions, I was in! Not only is the band filled with good musicians, it is filled with people that are nice and fun to be around. The crowds seem to like our playing, and it's nice to be playing again. Plus, in addition to joining this group, it's allowed me the opportunity to join and play in other concert and symphonic type bands in the Greater KC metro area. I don't know what my life would be like without playing in a group such as the Olathe Civic Band, but I imagine it wouldn't be as fun.

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

playing as a member of this group.

Ways to make it better...

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

find other places to play concerts in the greater KC area.

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

that it gave me opportunity to play with other bands and to meet other musicians.

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

friendly and nice to be around.

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

play music all over the world for people that need cheering up, provide music lessons for those that can't afford them, and show how much fun playing a musical instrument could be.

Ways to make it better...

I had a wife or girlfriend that also played an instrument; hey, twice the fun!

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

money to get other concerts set up. That is, we have a trailer filled with stands and instruments, so there are transportation costs and other miscellaneous costs associated with putting on a concert.

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

I am very glad that I became of member of this organization. I cannot say that enough!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I just started playing with OCS this past summer (2009) after I hadn't played since college (2006). Despite my lack of recent practicing, the music was certainly fun to play and it was nice to get out in the community.

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

the opportunity to interact with other band people and play concerts after college.

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

very friendly, willing to help and understanding when I couldn't make it to a practice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I played in the band for the first time this past summer and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I found the music to be challenging and made me a better player. I also love seeing the community come to our concerts because they want to hear some good music.

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

very musically talented, they are there because they really love to play

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

jump for joy!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Olathe Civic Band has provided me with the opportunity to continue with my love of music and performing. I view the rehearsals and performances as means to leave the humdrum of life for a couple of hours and share the gift of music with fellow musicians and the listening audience.

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

The large number of members of the community who support the group through participation in the band

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I am a new member of the OCB and have found it to be a great challenge; but at the same time have learned to appreciate what it takes to make a "big band" sound come together. Everyone is there for the same reason; the OCB provides a venue for all of us to play a wide variety of music to a wide listening audience; from veterans to children to senior citizens.

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

playing in the band

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

it is improving my skill as player as well as developing an ear for those that are playing around me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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