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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


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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W. Francis McBeth (1933-2012)

We were saddened to learn of the passing of William Francis McBeth on Friday, January 6, 2012.

Dr. McBeth served for 39 years on the Ouachita Baptist University faculty in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus of Music and Distinguished University Professor. He also was a world-renowned composer, former conductor of the Arkansas Symphony, and Composer Laureate of the State of Arkansas. In 1962, McBeth conducted the Arkansas All-State Band, with future president Bill Clinton playing in the tenor saxophone section. McBeth received the ASCAP Special Award every year since 1965. Truly a giant in our profession.

McBeth is survived by wife Mary Sue White and two children.

Learn more about Francis Macbeth

Sousa JH Honor Band - Deadline Reminder
Information contributed by Randy Mealer, Director of Bands at Harrison, AR.


Please remember to nominate and submit your Jr High students (grades 7-9) for membership in the 2nd Bi-Annual Sousa Jr Honor Band hosted in Harrison, Arkansas. The dates are April 26-27-28 with a concert on the 28th.

There are very few other Sousa Jr Honor bands in the United States which includes: Alabama, California, Indiana, Kansas, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Guest conductor will be Dr. Robert “Bob” Foster from the University of Kansas. His program will be taken from:

High School Cadets (JP Sousa/ed Robert E Foster)
Rage (Randall Standridge)
Elegy for the USS Arizona (Larry McTaggaart)
A Sousa Portrait (Robert E Foster)
The Big Circus (Robert E Foster)

The fun night will include tickets to the RFDTV Theater in Branson.

Since information did not go out until late November the deadline for submission has been extended to 1/21/12. Acceptance notification will still be the 1st of February.

Applications and information may be found at under the message link, under the Sousa Band link or at under the projects and awards menu at the Junior Honor Band link.

Applications may be sent via mail, fax or email to Don’t let your students be left out, this has proven to be an exceptional musical and educational experience for past participants.

Randell W. Mealer
Fine Arts Coordinator
Director of Bands
Harrison School District

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 and Victoria Clymore (816) 792-8301
Joplin AAron Bryan (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless, Walter Pitts, and Mark VanVranken (918) 286-1555


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