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Monday, May 22, 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 contains 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.

PMC Moves To Beautiful New Columbia Location

Palen Music Center recently moved its Columbia store from Peachtree over to east Broadway. The new location has a splashy showroom stocked full with band equipment, guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, PA systems, print, supplies, and much more. A complete on-site repair facility and eleven new lesson studios round out the new store. Come see Ray Maltbie, store manager and the rest of the gang over at the new Columbia location at 2609 E. Broadway or call the store at (573) 256-5555. The store is open Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 7:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm.


Click to see photos from the new location
Click to see photos of the interior of the new store.

Lengthening the Life of a Rifle: The Importance of Taping Rifles by John Sullivan
With rising costs and limited budgets, it is important to stress upon your color guard members to properly tape their rifles before ever spinning the equipment. All performers will occasionally drop their rifle and beginners even more frequently. As much as catching the rifle improves the performer's level of achievement; unfortunately, dropping the rifle is also a part of the growth process when a student is learning this difficult piece of equipment. By taping correctly, the “life” of a rifle can be extended, which will benefit both the student and your budget!

Photo courtesy of WGI.ORGSUPPLIES: Rifle (of course!), screwdriver, strapping tape, white tape (I prefer vinyl tape)


  1. Remove the rifle bolt, swivels, and strap.
  2. Wrap the strapping tape in three places on the gun:
    • butt of the rifle…
    • area when the bolt rests on the rifle…
    • barrel of the rifle.
  3. Cover all these areas with the white tape.
  4. Replace the rifle bolt, swivels, and strap.

After this project is complete, your color guard members can spin to their “hearts delight” and you can relax your fears of the rifle breaking in two pieces. Remember, dropping is “part of the growth process” to helping them become “rifle divas” , but the investment from your budget will see longer dividends in the end by taking the time to tape your rifles.

John Sullivan has been the color guard instructor and winter guard director at Missouri State University since 1992. Since joining the staff, he has instructed the color guards that are a section of the PRIDE Marching Band and have performed in such national and international venues as the Tournament of Roses Parade, MACY'S Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bands of America Grand National Championships, and London New Year's Day Parade. John is a frequent color guard designer and adjudicator. He is a founding member and executive board member of the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association, and has a featured flag collection with American Band Accessories. John can be reached by email at

Quick Note On Vacation

We want to thank all of the Quick Note readers and contributors for a great year. It is our sincere goal to support and enrich the lives of the directors with whom we work. Relationships are the key of our business and we want to continue to strengthen those ties. Please enjoy a restful summer break and we will resume our Quick Notes in mid-August. We have some exciting things on the horizon and we want you to be a part of it. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know.


We appreciate your business very much and ask for your continued support. Together, we can touch thousands of students' lives and bring the joy of music to our communities.


Eric Matzat


Palen Music Center

Highlights from the Year

Beginners Always Need High-Quality Instruments To Succeed In Their Music by John Whyte

Avoiding Band Burnout - Seeking Inspiration

Summer Music Camp Opportunities

Your Kids Will Love This! (Music Racer Theory Website)

The Power of Four Little Words by Eric Matzat

Can I Sell Recordings Of My Band?

Yes....It Can Rain On Your Parade by Diana Williams

Playing With The Big Kids by David Knight

Jump On That Rudiment Sheet

Oboes For Idgets by Amy Hinson

Online Woodwind Fingering Charts

Sight Reading Tips by Bob Holden

Magical Practice by Jerry Hoover

Time To Train Your Audience -- Concert Etiquette

Online Classroom Timer

Music Education Statistics and Information

Caring For Your Reeds by Dr. Cheryl Cifelli

Hints For Solo and Ensemble Contest by Dr. Belva Prather

Ten Ways To Recruit Middle School Students Into High School Band by Steve Hayes

Incredible Music Theory Site -- You've Gotta Use This!

Preparation For Spring Semester -- Two Things To Start Thinking About Now by Mike Brown

Brassy Caroling by Ed Pfueller

Maintaining Your Instrument Inventory's Health by Marvin Manring

Have Fun At Your First Concert by Eric Matzat

A Bad Instrument Is A Very Bad Reason For Any Child To Lose Interest In Band by NAPBIRT

Spotlight On Area College Music Websites

Have You Thought About Home Recitals? by Jerry Hoover

Web Spotlight: Creating A Grading Rubric

Successful All-State Band Audition Guidelines - Preparation Outline by Ann Goodwin and Paul Copenhaver

Get Some Help From Audition Recordings

Maintain Your Clarinet by Mike Lutley

Trip Preparation Is The Key by Eric Matzat

Utilize Your Drum Major by Rusty Raymond

What To Do For Students With Braces by Jim Donaldson

Keep It Fresh by Michael Knight

Survival Tips For New Teachers by Mike Croom

Use Cable Ties For Quick Brace Repairs by Jerry Rowden

Web Spotlight: Online Music Flash Cards

Avoiding Conflicts With Rehearsal Schedules by Troy Peterson

Musical Accountability - Test It! by Eric Matzat

Online Interactive Scale Sheets from Sibelius Music

Helpful Web Links To State Music Organizations

District Audition Hints - Prepare Those Scales! by Keith Reuther

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 Clint Thompson
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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