Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, September 19, 2005


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note will contain helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.

Avoiding Conflicts With Rehearsal Schedules by Troy Peterson

Click to visit the Kickapoo HS Band WebsiteThe absence policy at Kickapoo seems to be in constant flux.  It is the only part of the band handbook that ever seems to be modified.  We have had the current policy for three years and it appears to be working.  Avoiding holes on the field has always been our goal.  Inevitably we will have a family emergency of illness that will create a hole for the most important competition or game.


Our policy requires all students that know of any absence to fill out an absence card.  The card asks for the date, reason for absence, and requires a student and parent signature.  We take time at the spring parent meeting to cover the card. Most parents will fill out the card at the meeting.  This process also helps our staff assess how many positions to place on the field.  Students who are going to be absent for games and performances will be assigned a alternate position.  An alternate shadows another marching member.  They get to perform at games and possibly competition depending upon their skill level. 


The can of worms and my personal view:

I like to think that I get along with the coaches and most conflicts can be worked out.  However, there is occasionally the coach that has a difficult time sharing.  “Do my sport, or don’t play for me.”  This is not my philosophy, I try to share.  I think my administration likes to hear that I can share.  I always hope that they are asking the same of the coaches and sports don’t supersede another activity. 


We have a lot of students in band.  We have approximately 30 kids in football, soccer, tennis, golf, and girls softball.  The process of retaining these kids is based upon our staff being consistent in following the procedure that we set forth each year.   More importantly, making sure that everyone is aware of the procedures.

For more information, you can read through the entire Kickapoo HS Band attendance policy on the PMC website.  The articles are available in Adobe pdf format or Microsoft doc format.

Troy Peterson is starting his 13th year as Director of Bands at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University and a Master of Music in Conducting from California State University, Long Beach.   You can find more information about the Kickapoo band program on their band website at

Click to visit the Midwest Marching Competitions WebsiteWeekly Web Spotlight:  Midwest Marching Competitions

There is a wonderful website entitled Midwest Marching Competitions that every director should know about.  The site contains a comprehensive list of area festivals, contest results dating back to 1996, and links to area high school bands in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.  The site posts contest results within hours of festivals being completed and is a great place to visit.

This Saturday’s Area Marching Band Festivals

Saturday,  September 24, 2005

Carrollton Band Day – Carrollton, MO

Lafayette Contest of ChampionsLafayette, MO

Sullivan Marching FestivalSullivan, MO

Webb City Marching FestivalWebb City, MO

DCI Broadcast on ESPN2

For those of you that missed it, or who want to tune in again, ESPN2 will reshow the first hour of the DCI broadcast on Sept. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. The second hour will be re-shown on Sept. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield (417) 882-7000 Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown

Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts

Moberly (660) 263-0109 Clint Thompson

Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades

Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp

St. Joseph (816) 232-4476 Ken Crisp


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