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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 24, 2008


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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**Note: Applications for the free English horn are due by next Monday, March 31st.
Do You Need More Low Brass Members?
At the Midwest Clinic this year, Tom Bough gave a great clinic on recruiting and training low brass musicians. Most band programs could benefit from additional interest and expertise in their euphonium and tuba sections. Look through the handout below for some great suggestions. Click for a printable copy of this handout.

Click for more information about Dr. BoughRecruit, Retain and Train Your Low Brass Section
by Dr. Thomas Bough
Northern Illinois University
Yamaha Performing Artist

Low brass are crucial for intonation, balance and tone color.

Recruiting Strategies for Low Brass:

Retention Strategies:

Method Book recommendations:

Other training aids:

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 Jeromy Pope
  Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
  Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
  Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades and Zach Houser
  Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock
  Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken
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