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Monday, March 6, 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.

March is Music In Our Schools Month

The text of this article was taken from the MENC website and used with permission.


Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®) began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of music in our schools. March has been officially designated by MENC: The National Association for Music Education for the observance of MIOSM, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

The celebration continues to grow each year, reaching more and more students, teachers, musicians, and music supporters. Schools and communities throughout the country and overseas celebrate MIOSM with concerts and other activities based on the year's theme. Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, libraries, and shopping malls are just some of the arenas in which the public can observe the processes and results of music education.

MENC, representing nearly 100,000 members, is the sponsor of MIOSM. In addition to announcing the theme for the year, the organization is responsible for communicating ideas to support state and local MIOSM celebrations, providing awareness items such as T-shirts, posters, and buttons, and coordinating programs such as The World's Largest Concert®.

MENC's 52 federated state organizations (representing each state, the District of Columbia, and Europe) play an active role in the observance, securing governors' proclamations, enlisting the support of chief state school officers, and establishing organizational structures to help reach individual music educators. MIOSM chairpersons with each state organization provide the major thrust for the MIOSM celebrations, with the goal of involving students, administrators, parents, civic groups, and community members. Other national arts and education organizations also lend their endorsements and support to the programs through publications and events.

MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of quality music education programs in our nation's schools. MENC hopes that teachers, students, and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy. For more information about MIOSM, email Elizabeth Lasko. Click here to learn more about ways to support music education through MENC, and visit MusicFriends to join other advocates insuring that music is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

Nevada Band Festival
The Nevada Band Festival will be held on April 8, 2006. High school and middle school jazz bands and concert bands are invited to participate. The festival is also open to 6th-12th grade solos and ensembles and open age piano solos. If you are interested in more information, please contact Amanda Meyer at Nevada Middle School at (417) 448-2040 ext. 4019.


If you have a band festival that you would like us to advertise on the PMC Quick Note, please submit information to Eric Matzat. We would be happy to help!

Click for more info from the 311 websitePMC Percussion Teacher to be Featured with "311"

Kent LineberryKent Lineberry, percussion instructor at the Palen Music Center Columbia location, will be performing with 311 at their concert in Memphis Tennessee on March 11th, 2006 (3/11 day!).  311 has been known to use some extraordinary performers and ensembles during their concerts, and the Memphis gig will be no different.  The group has decided to assemble a marching drumline for this performance, and Kent was called immediately to fill a position in the quad line. 


"I'm definitely pumped about this," Kent remarked, "I've performed for at least a million people live during my four seasons with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, but this will probably be the biggest single crowd I've ever drummed for!" 


The drummer for 311, Chad Sexton, marched drum corps himself with the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps.  This might be part of the reson 311 is hosting such an unusual ensemble for a concert of this type.  You can find our more information about 311 at the groups website Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Midsouth Colliseum

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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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