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July 29, 2005
Uniforms for Sale
I have 70 uniforms, black pants with black stripe and red short jacket with white insert on the back.  I would love to sell these to someone for $10.00 a uniform.  I will include citation cords (white) and extra gold buttons.  I will also pay for shipping.  Dee Branch - Murfreesboro -

July 18, 2005
Music Director Needed

The Little Rock Wind Symphony Board of Directors announces the immediate opening of Music Director. Beginning its 13th season, the Little Rock Wind Symphony is a well established wind ensemble serving central Arkansas with a strong core of 50 volunteer members. The season (September through June) currently consists of four masterwork concerts and one outdoor pops/patriotic concert celebration. Regular concerts are performed at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, and rehearsals are held at the band hall of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock. Candidates should possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; proven record of success in large ensemble development, innovative programming, audience rapport; and strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills. Responsibilities include conducting weekly Tuesday night rehearsals and bi-monthly concerts; developing program repertoire and selecting guest soloists; assisting in recruiting and auditioning new members as necessary; participating in and supporting fund raising and community outreach; reporting monthly to the board of directors. This is a paid, part-time position (1099). Please send résumé with cover letter to address below. Samples of past programs and video/audio recordings will be required for final candidates.  - or - LRWS Music Director Search Committee - 2005 S. Spring St. - Little Rock, AR  72206

July 13, 2005
A sincere thanks and deepest gratitude to the Marion High School Symphonic Winds and Mr. Brandon Robinson, Conductor for commissioning
  IN A BETTER PLACE by Brady Massey.  This work was dedicated to us in loving memory of my dear husband, Thad Williams.  The Marion Symphonic Winds and Brandon performed this piece wonderfully at the recent American School Band Directors Association Conference in Hot Springs. 
I am so humbled by this wonderful tribute to our family from such an important part of my life ------ my band family.  We in this band world are so lucky to have colleagues who care so much for each other.  Thank you Brandon, Brady and the Marion band for touching my heart with your gift of music.
Brandon, you couldn't have done anything that would have pleased Thad and I more than to teach this lesson to your kids ---- this lesson of kindness and caring about those around you.  Thad spent his life caring more about others than he did himself.  You are an example of that kind of character.  Thank you for sharing this honor with me and my family.  My deepest thanks and appreciation to each of you, Cathy Williams -

Thanks from Linda & Ed Abbott
Ed wanted me to convey his appreciation to all who sent emails, cards and made visits while he was in the hospital in Little Rock.  He is doing fine at home and he certainly appreciates everyone in ASBOA and so do I.  Many thanks, Linda Abbott - -

July 12, 2005
Jon Barbarotto (ASBOA Honorary & PBM Secretary-Treasurer) has moved to Jackson, TN to be closer to family. 
His new contact info is – 46 Summar Drive - Jackson, TN 38301 - Email - - Jon has been a great contributor to bands in Arkansas – one of the cornerstones of our AR PBM Chapter – I am sure he would enjoy hearing from you!  Greg Bruner – Highland HS is handling the Secretary-Treasurer duties for him.  Greg’s email is .- THANKS BAR for all you have done for us!

July 8, 2005
Corrected phone number for Ed Abbott
The correct number for Ed's room at Baptist is 501-202-2629. The number I gave you earlier was written on the phone but was not the right one. Thanks,  Linda Abbott

Free Clinic at ABA
Don't forget!!  Contact your students.  Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps will present a FREE clinic for band students and directors during ABA.  The clinic will be Thursday night, July 28 at 7:00 pm at the N Little Rock HS stadium on the NLR West campus.  This clinic is sponsored jointly by the NLR High School Band and the Siloam Springs HS Band.  Spread the word.  We want a good turn out for this event. - Wm. Keith Rutledge - Siloam Springs HS Band

Color Guard Instructor Needed
Ozark is looking for a color guard instructor for this next season. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Hume at 479-459-7744, 479-471- 6733 or e-mail at  and

July 7, 2005
HSU Alumni Band Day
October 29, 2005 - Also, this is Homecoming.  We try to do this in November so the band directors will be done with contests but this year this is the last home game.  More info in the fall.  Have a GREAT summer!!!!  P.S.  The HSU vs Tech game is in Russellville this year on September 10 @ 6:00 p.m.  We will be performing a combined patriot closer with the Tech Band.  Great fun and a TREMENDOUS sound!!!!  Hope you can make it. David Rollins, Director of Bands, Henderson State University
PO Box 7623 - 1100 Henderson St - Arkadelphia, AR  71999-0001 - 870.230.5054 -

Contact Information for Ed Abbott
For anyone who would like this information, Ed is in Room 629 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.  The phone number to his room is 501-202-2724.  I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from you.  He is alert and doing well. Linda Abbott

July 6, 2005
Update on Ed Abbott

Ed came through the gastric bypass surgery without a hitch.  His vitals stayed stable through the surgery and he did very well.  He will be in recovery for two hours and then probably in intensive care today to keep a close watch on him. Linda Abbott

July 5, 2005
Ed Abbott Surgery
Ed Abbott (Springdale) went to Little Rock this morning for preliminary tests and counseling with a dietician.  His bypass surgery will be tomorrow morning around 7:30.  Linda continues to get stronger after her surgery.  Please remember Ed, Linda & Ashleigh in your thoughts and prayers.  Emails may be sent to them at .

Marching Bb Horns for Sale
I have 2 King Marching Bb French Horns that I would like to sale.  They were purchased in 1997 but were only used for 2 years.  They are in good condition, and trust me coming from Harrison, there are a lot of notes left to play on these instruments.  Please sent all question and email to Brian Watt, -

ASBDA Induction
Induction for ASBDA will be at the FIRST BUSINESS MEETING (8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning) INSTEAD of the first General Session on Wednesday morning.  The induction will be first thing and then new members will be allowed to stay for the business portion of the meeting. 

ASBDA Performance
The Little Rock Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 pm. This is Mr. Evanson's final concert with the Wind Symphony.  Please try to make that concert if you can.

 June 30, 2005
Prayer Request
Please remember to say a special prayer for Randy and Sharon Burrall (NLRHS Choir Director & member of the Little Rock Wind Symphony) and their family as they lost their son, David, on Wednesday morning in an automobile accident.  David was going to be a senior in the NLRHS Band this fall and was a strong leader in his trombone section.  Please keep this family and the NLRHS Band family in your thoughts and prayers.

NW Arkansas Summer Music Games
Northwest Arkansas SUMMER MUSIC GAMES in Siloam Springs, Wednesday, July 20th.  Show time is 7:30 pm. The ONLY Division One DCI show in Arkansas.  The ONLY place you will see the defending DCI World Champion Cavaliers in Arkansas this summer. Plus, five more DCI Division One drum corps, including:  Blue Knights, Capital Regiment, Colts, Glassmen and Pioneer. We are also the sponsor of the July 28 ABA clinic in North Little Rock by the Phantom Regiment.  Please support our show and help us continue bringing DCI Division One drum corps to Arkansas. For online ticket information, look at our website: or - 1-888-547-6478 - Tickets also available at the gate.

June 29, 2005
Arrangements for David Elliott
Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2005 from 10:00 am. until the service at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with Rev. Milton Smith officiating.  An additional visitation will be held Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Searcy McEuen Funeral home at 2616 S. Main. Click on the following link for Roller Ballard Funeral Home in Benton to visit David’s page and to view and sign the guestbook -

Arkansas Trombones at ABA
First of all let me say that I am honored to follow Dr. Wes Branstine as conductor of the Arkansas Trombones.  We have an exciting ABA ahead of us. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and making one of the most glorious sounds that will be heard at the convention. We are scheduled to rehearse at 8:00 am on Thursday, July 28.  Our performance will be on Friday, July 29 at 5:00 pm.  We have also been asked to provide a fanfare and the National Anthem at the 9:00 am session on Thursday (this is immediately following our rehearsal).
Please respond to me directly to let me know your plans -  Also...let me know if you are a tenor or bass trombone.  I hope you ALL will join us for a great time and some great music making. Jonathan Whitaker - Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass -
Henderson State University - P.O. Box 7613 - 1100 Henderson Street - Arkadelphia, AR  71999-0001- (870) 230-5409

Music Needed

I need to borrow a score (or parts) to 'Sweet Child O' Mine' arranged by John Higgins (copyright 1987).  If you have one or both, please contact me by email at or call 870-734-1069. Jimmy R. Hynum - Brinkley Bands - 100 Tiger Dr - Brinkley AR 72021- PH 870-734-5015 - FAX 870-734-1354

June 28, 2005
David Elliott Information
If you would like to send a card to David’s family, please send to: The Family of David Elliott - 406 Bryant Meadows DR - Bryant, AR  72022.  Emails may be sent to  The family is requesting pictures of David be sent to this same email address for the service (which is tentatively set for the end of this week).  If anyone has pictures of David, please send to his family ASAP. The ASBOA office is also in need of pictures of David.  These may also be sent by email. We will keep everyone updated as we get information. 

Bettie Johnson Update
Bettie had another 3 liters drained off her lung and almost 2 liters from her abdomen.  After the procedure, she was put into ICU at St. Mary's because of a collapsed lung and very low blood pressure. They will do x-rays Tuesday morning to see if the collapsed lung has improved.  Hopefully she will be back in a regular room sometime on Tuesday.  Also she has been put on TPN, since she went 2 days this past weekend without many fluids and not eating anything.  

Uniforms For Sale
Approximately 100 red coats and black pants with black stripe down the leg.  About 14 years old but still in pretty good shape.  Make an offer!
Contact in Mena: (principal) for final information.  White shakos with red trim also available if you want them.  Boxes for hats have had some wear and tear.

June 27, 2005
Guest Conductors at ASBDA Convention
The Lake Hamilton High School Band is honored to have Dr. W. Francis McBeth and Dr. William (Bill) Clark guest conducting our group at the ASBDA Convention on the evening of Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be held at the Conference Center at the Arlington Hotel. We would love to have you there! Monty Hill

June 23, 2005
Arkansas Saxophones
Please respond directly to
We are scheduled to rehearse at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28 and perform at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2005 at the Arkansas Bandmasters Convention in Little Rock at the Doubletree Hotel.  Room is TBA.  All saxophonists are invited, so if you know of a new director, or someone who hasn't been playing with us, please tell them to come on.  Please confirm your attendance and indicate your instrument preference by responding to this e-mail.  Hopefully you will be able to play the same part you did at All-State when we rehearsed.  If you were not at All-State, that is fine too, just come on and play.  Be sure to remember to bring your music stand for the rehearsal.  I will send out a confirmation of instrument assignments by July 20.  Jackie Lamar, Professor of Saxophone - University of Central Arkansas - Department of Music-
201 Donaghey - Conway, AR  72034 - 501-450-5763 -

June 22, 2005
ABA Opportunity
Do you have a 14 year old thru college age son or daughter who would like to earn money while you are at ABA in July?  We need babysitters. The hours are  8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Friday. We need a limited number of sitters for the babies to 2 years on Friday night from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. We also have spots for adults if any spouses are interested. Pay is $5.00 per hour for students and $10.00 per hour for adults. Contact Ginny Belotti at 501-758-2576 or by email at - Rico Belotti - 5612 N. Walnut Rd. - North Little Rock, AR  72116 - 501-758-2576(H)  501-982-2128(W)  501-920-2539(Cell)

Looking for ASBOA Directory
If anyone has an ASBOA directory that was printed between 1978 and 1985 and would be willing to copy it and send it to me, it would very much be appreciated.  Please e-mail me first and let me know if you can help me out so I don't get duplicates.   I really only need one copy, and the year does not matter, as long as it is one of the directories printed during that time segment.   Thanks in advance. George Pokorski - Marion Middle -

News on Bettie Johnson
She is going to have her 2nd chemo treatment sometime today, a week earlier than expected.   Also ran tests yesterday to see why she isn't able to eat.  The doctor has put her on a full liquid diet until we find the problem.   Also we are looking at getting out of the hospital at the end of next week, if things go well with the treatment and we see a big improvement in her being able to eat. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, Scott Johnson -

ASBDA Convention
All new ASBDA members will be initiated at the convention at the first general meeting. I hope all of you can be there. If you haven't registered yet, please go to for the form and a complete schedule for the convention. Registrations need to be sent to Omar Taweel as soon as possible. All members, new and old, are reminded to bring a package of paper each for the copy machine at the convention. We also still need a few players, especially flutes and alto saxes, for the convention reading band. Please let me know,, if you can play so I'll have music for you. Thanks, Judy Harkrider

June 17, 2005
Prayer Request for Linda Abbott
Linda Abbott is going into Washington Regional Hospital on Tuesday for surgery.  She is having a hysterectomy and there is a possibility there is some cancer.  Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for this surgery. You may contact Ed and Linda at

Asher Hodges Update
We are happy to let everyone know that Asher Hodges (Danielle Hodges, Arkansas Baptist) is home from the hospital and doing much better.  Thanks for all the prayers from the ASBOA members!

June 16, 2005
Bettie Ann Johnson Update
Bettie had her first chemo treatment Wednesday of last week.  She is still in St. Mary’s Hospital, Russellville. They had to drain her left lung on Saturday because she was having a hard time breathing.  She is beginning to walk a little and hopefully will be able to come home soon.  Her next treatment will be in 2 weeks. 

June 14, 2005
Want to Buy a Marimba
I am interested to know if anyone has a marimba they would be interested in selling. I am looking for something for outdoor use (synthetic bars). Please contact me at Ken Williams, Director - Malvern High School Band - 501.332.7512

June 13, 2005
Update on Chase Carter
GOOD NEWS!  As of today, the funds have been raised for Chase’s surgery!  He called today and was pretty much speechless – for those of you who know Chase – that is amazing!  He asked me to thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support.  The surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday morning, June 21.  Please keep Chase in your thoughts and prayers.  His email is .

