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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, December 12, 2011


The PMC Quick Note 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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Sousa Junior Honors Band

The Harrison School District is once again honored to have been selected to host the 2nd Annual Sousa Foundation
Junior High Honor Band – Midwest Ozarks Region. The students will again be selected from Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The dates are April 26-28, 2012. We are anticipating two bands this year with the symphonic band consisting of primarily 9th graders with 7th and 8th graders in the concert band. Guest clinician for the symphonic band will be Robert Foster.

Please find attached basic information and an application for membership. Schools that participated in 2010 included: McDonald Co, MO, Cave City, Dover, Farmington, Eureka Springs, Hackett , Granby, MO, Greenbrier, Harrison, Izard Co, Malvern, Mena, Mt Vernon, MO, New Bloomfield, MO, Norman, OK, Omaha, Pierce City, MO and Star City. Don’t leave your students out by not recommending them for membership.

For additional Information or if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Randell W. Mealer
Fine Arts Coordinator
Director of Bands
Harrison School District
Office – 870 741 8403
Fax – 870 741 2606

Lincoln Band Travels to New York City

Erin Helland, Director of Bands for the Lincoln HS Band and her students recently embarked on a six-day adventure to New York City. The band was part of a commemoration ceremony honoring the lives of all lost during the events of September 11th, 2001.  The ceremony took place aboard the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, which is a carrier docked in the Hudson River.  It now serves as a military museum.  During the trip, band members were also able to experience the new 9-11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Times Square, as well as unique New York City areas, such as Harlem, Chinatown, and Little Italy.  They were also able to take in the Broadway musical “Wicked”.  The band would like to thank the community for supporting them in this venture and making this memorial trip possible.

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, Wayne Blades, Jason Moore, Mike Steffen, AAron Bryan (417) 882-7000
Columbia Paul Bowen (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp, Harlan Moore, and Victoria Clymore (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Mark VanVranken and Bryan Snyder (918) 286-1555


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