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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.