Update on Keith Dove – Son of Sarah & Dewayne Dove - Russellville
Well, we went to Children's for an eye exam and ended up with eye surgery!!   Keith is doing great!  The fracture was pretty big, and the doctor was afraid that muscles and other important eye parts could fall into the crack or that Keith's eye would recede into his eye socket too far. SO, he said he could do surgery Thursday afternoon, and we did.  They put a plate - that looks like a metal guitar pick and is very cool if you're 12 - in behind the orbital bone to keep things together.   It was out-patient surgery, and we were home by 10:00.  Everyone did great, but Keith's not going to get to go to band camp.   There's too much pressure from the buzzing.   Keith is impressed that he had a "blow-out fracture" of his orbital bone.  We've always heard that Children's is the best, and they truly are. Tell everyone thanks for their thoughts and prayers.  Sarah and Dewayne - -

ASBDA Reading Band
Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to play in the reading band for the ASBDA convention. Russell Langston is going to be your conductor. Here is the reading band schedule: Reading Band Rehearsal - 3:45 p.m. - Thursday, July 7 - Conference Center, Arlington Hotel; Reading Band Concert - 10:15 a.m. - Friday, July 8 - Conference Center, Arlington Hotel - Thanks! Judy Harkrider

ASBDA Registration
Several folks have contacted me about the ASBDA convention registration and schedules. If you will go to, then click on "Convention Info", all the information you need is there. If you haven't registered, please do so ASAP. Registration forms go to Omar Taweel. Just a reminder: Anyone can attend the concerts and clinics, but only ASBDA members are allowed into the business meetings. Thanks! Judy Harkrider

June 9, 2005
Phone Program

I am looking for a phone program or hardware that will automatically call a phone number, the kids etc. and deliver a message from me to them.  Do any of you have this or know where to get it. Please respond to Thanks, Gerry Nichols

Pyware For Sale
I have Pyware 3D Version 2.0 for sale (with manual).  A year after I bought it, I moved to a school where we hire out for drill.  I no longer need the program.  Please email me if you're interested in buying - Ron Williams - Director - Morris Upchurch MS - Box 128 - Queen City, TX - 75572 -  903-796-5394

Instrument Repair
Dear Arkansas Colleagues, My name is Dennis Hensley.  I am currently the MS band director at three schools in Franklin Parish Louisiana.  Due to our situation of no money, and the voters not willing to pass a tax to keep our system afloat, I am probably going to be jobless come July 16th. I have 24 years experience in HS, Elem. and Jr. High teaching.  I have done instrumental repair for the Franklin Parish System, because I lived 50 miles away from a music store and it was easier (and cheaper) on my kids to have the horn home at night, repair it, and have it back to the child the next day.  I saved our kids hundreds of dollars in repair, travel, and irritation by being able to fix simple things at home, such as repads of clarinets, saxes, flutes, soldering braces on trumpets, and straightening trombone slides. I know you, as a teacher, need horns in the hands of kids as quickly as possible.  I would like to get feed back of those who would like to have a repairman come to their band hall each week, and have the horns fixed on the spot that day or for more involved repairs, the next week?  I would also be available at the region contests, for those "quick fixes" that you, as a director do not have time for, nor do you want to deal with.
I would welcome your comments or ideas at , or 318-345-4839 (home),
or 318-376-3634 (cell).
Dennis R. Hensley, Jr.

June 8, 2005
Update on Bettie Ann Johnson
Bettie Ann met with an oncologist yesterday and was told that she needed to go ahead and start a couple of rounds of Chemotherapy now and then in 3 weeks that she would possibly go to Little Rock for some surgery and then return and do more chemo.  Bettie Ann is a little apprehensive about the chemo, but the oncologist was very upbeat about this case and said that in a couple of weeks she should feel a lot better.  Scott Johnson - Russellville Junior High -

June 7, 2005
Several of you who are not ASBDA members have contacted me about attending clinics, concerts, and/or playing in the reading band at the ASBDA convention in Hot Springs in July. I checked with the national president, and it is okay for any of you to attend and participate in any of these events. You are not allowed to attend the business meetings, but the above mentioned are okay. A special thanks to those of you who asked to play in the reading band. Just let me know and tell me your instrument so I will have a folder made up for you. Thanks, Judy Harkrider, ASBDA State Chair

June 6, 2005
Concert for David Puckett
I want to thank each of you for all your help and support for our benefit concert.  Over $4000.00 dollars was raised, all of which will go directly to David.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers (as I'm sure you will) and remember our ministry.  If you know of any churches that would like to have us play for them please let me know.  We are trying to break into the central Arkansas area. Again, thanks for your help, Ed Grissom - Ezekiel 3:18 -

Prayer Requests
My 16-year-old cousin, Daneka D'Brell is in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana.  After having numerous mild seizures over the past couple of weeks, she finally had some very intense ones on Saturday.  Doctors can't find the source, but are contemplating sending her to the Childrens Hospital in Little Rock, if they persist. Also, my sister, Deborah Nious, will be having surgery on Tuesday, in Huntsville, AL, to remove an ovarian cist that is lodged in pretty deep.  My mom has taken two weeks off work, and traveled there, from Texarkana, to take care of her during her post surgery period. Please keep my cousin, sister, and mom in your prayers.
Dale L. Faulks, Band Director - North Heights Jr. High - Texarkana, AR -

Funeral Services for Dustin Fisher
Services for Dustin Fisher, brother-in-law of Lavaca Middle School Band Director, Adam Coats, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2005, at Community Bible Church, 9201 Dallas Street, Ft. Smith.  Burial, with full military honors, will be at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

June 5, 2005
Scott Johnson's Mom (Russellville) - Bettie Ann Johnson

Results from the latest procedure show that she has cancer that started in one of her ovaries and has spread to several places in her abdomen - they also drained 2 liters of fluid from her abdomen. They are waiting on results from Little Rock to find out what type of ovarian cancer it is - they should know the specific type early this week so they can determine course of treatment.  Please keep Bettie Ann, Scott and her brother, Merle Dickerson (Superintendent at Van Buren) in your thoughts and prayers during this time.  Scott's email. Is .

June 3, 2005
ASBDA Reminder
Just another reminder to all Arkansas ASBDA members. The Arlington will only hold our block of rooms until June 5, so if you haven't yet made a reservation please do so. After June 5th there is no guarantee that there will be a room available. Also, we need a few more people (actually several more people) to perform in the reading band at the convention. Let me know if you will be able to do this. - Thanks, Judy Harkrider

Capes For Sale
If any of you are considering doing a Phantom of the Opera Show or any other theme requiring capes, I have at least 15-20 nice collar tied black capes that were custom sewn for $10 apiece.  If interested you may contact me, David Dickey, at for further details. 

June 2, 2005
Relay for Life Honors Thad Williams

From Cathy Williams – West Memphis - I would like for all the ASBOA  family and Dixie Band Camp family to know that the American Cancer Society Crittenden County Relay for Life has chosen to honor the memory of Coach Thad Williams by dedicating this years relay in part to his memory.  Thad was so humble that I am sure that he never had any idea that he was such an inspiration to so many lives. His grace and tenacity in the face of overwhelming illness, complications and frustration serve as an example of God's grace.  The Evening Times, our local paper, ran a very nice article on May 24, 2005 sharing the story of his struggle with cancer and its devastating effects.  I ask you my ASBOA and DBC family to share this honor with our family this Friday night, June 3 by lifting up in prayer our request that God continue to be glorified by Thad's life. Thad lived his life by his faith in Phil. 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  This Friday night we will have a chance to celebrate a life that God blessed us with for just a short time.  A life filled with difficulty but a life centered in faith in God, friendship, a love for others, a zest for life and its adventures.  It was a life that was that wanted more than anything to make a difference in the lives of his students and the athletes he enjoyed coaching.  He loved being accepted into our band family.  Many of our students are participating in the Relay for Life and are helping in the fight against cancer by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to many of you who have donated to the Thad Williams Memorial Scholarship for children of cancer patients.  I wanted you to know we will give out the first scholarship at the Relay to one of his former students who also was a great clarinet player.  Thank you for your prayers as this has been such a difficult time for my son, Drew and me.  Please lift up in prayer the opportunity for Thad's testimony to encourage someone else to live this life by Trusting God. Thank you for your love and friendship!  Cathy Williams -

June 1, 2005
NE Louisiana Music Games

The West Monroe High School Band Boosters present…THE NORTHEAST LOUISIANA SUMMER MUSIC GAMES Drum & Bugle Corps Competition.  The competition will be on July 20, 2005 at 7:30 PM at West Monroe High School Stadium. The competition will feature Drum Corps International World Championship Finalists: The Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Boston Crusaders as well as Spirit from JSU, Southwind, Memphis Sound & Teal SoundTickets for the competition are:  $12 in advance, $15 at the gate for premium reserved seats - $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for regular reserved seats.  Premium reserved seats are between the 40 yard lines.  Ticket order forms and other information can be found at our website -  then click NORTHEAST LOUISIANA SUMMER MUSIC GAMES or by calling (318) 388-4164.  Byan Shackleford - Show Director - NORTHEAST LOUISIANA SUMMER MUSIC GAMES -


Instruments For Sale
I have 2 Selmer Bari-Saxes and 1 Bundy tenor sax for sale. Contact Doug Blevins at

May 31, 2005
Uniforms For Sale
The Jonesboro School District has 130 band uniforms for sale. The uniforms are 10 years old. The black jacket is short, trimmed in white and gold; there are 2 sets of suspender type trousers, one white with gold stripe/ one black with gold stripe; white citation cords, suspenders, and black shako trimmed in gold. Interested parties should contact Steve Warner at

Horns For Sale
The South Conway County School district in Morrilton has 6 single horns for sale.  These horns are in good condition and would be great for beginners or practice horns.  If you are interested, please give us a call at 501-354-9433. Thanks, Mark Shumate and Vicki Clutts

Instrument Repair Inservice
Amro Music Store is sponsoring an Instrument Repair in-service on Friday, June 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.  3 hours inservice credit.  You must register for this workshop. To register go to  and click on "In-service". If your school is not a member of the NEA Co-op, there is a $10.00 fee.  If you have any questions call the NEA Co-op at (870) 886-7717 - Danny Davis, Band Director - Greene County Tech High School

Steven Moss Drum Major Academy
The Steven Moss Drum Major Academy will be held again this summer (June 6-8) on the beautiful campus of Henderson State University.  The camp clinicians will be Mr. Steven Moss and Mr. Zach McClung.  Mr. Moss and Mr. McClung bring a combined total of 14 years of successful drum majoring experience to the drum major academy.  Mr. Moss has served in the capacity of drum major at the high school, university, and drum corps levels.  He is also a former drum major of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.  Mr. Moss has experience and proven success in teaching all levels of drum majoring.  We would like to invite you to become a part of this truly unique and amazing experience this summer at Henderson State University.  You can access more information about the Steven Moss Drum Major Academy at   Hope to see you there!  

May 27, 2005
South Arkansas Open Marching Contest
The South Arkansas Open Marching Contest will be held October 15 at Wilkins Stadium on the campus of Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia.  For further information contact - J.P. Wilson -  Director of Bands - SAU - PO Box 9385 - Magnolia, AR  71754 - 870-235-4244 -Have a great summer!

Uniforms For Sale
I have some uniforms for sale!  I don't know how many there are exactly, maybe 100.  The coats are one piece: maroon with a wide diagonal grey stripe trimmed with white on either side.  There's a 3 inch "B" printed on the breast of the coat that could be removed.  Black pants with no stripe and suspenders already attached are included.  They were used for about 5 years and have been in storage for 3 years.  Make an offer! Contact: - James Pianalto - Benton Jr. High Band

 May 26, 2005
Uniforms For Sale

I have 75 orange and black uniforms for sale.  The uniforms are black with orange trim.  There are markings to identify a specific school but could be taken off carefully.  These uniforms are about 10-12 years old in good condition.  There is a drum major jacket in reverse colors.  The jacket is white with black and orange trim. Hats are not included.  If you have any questions please contact:
 Ralph Johnson - Lamar HS - 301 Elberta St. Lamar, AR  72846 - (479) 885-6563

More Uniforms For Sale
Contact Dee Branch at - I have 70 uniforms for sale.  The jacket is short, red in color except for white insert on the back and trimmed around the collar in black.  The trousers are suspender style black with black stripe down the leg.  These are approximately 12 years old and most in good shape, fully lined jacket with front zipper and identification will be removed.  cheap!!

Help Needed
Hello out there in the band world! I need some assistance. We are moving into a new band facility but the acoustics in the room needs assistance. I would like to receive any information from anyone as to where to look for acoustical material that can be placed on the walls to aid in the acoustics problem. Also, I am in dire need of the Paul Lavendar arrangement of Huey Lewis and the News' "The Power of Love" this selection is permanently out of print and I really want to program it for my show in the fall. If you have this and would not mind me borrowing it for the fall I would greatly appreciate it. Send inquiries to or or call at 870-352-7655. Thanks, Kevin Dunn - Fordyce

Percussion Help Needed
Well, in spite of my lack of experience, they still want me to teach percussion I'm hopefully going to have in our high school next year, a decent marching percussion line including pit...I have many of the technique books from Rowloff percussion and more on the way. I would like to know if anyone has or knows of the "perfect" set of percussion dvd's/video's for marching percussion... demonstrating rehearsal techniques for bass line, snare, tenor drums and pit...I would also be interested in video's for beginning and intermediate percussion as well so that on occasion when i need to be absent, Ican show instructional videos to my beginning and seventh grade percussion classes...marching, concert and solo percussion literature.Thanks for your help in advance - James Pianalto -

UA Fort Smith Band Camp
Just a reminder about the UA Fort Smith Middle School/Junior High School Band Camp. The camp dates are June 6-10, 2005. Applications are available on-line at Click on Campus Life and look for the band camp application. This is a great day-camp for the Fort Smith area students. For further information, contact Prissy Buchanan at 788-7544 or Hope to see your students at the camp. Thanks, "Bookerson"

West Memphis Marching Classic
The West Memphis Marching Classic will be held on October 8th.  Please mark your calendars! This contest has great opportunities for bands of all sizes!!!

