This fundraising effort is intended to help with the start-up of a new professional band located in Kansas City. The mission of this band is to become the first all-civilian, full-time professional concert band in America this century. The founder and conductor, Dr. John C. Carmichael, has begun four adult, professional, musical organizations and is well experienced in the processes that must occur at the very beginning of such an effort. You are invited to become a part of the band movement's history. Monies donated are intended to enable highly skilled musicians to realize their dream of having a performing career in music, something that is currently limited to relatively few ensembles in our country. Ultimately, it is our hope that this effort will facilitate the establishment of perhaps 12 similar professional bands in major metropolitan areas in America. By doing so, approximately 600 new, full-time chairs for talented instrumentalists.