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Monday, September 18, 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. Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues.

Link to the UMKC Conservatory SiteState Band Audition Materials Available Online

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservator of Music has posted the Missouri State Band Audition Materials on their website. The files are downloadable as mp3 files and are very helpful for students to listen to, imitate, and practice with. Questions or comments can be directed to Professor Joe Parisi, UMKC Wind Ensemble Director.

Missouri Bandmasters


This year, the students will be using SET III. You can review Missouri All-State Band Audition Lists online on the Missouri Bandmasters Website. There is also a very helpful article entitled Preparing For The All-State Audition written by Paul Copenhaver and Ann Goodwin.

Percentage of Americans Who Believe:
Music is part of a well-rounded education -- 95%
Music is an activity that a child can enjoy all his/her life -- 98%
Music brings the family together -- 90%
School band is a good way for young people to develop teamwork skills -- 97%
Schools should offer instrumental music as part of the regular curriculum -- 93%
Music gives children a sense of accomplishment -- 95%
Music helps instill an appreciation of arts and culture -- 96%

Reference: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 1998, 1996.

Music Educator Websites

Below are some quick links to Missouri music educator district websites. We would love to include some district sites from Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. If you have a website you would like to see featured, please let us know!


Northeast Missouri District
District #2

St. Louis Suburban District
District #5

South Central Missouri District
District #9


Southwest District
District #11

Does your district have a website that was not listed here? Please let us know so that we can spotlight you in an upcoming Quick Note!

Online Rental Portal Available

If you have students who miss the instrument display night, you might direct them to the Palen Music Center Online Rental webportal. The parents can specify an instrument of choice, fill out the information, and we can deliver the instrument to the school. It is that easy! Just visit and click Online Rental.

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 Burl Williams
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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