American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City
5308 NW 81st Terrace
Kansas City MO 64151
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 741-5166
Mission Statement
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to enriching the lives of the general public by perpetuating traditional, military-style concert-band music performances at charitable, educational, civic, and patriotic events.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Heather M. Pickett
Board Chair Mr. Mark Drake
Board Chair Company Affiliation IBM
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $8,000
Projected Expenses $8,000
Statements
Mission Statement The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to enriching the lives of the general public by perpetuating traditional, military-style concert-band music performances at charitable, educational, civic, and patriotic events.
Background Statement
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City has a 65+ year tradition of offering free public concerts and performing at public and patriotic events throughout Missouri and Kansas.

The Band was formed shortly after the close of World War I and has previously been known as the “Official Band of the Liberty Memorial,” “Harry Truman’s Band,” and the “American Legion National Championship Senior Band.”

Since 1951, we have competed in every American Legion Senior Band Competitions and are the only ensemble to do so. The Band most recently earned the title of “National Champion” in 2005, 2013 and 2017.  We perform annually at the Liberty Memorial, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and to commemorate Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans’ Day. We also perform at various patriotic and civic functions, such as Old Shawnee Days and the Korean War Memorial dedication in Overland Park and the Korean War Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri..

The Band is a Missouri-nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization.
Impact Statement
During 2016, the band continued to expand our performance venues and received an increasing number of acknowledgements from various civic, veteran and volunteer organizations. Our organization grew in terms of section section coverage allowing for a more balanced musical capability.  Also, our performance venue's expanded to included a broader coverage throughout central Missouri as well as the Kansas City metro.  A musical highlight of 2016 was the band's participation in the American Legion National Band Competition in Baltimore.  At the conclusion of the competition, the band placed first in the nation and earned the title of National Champion.
 
For 2017, our primary goals are to continue to increase the band’s profile in the community, develop funding sources and secure benefactors in order to insure the band’s long-term financial viability.
Needs Statement
  1. Operation funding for various rehearsal and performance expenses
  2. Endowment support
  3. Travel funding, including but not limited to national concert band competitions
  4. Special project funding, including but not limited to new uniforms and musical equipment and music library needs
Service Categories
Bands & Ensembles
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
KS
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City has maintained a long-standing tradition that has all but disappeared from most U.S. metropolitan areas. At one time, cities across the nation sponsored and supported “Legion Bands,” each active in civic and American Legion-sponsored performances and contests.

Our cadre of 50+ volunteer amateur- and professional-caliber musicians from throughout the Kansas City region, with many sons and daughters of veterans and American Legion members in the ranks, contribute personal funds for the privilege of playing in the Band and participation in national events. It is, in fact, the only marching/concert American Legion band still active in Kansas or Missouri.

Over the years the economics of maintaining a viable organization such as ours has forced many bands out of existence. We are proud to say that, through perseverance, dedication, and the sacrifice of individual members, the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City continues to honor veterans of all wars, represent our metropolitan area, and preserve a unique form of musical expression. We are anxious to continue our successful endeavors despite the budgetary limitations that make our Band an endangered species in the American musical landscape.
Programs
Description

The band regularly performs for various civic and patriotic events throughout the year.  Annual performances include the Memorial Day Observance at the Liberty Memorial, Flag Day concerts across the metro including a major performance at the John Knox Village Pavilion, and multiple Veterans' Day performances across the region.  For a complete schedule, please see our website - www.kclegionband.com.

Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served US, ,
Short-Term Success Completing each performance with positive audience reaction and consistent musical performance improvement.
Long-Term Success Return engagements following positive audience reaction to musically rewarding  performances.
Program Success Monitored By Audience and community reaction and the conductor's assessment.
Examples of Program Success Calls for encore performances by the audience. Invitations to repeat performances.  New invitations to perform based on word of mouth and previous experiences of the band's performances.
Description

Military-style music was instrumental in developing the repetoire for the marching bands and concert bands of today.  In furtherance of that tradition, the American Legion hosts a band competition as part of its annual convention.  Concert and marching bands sponsored by the American Legion are eligible to participate.  The bands are evaluated and ranked by notable collegiate-level/professional band directors.  A small monetary award is presented to the top-rated bands and the honor of "National Champion" is awarded to the first-place band.  The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City most recently earned this honor in 2016, its 65th consecutive appearance in this competition - a testament to the band's dedication to perpetuating this important genre of music.

Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served US, ,
Short-Term Success Successful performances of various challenging musical compositions.
Long-Term Success Superior ratings in the band competition.
Program Success Monitored By American Legion National Contest Committee
Examples of Program Success

Superior contest ratings.

CEO Comments
Live music is often pleasing for its own sake and enriches a person's experiences in a way that nothing else can.  This is particularly true for military-style music.  A rousing march can be infectious in its enthusiasm, inspiring feelings of joy, patriotism, and pride.  It can also add a special dimension to important occasions.  A gentle song or the playing of "Taps" expresses that which cannot be adequately put into words to pay tribute to the loss of a colleague or loved one.
 
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is proud to continue this musical tradition, but to do so requires funding.  Fundraising is always challenging, but it can be more so for an all-volunteer organization such as ours.  Members of the band already volunteer a significant amount of time for rehearsals, performances, and some of the band's operations.  They also pay part of their own costs to compete in the American Legion Senior Band Competition.  Nonetheless, we are passionate about what we do and why and are adamant about finding creative ways to insure the long-term financial viability of the band.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Heather M. Pickett
Term Start Apr 2007
Experience Heather Petznick Pickett joined the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City as a saxophonist in 1998. She became Assistant Director in 2005 and Conductor in April 2007; she is the first woman to hold that position. Ms. Pickett studied saxophone and music education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1995. She taught middle school band for five years and private woodwind lessons for ten years. After graduating from the Conservatory, Ms. Pickett studied law at UMKC and graduated with her Juris Doctor in December 1997. She practiced products-liability law for nine years at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City collaborates annually with the Liberty Memorial, the Truman Library, the city of Independence, as well as American Legion posts and organizations in both Missouri and Kansas. 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Senior Band National ChampionAmerican Legion1999
Senior Band National ChampionAmerican Legion2005
Senior Band National ChampionAmerican Legion2013
Senior Band National ChampionAmerican Legion2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

All members of the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City volunteer their time, including the Conductor.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Drake
Company Affiliation IBM
Term Mar 2015 to Mar 2018
Email mdrake@us.ibm.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Mark Drake IBM Corporation
Mr. David Groebe Retired Aviation Executive
Ms. Melissa Peterson Corporate
Ms. Heather Pickett Attorney and Former Music Educator
Mr. Christopher Scherer Radio magazine
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments While the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City has been in existence since the 1920s, the organization was not formally incorporated until 2004, when it became a nonprofit corporation in the State of Missouri.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $8,000
Projected Expenses $8,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using internal financial statements.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,694$9,840$12,716
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.721.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$12,090$0
Current Assets$0$12,090$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$12,090$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments

Since the 1920's, the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City has been performing for various civic and patriotic events throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond.  Financial challenges have been a mainstay for the Band throughout its storied history and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.  However, operating shortfalls have been historically offset by member contributions, such as travel for local and regional performances or out of town costs during the annual national band competition.  As the Band expands its membership and performance calendar, the Band is seeking capital improvement funds to replace aging and/or damaged instruments, equipment, sheet music, and supplies necessary to accommodate such growth.

Organization Name American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City
Address 5308 NW 81st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64151
Primary Phone (816) 741-5166
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Heather M. Pickett
Board Chair Mr. Mark Drake
Board Chair Company Affiliation IBM
Year of Incorporation 2004