Monday, January 5, 2009
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Now This Is Cool!
It is likely that the majority of your band students, staff, and band parents have cell phones with text messaging services. Wouldn't it be great if you could send out a text message to the entire block of recipients, and do it for free*? The best way to accomplish this feat is to send a short email to text message. All cell phone carriers provide a way to convert email messages and have them appear as text messages on recipients' cell phones. For example, Alltel subscribers can receive email by typing their 10-digit phone email@example.com. (example: firstname.lastname@example.org). The email will then appear instantly as a text message. Cool, eh? The only trick is that you need to know the provider for each phone number.
Here are some of the common carriers and the format for sending email as text messages:
Follow these steps to set up your instant group text:
Using this system of communication is perfect for communicating schedule changes and current information/updates. If you have the ability to send email on your phone, it can even be used to text all of your band parents and let them know when buses will be arriving home from trips.
If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email. Good luck!
*Most people are set up to send email for free, but many plans charge to send/receive text messages. It is important to put some sort of disclaimer on your sign-up sheet for parents/students to check their plans to see what fees are associated with them receiving text messages.
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Saucedo Clinic This Saturday!
Palen Music Center and Hal Leonard Publishing are proud to present Richard Saucedo in a clinic at Palen Music Center in Springfield, MO. Richard Saucedo is currently Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. His bands have performed at The Midwest Clinic, the Bands of America Concert Band Festival, and the BOA Marching Band Grand Nationals, being named National Champions in 2005. Mr. Saucedo has composed dozens of works for marching band, concert band, and drum corps including original works for The Cavaliers during several World Championship seasons. He is in constant demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Corporation.
The clinic topics include rehearsal techniques, musicianship, and literature selection.
Although we are past the RSVP deadline, please check with your PMC road rep to see if any spots have opened up.
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Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.
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