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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, January 5, 2009


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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Now This Is Cool!
Keeping in touch with your band students, parents, and staff through mass texting.

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 (example: 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:


Sprint PCS
US Cellular
Verizon Wireless


Follow these steps to set up your instant group text:

  • Have your students/parents/staff fill our a consent form that asks for their cell phone number and cell service provider*.
  • Using your email program, enter the email addresses (using the chart above as a reference) as a group. This way, each time you want to send a mass text message, you only need to enter the group name as the recipient, and your program should do the rest of the work. If you need help with this step, check with your school I.T. department. They can easily set up a distribution list for you.
  • Open up your email program, type your message (keep it very short....this is a text message, not an email), and hit send.
  • That's it!

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!
Richard Saucedo Clinic
January 10, 2009
1:00-4:00 PM

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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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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