Dr. Brett A. Richardson, Alpha chapter member and Director of Bands at the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio TX), commissioned Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame member Fred J. Allen to create a flexible, instrumentation version of Tielman Susato’s The Danserye (1551) for use by small, socially-distanced chamber ensembles. Allen carefully arranged 10 movements for woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion, allowing groups of varied instrumentation to perform Susato’s collection of Renaissance dances. As part of the commission, Richardson and the students of the UIW Bands will be providing the score and parts gratis to bands and orchestras that have experienced budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of September 2020, nearly 40 high school and university bands from across the U.S. and Europe have requested access to the arrangement. If you would like to request access to the music, please contact Dr. Richardson at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=aG5reQJFbVwdTFEkIHooeCJ8MmFvZw-3D-3D_360>. (August 2020)
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PBM Mississippi Chapter “Young Band Director Project”
These videos were sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and produced and filmed by CA Video Productions. They are designed for young directors or college students who are getting ready begin their student teaching experience. The directors you see in these videos are some of the finest directors in our state who have volunteered to demonstrate methods and techniques they have developed throughout their years of teaching.
Marine Band Learning Tools
This is a tremendous resource with lots of reference recordings and program notes that can be downloaded for free. This is a “hidden jewel” on the web. Thanks to the PBM Georgia website for reminding us all about this link.
Musical Mastery for Band website
−by Kathy Johnson & Asa Burk [Alpha members]
This method book is being used by band directors around Texas and neighbouring states and is also being used as the primary text for the wind instrument techniques classes for music education majors at both University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington.