International Bandmasters Fraternity

PBM Election 2016

Phi Beta Mu International holds an election each year for positions on the International Board of Directors. In 2016 the membership of Phi Beta Mu will elect two new board members.

Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.

Find out how you can nominate a member→

Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction

Two bands have been selected as recipients of the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction in this inaugural year of the award. Congratulations to:
  • Penn High School: Mishawaka, IN | Glenn Northern, Director
  • Westlake High School: Austin, TX | Kerry Taylor, Director
Please help recognize and celebrate these two outstanding band programs during the Midwest Clinic [December 14-17, 2016] at the Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 9 AM in the Joliet Room, located on the third floor of the Chicago Hilton, 720 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017 Award. The Phi Beta Mu Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction is open to all high school band programs. Director must have been at that program for at least the previous five years.
Any member may nominate one program. The initial nomination occurs in confidence with the director unaware of the nomination, just as a potential member is nominated for membership to a state/province chapter.
Bands may be nominated at any time up to April 30 of the current academic year.
Note: The earlier the nomination is received, the more time the nominated program has to assemble all required material.
Name of nominated program, director and contact information is sent to Paul Worosello: (<>) who, within a week, will notify director of the nomination by sending a letter of congratulations and information on how to proceed. Bands are under no obligation to act upon the nomination.

For more information view the news release or visit: Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction.

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Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Awards 2016

Outstanding Bandmaster 2016

Akira Takeda
Colonel Akira Takeda
Commander / Conductor
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band

Outstanding Contributor 2016

Chip Averwater
Chip Averwater
Amro Music Stores
Memphis, Tennessee

Chapter Special Projects

It is exciting to see the themes of mentorship, collaboration and leadership demonstrated by the actions of Phi Beta Mu members and chapters. The ideals of our fraternity are reflected in the special projects that local chapters focus their time and energy on each year. We are thrilled by the response we had from you in 2015!

Discover the common threads of service to our profession that bind our chapters and fraternity together.

Future Commission Projects

In keeping with the Phi Beta Mu mission of building better bands, it is the intent of our executive board that we to continue to contribute to the repertoire of the wind band through commissions of new music at all grade levels. To that end, we are developing proposals for our 2016 commission of a Grade Five work for wind band.

More information about the process and opportunities for Phi Beta Mu chapters to be involved will be forthcoming.

Chapter Profiles

We want to know more about you!

Public relations chair Keith Rudolph is soliciting information in order to expand our awareness of each of our 35 chapters. Even though we have much in common, each of our Phi Beta Mu chapters is unique. By sharing this information we become more connected as a fraternity and the bonds of life, love and music are strengthened.

For more information about this project contact Keith Rudolph at <>.

View profiles from Alpha, Alpha Theta, Gamma, Lambda, Lambda Iota and Nu chapters.

Special Projects

Special projects chair Dwayne Sagen is always interested in receiving information regarding chapter special projects. Please take time to share the goals and projects that your chapter has embarked upon.

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International President Keith Bearden
International Executive Secretary David Lambert
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Phi Beta Mu - Life Love Music

Phi Beta Mu is a non-political, non-profit fraternity organized to promote fellowship among its members, to encourage the building of better bands and the development of better musicians in schools throughout the world, to foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature, and to encourage widespread interest in band performance.