International Bandmasters Fraternity

2017 Election Results

The membership of Phi Beta Mu has elected two new Board members.

Gary Wells
Gary Wells
Julia Reynolds
Julia Reynolds

Thank you to all the candidates who participated in this year’s election.

Phi Beta Mu International
Midwest Meetings 2017

General Assembly

Thursday, December 21, 2017
7:30 AM
Astoria Room 3rd Floor
Hilton Chicago Hotel

Awards Breakfast

Thursday, December 21, 2017
9 – 11 AM
Waldorf Room 3rd Floor
Hilton Chicago Hotel

Connect with colleagues and be inspired. We welcome you to join us at our annual business meeting and the Awards Breakfast. Your presence helps us honor recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Bandmasters Award, Dr. Jerry Junkin of the University of Texas, and Dr. Dennis Fisher of North Texas University, our 2017 Outstanding Contributor to Bands. We will also acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of Mr. Evelio Villarreal and the Plano East Senior High Band.

All Phi Beta Mu members are members of Phi Beta Mu International. The fee for the Awards Breakfast is included in your Phi Beta Mu membership dues. Guests are welcome. However, please note that non-Phi Beta Mu members must pay $25.

Please RSVP to David Lambert (<>) at your earliest convenience.

Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction

Two bands were selected as recipients of the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction in the inaugural year of the award. Congratulations to:  

  • Penn High School: Mishawaka, IN | Glenn Northern, Director
  • Westlake High School: Austin, TX | Kerry Taylor, Director

These two outstanding band programs were recognized and celebrated during the Midwest Clinic [December 14-17, 2016] at the Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast.

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.

The following video is the example Westlake High School submitted with their application. In addition to highlighting specific aspects of the program, along with a brief narration outlining accomplishments, this video would also be a great way to inform your community about your program and use for recruitment purposes.

For more information visit: Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction.

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Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Awards 2017

Outstanding Bandmaster 2017

Jerry Junkin
Jerry Junkin
Director of Bands
University of Texas

Outstanding Contributor 2017

Dennis Fisher
Dennis Fisher
Associate Director of Wind Studies
Professor of Music
Conductor of Symphonic Band

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 2016!

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

PBM Commission Projects

Phi Beta Mu International is dedicated to promoting quality music for the wind band medium by developing new literature that contributes to the existing band repertoire for all grade levels.

Congratulations and thank you to the Mineola Middle School 1-C Honor Band and their conductor Melissa Grant Fisher for the premiere performance of our new commission Wings of Mercury by William Owens.

The performance took placein San Antonio, Texas at the Lila Cockrell Theater in conjunction with the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Thanks also to commission chair Elva Kaye Lance, Vice President of PBM International, for her work on this meaningful project.

William Owens; Melissa GranFisher; PaulWorosello

William Owens; Melissa Grant Fisher; Paul Worosello, Past President PBM International

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 2017-2018 commission of a Grade Five work for wind band.

For more information about the process and opportunities for Phi Beta Mu chapters to be involved, contact Jay Watkins at <>

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.

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We encourage you to invite other Phi Beta Mu members to join our group.

This is a closed group; others will be able to see who the members are and what Phi Beta Mu is about. However, they will not see posts or any information that is located on the site.

Take the time to join our Facebook group. Get the latest news and stay connected with your Phi Beta Mu colleagues and friends.

Questions or comments?

Contact any of the members below.

International President Keith Bearden
International Executive Secretary David Lambert
Website/Social Media Facilitator Sheryl Bowhay

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.