May 25, 2005
Governor's Trophy Rescheduled
Yes, my friends, I am just unstable.  We recently found out that our homecoming was the same week we thought we'd be having the Governor's Trophy.  With special apologies to my friends in region 8, we are having to move the Governor's Trophy back to October 18th.  (We've tried doing contests here during homecoming week and the hordes of extra people on campus working on floats and such around the stadium make getting through the evening nearly impossible.)  This worked out better for the governor too.  Sorry. Ya'll come. Mickey Cox - Beebe High School

Uniforms For Sale
I have around 90 purple, black, and white marching uniforms that I am willing to sell for pennies on the dollar.  They are 10-12 years old. They do not have any markings that would identify a particular school or mascot. Hats are not included. Daniel Hodge - Berryville High School - - (870)480-7265

May 24, 2005
Chase Carter - Lavaca

A member of our ASBOA family is in need of our help.  Chase Carter (Lavaca) was scheduled to have gastric bypass surgery last week, but the insurance company refused to pay for it.  The cost of $15,000 has to be paid before they will do the surgery.  Following is a letter from his superintendent and his pastor giving us the opportunity to be a part of making it possible for Chase to have the surgery.  No amount will be too small – it will all add up to helping Chase get the help he needs.  Chase has done an outstanding job in Lavaca and has been very active in region and state events. PLEASE READ the following letter and consider helping our colleague.  Instructions and address for making a donation are included in the letter.  [LETTER]

To send Chase a note of encouragement, his email is

Color Guard Help Available
Hi, all, George Pokorski here.   My daughter, Laura, is the UCA guard co-captain, and will be in her fifth year this upcoming year (life of a music major   lol).   She has worked guard camps at Greenbrier, Lonoke, Marion, and Germantown, TN.   She is working guard again this summer (I don't know her exact schedule), but is looking for additional work.    I may be a proud dad, but she really does an outstanding job, and she has a real passion for what she does.   If you are interested in having Laura work your guard this summer, you can contact her at, or call her cell phone at 870-225-9672.  Or contact me at, and I will put you in touch with her if you have any initial questions.   Thanks.

Guard Instructor Needed
Hello,  I am looking to hire a guard instructor for my summer flag camp.  I would like to offer it over 4 days.  This will be in Prairie Grove so someone who lives in the NWA area would be great.  Please let me know if you are interested and what it would cost. Gerry Nichols - - 479-207-0404

Thanks from Truman Self
Dear friends, Thank you for the phone calls, e-mail, and especially the prayer. On Sunday May 14 I was admitted to J.R.M.C. experiencing chest pain. They kept me for three days. Ran a lot of tests. Still we don't know what is going on. We do know it was not a heart attack. Looking forward to seeing you soon, Truman

May 22, 2005
Update - Debbie Beard's Dad

Because of emergency situations with other heart patients, Mr. Bromley’s surgery had to be postponed to Saturday afternoon.  GOOD NEWS – he made it through the surgery fine – had 4 by-passes – should be working in his garden again soon. 
Debbie, Travis and the rest of the family are very appreciative of all your thoughts, prayers and emails.  Keep the prayers going for a smooth and complete recovery.  Their email is .

May 20, 2005
In-service credit for Instrument Repair Workshop
Amro Music Store in conjunction with Frontlines Camp will host an instrument repair workshop on Friday, June 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Williams Baptist College.  This workshop will count as 3 hours of inservice credit.  Any director interested needs to register for the workshop on line at the Northeast Arkansas Cooperative site.  If you have any problems contact Danny Davis at (870) 215-4400 ext. 6302 or email

May 19, 2005
Debbie Beard's Dad - Russellville
Ray Bromley, father of Debbie (Mrs. Travis) Beard – Russellville, will have open heart by-pass surgery on Friday afternoon at Baptist in LR.  Please remember Mr. Bromley, Debbie, Travis and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Debbie and Travis’s email is

Music Needed
If anyone has the marching band arrangement of "Georgia On My Mind", by Mike Story and would let Russellville Junior High borrow it, we would appreciate it.
Thanks, Scott Johnson -

Marching Arrangement Needed
I am looking for a marching arrangement of the Paul Lavender arrangement of "The Power of Love". If someone has it and I could borrow it for the fall, please contact me via e-mail or by phone at 870-352-7655.  Thanks - Kevin Dunn - Fordyce High School -

May 18, 2005
Recording Needed
I am searching for the 2000 edition of the Hal Leonard Marching Band recording. Thanks for any help! chase carter - 

IAJE Reading Band/ABA
Colleagues - It's that time again where we ask for your help in producing the IAJE jazz band music reading session at ABA on Friday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m.  If you are interested and available, we would sincerely appreciate your assistance in playing in this ensemble.  As is the tradition, we would like to extend first offers to active members of IAJE. Please respond to: - David Stern

May 17, 2005
Part Needed
Hello! We are starting on the fight song already and I was wondering if anyone in the state had a quad-tom part to "On Wisconsin"? Or even a tri-tom part would do...THANKS!

May 16, 2005
Truman Self (White Hall)

I wanted to ask the members of ASBOA to keep Truman Self (White Hall) and his family in their thoughts and prayers.  He went to Jefferson Regional Medical Center Sunday afternoon with chest pains.  They kept him for observation.  At present, they do not know the cause; however, they are running tests to try to determine why he is having these pains.  I'll keep you posted as I know more information. Thanks, Robert Brown - Band Director - White Hall High School. 
Truman’s email is

Private Lesson Help Needed
I am interested in teaching private lessons but its been a long time since I have.  What is the going rate for half hour lessons nowadays?
Please respond to:  - Van Edwards

Delta Leadership Camp
The Delta Leadership Camp is a new student leadership camp for jr. high and high school students.  The camp focuses on drum majors, color guard captains, and section leaders.  The camp will be held at Marion High School on June 2-4, 2005.  For more information contact Brandon Robinson (901-262-1936) or ( or visit the camp website: - Hope to see you and your students at the camp!!! Brandon

May 12, 2005
HSU Alumni Band Day

Just a note to let all of you know that the Alumni Band Day will be October 29, 2005.  It is the last home game of the season. Hope to see each of you there!!!
David Rollins, Director of Bands, HSU, PO Box 7623, Arkadelphia, AR  71999 - 870-230-5054 -

May 11, 2005
Scheduling Help Needed
Can anyone tell me how they meet the fine arts credits for the 7th and 8th grades.......scheduling is our problem.....I am trying to coop with another school and we are looking at ways to get all the requirements in using one music teacher. We have to offer and teach vocal & instrumental music in 9-12 and 40 minutes a week with
k-6....but where does 7th and 8th fit in????? Any suggestions?????? Mickie Null -

May 10, 2005
Music Needed
Does anyone out there have or know of a good arrangement of "Eye of the Tiger"?  Please email me at if you have any information.  Alan Nesbitt

Finale Help Needed
Does anyone know how to make finale 2005 open a sibelius file, or how to convert the file to finale? If you can help please email or call Tina Cornwell - 479-229-4655 ex 34, or - Tina Cornwell - Dardanelle Bands

Thanks from the Doves
Here's an update on Nina.  She came through the surgery fine, but now she has a urinary tract infection and they're watching her close to make sure she doesn't develop pneumonia.  She's sitting and standing some each day, and she's in good spirits.  She will go to some sort of skilled nursing care after her infection clears up, but no one is exactly sure of the details.  Please tell everyone thank you for their prayers and kind thoughts.  I was amazed at the response we got.  I knew the band directors in Arkansas were great! Thanks again. Dewayne and Sarah Dove

Private Flute Teacher in Fort Smith Area
My name is Jane Dodgen, and I am a flutist who will be moving to the Ft. Smith area in August to do some adjunct teaching at the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith.  I am also extremely interested in establishing a substantial private flute studio and am looking forward to working with local music educators and their students.  
After graduating from Cabot High School in 1998, I received a Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Kansas in 2002 and a Master's Degree in Performance from Ohio State University in 2004.  At OSU, I served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, teaching lessons to music education and non-music majors and assisting with the flute choir.  I also have over six years of private teaching experience, with my studio including more than twenty students. 

For more information, please contact Jane Dodgen at 785-917-9036 or

May 9, 2005
Pat Ellison's Mother

Some sad news to share, Pat Ellison’s (ASBOA Honorary – Springdale) mom passed away Sunday morning in her sleep.  Her mother’s wishes were to be cremated so they decided to hold off on the memorial service until the rest of the family could be here to attend.  If you’d like to send her a card or note, her home address is: Pat Ellison - 18394 Ponderosa Drive - Springdale, Arkansas  72764 -
Her email:  (warning, she doesn't check it very often.)
To send notes to Pat’s nephew, Michael Hancock (University of Miami grad student - formerly Bryant and Springdale) to support him through this loss of his grandmother, you can use
Please remember this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Frank Janaskie's Mother
Our sympathies are extended to Frank Janaskie (Fountain Lake) and his family on the loss of his mother, Mary Janaskie.  Most of you know that his mother was battling congestive heart failure. She passed away on May 5.  From Frank - “I have heard from so many of the ASBOA family with their thoughts and prayers about her, but her time ran out. She had too much heart damage and she was trying a procedure to give her relief from the heart congestion, however it was not successful. She will be laid to rest today (Monday) here in Hot Springs.” 
Frank’s email is – Please remember Frank and his family in your thoughts and prayers. The service for Frank’s mother will be at 1:00 pm today at St. Mary’s – across from the Majestic.

May 6, 2005
Score Needed
I need a score to the Hal Leonard published and Saucedo arranged "And When I Die" for marching band.
This piece in no longer in print and no parts or score are available. Thanks - Greg Bruner - Band Director - - Highland HS - #1 Rebel Circle - Hardy, AR  72542 - (870) 856-2298

May 5, 2005
Benefit Concert for David Puckett

Gary Meggs and Ezekiel 3:18 will present a concert at First Baptist Church-Sheridan, Arkansas on June 5 with proceeds benefiting the David Puckett family.  David is a well-known and well-liked member of the musical world in central Arkansas who was seriously injured in a car crash.  His two sons were also injured and all are facing a long recovery.
Ezekiel 3:18 is a 10 member Christian-Jazz group that features Gary Meggs on vocals/saxophone and includes a 4 piece horn section.  Go to for more info on the band. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and an offering for David will be taken.  ALL money donated will go to his family.  Please forward this email to anyone who knows David or who would be interested in helping a great guy.

May 4, 2005
Thesis Help Needed

Please reply to: - I am currently preparing my Masters thesis through Gonzaga University, WA, focussing on how instrumental music programs foster resiliency for youth. I am looking for any resources you might know of that would be helpful to me in my research. Thank you for your assistance. Joanne Sampson

May 3, 2005
Congratulations to Bob Kilgore
(Darby Junior High) who was recently honored with a Golden Apple Award from the Fort Smith Classroom Teachers Association. This is presented and voted on by Bob's peers and is given for distinguished service to Fort Smith Schools.
Bob Kilgore’s email is .

May 2, 2005
ASBDA National Convention
Several Arkansas Bands will be performing at the ASBDA National Convention in Hot Springs this summer. All performances are at the Conference Center of the Arlington Hotel. All Concerts are free and open to the public. The literature these bands will be performing is unbelievable and everyone should make an effort to attend these wonderful concerts.  Thanks, Sean Carrier  - Wednesday, July 6: 2:30 - Kimmons Junior High - Amy Manley; 7:30 - Dover High School - Jeff Marlow:  Thursday, July 7 -
11:15 - Russellville 9th Grade - Scott Johnson; 2:30 - Conway High School - Tim Cunningham; 7:30 - Lake Hamilton High School - Monty Hill:  Friday, July 8 -
2:45 - Marion High School - Brandon Robinson; 7:30 - Little Rock Wind Symphony - Wendell O. Evanson: Saturday, July 9 - 11:45 - Lavaca High School - Chase Carter;
1:30 - Arkansas Tech University - Hal Cooper

Music Theory Help Needed
Does anyone know the course number for Music Theory?  We've found the number for AP Theory but not standard theory without AP certification. Jon Fulkerson, Band Director, Piggott High School -  Reply only to: or

Score Needed
I need the score to Pomp and Circumstance, arranged by Eric Osterling. I have ordered a replacement but it will not be here for a while. If anyone in my area can help, please call my cell phone – 479-719-1721. Thanks - Jon Taylor - Charleston HS - Work: (479)965-7150 x 8 - Cell: (479) 719-1721

College Prep Course Help Needed
We are interested in starting a college prep course in music theory/history/expectations for students thinking of entering music as a major/minor on the college level. We do not want it to be an AP type course, but more of an overview of what to expect and what to prepare for.
If anyone can send some information as to curriculum/textbooks, etc. send to:

UA Second Chance Auditions
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ANNOUNCES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO AUDITION FOR THE FLAG LINE IN THE RAZORBACK BAND!!!!! Saturday, May 7 - Flags 9:00 am in Band Hall. On April 9, 24 talented students won a position on our flag line for next year.  If you could not attend the auditions that day or would like an opportunity to perform on a talented line witnessed by thousands on game day, we encourage you to audition on our 'Second Chance' Auditions this coming Saturday, May 7. Please call 479-575-4100 for more details. Timothy Gunter - Director of Athletic Bands - U of A - work - 479-575-4109 - fax - 479-575-5212

April 29, 2005
Music Needed
The Fort Smith Southside Band is looking for The Tracks of My Tears arranged by Tom Wallace. It is out of print. If you have a copy we can borrow, please let me know.
Please send response to Thanks, Sean Carrier - 479 646-5171

UA Symphonic Band and UA Wind Symphony Joint Concert
We would like to personally invite everyone to attend this joint concert of the UA Symphonic Band and the UA Wind Symphony on Monday, May 2, 2005 at the Walton Arts Center at 7:30 pm in the Baum Walker Concert Hall. We have two AMAZING guest artists coming to Fayetteville (their first ever appearance in NWA) to perform with the UA Wind Symphony.....Christopher Martin, (the principal trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & the new principal trumpet in the world renown Chicago Symphony Orchestra!!!) and Colin Williams, (the principal trombone in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra).

