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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, May 4, 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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During moments of musical euphoria, blood travels through the brain to areas where other stimuli can produce feelings of contentment and joy—and travels away from brain cell areas associated with depression and fear.

-- Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999

Money, Money, Money!!!!

Your school district may be receiving a large chunk of money from the recent stimulus plan.  You can view the reports for each state and see how much money each individual district is receiving.  This is all part of the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act (ARRA) and schools are advised to focus on short-term investments with potential long-term benefits.  Replacing older instruments for your marching or concert band can readily meet this objective.  I would encourage you to come up with a wish list of instruments and quickly approach your administration and school board to find out what possibilities there are for accessing that money.  We would be happy to assist in putting together bid proposals quickly and would be grateful to assist you with your musical instrument needs.

Here is a link to each state's page. View the report for your district and then act quickly to find out what the plans are for the funding:

School districts in Missouri

School districts in Oklahoma

School districts in Kansas

School districts in Arkansas

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 and Tiffany Hanson (918) 770-6827


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