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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 9, 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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Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.

-- H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

Coach Wooden on Leadership

The website contains some of the most helpful, inspirational, and tested leadership material available. The pyramid below was developed by Coach Wooden over decades and reflects the building-block process for developing success. The idea is to start at the bottom of the pyramid from the corners, and work your way in. Only after all five foundation building blocks are in place should the next level be developed. A printable version of the pyramid is available by clicking on the image below.

All core values translate into the classroom, the band room, business, or the basketball court. Developing teamwork by prioritizing focus on the building blocks is certainly a recipe for success. Below are the 12 Lessons in Leadership from the bottom of the pyramid:

1. Good Values Attract Good People

2. Love Is The Most Powerful Four-Letter Word

3. Call Yourself A Teacher

4. Emotion Is Your Enemy

5. It Takes 10 Hands To Make A Basket

6. Little Things Make Big Things Happen

7. Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

8. The Carrot Is Mightier Than A Stick

9. Make Greatness Attainable By All

10. Seek Significant Change

11. Don't Look At The Scoreboard

12. Adversity Is Your Asset

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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