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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 2, 2009


The PMC Quick Note is a service provided to all area directors. It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest. The 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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95% of Americans in a 2003 Gallup Poll believe that music is a key component in a child’s well-rounded education; three quarters of those surveyed feel that schools should mandate music education.

-- Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music,” 2003

Meet Our Case Workers

Did you know that Palen Music Center repairs instrument cases? We can replace broken latches, hinges, or feet. It's smart to protect your investment! We're here to help.

Send in your broken instrument cases with your PMC road rep and we'll be happy to give you a free repair estimate.

An Important Partner: The Music Dealer by Ella Wilcox

"Yes, partnerships are important,” says MENC member Tracy Leenman, “and one of the most important is a partnership with a music retailer. Because of rapidly-occurring changes in the industry, this relationship is essential for keeping up with the latest mergers, brands, models, and specs that affect the music educator’s daily decisions.”

Leenman continues, “The local dealer is the educator’s connection to NAMM, the International Music Products Association (, a major supporter of music advocacy and music research, and the creator of many initiatives that involve more people in music-making.”

“Today’s Internet-savvy students tend to shop online and look first for the lowest price,” states Leenman, “but an Internet company can’t lend you a keyboard, quickly solder a leadpipe, or replace a drumhead for you--on the spot--in an emergency. A good music dealer can do all of this, and he or she can also help with recruiting, retention, budget proposals, writing grants, in-service workshops, music technology, and much more.”

She concludes, “the educator-retailer relationship is truly a partnership critical to successful music teacher preparation.”


  • For a list of companies affiliated with MENC, go to the MENC Web site, click on “Business Connection” in the left-hand banner, and choose “View the Corporate Member Directory” then ”List All Organizations.”
  • For information on specific music dealers and manufacturers, contact the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD,, an affiliate of NAMM whose members are dedicated to supporting their areas’ school music programs.

Tracy E. Leenman, who teaches bassoon privately, is a music educator/clinician with Musical Innovations in Greenville, South Carolina. She taught choral and instrumental music for thirty-five years. Leenman also chairs the South Carolina Coalition for Music Education and serves as an occasional guest conductor.

--Ella Wilcox, February 11, 2009, © MENC: The National Association for Music Education (

Click for a link to the original article, as found on the MENC website.

Zildjian "Pitch Black" Incredible Cymbal Deal

The Avedis Zildjian Co., Cymbal innovators for 385 years, is proud to announce its first-ever color-coated cymbal series. "Pitch Black™" cymbals are available in a full range of sizes and models and are designed specifically for Rock and Metal applications. The series features eight models including a 22-inch Ride, 20-inch Crash Ride, 18 and 16-inch Crashes, 13-inch Splash, 15-inch Mastersound HiHats, 14-inch HiHats and an 18-inch China.

Utilizing a proprietary coating process, all Pitch Black™ cymbals are made from Zildjian's high performance Bronze 12 Alloy which features enhanced tin content for a richer sound. The coating process allows the cymbals to be durable and visually striking while still opening up as a cymbal should. Heavier weights and large sizes combined with new profiles, cups, lathing and hammering techniques help to deliver the brightness and presence required for Rock and Metal applications.

The 22-inch Ride features an oversized bell for extra volume but is crafted to have enough wash to provide body when striking the edge. The 20-inch Crash Ride was primarily designed as an explosive Crash but still has enough balance to be used as a primary or secondary Ride. For Crashes, the 18-inch model is clear and substantial with excellent sustain and the 16-inch model along with the 13-inch Splash are perfect for quick accents.

The 14-inch HiHats offer the traditional size while the 15-inch Mastersound HiHats offer extra volume with the hammered outer edge on the bottom cymbal providing a massive "chick" sound. The undersides of both HiHat models have been left uncoated to maximize their "chick" and projection. Rounding out the series, the 18-inch China features a wide flange and gives a powerful voice for trashy, musical punctuations.

Zildjian's John Sorenson commented, "The first thing that hits you about these cymbals is the strikingly beautiful black finish. Pure black with contrasting white "Pitch Black™" and Zildjian logos on top of fully lathed Bronze 12 alloy. The second thing that hits you is how great they sound. The shapes and sizes we used produce the right range of tones and projection for Rock. It is sort of like a one-two combination that comes out of nowhere."

Learn more about the Pitch Black series on the Zildjian website.

Additional Savings!
In addition to this fantastic two of these cymbals and you get an additional $20 off your total order! Buy three cymbals and take an additional $30 off your total order! Buy four or more cymbals and take an additional $50 off your total order!


These prices can only be obtained by ordering  
through your Palen Music Center road rep.  
Prices are good through Friday, March 13th.  
Quantities are limited. Please act quickly.  

13" Zildjian Pitch Black Splash   
List $153 | PMC Special Price $61.20   

14" Zildjian Pitch Black HiHat Pair   
List $344 | PMC Special Price $137.60   

15" Zildjian Pitch Black Mastersound HiHat Pair   
List $396 | PMC Special Price $158.40   

16" Zildjian Pitch Black Crash   
List $225 | PMC Special Price $90.00   

18" Zildjian Pitch Black Crash   
List $255 | PMC Special Price $102.00   

18" Zildjian Pitch Black China   
List $255 | PMC Special Price $102.00   

20" Zildjian Pitch Black Crash Ride   
List $305 | PMC Special Price $122.00   

22" Zildjian Pitch Black Ride   
List $336.00 | PMC Special Price $134.40   

Zildijian Pitch Black Pro Box Set   
Includes 18" Crash, 22" Ride, 15" HiHats   
List $918.00 | PMC Special Price $299.00  

Bret Kuhn Percussion Clinic on March 21

Bret Kuhn, former arranger of the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps will be doing a clinic in conjunction with the MCCGA Color Guard and Percussion Show held at Kickapoo High School on March 21.  The clinic will begin following the percussion performances at approximately 2 PM.    Admission is $7.00 for the show and clinic.   We hope you can make time to attend this educational percussion event.  

For more information, please visit the MCCGA website for information regarding the clinic.

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.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Mike Brown, and Jeromy Pope (417) 882-7000
Columbia Robert Pitts and Stephenie Algya (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock (816) 792-8301
Joplin Wayne Blades, Scott Frederickson, and Zach Houser (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Mark VanVranken (918) 770-6827


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