Repertoire for the Symphonic Band includes:
Celebration Fanfare by Steven Reineke; Symphonic Dance I by Edvard Grieg; October by Eric Whitacre,Michael Parker, guest conductor; Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold; Who's Who in Navy Blue by John Philip Sousa.
Repertoire for the Wind Symphony includes:
Fanfare Canzonique for brass ensemble by Brian Balmages; The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key; Fandango by Joseph Turrin, featuring Christopher Martin as guest trumpet artist and Colin Williams as guest trombone artist; Excursions by Bruce Broughton, featuring Christopher Martin as guest trumpet artist; Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant, featuring Colin Williams as guest trombone artist; Harrison's Dream by Peter Graham; Merry Mount Suite by Howard Hanson; Robert Walker Concert March by Cecil Karrick

Marching Invitational at ASU
The Donald R Minx Marching Invitational will be held in Indian Stadium on the campus of Arkansas State University on Saturday, October 29, 2005.  Additional information will shortly be available on the contest website,  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  This year’s event will be made more special by the addition of all-weather “sports turf” to Indian Stadium, creating a “weather friendly” surface. For additional information, please contact Contest Director Dr. Kenneth Carroll at or 870-972-3763. Dr. Kenneth D. Carroll - Arkansas State University - 870-972-2094W  870-897-5435Cell

April 26, 2005
3 State Invitational in Huntsville
The17th Annual 3-State Invitational in Huntsville will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2005. This is a multi-class event open to quality High School Bands in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Hope to see all our past friends and we would enjoy hearing new bands as well. Registration is limited to the first 20 entrants. More information will be in the mail for one of Arkansas' premier high school marching competitions. (For bands not in Northwest Arkansas, we will accommodate for your travel time) For more information, contact: Steve Baskin, Huntsville High School Band, 479-738-2819 (2567); Mobile 479-530-3302; EMAIL

Alto Sax For Sale
One of my band parents has asked me to broadcast that she is selling her daughter's Yamaha YAS-23 alto saxophone.  It's in good shape (I've examined it myself) and well maintained.  It is four years old and includes a Selmer C* mouthpiece.  For more information, you may contact Alice Finn at 870-773-6550, or you may call me,    Dale L. Faulks, band director at North Heights Jr. High in Texarkana, at 903-276-0465.

Scholarship Form Needed
I am looking for any kind of application form for people wanting help from the band boosters to go to band camp.  Our boosters are in the black rather well now and are going to help several students go to camp.  Any info on how y'all do this would be appreciated. Please reply to
Stacy Tucker at

April 25, 2005
Thanks from Ed Abbott

I would like to thank everyone in the ASBOA family across the state for all their emails, cards and especially prayers on my behalf during my recent "incarceration" in the hospital.  I have "escaped" and am doing much better at home.  I was in the hospital for 44 days after having a pacemaker, two heart catheterizations and an attempt to put in two stents which failed.  I am still on oxygen at home but feel much better.  I'm looking to go to Cleveland to get a second opinion in the near future.
When I picked this profession, I never thought about what a tremendous support group ASBOA would be.  Your prayers have made the difference and Linda, Ashleigh and I are very grateful.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as you are in ours.  Gratefully yours, Ed Abbott, Springdale -

David Puckett Update
I went to visit David Puckett on Friday and he is improving. He wanted me to convey his thanks for all of the visits and e-mails that he has received from the members of ASBOA and is looking forward to the time when he will be able to answer them.  I could tell that the out-pouring of concern was a little over-whelming to him.    David still has a long road ahead of him, but his attitude toward recovery is phenomenal.   Please continue to pray for him and his family.  Sissy Pierce
Note from jr – David can have visitors as long as they are physically well – high risk of infection in his leg.  BUT, if you are well and can go by, he would enjoy seeing you.
You can send David a patient email at the following link  - he is in room 324.   

Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble Spring Program Features Beatles Favorites

The Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble will present unique jazz versions of several familiar melodies by John Lennon and Paul McCartney from the pop music group, The Beatles, for their spring program on April 28th at 7:30 PM in the Witherspoon Auditorium on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. “It is a tribute to the enduring quality of the music of Lennon and McCartney that arrangers can change the musical style or instrumentation of their songs and they still sound great,” said Dr. Timothy Howe, Director of the Tech Jazz Ensemble. “From the beginning of jazz music, jazz musicians have adopted the familiar melodies of popular music and made them swing. So it is completely appropriate for us to present them on a jazz program. They are just wonderful tunes, and these jazz treatments continue to make them sound fresh and interesting.” Yesterday, Come Together, and Gotta Get You Into My Life, will be among the Beatles songs presented.

The program will also present many other jazz standards by Ellington, Thad Jones, and Miles Davis. In addition, the concert will feature several student soloists, including Brett McCutcheon on tenor saxophone, recreating the Ben Webster’s famous tenor solo on Duke Ellington’s Cottontail; Matt Verette on trumpet, playing A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square; and vocalist Lisa Horan singing the classic ballads, When Sunny Gets Blue and Cry Me a River. The concert is free and open to the public.  Dr. Timothy Howe -  479-968-0618 -

UA Music Department to host Contemporary Sound Festival May 3-5
The second annual Contemporary Sound Festival will take place May 3-5 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The guest composer for this year’s festival is Joel Hoffman, an award-winning composer whose work has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. As part of the Festival, Hoffman will give a lecture entitled “Contemporary Music” at 4:30 on Tuesday, May 3 in Room 115 of the Music Building. On Wednesday, May 4, a Chamber Music Concert will be presented which will include works by Hoffman, Robert Mueller, and James Greeson. Performers will include Joel Hoffman on the piano, as well as UA faculty members Ronda Mains, Nophachai Cholthitchanta, Robert Mueller, Theresa Delaplain and Rossitza Jekova-Goza; graduate students Esther McLeod, Andrew Thompson, and Ronnamarie Jensen; and guest cellist Karen Kruse. The Chamber Music Concert will take place at 8:00 pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the  University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  On Thursday, May 5, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform an orchestral work of Hoffman’s entitled “ChiaSsO,” along with other works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jean Françaix and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This concert will take place at 7:30 pm in Baum-Walker Hall at the Walton Arts Center. The University Orchestra is directed by David Goza.   There is a small admission charge for the orchestra concert ($5 for the general public, $3 for faculty and staff, $1 for students) and the other two events are free.  For more information, call the UA Music Department at 479-575-4701.

April 22, 2005
Greenbrier Invitational Marching Contest
Greenbrier Invitational Marching Contest will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2005.  For more information, please call Jennifer Church or Judy Harkrider at 501-679-1076 or email to .  This is great preparation for the rest of your contest season!  Lots of caption awards, and great for all band sizes. 

April 21, 2005
West Memphis Marching Classic
The West Memphis Marching Classic will be held on October 8th, 2005.  Please mark your calendars.  For more information, contact Cathy Williams or Brice Evans. 
 870-732-8506.  This is a great contest for all sizes of bands!!!  Lots of line awards and Band awards! 

April 20, 2005
OBU Wind Ensemble Concert
OUACHITA WIND ENSEMBLE - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:30 PM - Jones Performing Arts Center - Ouachita Baptist University
[More Info]

West Fork Invitational Marching Contest
The 3rd annual West Fork Invitational Marching Contest will be Saturday, October 1, 2005.  You need to come, it's an awesome contest! Omar A. Taweel -
West Fork Band -

UAM Concert this Thursday Night
The UAM Concert Band and UAM Jazz Bands will perform a concert this Thursday night, April 21 at 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center. It will be great fun and very entertaining.  The concert band will perform three selections from varied styles. The jazz bands will feature trombonist Dick Eckstein from the Texas Jazz Orchestra and C. E. Askew, retired director and drummer from the United States Air Force Airman of Note. Gary Meggs - Director of Bands - University of Arkansas at Monticello -

David Puckett Update
I visited with David Puckett Monday for about 30 minutes. He came through the surgery Monday very well. WOW! What an outlook on things. I went in to see how he was and to try to encourage him and he ended up encouraging me. He is so positive about his situation and has such a wonderful spirit about this. He has put everything in the hands of Almighty God and believes that God will take care of all he has to deal with in the future. He has a great concern for others. Everytime I attempted to discuss his personal situation he turned it wither toward God or the condition of the lost in the world. He's not out of the woods yet but he is certainly on the upswing. Keep praying for David and his family. He knows that we as ASBOA members are with him in our individual prayers and wanted me to ask that you continue to pray for him, the nurses and doctors, all sick and especially the lost. God Bless Us all and especially have His hand on David and his family. Kevin D. Dunn - Fordyce - Note:  You can send David a patient email at the following link  - he is in room 324

Corrected Date for Beebe Marching Contest
ASBOA friends, before you have your region meeting, we'd like to announce the new, expanded Governor's Trophy Marching Band Contest - date:  Tuesday, October 18th.  (I have told some of you an incorrect date--I was looking at a 2004 calendar. Sorry) We are expanding our eligible classes to up to 60 winds.  (Many of our annual entrants have grown beyond the old limit of 48.)  However, we will still be geared to smaller bands and have judges who know the struggles involved in getting excellence from small bands. We look forward to seeing you. Mickey Cox - Beebe HS- You may contact us or

Redskin Classic/Arkansas Open
The Redskin Classic will be held October 1, 2005 at Pocahontas High School. Some folks worry about how early that is - if it helps, only three bands last year performed their entire show.  You don't get counted off for an incomplete show.
Arkansas Open is up in the air.  If it goes, it looks like it will be October 22, starting in mid-afternoon to stay off of the ACT.  We'll have more info on it in a few days, but it would be great to hear from people who think they would attend.  Please respond to Thanks! Brady Massey - Director of Bands -
Pocahontas High School - 2312 Stadium Drive - Pocahontas, AR  72455 - (870) 892-4573 x2305

Dale Bumpers Invitational Marching Contest at Charleston
The 14th annual Dale Bumpers Invitational Marching Contest will be held on October 1, 2005 at alumni field in Charleston, AR. This is a small-band invitational
(AAA, AA, A) with Oklahoma schools competing as well. Registration forms and more info will be available at the ABA Convention or by email: Also, for those of you who have attended before, we have changed home sides and will have in place new bleachers and press box so hopefully, we can accommodate everyone in attendance on the home side! Jon Taylor - Director of Bands - Charleston HS - Charleston, AR - Work: (479)965-7150 x 8 - Cell: (479) 719-1721

April 19, 2005
Euphonium For Sale
I have for sale a Yamaha 642S professional model euphonium.  The instrument is 4 years old and in almost like-new condition. Absolutely NO Dents.  I have cleaned it inside and out every 3 or 4 months.  The case has a few scratches. List price on the 642S new is around $6000. Brasswind's catalog price is $4496.00.  I am asking $2950.   If interested please contact me, Eric Durham, at 501-658-4988 or

April 18, 2005
Colorguard Coach/NLR Area
Hello Band Directors/Students.  My name is Angela McNeese and I am looking for colorguard work in the North Little Rock area (within 50 miles surrounding as well).  I have 10+ years of colorguard experience as well as one year college Captain while attending college at Southern Arkansas University.  I have taught around 5 colorguard lines who all received at least a rating of "2" at contest - most received a "1".  I try to make my routines flow with the music as I was an All-State musician in Arkansas and Texas.  I also look at the quality of the colorguard line to see what they can handle and make routines easy enough for them to achieve as well as challenge them to get better.  I have also judged colorguard & drum major tryouts and would be interested in doing clinics or judging.  Please email me at if you are interested.  I hope to hear from you soon!!!

U of A String Recital
String Studio Recital at the University of Arkansas, featuring students of Professors Rossitza Jekova-Goza, Stephen Gates and Marc FacciThe most accomplished undergraduate and graduate students from the studios of the University of Arkansas string faculty will present a recital on Sunday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Each student will perform a sonata or showpiece by a distinguished roster of composers including J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s arresting String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information contact Dr. Rossitza Jekova-Goza at 479-575-6270 or email

April 15, 2005
UA Fayetteville Concert
We would like to invite you and your students to attend the University of Arkansas Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony joint concert on Monday, May 2, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Concert Hall in Fayetteville. [More Info]

April 14, 2005
Jeannine Sawyer - Russellville Music Department
Jeannine Sawyer, Russellville Music Department Secretary, has been very ill the last two weeks – has been in the hospital – having many tests run.  She is home now, but is very weak – they are trying to find out why her body is not producing red blood cells.  Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.  Jeannine’s home email is

Help Needed with Fine Arts
I find myself having to teach fine arts survey next school year. I would like to know what those of you that find yourself in the same fix are doing. Is there a text book available for this subject? Thanks, Tom Trigg - Norman Jr. High -

ENCORE! Wind Ensemble
On Saturday April 16 at 3:00 pm the newly formed ENCORE! Wind Ensemble will present a concert at Second Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.  This newly formed ensemble is dedicated to performing the highest quality wind band literature and fostering a continuing education for the arts.  Membership in the group is comprised of professional musicians and music educators from Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana.  ENCORE! is under the direction of Dr. Craig Hamilton, Director of Bands at Ouachita Baptist University. [More Info]

April 13, 2005
David Puckett Update
Good afternoon everyone. I just wanted to catch everyone up to speed on David and his family.  David is still in Surgical I.C.U. recovering from the two surgeries he has undergone. Everything seems to be going as expected. The doctors have decided to give him some time to recover before they schedule the next surgery on his leg. I was able to see him last night and he was very appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers.  Tyler, David's oldest, was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. He is staying in Pine Bluff with Grandma Shirley. Wilson, the youngest, has now been moved to a private room in Children's, # 3269. They look for him to be released in the next day or so.  I'll give you updates as I get them. Thank you and God bless. Gregg

April 12, 2005
Music Needed
Does anyone have “Barn Dance Saturday Night” by Pierre La Plante?  I would like to take a look at it if possible. Steve Vaughn -

Second Update on David Puckett - 2:30 pm
I wanted to let everyone know the status on David and his two sons.  The boys are doing fairly well and could possibly be released in the next couple of days.  Wilson is in Children's Hospital room # 3255.  Tyler is in Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, room # 226. David has completed his second surgery this morning and the doctors say everything has gone as expected.  They are going to be doing x-rays this evening to determine the extent of the injuries.  Needless to say, this family has a long road ahead of them. Some choir members from David's church have set up an account for the family at People's Bank in Sheridan. You may send donations to:  People's Bank - PO Box 460 - Sheridan, AR  72150 - 870-942-5707 - Account #3025525.  I know that everyone out there has a great respect for David and any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for keeping him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you again. Sincerely, Gregg Scott

Update on David Puckett/Wes Sossamon
From Cindy Burrow: I spoke with Tommy Poe early this morning. David Puckett and his two sons are going to be fine, but David especially will have a long road to recovery. Both legs are broken, but his right leg is broken in several places and more surgery was required this morning. David is in Baptist Hospital. His older son, who is also at Baptist, has a broken arm, and is under observation for a bump on the head, but hopefully will be released today or tomorrow. The younger son, who also it turned out has a broken arm, is at Childrens’ and they think that he also will be released today or tomorrow. Also at Baptist is Wes Sossamon, who had surgery Monday. He came through with flying colors and is doing well. I just wanted to keep those prayers rolling

ATU Colorguard Tryouts
ATU Colorguard tryouts are May 7 at 10 am at Witherspoon building on campus. They will last for about 2 hours. Remember to bring poles and wear proper tennis shoes.

