International Bandmasters Fraternity PHI BETA MU

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Plan on attending the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
Tuesday, December 16 – Saturday, December 20, 2014
For more information:

Save the date and mark your calendar!

Connect with colleagues at the Phi Beta Mu General Assembly and Awards Breakfast

Phi Beta Mu General Assembly
Thursday, December 18, 2014       7:30-8:30 AM
Hilton Chicago Hotel, Continental Room A – Lobby

Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast*
Thursday, December 18, 2014       8:30-10:30 AM
Hilton Chicago Hotel, Continental Room B – Lobby

Be sure your chapter is represented at the General Assembly Meeting
and the Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast.
*RSVP your attendance at the Awards Breakfast to
by Monday, December 15, 2014. 

Paul Worosello  

Breve Notes #2

Food for Thought

Submitted by Paul Worosello
|  Phi Beta Mu International

In some parts of the country school has already started up. Everywhere else directors are putting the final touches and organization toward the start of a new year. The excitement and possibilities are such a positive rush.

The last time you felt that anticipation was probably in June, eagerly awaiting the approach of summer. Summer: only thinking about band some of the time, spending quality time with family, needed rest, only thinking about band some of the time, recharging batteries, only thinking about band some of the time, vacations, slowing down and really appreciating the life and “job” that allows us to have such a significant impact on our students.
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Paula A. Crider
Paula A. Crider

2014 Outstanding Bandmaster and Outstanding Contributor named

The International Board of Directors proudly congratulates Paula A. Crider, who was named 2014’s Outstanding Bandmaster and Kenneth L. Neidig, who was named 2014’s Outstanding Contributor. More »


Kenneth L. Neidig
Kenneth L. Neidig

Dr. Johnnie Vinson
Dr. Johnnie Vinson

2014 Commission Project

The Executive Board of Phi Beta Mu is dedicated to promoting quality music for the wind band by developing new literature that contributes to the existing band repertoire for all grade levels as we work to build better bands. We pleased to announce that we have commissioned Dr. Johnnie Vinson as the composer of a new work for wind band.

This Grade III piece will be approximately 3 to 5 minutes in length. The projected completion date is Fall 2014.

Dr. Vinson has over 400 published works and is an internationally recognized arranger and composer of music for band. His publisher is the Hal Leonard Corporation. For many years, Dr. Vinson served on the band staff at Auburn University. He retired as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education in 2007. Since his retirement from Auburn he has devoted much of his time to writing music for band. He is an active member of the Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in Alabama.

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 2015 commission of a Grade II work for wind band.

While this work will reflect understanding of the limitations of this grade level, the piece will be crafted with numerous teaching opportunities that allow for interesting part writing for all performers.

All members are encouraged to submit proposals or recommendations of composers for consideration. These recommendations may be submitted to Elva Kaye Lance <>, or any member of the Executive Board prior to the 2014 Annual Board Meeting at the Midwest Clinic.

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 <>.

Take this opportunity to learn more about Gamma Chapter.

Special Projects

The ideals of our fraternity are reflected in the special projects that local chapters focus their time and energy on each year. See what Omicron Chapter (Arkansas) is doing to promote quality wind music and the building of better bands.

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 this year. An idea shared can inspire and motivate action and has the potential to impact our profession in a positive way.

Questions or comments?

Contact any of the members below.

International President Paul Worosello
International Executive Secretary David Lambert
International Webmaster Robert Eklund
International Newsletter Editor Buzzy Green