My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for AMERICAN LEGION BAND OF GREATER KANSAS CITY, Lees Summit, MO, USA
For several years, I have been the Public Relations Director of the American Legion Auxiliary for District 5 in Missouri. Loving music and having a father who fought in World War II encouraged me to become interested in veterans and our history; therefore, I joined the American Legion Auxiliary. Before joining the Auxiliary, I attended many patriotic ceremonies at the National World War I Museum and the Harry S. Truman Library. I noticed that the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City was always the band playing for the special event. I was fascinated and always tried to sit near the band so I would be sure and hear their music. It was the largest band I had ever seen. I observed the following: They looked sharp in their well-pressed uniforms; their instruments would glitter in the sun from being highly polished; they were always on time; they were organized and well rehearsed. I have admired the band for at least twelve years.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
that the members simply enjoy the opportunity to support our veterans and servicemen and servicewomen through music.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
family members and multigenerational. Fathers/sons, mothers/sons, mothers/daughters, mothers/sons all play together. They range from ages seventeen to ninety-two. About 25% of the members belong to the American Legion and are veterans or related.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
fly to Washington D.C. to play in the Independence Day and Veteran's Day celebration on the Mall. The rest of the year would be spent in playing music for the various military units all over the world to show their respect and appreciation for their work.
Ways to make it better...
I could have controlled the weather and they wouldn't have had to play in the rain or hot sun at some of their concerts.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
how much of their own money they spend to play in KC events and to compete in 58 American Legion Band Competitions from Honolulu, Reno, Louisville, to Phoenix. They are now saving up to travel to compete in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the fall of 2010.
One thing I'd also say is that...
the band won the title of "National Champion" at the National American Legion Convention in Hawaii in 2005. They always come in first, second, or third place. Since 1951, the band is the only one to have competed in all 58 A L Senior Band Competitions.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?