Lyon Community Orchestra Concert
Lyon College will host the Lyon Community Orchestra in a performance in Brown Chapel at 7:30 pm, April 12 under the direction of Barbara Reeve, adjunct professor of strings at Lyon College in Batesville, AR. The program includes:  Mozart Laudate Dominum, Anne Kootz, soprano solo,  American Salute - Gould, John Henry - Copland, Pavanne pour une infante defunte- Ravel, Scherzo Pizzicato from Symphony No. 4, third movement - Tchaikovsky, Selections from Fiddler on the Roof - Bock.

U of A Auxiliary Results
Congratulations to the following students for earning the position of drum major, feature twirler, and majorette for the 2005-06 school year.  I know the hometown directors are proud of each student and will want to pass along the news to their friends.  The talent level exhibited at the auditions was the highest ever and we look forward to working with these outstanding students! Flag auditions are Saturday April 23 - please have your students call 479-575-4100 and ask for details.

Head Drum Major
- Charles Frazier, Hot Springs HS
Asst Drum Major
s - Katie Watson, Lakeside HS, Hot Springs; Robert Hopper, Beebe HS

Feature Twirlers -
Meganne Britton, Naperville, Illinois; Ashley Pedersen, Maryville, Missouri
- Brooke Waters, Fayetteville HS - Asst. Captain - Mallory Ann Webb, Benton HS
Majorettes - Meagan Abell, Jonesboro HS; Tarabeth Echols, Midland, TX; Darla Ehlinger, Bixby, OK; Rebecca Gehring, Brinkley HS; Heather Holcomb, Farmington HS;
Lindsey Lee, Russellville HS;
Skye Metcalf, Arkansas HS, Texarkana; Katie Puryear, Dumas HS; Rachael Schwartz, Ashdown HS; Jennifer Stone, Jonesboro HS
Timothy Gunter - Director of Athletic Bands - University of Arkansas - 103 Lewis E. Epley Band Hall - Fayetteville, AR 72701 - work - 479-575-4109 - fax - 479-575-5212

April 11, 2005
Save the Music Days at UCA

In partnership with "Play It Again Arkansas," and a fine arts grant, the UCA Bands announce "Save the Music Days," Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th, at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Jerry Horne, curator for the Arkansas Band Museum, will bring his collection of rare and antique instruments to Reynolds Performance Hall on April 19th and 20th.  Free hourly tours of the museum exhibits for school groups and bands can be scheduled by calling 501-450-3163, the UCA music department office. Tours will be from 3:00 - 5:00 pm each afternoon. A concert will follow the tours each evening at 7:30 pm in Reynolds. The UCA symphonic and concert bands will perform on Tuesday night, April 19th, and the wind ensemble will perform on Wednesday night, April 20th.  All concerts are free to the public. UCA will sponsor an instrument drive for "Play It Again, Arkansas" during "Save the Music Days."  Instruments can be dropped off at the Band Museum Exhibit at Reynolds, at one of the concerts in Reynolds on April 19th or 20th, or at the UCA band room in Snow Fine Arts. All Arkansas bands are invited to attend any and all of the events. Ricky Brooks, Director of Bands - UCA

Greene County Tech Auxiliary Camp
Many of you received information about Frontlines Aux. Camp.  This year we are including Drumline as part of the camp.  Bruce Salyers from Ouachita Univ. will be on staff for the camp.  Curriculum will include but not be limited to: rudimental studies, technique on their marching percussion instrument(s), and marching technique.  Students can participate individually or as a drumline. This camp will be held at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge on May 31 through June 4.  The cost is $190.00 resident or $100.00 Commuter. For more information, contact Linda Davis (870) 215-4400 ext. 6302 or email, - Danny Davis, Band Director - Greene Co. Tech High School - 5201 W. Kingshighway - Paragould, AR  72450 - (870) 236-8427 - DLDAVIS@GCTHS.K12.AR.US

April 7, 2004
Julie Konzelman's Mother

Our sympathies are extended to Julie Konzelman (Northridge Middle School, Van Buren), on the loss of her mother, Mary Huggins.  She passed away on Tuesday, April 5 after suffering a massive heart attack on Sunday evening. 
Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Huggins (Julie Konzelman's mother) will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel at Ozark Arkansas - Address is 204 North 4th Street, Ozark - Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Tonight) at Shaffer Funeral Home.  The family is asking that no flowers be sent, but rather all memorials be given to First Presbyterian Church in Ozark.  Julie’s email is – Please remember Julie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ouachita Jazz Band Concert
OUACHITA JAZZ BAND CONCERT - Tuesday, April 12, 2005  7:30 pm - Verser Theatre - Ouachita Baptist University - Guest soloists: SIM FLORA – trombone;
TONY HUTCHINS – bass trombone - Admission is free! For more information please contact Craig Hamilton -
Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music - Director of Bands Music Education Chair - OBU Box 3649 - Arkadelphia, AR  71998 - - (870) 245-5137 office - (870) 245-5500 fax

Help Needed with Scheduling
I know this is a very busy time of year, but I need some help from those of you who are 1A and small 2A directors.  As our school district sets up the master schedule for next year, I need some sample daily class schedules from schools with one teacher for ALL music classes K-12--e.g. one period for all 7-12 band, one for choir (if applicable), a beginner band class and then elementary music classes for the remainder of the day. Call or email me and I'll tell you more.  My work phone is:
479-639- 5710; Fax: 479-639-2158 and my email address is: . I would greatly appreciate your help. Ricky Ward - Hartford School District

State Approval Help Needed
We are in the process of getting approval for band 2,3,4, and for choir 2,3,4. If you have the documentation for this for state approval, I would appreciate it if you could send us a copy of your paperwork that was submitted for the state. It would greatly expedite our program approval to see something that is already in place for these programs. Thank you.  Our fax is 870 356 3426 and our address is 2268 Hwy 8 East, Norman, AR  71960 - C Rubly - 870-356-3857 -

Southern Arkansas University Auxiliary Auditions
Southern Arkansas University will be hosting Auxiliary Auditions (Flag/Majorette) for the 2005 season Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9:45 AM. All participants should meet at the band room in the Brinson Fine Arts building. For additional information, please contact J.P. Wilson at Thanks, J.P. Wilson -
Director of Bands - Southern Arkansas University - P.O. Box 9385 - Magnolia, AR 71754 - (870) 235-4244       
April 5, 2005
Sax Clinic at Amro

Amro Music will host a free saxophone clinic for students on Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00pm. Guest clinicians will be: 
Connie Frigo - Former member of the premiere U.S. Navy band and taught at Levine School of Music in Ithaca, NY and the University of South Carolina.Michael Stephenson - Founder of the Music Academy of East Carolina.Stephen Pollock - Performed as the Principal Saxophonist with the Salisbury, Greensboro, Charlotte and Winston-Salem Symphonies.Chris Hemmingway - Performs regularly with the Al Dowe Quintet, New York Jazz trumpeter Sean Jones and a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.Concert at 8:00 pm at the University of Memphis - [More Info]

Schedule Change for UCA Day of Percussion
There have been some small changes to the schedule (a later start time, mostly) for the Day of Percussion at UCA. The day's events will now begin at 11:30 on April 9th. This is because fewer ensembles were able to perform than expected. Please join us for the clinics and performances beginning at 11:30. The day will begin with a marching percussion clinic by Ben Finley followed by a marimba/composition clinic by Thom Hasenpflug. The day will end with a drumset clinic by Gregg Bissonette and then a performance featuring the day’s clinicians in concert along with the UCA, OBU and Conway High School percussion ensembles. Please bring or send as many students as you would like. For an updated schedule you can always consult the website at . If you have trouble reaching that website, you can link to it through - Blake Tyson, DMA - Asst Professor of Percussion - UCA - Snow Fine Arts Center - 201 Donaghey Ave - Conway, AR 72035 - Phone: (501) 450-5263 - FAX: (501) 450-5773 -

April 4, 2005
Update on Ed Abbott

Just talked to Ed and Linda – Ed got to go home Friday evening! He is better, but is still on oxygen continually. They are investigating options for a center with advanced cardiac care since the doctors he has don’t feel they can do anything about his heart blockage. Ed and Linda wanted me to tell you how much they appreciate your emails, thoughts and prayers.  Ed said that every time he got an email, he was so uplifted – he is so thankful for all the prayers!  You can now send the emails to him at home ( or give him a call at 479-756-9291.   

Congratulations to Bill Shaver (retired Fort Smith Northside – PBM Hall of Fame) on his selection to the Van Buren High School Hall of Fame!  Bill’s email is !

Jerry Horne's Son
From David Puckett – ASBS (Really)
Please remember Jerry Horne (Wallick and the Band Museum) and family in prayer, due to the death of his youngest son Gary.  Gary Horne, 50, passed away Sunday, April 3 at 12:15 pm.  Gary had been hospitalized since Thursday, March 24 as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage and in a coma since then.  Jerry’s email is

Cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketers - In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls on your cell phones. Call this number from your cell phone (1-888-382-1222), it is the national Do Not Call list and it will block your number for 5 years. If you call this number, you must call from the phone you want blocked or you can go to the Do Not Call Registry web site at  It's very simple. You may want to distribute this information to your friends and family.

ASU Auxiliary Auditions
Auxiliary Auditions (Flag/Majorette) for the Arkansas State Marching Indians will take place Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9 AM.  All participants should meet at the band room in the College of Fine Arts.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Carroll at

April 1, 2005
The North American Saxophone Alliance Region 4 Conference will be held at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center on April 22-23, 2005.  Host is Dr. Kenneth Carroll.  Guest artist Griffin Campbell from LSU will be performing with the ASU Wind Ensemble on Friday evening.  The conference is free to members of NASA, but a single day pass can be purchased for $10.  Tickets for the Friday concert will be $5 for adults, $2 for students with ID.  For more information, contact Ken Carroll at  [Info] 

David Slocum’s (Cherrydale Farms) dad has just been diagnosed with throat cancer.  Please remember this family in your thoughts and prayers.  If someone has an email address for David, please send it to me so I can send it out to the membership.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Natalie Cole on Sunday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at downtown Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall.  All remaining tickets will be on sale, starting Friday, April 1 at 9:00AM at the following significantly reduced prices: $25   - All Balcony Seats previously $30-$76 - $50   - Orchestra & Mezzanine Seats previously $60-$126 - $100 - Orchestra Premium Seats (Rows A - K) previously $126+ - $15 Student Rush Tickets
Purchase at Robinson Center Music Hall Box Office (Broadway & Markham) in person Sunday, April 3 12:00PM - 3:00PM.  No Phone Orders for Student Rush Tickets, must present current student ID.
$5 SERVICE FEE WILL BE WAIVED for ALL Natalie Cole sale tickets ORDERED ONLINE at - To purchase tickets at these sale prices visit until Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm-or call the ASO Box Office at (501) 666-1761 Friday, April 1 from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m., Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am - 3:00pm.  The Box Office at Robinson Center Music Hall (Broadway & Markham) will be open for sales beginning at 12:00PM Sunday, April 3.    Concert sponsored by ACXIOM, Artist of Distinction sponsor Meridian Management.

AR All-Star Honor Band Concert
You are cordially invited to attend the 2005 Arkansas All-Star Honor Band Concert.  It will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Atkins High School Auditorium. Bob Sivils will be the guest clinician. Hope to see you there, Chris Kamerling, President - AR All-Star Honor Band Assoc.

Flute for Sale
Selmer Flute - 7 years old in excellent condition. Contact Whitney Heflin at or 479-229-2341 (home) 479-747-0729 (cell)

March 30, 2005
Etesian Winds in Concert
In preparation for their May, 2005 Tour of England, the ETESIAN WINDS will be giving two wind quintet performances in Central Arkansas: Sunday, April 17, 3:00 pm - First United Methodist Church - 1610 Prince Street, Conway -- Thursday, May 12, 7:30 pm - Second Presbyterian Church - 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock [More Info]

U of A Honors Recital Concert
The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Arkansas Department of Music would like to announce the 2005 UA HONORS RECITAL CONCERT on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 3:00 pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. This concert features the Music Departments 2005 Honors Recital Competition Winners. [More Info]

ATU Senior High Band Camp Audition Material 2005

March 29, 2005
Change in AWBDA Scholarship Deadline

The deadline for applications for the AWBDA scholarship has been changed to April 15.  Please note this new date on your calendar. 

