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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, November 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.


Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues!

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Disney Jazz Celebration -- February 19-21, 2009

The Walt Disney World Resort is proud to announce the premiere of Disney Jazz Celebration! Instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles are immersed in a rich learning and interactive environment, culminating with a "jammin" awards ceremony featuring some of the hottest artists in jazz. Experience the magic of Jazz-Disney style!

  • Meaningful Adjudication

  • Nightly Performances

  • Master Classes

  • Awards Ceremony

The 2009 Instrumental Adjudicators include:

  • Dr. Willie Hill, Jr.
    Dr. Willie Hill is Director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a Professor in Music Education. He has served as President of the National Association of Music Education (MENC) and as President of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).

  • Joel Leach
    Joel Leach is the Professor of Music at California State University Northridge, and has been named "Jazz Educator of the Year" (Los Angeles Jazz Society). As a composer/arranger Mr. Leach published more than 100 publications for concert, jazz and marching bands.

  • Dr. Ramon Ricker
    Dr. Ramon Ricker serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Professional Studies, Professor of Saxophone and Director, Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. His arrangements have been commissioned by the American, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and North Carolina Symphonies.

Call toll-free 1-866-722-0898 or visit to register your jazz ensemble today.

Disney Jazz Celebration is supported by Conn-Selmer, Inc. and their family of brands.


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, Scott Frederickson, and Zach Houser
  Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock
  Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mark VanVranken
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