Breve Notes #1
Food for Thought
Submitted by Paul Worosello, President – Phi Beta Mu International
Accountability is the single biggest issue facing educators today and unfortunately the solution to raising the individual standard is beyond the scope of this brief “food for thought.” Assessment is essential to monitor, evaluate and improve the educational process.
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
2013 Meritorious Achievement Award
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 <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=DGdUfWxNSGJdVXUzUmUJfFZ5ckxgYVhqB31RYk5r_360>, or any member of the Executive Board prior to the 2014 Annual Board Meeting at the Midwest Clinic.
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|