Parts Needed
I need 2nd alto sax parts to Michael Sweeney's arrangement of Salute to the Duke. I bought it new and there were none in it. Thanks - Judy Harkrider - Band Director - Greenbrier Jr. High -

ASU Faculty Recital
The honor of your presence is requested at the final performance of the 2004-2005 Arkansas State University Faculty Recital Series.  The concert will be presented tonight, Monday, March 28th at 7:30 pm in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. [More Info]

March 24, 2005
Our Sympathy to Craig Baker
Kim Baker, wife of Craig Baker, our DeMoulin representative, died March 18, from an aneurysm.  The funeral was Monday, March 21 in Jonesboro.  Graveside services were in West Plains, Missouri. You may contact Craig at 1000 Sylvan Hill Dr, Jonesboro, AR  72401. We apologize for not getting this information to you sooner.  Please remember Kim’s family in your prayers. 

March 23, 2005
Recording Needed
I am looking for a recording to Spring Song by Nowak. If anyone has one, please send me a copy. Tracy Walker, 100 Redbug Blvd. Fordyce, Arkansas 71742

March 22, 2005
Chicago Jazz Trumpeter - Doug Scharf In concert with The Harding University Jazz Band
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. - Reynolds Center Recital Hall - Harding University -
Admission:  Free - [More Info]

March 18, 2005
UA Fayetteville - Flag, Majorette, and Feature Twirler Auditions

Saturday, April 9 - Majorettes and Feature Twirlers - 12:30 pm in Bud Walton Arena - Saturday, April 23 - Flags - 9:00 am in HPER Building, Gym 1 -
Please call 479-575-4100 for more details.  Tim Gunter

March 17, 2005
Ed Abbott
Ed is scheduled to have heart stent surgery at 1:00 pm today - please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.
Post surgery
The surgeon was able to place the two stents, but the blood flow was not improved.  Since Ed is not strong enough at this time to undergo bypass surgery, they will use medications to try to improve circulation.  Linda and Ed thank you for your prayers, emails and support – they ask they you keep remembering them!

The Breathing Gym Clinic
Saturday, April 2, 2005 - 3:30 – 5:30 PM -
Arlington High School - 5475 Airline Road - Arlington, TN - FREE for all area band directors, music educators, and music students. 
This clinic will provide the tools necessary to use the Breathing Gym in your own setting.  For more info – contact Phil Burns (Amro Music) - [More Info]

Advice Needed in Hope
Please send responses to (1) May I have contact information for music department or fine arts supervisors in 3A and 4A school districts who are responsible for instrumental and choral music in grades K-12?  I would like research on the organization and curriculum of these departments as experience is a great teacher. (2)  Are there any other school districts out there who have band and athletics the last period of the school day?  Is anyone on a 4x4 block or a modified block with band and athletics at the same time?  If so, would you please email me, so that I may get a description of your situation and how it works or does not work?
Thanks so much in advance for any information or advice that you may have time to offer me.  I truly appreciate your support. Kim Madlock - Hope Bands

Scheduling Help Needed
I am in need of information.  Our school is considering cutting into our beginning band time due to the new legislation.  Can I get some ideas about how your school districts are dealing with the problem.  By the way, we are a size AA (band) school with two certified teachers on staff with the possibilities of hiring a third.  I would also be interested to hear from districts our size (k-12 = Approx. 1250 - 1350 students) and find out how many total certified music positions you have in the entire district.  Thanks again for your time. Chris Kamerling - Pottsville School District -

HSU Faculty Recital
On April 4, Jonathan Whitaker (HSU) will be presenting a faculty recital with Dr. Ann Rye on piano.  The recital will take place at 7:30pm in the Harwood Recital Hall on the campus of Henderson State University. Program: -Wagenseil - Concerto (alto trombone) -Ewazen - Duet for a Ceremony (with wife and trumpet player Amy Whitaker - this will be the world premiere of this work in a concert setting - it was written as a gift for our wedding on Jan. 8, 2005) -Filas - Sonata -Serocki - Sonatina. The second half of the program will serve as the debut performance of a newly formed trombone quartet - Stentorian Consort.  Members of the quartet include: -Whitaker - Brent Phillips - Professor of Trombone @ Baylor University - former member of the "President's Own" Marine Band -Dave Begnoche - Dallas area freelancer -Barney McCollum - former Bass Trombonist with the "President's Own" Marine Band. Works to include: -Bach - Fugue in D minor -Ewazen - Myths and Legends -Apon - Quartet
I hope that some of you and your students will be able to attend.  Jonathan Whitaker - Assistant Professor of Low Brass - Henderson State University

Private Lessons for Brass
Hey everyone!  My name is John Wier.  I'm sending this out to see if anyone has any brass players that want to take private lessons.  I've been trying to get this together for quite some time, but I couldn't ever get a teaching space.  I now have a place that is in a great location for probably all of Pulaski County.  The studio would be on Main St. in North Little Rock.  I'm also going to do a little traveling to teach.  You can email me if you have any questions. .  This is mainly to see who would have students interested.  Thanks for your time - John Wier 

ATU Dinner Theatre Cabaret
ATU's popular Music Theatre Workshop is presenting a Dinner Theatre Cabaret performance Friday & Saturday, April 1st and 2nd at 6:30 pm. This spring¹s Cabaret will feature songs from the Broadway musicals Gipsy, Annie, GiGi, On A Clear Day, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler, Simple Simon, My Fair Lady, The King and I, Kiss Me Kate, Camelot, Evening Primrose, Into The Woods, Sunset Boulevard, Christmas Holiday, On A Clear Day, Cabaret, Hello Dolly!, Easter Parade, Top Hat and Guys & Dolls. If that weren't enough, you get a wonderful dinner and great company! Our performers for this Cabaret are Cody Belew, Crystal Pawlonek, Alicia Sullivan, Sarah McCalman, Nicky Hilton, Anna Bertschy, Robin Ward, Kat Tyler, Michael Tongko, Sarah Aspel, Fred Gladdis, and Benton Vories. Holly Ruth and I are excited to present these fine performers in the Williamson Dinning Room, here on the ATU campus. If you are interested in a delightful evening of Broadway music, combined with an excellent dinner and no drive to Little Rock (!), then call for reservations @ 470-968-0368 or e-mail me at  Dinner/show prices are $25 each. A good portion of this will go into the ATU foundation for the future development of this ensemble. A word to the wise, this is a popular event so don¹t wait until the last moment to reserve your seat. Thank you for your continued support. Ken Futterer & Holly Ruth Gale

Clarinet Masterclass with James Campbell at UCA
1:40~3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 - UCA Recital Hall - **Guest Recital - James Campbell, clarinet - Chiharu Linuma, piano - Assisted by UCA Clarinet Choir
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 - UCA Recital Hall - The world-renowned clarinetist James Campbell, Professor of Music at Indiana University School of Music, is visiting the University of Central Arkansas on March 22 and 23. He will give a masterclass and play a recital during his visit. In the masterclass, Prof. Campbell will coach two UCA students Christina Bruce and Kristen Huge. The recital will be joined by guest pianist Chiharu Linuma and the UCA Clarinet Choir. - Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Min-Ho Yeh (; 501-450-5758

March 16, 2005
Booneville Scramble

Booneville will be having a golf tournament (3 man scramble) on April 23 at 8 am to benefit the Booneville Band.  An entry form with details is available on the message board of ASBOA. Hope to see you there!  Any questions, call Justin Martin at 479-675-2725. [Entry Form]

Jazz Band Help Needed
We are beginning to discuss the possibility of adding a jazz band class during the school day at Farmington.  We need some information about how others do this.  If you can answer some of the questions below and maybe share some other thoughts, I'd greatly appreciate it. (1) Is the class strictly Sr. High or do you have Jr. High as well?
(2) Who is allowed to take the class?  Are non-band members allowed to participate? (3) What type of curriculum do you use?  Standard of Excellence or others?
Thanks for any insight that anyone can share with me. Todd Mitchell - Farmington Jr. High -

ATU Trombone Recital
All ASBOA members and their students are cordially invited to a Faculty Trombone recital by Dr. Timothy Howe on March 28, 2005 at 7:30 PM in Witherspoon Hall on the campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The program will feature the Ballade by Frank Martin, the Finger Sonata for Alto trombone, and the McKay Sonata, as well as works by Malcom Arnold and Paul Hindemith.  Hope to see you there - Dr. Timothy Howe - Music Dept. - Arkansas Tech University -

March 15, 2005
Henderson State University Symphonic Band Concert - 7:30 p.m. - March 17, 2005 - Arkansas Hall Auditorium - Admission is free
Program: Windsprints...Richard Saucedo - Visions of Light...Eric Ewazen, Jon Whitaker, Trombone - Dance Mix...Rob Smith - Roar of the Armor...Charles Booker, Jr - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral...Richard Wagner, trans. Lucien Cailliet -Festive Overture...Dmitri Shostakovich, trans. Donald Hunsberger
David Rollins, Director of Bands - Henderson State University - PO Box 7623 - 1100 Henderson St - Arkadelphia, AR  71999-0001- 870.230.5054 - E-mail:

Personnel Policies Committee Help Needed
I am on our district's Personnel Policies Committee (PPC), and our superintendent would like us to find districts that already have a plan in place for incentives for staff not using sick days, or using a limited number of sick days. (money, extra personal days??) I would appreciate any information that could be shared.
Laura Hunt - - Lakeside Middle School Bands

Trombonist Peter Ellefson, Professor of Trombone at Indiana University, will be visiting HSU to present a masterclass and full solo recital on April 14. The masterclass will take place at 4:00 pm and will cover the basics of low brass playing and teaching. Students from HSU will also be performing on this class for critique from Professor Ellefson. The recital will follow at 7:30 pm. Dr. Ann Rye and the Henderson State University Trombone Chorale, will accompany Ellefson on what promises to be an outstanding night of music! Both the masterclass and recital will take place in the Harwood Rectial Hall in the Russell Fine Arts Center. Both are FREE OF CHARGE and open to everyone!  Ellefson¹s bio can be found on his website at .

Recording Needed/Advice Needed
We are looking for a full recording of Acclaim March by Larry Clark. If anyone has this I would appreciate you contacting me.
We are seeking information concerning the various differences in the levels of band participation. My booster club is questioning the amount of time and money that they are spending for the different groups. Please respond to the following questions: (1) How many events does each separate band participate in during the year? (Beginner Band/Junior or Middle Band/ Senior Band); (2) How much money (approximate) is spent during the year by your booster or school for each group? (Beginner, Junior or Middle/ Senior); (3) 3.  What is the percentage of time and money that is spent on each group? (Beginner/ Junior or Middle/ Senior); (4) How many fun trips (Magic Springs or Six Flags or others) do each group in your organization take and how often?
Please send responses to Kevin Dunn at or or call me at 870-352-7655, 870-918-4211, or  870798-2139

Frontlines Camp
Information was recently mailed out about Frontlines Camp - a Flag, Majorette, Drum Major & Marching Percussion Camp. If you did not receive this information and are interested in the camp please contact Linda Davis at  or by phone 870-215-4400 ext 6302. Frontlines Camp will be held on May 31 through June 4 at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark..  If you would be interested in bringing percussion to this camp please contact me by March 18. For those who know they are bringing Flags, Majorettes or Drum Majors, please send me preliminary numbers as soon as possible. Attendance is up and we may have to open a 2nd dorm. Danny & Linda Davis - Greene Co. Tech High School - 5201 W. Kingshighway - Paragould, AR  72450 - (870) 236-8427 - DLDAVIS@GCTHS.K12.AR.US

March 14, 2005
Recordings Needed
We are searching recordings to the following selections:  Australian Rhapsody by Eric Osterling  and Nemesis by Gary Fagan.
If you have these and it is allowable to be copied or you do not mind us borrowing them please e-mail Kevin Dunn at or or call me at 870-352-7655, 870-798-2139, or 870-918-4211. Kevin Dunn - Director of Bands - Fordyce High School - 100 Redbug Boulevard - Fordyce, Arkansas  71742

March 10, 2005
Home from Iraq
I just wanted to let you know that my son, Travis has returned from Kirkuk, Iraq. Thanks to all those on your mailing list who have been praying for Travis and for all of our troops in harm's way.  It has been a real blessing to know that so many have said so many prayers in my son's behalf. He was just as excited to be home as we were to have him home. Nita Cardinal - Asst. Manager, LBJ Store - Brook Mays Print Music - 5756 LBJ Freeway - Dallas TX 75240 - 972-233-9315 - 800-432-2676 -
fax: 972-233-2883 -

The Arkansas Day of Percussion and the UCA Percussion Festival are joining forces to bring you one great event on Saturday, April 9th.
Percussion ensembles from across the state are invited to perform. All levels are welcome, from elementary to college, and all large equipment will be provided for you. If you are interested in bringing your group to perform please contact Blake Tyson at the University of Central Arkansas at  or by phone at (501) 450-5263.
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On Monday, March 14, the University of Arkansas Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with two other UA ensembles, will perform at the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street.  General admission tickets are $5.00, senior citizens are admitted for $3.00, and student tickets are $1.00. Tickets may be purchased the night of the concert. For ticket information, contact the Walton Arts Center at (479) 443-5600. [More Info]

The University of Arkansas Department of Music would like to invite you and your family to attend the University of Arkansas Concert Band and Wind Symphony joint concert on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Concert Hall.  We hope you and your family will join us for this exciting musical evening.  General admission tickets are $5.00, senior citizens are $3.00 and student tickets are $1.00.  Tickets may be purchased the night of the concert.  For ticket information, contact the Walton Arts Center at (479) 443-5600. [More Info]

March 9, 2005
Another late night update on Ed Abbott -
Ed has the heart cath procedure done tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:00 A.M.  Please remember him at that time as they do this test.  Linda Abbott

Update on Ed Abbott
Ed Abbott has now been moved to room 3116 at Washington Regional.  His breathing is better but they are still running lots of tests to find out exactly what caused his problem.  They want to do a heart cath on him but they are waiting on his kidney function to improve just a little bit more.  Keep those prayers going! Linda Abbott

March 8, 2005
The Fulbright Trio in Concert
The Fulbright Trio - the University of Arkansas' faculty piano trio in residence - will perform a concert at White Hall on the Northwest Arkansas Community College campus in Rogers on Tuesday, March 8. The program includes piano trios by Beethoven (Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost") and Dvorák (Op. 90, "Dumky"); two members of the Trio will also perform Johan Halvorsen's transcription for violin and 'cello of a Handel passacaglia. This concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. The same program will be repeated on Thursday evening, March 10, in the Stella Boyle Smith Fine Arts Concert Hall on the UA campus. The starting time for this performance is 8:00 p.m. and admission is free. The members of the Fulbright Trio are Rossitza Jekova-Goza, violin; Stephen Gates, 'cello; and Jura Margulis, piano. For more information about the Fulbright Trio, go to David Goza - Director of Orchestral Activities - Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences -  University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701- - (479) 575 3934

Grad Class Help Needed
I am taking a Grad class on Instructional Technology, and need some help.  I need some copies (electronic will be fine) of different schools Acceptable Use Policies. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Chris Bayless - Email:

March 6, 2005
Update on Ed Abbott

I had to take Ed back to the emergency room today (Friday).  He was having trouble breathing.  He is retaining too much fluid and it's pressing on his lungs.  They admitted him and he is in room 2316 at WRMC.  I'll keep you posted on what is going on.  Linda - You can email Eddie Abbott at the hospital by going to the following link -  - Please keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

March 3, 2005
Part Needed

I am looking for the Alto and Tenor Sax parts to "Shoutin' Liza Trombone" Composer Henry Fillmore and arranged by Johan de Meij. If anyone has this I would appreciate their help. Thank you,
Gail Sly Band Dept. 471-3135 - Van Buren

Scores Needed
I need some scores to The Ringmaster march by Harold L. Walters. 
It is out of print.  Would you please email me if you can help. - Thanks!

