Monday, May 22, 2006
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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.
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!
SUPPLIES: Rifle (of course!), screwdriver, strapping tape, white tape (I prefer vinyl tape)
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 JohnSullivan@MissouriState.edu.
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.
Palen Music Center
Highlights from the Year
Your Kids Will Love This! (Music Racer Theory Website)
The Power of Four Little Words by Eric Matzat
Yes....It Can Rain On Your Parade by Diana Williams
Playing With The Big Kids by David Knight
Oboes For Idgets by Amy Hinson
Sight Reading Tips by Bob Holden
Magical Practice by Jerry Hoover
Caring For Your Reeds by Dr. Cheryl Cifelli
Hints For Solo and Ensemble Contest by Dr. Belva Prather
Brassy Caroling by Ed Pfueller
Maintaining Your Instrument Inventory's Health by Marvin Manring
Have Fun At Your First Concert by Eric Matzat
Have You Thought About Home Recitals? by Jerry Hoover
Successful All-State Band Audition Guidelines - Preparation Outline by Ann Goodwin and Paul Copenhaver
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
Avoiding Conflicts With Rehearsal Schedules by Troy Peterson
Musical Accountability - Test It! by Eric Matzat
Online Interactive Scale Sheets from Sibelius Music
District Audition Hints - Prepare Those Scales! by Keith Reuther
Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.
|Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown|
|(417) 862-2700||Martin Probstfield|
|Columbia||(573) 256-5555||Robert Pitts|
|Moberly||(660) 263-0109||Clint Thompson|
|Liberty||(816) 792-8301||Ken Crisp|
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