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Monday, February 1, 2010


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The foremost technical designers and engineers in Silicon Valley are almost all practicing musicians.

-- Dee Dickinson, Music and the Mind, 1993

Communication Website for School Band & Orchestra by Steve McClard
Thank you to Steve McClard, Director of Bands for Bolivar Schools for submitting the information below.

I wanted to call your attention to a great new website at  I think this will prove to be a great tool that band directors will use.  It really might just be the final answer for communicating with students and parents.  It's basically a social network for band programs that also acts as an outstanding communication tool for the director.  It's private and filtered which makes it appealing to parents.  Watch the video under 'about' from the main page for more.  Feel free to link my email if you put this out on your quicknote.  I would be glad to answer questions for anyone.

It's still in beta right now but it's still really amazing.  We are just getting kids signed in this week.  So far the students love it.  $149 a year introductory.

Steve McClard

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative


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, Phil Myers, and Paul Bowen (417) 882-7000
Columbia Robert Pitts and Jake Herzog (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock (816) 792-8301
Joplin Wayne Blades, Scott Frederickson, and Chelsea Samuel (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Mark VanVranken and Tiffany Dempsey (918) 770-6827


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