ATU Homecoming 2005
Arkansas Tech University Homecoming will be October 1, 2005.  Homecoming will focus on our “Return to Glory” with a BIG band reunion.  Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.  Suggestions/ideas for the reunion are welcomed—contact Julie Nebben Morgan ’72:  479.968.0332 or .

March 2, 2005
Advice Needed for Band Awards
Our school is changing the policy for awarding Band Jackets.  The current requirements are that the student play in 7 concerts (2 - 9th, 2 - 10th, 2 - 11th, and 1 - 12th), maintain a B average in band, and maintain the overall grade point required for all school activities.  I am interested to know what requirements other schools have in place for such awards. - Jacqui Walker - Maynard Jr-Sr High School - Maynard, AR 72444

March 1, 2005
Need to Borrow a Tenor Sax
Hello!   Danville is trying to start a jazz program and we need to borrow a tenor sax.  Anyone with a spare and willing to share, please send an email to:  or  Thanks!!!!!! Julie

February 28, 2005
Update on Ed Abbott
We brought Ed home from the hospital yesterday afternoon late.  We have replaced a full staff of nurses and doctors with one  But he is a lot more comfortable and he says he feels better although he is very weak from being in bed for 15 days.  Hopefully he will grow stronger every day and be ready for his surgery in three weeks. 
Please continue to pray that he will be ready for the surgery and will come through it with flying colors. - Linda Abbott -

Bell Part Needed
I am in need of the Bell part to Ployhar’s “The Water is Wide.” It is permanently out of print, and all I have is the condensed score, which makes it hard for me to pull the part and write it out for myself. Thanks! -  OR - Dawn Bessee - Tuckerman HS

A BIG thanks from Charleston
I would like to extend a Big Thank You to everyone who took the time to answer my questions.  As far as the Cymbal Part goes, I have one now! Thank you to all who wrote me about your tongue rake issues with your students. And, if you are still working on the questionnaire, please do so. I've gotten so many good suggestions from so many people! You will be thanked personally when I get time to do so! ASBOA is a wonderful resource for people in Arkansas and I feel proud to be a part of this family of band and orchestra directors! Thanks again for all that you do Ms. Reynolds and the crew!!! Jon Taylor - Charleston HS - Work:(479)965-7150x8 - Cell:(479) 719-1721

February 25, 2005
Update on Ed Abbott

Just thought you would like an update on Ed.  He is still in the hospital.  We are now waiting on the doctors to find a balance between recovering some of his kidney function and keeping off the fluid that builds up when they lower his Lasix dosage, thus raising his blood pressure and making it hard for him to breathe.  He has been in the hospital two weeks today and he is extremely ready to get out.  We are hoping this will not change the date of his gastric bypass surgery.  Please pray for a quick resolution of this problem.  Thanks. Linda Abbott -

Score (or two) Needed
If any of you have a score (or even better, two scores) to "Matrix, an Overture for Band", by Mike Leckrone, and would be so kind as to stick them in snail mail and send them to me, it would be most appreciated.   Please e-mail me first to let me know if they are on the way so I can inform others if necessary.   It is permanently out of print. Thanks for your help!  George Pokorski - Marion Middle -

Advice Needed Re: Elementary Music Position
We have a situation here in Charleston where we are the end-all-be-all of the music program. I know that some small school directors are in our shoes while others have an elementary music teacher in their school to handle the overload. Jennifer and I feel bad because we can't devote as much time as needed to our elementary classes and I am drumming up a presentation to the school board for a new position. I would like some help from other small school directors so I would appreciate it if you would answer some questions for me:
1. Do you have an elementary music teacher in your school?
2. If so, has that position been there since you started teaching at your school?
3. If you did not have that position and you worked to get it, what did you use for a reason for needing this position?
4. If you are the entire music program (k-12) how do you split up your day?
5. Has your principal or any other official stated any changes in your schedule pending the ratification of the new legislation?
** PLEASE e-mail all responses to THANK YOU ** - Jon Taylor - Charleston High School - Work: (479)965-7150 x 8 - Cell: (479) 719-1721

Orthodontic Contraption Help Needed
We have recently been introduced to a new adolescent torture device here in Charleston. It is called a tongue rake... this is a metal device placed in the roof of the mouth with 5 or 6 points in it pointing directly toward the back of the throat.  This device is said to stop a tongue thrust and one of our beginning Clarinet players has had one recently installed in the roof of her mouth (poor thing!) I was wondering if anyone else has encountered such a device and if anyone has any suggestions for this poor little girl to play. (They say she has to keep it in for TWO YEARS!!!) Thank you! - Jon Taylor - Charleston HS - W(479)965-7150x8 - C(479) 719-1721

Cymbal Part Needed
I have ordered a Cymbal part for Overture for Winds by Charles Carter. Unfortunately, it will not be in for a couple of weeks. If someone has this part, would you please fax it to (479) 965-7140? Thank you so much! Jon Taylor - Director of Bands - Charleston High School - Work: (479)965-7150x8 - Cell: (479) 719-1721

Bookkeeping Help Needed
:     In your transactions with your primary music supplier, how do you handle requisitions, PO's and billing? For example, do you have a monthly PO, or do you have to have a separate PO for each purchase from your primary music supplier. We are looking at making some changes in how we do things and would like some input from other schools. Thanks

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February 24, 2005
Update on Mike Spears
I’ve been getting requests for an address for Mike Spears, so please send this out.  The kidney was removed last Friday, 2/18, and he goes home tomorrow, 2/24.  All reports are not in yet, but this is so much better than the initial report.  He’ll be coming back to Houston in a month for follow-up.  He is really happy that so many folks in Arkansas are thinking of him. Send thoughts to: Dr. Michael Spears - 300 Standard Reed Road - West Monroe, Louisiana  71291- Thanks!  Gary Barton

ATU Band's Winter Concert
The Department of Music, Arkansas Tech University will present the Bands’ Winter Concert on Tuesday evening, March 1 at 7:30 pm in Witherspoon Hall.  The Concert Band as well as the Symphonic Band will present a varied and interesting program of music featuring something for every listener.  Both bands are conducted by Hal Cooper, Director of Bands. The Concert Band will open their program with Richard Saucedo’s Awakening Hills Overture.  Saucedo is the chief music arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and is venturing into composing for bands and orchestras.  Featured also will be the Latin flavored Cuernavaca by H. Owen Reed.  The Duquesne University Band premiered the work in 1974 and the number features three latin dance sections . . . . a fast Rhumba which morphs into a sort of Hat Dance in 6/8 time coupled with a slow and beautiful Tango featuring solo oboe.   The Concert Band closes with Phil Parker’s Clowns . . . a self-explanatory gallop at great-neck speed!  The Symphonic Band’s featured number is the Italian neo-romantic composer Vittorio Giannini’s Symphony #3.  The four movement cornerstone of the band repertoire is widely known as one of the very most difficult of major works for winds and percussion, challenging the very best musicians with its technical and musical demands.  The group will also present Grainger’s Shepherd’s Hey . . .. a fiddling dance reel from England, and will close their portion of the program with John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis.  The concert is free of admission charge and the public is heartily invited to attend.

February 21, 2005
Memphis Band Director with Lung Cancer - From George Pokorski
Dear Fellow Directors -  This is indeed a hectic time of the year for all of us, but I would very much appreciate it if you would take about two or three minutes and pass along an encouraging word to a Memphis band director who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.   Please go to and send a short message to Jamie Young, band director at Wooddale Middle in Memphis, who just finished her last chemo treatment.   I feel certain that Jamie would be very encouraged to hear from her fellow directors in a neighboring state.  No complicated registration necessary-just sign the guestbook, write a quick message, and help lift the spirits of a young lady who is very much missed by her students at Wooddale.   Thanks for your prayers as well! - George Pokorski - Marion Middle

From Jesse Crowley – Vehicle Accident involving his family
(Some of you know Jesse had to leave all-state on Friday morning after receiving a call from his wife that she and the kids had been involved in an accident.) - I just wanted to let you know that everyone is doing well.  Alyssa and Becky were the only ones taken to the ER.  Alyssa was the only one who had any lacerations.  She had two on her head, both were on the upper crown of the head with only one requiring staples.  She also has an abrasion on her left elbow and a cut on her finger.  Everyone else slipped by with just some bumps and bruises.  And, of course little people bounce back from those quicker than the big people do.  Everyone is back to school except Becky.  She is taking the day to recuperate and make the all too necessary phone calls.  I obviously made it back here without incident on Friday and I know that I had prayers from Hot Springs speeding me safely home.  I Thank you and all others for those prayers. 
Oh, and to let you know what "exactly" happened.  Our School was having an inservice day and Becky had left home a little later than normal due to the inservice starting later than our normal school day.  She was taking the children to one of our student's homes to be watched.  When she came into a curve the sun was a little higher than we normally see it and it blinded her.  She told me that she thought to herself that it would be behind the trees momentarily and when it did go behind trees she realized she was no longer on the road and no longer in control of the vehicle.  She thinks that the van rolled several times and all the eyewitness could verify was that the front passenger corner had planted into the ground causing the van to go airborn and then come to rest on the drivers side.  I have seen both the accident site and the van and I have been thanking God every chance I get for the miracle and blessing of my family.  Again, Thank you abundantly for your Thoughts and Prayers. - Jesse Crowley -

February 11, 2005
Update on Mike Spears from Gary Barton
I talked to Mike Spears last night.  He has been here since Monday for tests.  Good news:  M.D. Anderson believes presently that one kidney is affected, which is much better than the initial report.  He is scheduled for surgery on the 18th to remove the kidney.  He is going home today and returning in two weeks for the surgery.  There are still tests pending, but if all goes well this may be much less severe than what we thought.  Pass it on.  gb - Gary Barton - -
Please continue to keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers! jr

AR Horns
The tradition of Arkansas Horns continues on Saturday Feb. 19, with a few changes. Please note that our start time is 8:30 am.  Our room is the Convention Center Board Room.  Robin Dauer is still overseas on his work in Thailand, so you'll have to tolerate my directing this year!  Please, as always, BRING MUSIC STANDS!  AND bring along a horn-playing friend!  See you then, Brent - Brent A. Shires - Horn Instructor, University of Central Arkansas Studio Phone: 501-450-5768 - email: - web:

Phi Mu Alpha Alumni Reception at All-State

If you are an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia you are hereby invited to attend a reception in your honor to be held on Friday, February 18 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel. (see flyer at registration table for exact location).  Feel free to come at anytime during the reception.  Refreshments will be served.  This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with Sinfonians you may have lost contact with and enjoy some food and fellowship.  For more information please contact the reception host, Louis Young at 501-450-3333 or  I hope to see you there. OASAASLLS! - Dr. Louis Young - Assistant Professor of Tuba - Assistant Director of Bands - University of Central Arkansas - - - 501-450-3333 (office/studio)

ATU Tau Beta Sigma 5k Race
My name is Rachel Ducker and I am a member of Tau Beta Sigma.  We are putting on a 5K race on April 9th.  I was wondering if you could possible put it on the ASBOA calendar.  Here is the info:
Date:  April 9th, 2005
Where: ATU Campus in front of Tucker
Time:  Registration @ 7:30 am - Starts @ 8:30 am
Costs: $15.00 and includes a t-shirt
Contact: Rachel Ducker 970-9875
If you need any other information please e-mail me at or call me at 970-9875.
Thank you - Rachel Ducker

AR Saxophones
Julia, Please circulate the following instrumentation assignments for Arkansas Saxophones:
Soprano:  Stan Morris, Brent Bristow
Alto:  Traci Marlin, Matt McGinty, Daniel Hodge, Todd Mitchell, Adam Coats
Tenor:  Ron Pratt, Danny Davis
Baritone:  Craig Wadley
Bass:  ???

We need a volunteer to play the Bass (you will need your own Bari reed).  Please contact me if you are interested.  Anyone else who wants to come play, just come along.  We now have enough of each instrument to cover the parts.  REMEMBER YOUR MUSIC STAND!  Thanks, Jackie Lamar -

AR Symphony Orchestra
ASO announces 40th Anniversary Season - click [here] for details!

