International Bandmasters Fraternity

Phi Beta Mu Reaches Out to International Band Scene

The Phi Beta Mu Board of Directors has created an International Assistance Fund (IAF) to provide assistance to school/community bands in foreign countries. Funding is to be used for supplies or classroom equipment purchased locally in the foreign country or, for assistance in the transport, shipping, or mailing of items. Awards will not exceed $500 to any one school or program.

Applications from Phi Beta Mu members will be received at anytime during the year. Inquiries and submissions are to be directed to the International President Elva Kaye Lance. Requests will be approved or declined within seven working days.

Please use your member login and go the Forms & Documents page to access more information regarding the application process.

Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction

Rich Armstrong, Director of Bands Waxahachie High School; Paul Worosello, , Phi Beta Mu International

[l to r:] Richard Armstrong, Director of Bands, Waxahachie High School; Paul Worosello, Phi Beta Mu International
photo: Robert James Cesario

One band was selected as recipient of the Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction in the third year of the award. Congratulations to:  

Waxahachie High School, Waxahachie, Texas
Richard Armstrong, Director

This outstanding band program was recognized and celebrated during the Midwest Clinic [December 17-21, 2019] at the Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 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 Phi Beta Mu 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 visit: Earl D. Irons Program of Distinction.

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Phi Beta Mu Awards 2019

Outstanding Bandmaster 2019

Craig Kirchhoff
[l to r] Keith Rudolph, PBM International; Craig Kirchhoff, Professor Emeritus of Conducting & Director Emeritus of University Bands, University of Minnesota

Outstanding Contributor 2019

Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (ret.)
[l to r] Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (ret.), Director Emeritus, U.S. Marine Band; Julia Reynolds, PMB International

A highlight of the annual Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast is the opportunity to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to our profession. Even as we honour them they continue to inspire us with their wisdom and demeanour. They truly exemplify the ideals of our fraternity; life, love and music.

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.

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

Commission Projects

New information about future Commission Projects and opportunities is forthcoming. Please refer to the link below for information about past Commission Projects.

  • Cosmic Expedition* by Michael J. Miller
    Published by Carl Fischer  |  Grade Three
  • Prelude and Presto by David Holsinger
    Published by CL Barnhouse  |  Grade Five

*The premiere performance of Cosmic Expedition was performed by the Woodlands Concert Band, conducted by Richard Crain, at the 2018 Midwest Clinic on Thursday, December 18, 2018.

More information is available about our composers, the commissions and performers.

Chapter Profiles

We want to know more about you!

Public relations chair Travis J. Weller 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 Travis J. Weller at <>

View the profiles from 27 of our 35 chapters. Help us complete our roster by submitting your chapter profile today.

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Questions or comments?

Contact any of the members below.

International President Elva Kaye Lance
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.