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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, May 21, 2007


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.


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Updated Recruiting Materials from Palen Music Center
PMC wants to help kids Last year, we unveiled a new line of recruiting materials specifically for beginning band recruiting. We called it the "Be In Band" campaign. Last year's DVD 2-disc package included recruiting handouts, parent letters, recruiting timeline and tips, along with a five-minute video that really got kids excited about joining the band program. Schools that utilized the videos and handouts showed a significant increase in student enrollment and it also saved the directors time and hassle in creating the materials.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on an updated recruiting package, which contains both a five-minute and fifteen-minute video. Each video contains student testimonials about what it means to be part of a band program. Teachers can choose which video length best suits their recruiting needs. There are also updated handouts and materials to make your job easier and more successful. Together, we can help more kids "Be In Band".

We hope to continue to expand this program with more options, customizeable forms, orchestra recruiting materials and video, and more. Your feedback will help us to put the finishing touches on this project.

Visit with your PMC road representative for more details.

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

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, Mike Brown, and Zach Houser
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 and Dick Murdock
Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken


If you would like to submit material, make changes or corrections, give comments, or wish to be removed from this mailing list, please contact Eric Matzat.