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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, April 13, 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.


Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues!

In 2003, 54% of American households reported having at least one musical instrument player, the highest figure since the study began in 1978.

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

Helpful Beginning Band Recruiting Materials

Palen Music Center offers a series of free beginning band recruitment tools to assist directors. In addition to the materials found at the links below, we have a short five-minute recruiting video perfect to show all prospective band students. Please see your PMC road representative to reserve a DVD copy of the video.

Recruitment Tips and Timeline
This three-page pdf walks you though tried, tested, and proven suggestions for getting the most out of your recruitment drive. These tips have been gathered from the hundreds of band directors that we have served over the years.

  • What to do before the end of the school year
  • What to do before the school year starts (July/August)
  • What to do on the first day of school
  • What to do day two and after...
  • What to do on instrument display night
  • Communication tips
Click to view the PMC recruitment guide
You Can't Play With The Wrong Equipment
This flyer is perfect to send home to parents. It is very important to inform parents about the many different brands and sources for instruments. Together, we can help educate parents that a poor instrument is a terrible reason for a child to lose interest in band. A quality instrument is a critical step in the beginning band process.
Click to view the PMC flyer

YBNB& Parent Flyer (Why Be In Band?)
This informative flyer reveals some of the many reasons for children to participate in your band program.

  • Scholarship
  • Friendships
  • Experiences
Click to view the PMC parent flyer

YBNB& Student Flyer (Why Be In Band?)
This flyer is perfect to send home with kids to whet their appetite for participation in your program.

We hope this series of flyers, parent handouts, timeline, and advocacy information helps you have the most successful recruiting season ever. We are proud to partner with you and your program.

Let's make some music!

Click to view the PMC student flyer

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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