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Monday, February 13, 2006


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.

Music Education Statistics and Information
Click to view the online bookletThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has a booklet full of statistics supporting music education in our schools. This information is perfect to include in concert programs, to distribute to administrators, to arm fellow educators, and inform parents of music students. NAMM will grant you permission to print and distribute the booklet in its entirety if you so choose. Here are some samples from page one of the booklet:

The booklet contains three additional pages of research quotes. Please help us spread the knowledge! You can find additional materials of advocacy on the site. This material is being by PMC used with permission Scott Robertson, Director of Marketing, for NAMM.

PMC Drumline Clinic Makes News on Dynasty Website
This article is courtesy of the Dynasty Percussion website.

On January 5th, 2006, the Gateway Percussion 2006 quad line and their tech, Kent Lineberry, put on a quad drumming clinic at Palen Music Center in Columbia, Missouri. The event was well attended, with standing room only, and was sponsored by Dynasty USA, Innovative Percussion, Evans Heads, Palen Music Center, and the Midwest Percussion Academy.

In preparing for this clinic, Kent Lineberry had the attendees in mind. “We could have gone out and just done our thing, and everyone would have thought that was cool, but I wanted attendees to feel like this was something they can do one day, too. That's why I created a few exercises especially for the clinic…so that the attendees could get in on the fun!”

The clinic focused on participation. A beginner, intermediate, and advanced quad exercise was distributed at the store and by e-mail in the weeks preceding the clinic. Attendees were invited up to play these exercises with members of Gateway Percussion! All the participants did outstanding jobs, particularly the younger percussionists who had never been exposed to the instrument before!

Nathan White, manager of the store, stated, “It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what a clinic can be like. This was more interactive and less of a spectator event, and it created the chance for kids to actually play with these incredible musicians. It really struck a chord of inspiration with the casual spectators as well as the lesson students.”

After the participation, a performance of exercises and show music by Gateway Percussion's quad line, and a great question and answer session, attendees were allowed to come up and try out the Dynasty quads for themselves while they asked the members of the quad line additional questions. It was a great chance for them to see the quality of the instruments and the fun that quad drumming can be!

Paul Richardson, Executive Director of Gateway Percussion, had this to say: “This clinic was an outstanding opportunity to do three things. One, to expose young percussionists to an instrument that I dearly love; two, to promote Gateway percussion and the WGI activity to a new audience; and three, to let everyone see for themselves the quality Dynasty equipment that we are privileged to play on.”

Battle of the Bands

Southern Boone County Schools is doing a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, March 18th with BR Entertainment providing sound and Bridge Studio offering a grand prize of 10 hours of free recording time.  The purpose of the event is to raise money for the band booster program. Palen Music Center would like to wish all competing bands the best of luck.

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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.


(417) 882-7000
Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown
Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Martin Probstfield
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Moberly (660) 263-0109 Joe Brown
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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