Welcome to our newest chapter — Kappa Zeta (Arizona)

President Keith Bearden and event board member Keith Rudolph installed KZ on Saturday, February 4, 2017 during the Arizona Music Educators Association conference in Mesa, Arizona. Twenty-five members were pinned and presented membership certificates.

The tireless efforts of Mr. Raymond Laffin, past president of (Gamma-Indiana, now residing in Arizona) alongside brother Rudolph made this dream a reality.

Keith Bearden, Raymond Laffin, Keith Rudolph

Keith Bearden; Raymond Laffin; Keith Rudolph

Kappa Zeta Chapter

Kappa Zeta Chapter

Upper Row (L-R)
1. Dan Bradstreet
2. Bud Hilditch
3. Scott Burgener
4. Rich Shelton
5. Jim Hudson
6. Keith Bearden
7. Melanie Britton
8. Bill Humbert
9. Anne Haenfler
10. Jennifer Hamilton
11. Jon Gomez
12. Brian Murphy
13. Frank Dubuy
14. Charles Musgrave
15. Milas Yoes
16. Ray Laffin | Advisor
17. Clark Chaffee
Lower Row (L-R)
1. George Hattendorf | Board Member
2. Ken Jaeger
3. Michael Willson | Vice President
4. Peter Pappas
5. Margene Pappas
6. Bob Rudy | President
7. Dennis Smith | Executive Secretary
8. Renee Shane-Boyd
9. Chris Blue
10. Eric Haenfler | Board Member
11. Keith Rudolph

New chapter: Beta Zeta | São Paulo, Brazil

We have a new chapter in Brazil, Beta Zeta! Nine charter members and one honorary member were inducted on February 26, 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Beta Zeta Charter Members

[standing, L to R] Paulo Roberto Charao; Washington De Oliveira Souza; Marcelo Bonvenuto; Everson Silva, President; [seated] Andre de Oliveira, Beta Zeta President and honorary member of Alpha; International President Keith Bearden; Carlos Binder, Executive Secretary; [seated] Vantoil Souza Jr., Vice President; Leandro Pascui; Michael Jewitt [honorary member of Beta Zeta from Calgary, Canada]; Rogerio Wanderley Brito

Congratulations to our new brothers of Phi Beta Mu!

In Memory of a Legend: Dr. William Francis McBeth

In Memory of a Legend
Dr. William Francis McBeth
 [March 9, 1933 – January 6, 2012]

Although born in Ropesville, Texas in 1933, a man who developed a love for cowboys, cattle, cars and music, Dr. McBeth was nonetheless a true Arkansas diamond. McBeth attended Hardin-Simmons University and played in the Cowboy Band in Abilene, Texas where he was presented the Presley Award for Outstanding Bandsman at Hardin-Simmons. He served in the military from 1954 to 1956 with the 101st Airborne Band and 98th Army Band.

His works led to many appearances as a guest conductor, where he often directed premiere performances of his compositions. Dr. McBeth’s conducting activities have taken him to 49 states, three Canadian provinces, Japan, and Australia. His “Double Pyramid Balance System” is a widely used pedagogical tool in the concert band world. Dr. William Clark from New Mexico State University said, “I learned the tone of the wind band is developable; you can change it, you can make it better. He gave me and thousands of others the tools to make the band sound much more palatable, much more flexible, artistic.”

Dr. McBeth was an active member of Phi Beta Mu Omicron Chapter and was the 1997 Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Contributor to Bands. He served as Professor of Music and Resident Composer at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas from 1957 to 1996. The most outstanding of his awards have been the Presley Award at Hardin-Simmons University; the Howard Hanson Prize at the Eastman School of Music for his Third Symphony; recipient of an ASCAP Special Award each consecutive year from 1965 to the present; the American School Band Directors Association’s Edwin Franko Goldman Award; elected Fellow of the American Wind and Percussion Artists by the National Band Association; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s 1988 American Man of Music; Kappa Kappa Psi’s National Service to Music Award; Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic’s 1993 Medal of Honor, and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. McBeth was music director of the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock, and in 1975 was appointed Composer Laureate of the State of Arkansas by the Governor.

His greatest treasures, however, were his dear wife Mary, son Matt, and daughter Laura. Then came the in-laws and grandchildren — he loved them all!

Dr. McBeth established himself as one of the pre-eminent composers in the field of music for wind band, producing a body of work which is internationally recognized as among the finest of its kind. ASBOA commissioned McBeth to write Grace Praeludium to honor the many years of faithful, selfless service of Raymond [1992 Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Contributor to Bands] and Ruth Brandon. That piece was premiered at the 1982 Arkansas All-State Band Concert under his direction. So many students fondly remember the 1994 All-State experience with Dr. McBeth which also included a second concert in June at the national ASBDA Convention that was held in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

We will continue to be able to play, conduct and listen to his amazing music. We will remember the incredible times we were able to share with him. One minute telling us about exciting and beautiful music or how to improve the sound of our bands — the next telling a funny story. Everyone was his friend — he genuinely loved people! The world lost an extraordinary musician — Arkansas lost a friend. How blessed we were to have crossed paths. Heaven is a little richer now.

–Julia Reynolds  ASBOA Executive Secretary

Hear interview with Dr. McBeth courtesy of the Arkansas Educational Television Network from their “Men and Women of Distinction” series.

Hall of Fame 2012 Announcement

Induction into the Phi Beta Mu International Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a fraternity member. In 74 years of Phi Beta Mu history, only six members have received this recognition. Induction into this prestigious group of individuals implies a significant contribution not only to our profession, but also to the growth and vitality of the International organization.

Phi Beta Mu International announces the induction of three of our most distinguished colleagues: Richard Crain, James Slutz, and Robert Eklund. They have served Phi Beta Mu with passion and integrity and we acknowledge their long service and commitment to the International organization and our profession.

RICHARD CRAIN served as Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International for over 30 years. He was the constant figure through eight presidents and many board members. He was the single person that saw us through the transition from the 1970s into the new millennium. His strong conviction and gentle spirit have left an indelible mark on the identity of our organization.

JAMES SLUTZ was the Editor of the Phi Beta Mu Report for over two decades — a role he executed with passion, dedication and integrity. In turn, ROBERT EKLUND developed and implemented the International website in 2001 and has served as its webmaster since its inception. Robert has shared his expertise and given countless hours of his time to ensure the longevity and health of Phi Beta Mu International. James and Robert have collectively served Phi Beta Mu International for over 30 years. They have facilitated the communications of our organization from the traditional medium of print to the virtual communication of the contemporary website.

The scope of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity would be not be what it is today without the contributions and sacrifice of these gentlemen. We are grateful for their gifts of time, energy, and expertise. They have given of themselves and we are richer for it.

The debt is ours … thank you!