Monday, September 15, 2014



Start on time, every time. Think about the message it sends when students are on time, yet nothing is happening for a few minutes as the rehearsal begins. Make sure a regular activity (stretching, fundamentals, warm-ups, etc) begins when the clock strikes (8:00).

Start in the same block or warm-up arc everyday and assign each student a specific spot. Students know exactly where they're supposed to be & when, making taking attendance very easy, and emphasizes being on time.


Visual Fundamentals are arguably the most important part of your daily marching band routine. An All-State musician who cannot march well, does not sound like an All-Stater when moving. An individual's Visual Performance affects their Music Performance, which also affects Music Ensemble & GE Music, as well as each Visual caption.

If I had only 30 minutes of rehearsal a day, I would spend at least 10 minutes in Visual Fundamentals. It's that important.


When I began teaching at Broken Arrow, I was shocked at the slow pace in which bands throughout that area taught their shows. I had always operated under the mind-set that getting the entire show on the field as quickly as possible, followed by cleaning was the best approach. I quickly came to understand the differences between information overload vs. mastery learning. When students were presented with more information (drill) after having a "performance-ready" level of understanding of what they had previously been given, there was much more retention and much less re-teaching.... and frustration, etc. Students were very confident and proud of what they were doing throughout the season, and I had a lot more fun as a teacher.

AAron Bryan
Palen Music Center

AAron Bryan taught band for 13 years, the last 8 at Broken Arrow High School, home of the nationally acclaimed Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band - the 2006 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Mr. Bryan was an 8-time Oklahoma Band Director Sweepstakes winner and his Wind Ensemble performed as one of three Oklahoma bands selected to OMEA’s Friday evening Honor Concert in 2009. AAron was a lead soprano soloist and brass instructor for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps and later served as Brass Caption Head for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. AAron holds Master of Arts degrees from Truman State University in Conducting and Trumpet Performance and a Bachelors Degree in Education from Missouri State University. He is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and drill writer across the midwest. Mr. Bryan’s professional affiliations include Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Northeast Oklahoma Band Directors Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, and he is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

YOU ARE INVITED to the Missouri State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony concert on Monday, September 22, 2014.

YOU ARE INVITED to the Midwest Trumpet Festival held at Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas - October 12-13, 2014

Under the direction of Dr. Todd Hastings, the Midwest Trumpet Festival's mission is to gather leading performers, educators, students, and community for an intensive time of large and small continuing education sessions, master classes, recitals, and concerts. The festival will also serve to bring together the community of professional trumpet pedagogues and performers from the Midwest region. The festival will feature renowned trumpet performers and scholars and is open for the public to attend.

David HickmanThe Midwest Trumpet Festival is proud to announce this year's featured performer David Hickman, International trumpet soloist and Regents' Professor of Trumpet at Arizona State University. The event will be held on October 12-13, 2014. Public school students receive a special 50% discount.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Todd Hastings, Professor of Trumpet
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
(620) 235-4485 office

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, Mike Steffen, Amanda Meyer and Melissia Goff (417) 882-7000
Columbia Chuck Appleton and Dylan Gililland (573) 256-5555
Liberty John Bell, Rob Goade and Paul Warnex (816) 792-8301
Joplin Amanda Meyer (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless, Mary Ann French and David Gorham (918) 286-1555
OKC Charlie Bartrug and Kirby Swinney (405) 896-8111
PMC Admin Eric Matzat, AAron Bryan and Zach Houser (417) 882-7000


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