Thanks from Curt Derden
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and cards during the illness and death of my mother, Dorothy Derden.   Please keep our family in your prayers.  Curt Derden -

Delta Leadership Camp - Brandon Robinson
I am starting a new student leadership camp this summer.  It is called Delta Leadership Camp.  The DLC is designed to help drum majors, color guard captains, and section leaders learn how to be leaders in their hometown bands.  I will have flyers about the camp at all-state.  You can also visit the camp website:  Call or e-mail if you have any questions.  See you at all-state. Brandon - Brandon E. Robinson - Director of Bands
Marion School District - -

Congratulations to Blake Howerton
Arkansas State University is proud to announce that Blake Howerton, trombone, has been selected through competitive audition to perform with the IAJE South Central Regional Conference Collegiate All-Star Jazz Ensemble.  This group will rehearse and perform April 14-16 at Baylor University in Waco as part of the Regional Conference.  The group will be under the direction of J. Richard Dunscomb and feature alto saxophonist Joe Eckert who recently retired from the Airmen of Note. Blake, a Paragould High School graduate, is a trombone student of Dr. Neil Bartee, and studies jazz with Dr. Kenneth Carroll and Ed Alexander.  Ken Carroll

February 8, 2005
Parts Needed
I have ordered these, but if anyone has time to fax me a copy, I’d greatly appreciate it!  (Every rehearsal is critical at this point!)    Holsinger’s On an American Spiritual
Timpani, Mallets, Bassoon, 3rd Clarinet, 1st Trombone - Thanks! JT Scott - - Parkview Bands - Fax 501-447-2301

North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Comes the word to me from Jeannine Wagar, conductor of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, that students from Elementary School through Graduate School can obtain admission to either the Saturday night or Sunday afternoon concerts of the Orchestra for a mere $5. The next pair of concerts will occur this weekend at the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street. The performances will feature pianists Jura Margulis and Alan Chow in concertos by Rachmaninoff and Grieg, respectively, plus the University of Arkansas concerto/aria contest winner, soprano Sarah Mesko, who will sing arias from Mozart's _Cosi fan tutte_.  The $5 admission charge is an extraordinary bargain. Saturday night's concert is at 8:00; Sunday afternoon's is at 2:00. Students wishing to take advantage of this offer should present a student ID or proof of age at the WAC Box Office during the final half hour before the performance. David Goza - Director of Orchestral Activities - The University of  Arkansas

Services for Pete Peterson
For some on the western side of the state who may remember him, Laverne "Pete" Peterson, long time director at Spiro, OK, passed away Saturday evening.  Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 at the First Baptist Church in Spiro.  Allen Lawson - Mountainburg High School -

Acoustic Panels
Thanks for the interest in the acoustic panels. At this time the panels have been spoken for and will be used instead of thrown away. Thanks again, Shane Fudge
Newport High School

If you are assigned a special job for the ASBDA convention or are a committee chair for it, please have a report ready for the All-State meeting. The national president wants a report from all that is going on. If you will bring me copy of your report, I'll see that it gets to him. Thanks, Judy Harkrider, Band Director, Greenbrier Jr. High School -

Block Scheduling
My school is going to block scheduling next year and my principal has told all of us to tap into any resources that we can to figure this whole thing out. If any of you have block scheduling or have had block scheduling please e-mail me and give advice, complaints, or anything that helped your program in dealing with this change. I would greatly appreciate hearing your take on it because I'm worried that it might hurt my program having my kids every other day. Also, we'll be having band an extra 30 minutes (80 minutes total) and I'm sure that fatigue will be a factor that I have to deal with. What did you do to combat this or is it even a problem? Thanks in advance for your responses, Shandee Gordon - Morrilton Middle School -

February 3, 2005
Looking for "Sheridan March"

Some of our schools are blessed to have extensive music libraries. I am looking for a march I read about in Smith's Program Notes for Band. The march is called "Sheridan March."  It was written by W.H. Apelles and published in 1889.  Needless to say it is out of print.  My only hope of obtaining a copy is from someone's library. Our fair city was named after General Sheridan who graduated from West Point in 1853 when Apelles father was the bandmaster there.  Sheridan served in Grant's army which our county is named after.  If you know where I can get a copy please be in touch. See you at all-state - Ron McHone

Prayer Request
I am writing for Dee Branch, our dear friend and band director here at Murfreesboro High School.  She asked that I write you and that you share this information to others on the "band list" Dee's husband, Dickie, was badly burned Saturday evening. A flammable substance ignited while he was cleaning a house they had recently purchased (not their residence).  His hands were badly burned.  He is in St. Michaels' Hospital in Texarkana.  He had surgery on his hands Tuesday, but more surgery and skin grafts will probably be necessary.  As you can imagine, he is in a lot of pain at this time.  Additionally, Dickie's temperature is elevated, indicating a possible infection. Please remember this family in your prayers.  If you would like to send email to her, at my address, I will print them and get them to her.
Thank you, Sharon Kimery - Technology/Grants Coordinator - Murfreesboro School District - 605 3rd Avenue - P.O. Box 339 - Murfreesboro, AR  71958 - (870) 285-3516

February 2, 2005
Dear Directors,   Our band boosters here have the basketball concession stand.  While we are grateful to be able to raise funds this way, we are finding a lot of revenue is being eaten up by coaches, refs and other 'officials'.  Do your booster groups service these folks for free?  What kind of policies do you have regarding this?    Thanks for taking the time to respond,   Alana Smith Danville High School    

Feb 1, 2005
Jodie Vaughn's Grandmother
Our sympathies are extended to Jodie (Brookland) and Steve Vaughn on the loss of her grandmother.  She was very close to her grandmother.  Please remember Jodie and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Jodie’s email is

January 31, 2005
Part Needed
If anyone has a 3rd trombone part to "Exaltation" by James Swearingen, please email me and let me know. I need to work out borrowing one. Rick Sowell

Score Needed
"Trio for Three Clarinets" Allegretto, Beethoven, Arr. Harris. This score is out of print; would appreciate hearing from anyone who has it.
Eldon Janzen

January 27, 2005
Curt Derden's Mother
Our sympathies are extended to Curt Derden (North Little Rock) on the loss of his Mother, Dottie Derden.  She was the wife of Lloyd Derden, retired educational representative from the former Bean Music Company.  Visitation will be Friday, January 28, from 6:00-8:00 pm and the service will be Saturday, January 29, at 10:00 am.  Both will be at Roller Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock.
Please keep Curt, Lloyd and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  Curt’s email is .

Wenger Acoustic Shells
We recently moved back into our bandroom after remodeling and I have about 30 large Wenger acoustic shells that go on the ceiling and about that same amount of small shells that go on the walls.  My school’s maintenance crew and principals want me to throw these shells away because they don't want to put them back up in the bandroom! I can't seem to bring myself to just "chunk" these like they want.  If you know of anyone looking for something like this, please let me know so I can see that they are put to good use, rather than simply waste them. Shane Fudge - Director of Bands - Newport High School -  870- 523-1347 

Looking for New Position

I wanted to drop all of you a line to inquire about any openings in your school districts.  I am interested in applying for any Elementary or Middle School Administrative position that you might know of.  As for my present job, Waldron, it has been a great place to work and learn.  I have not resigned, nor will I unless I find a new position.  I will let ASBOA know when and if I am moving.  I know that some of you would find this a great place to work.  Waldron has a great administration, active band parents, great students, and good funding.  Amanda Lucy is a great director who is a valuable asset and ally in our work.  If you don’t mind say a pray and keep me in mind.  I need to leave this area for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the band or school.  Gerry Nichols - Waldron School District -

January 25, 2005
Concert for tsunami relief at U of A
FAYETTVILLE, AR: The Northwest Arkansas music community coming together to raise funds for the American Red Cross South East Asia relief fund.
On February 4th, 2005, approximately 45 orchestral musicians from Northwest Arkansas and nearby Southwest Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma will present a concert to raise funds for populations affected by last month’s Indian Ocean tsunami. The Humanitas Orchestra of Fayetteville, under the direction of University of Arkansas Director of Orchestral Activities, David Goza, will perform at the University Baptist Church, 333 W. Maple St., Fayetteville.  The cost of the concert is $35.00 and will begin at 8 pm. All door proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross’ South East Asia relief fund. The concert program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, K. 551, and Felix Mendelssohn’s E-minor Violin Concerto with Dr. Rossitza Jekova-Goza as soloist. All members of the orchestra are donating their services.

Looking for Music
I am looking for Billy Madison's Drumming Along Volume II. It is a collection of multiple percussion solos. The publisher is Counterpoint Music out of Jonesboro. I called information and there is no listing. No one seems to know what happened to them or Billy. Can anyone help me? Robert Wells -

Music Needed
I need the S.D./B.D. part to Queenwood Overture by Anne McGinty in the Discovery Series published by Hal Leonard.
Mike Mankins - Ozark Junior High

Eli Epstein Recital at UCA
The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music and Horn Studio are proud to present the incredible Cleveland Orchestra horn section member, ELI EPSTEIN in recital Sunday, February 13, 2004. Mr. Epstein is appearing Sunday night at 7:30 pm in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall to present a program of solo horn music with Terrie Shires accompanying. The program includes works by composers Gliere, Mozart, Nielsen, and Hindemith. The performance is free and open to the public.
In addition, the Arkansas High School Honors Horn Choir will be open to any high school (French) horn student, at no charge, provided they are nominated by their band director. Rehearsal and discussion with Mr. Epstein will take place form 2-5:30 pm, with a Horn Choir performance during the evening program's intermission. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Brent Shires, UCA Horn professor, at The public is also welcome to attend an open masterclass on orchestral horn music Monday, February 14 from 2-3 pm in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. Again, there is no charge to attend.

January 24, 2005
Arkansas Acoustic Festival

Don't forget to come to the Arkansas Acoustic Festival this weekend at UCA/Reynolds Hall in Conway!
Friday night Jan. 28th - Open Mic and Free Concert 7:00 P.M.
     Four Nationally-Touring Singer-Songwriters in the Round: Tom Prasada-Rao, Cary Cooper, Danny Santos, and Tom Kimmel; Garry Bryant (winner of last Arkansas       Acoustic Showdown, Solo); Hannah Blaylock and Lost and Found (winners of the last Arkansas Acoustic Showdown, Group)
Saturday, Jan. 29th - Free Workshops
     1:00      Mandolin Tips, Tricks, and Secrets - Jeff Clanton; Songwriting Skills and How to Develop Them - Cary Cooper
     2:00     Guitar Flatpicking and Fingerstyle - Jess Westover; How I Sold 20,000 CDs Without A Label - Tom Prasada-Rao
     3:00     Fiddle in Acoustic Music - Chanley Painter; How to Be a Performing Songwriter - Danny Santos
     4:00     How to Sell Your Music to TV, Movies, and Labels – Tom Kimmel
Arkansas Acoustic Showdown - 7:00 P.M.
13 Solo and 6 Group Finalists Compete for Cash Prizes and a slot on AETN Presents... statewide TV.
Sunday, Jan. 30th
7:00 P.M. Headline Concert - An Evening with Chris Thile / Edgar Meyer - Limited engagement 13-City National Tour you won't want to miss!
If you have any questions or need more information, visit our website at or contact me at (501) 450-5849 or

HSU Symphonic Band Concert
Henderson State University Symphonic Band Concert - February 4, 2005 - 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall on Henderson Campus
 Spirite of the Falcon - Richard Saucedo; Visions of Light - Eric Ewazen, Jon Whitaker, Trombone; Sinfonietta - Ingolf Dahl;
O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen; Dance Mix - Rob Smith; Roar of the Armor - Charles Booker, Jr; Ride - Samuel Hazo
All early arrivals for the all-state auditions are invited to attend the concert.
Thanks, David Rollins, Director of Bands. Henderson State University

Alexa Still at Hendrix
World-famous musician and flute goddess Alexa Still will be in residence at Hendrix College Friday, February 11, 2005 and Saturday, February 12, 2005.  All events will be held in the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building and are free and open to the public.  Schedule: 1:30pm: Masterclasses with Hendrix students; 4:00pm: Clinic - Breathing;
7:30pm: Rehearse with flute ensemble - rehearse with accompanist, Dr. John Krebs; Saturday, February 12: 10:00am: Clinic - Auditioning; 12:00pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Masterclasses with local area students.  Interested in performing?  This is open to 8 performers.  The first 8 to register in advance are in!  Please contact Donna Maher to register.  4:00pm: Clinic - Extended Techniques; 7:30pm: Dr. Still in Recital - Fish Are Jumping by Robert Dick; Four Pooh Stories by Maria Grenfell (four pieces based on Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne); Zoom Tube by Ian Clarke; Concerto for Two Flutes by Antonio Vivaldi, accompanied by the Hendrix Flute Ensemble; Fantasy on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen by Francois Borne, accompanied by the Hendrix Flute Ensemble; Sonata, Opus 23 by Lowell Liebermann, accompanied by Dr. John Krebs. For more information, please contact: Hendrix Special Events: 501-450-4545 or Donna Maher, Instructor of Flute 501-514-0489

January 21, 2005
Barbara Shepherd's Mother
Our sympathies are extended to Barbara and H L Shepherd (Russellville, ASBOA Honorary) on the loss of her mother, Pansy Chenault on Friday evening, January 21.  Please remember Barbara and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  The Shepherds' email is .

Prayer Request
This morning I was informed of the death of one of my students, Russ Morton. He was a 10th grader here at England. Details are sketchy at this point but the details the school has received indicates that he may have committed suicide. Please be in prayer for my students, especially during band today. Sincerely, Jeaneau Julian - Music Director - England High School - England, Arkansas -

ATU Clarinet Day
I will accept late registration forms, so if you would like to come to Clarinet Day, please let me know via email (, phone (479)968-0615, or fax (479-968-0467).  Thanks,  Kelly Johnson - Arkansas Tech University

January 20, 2005
Parts Needed

If anyone has a 1st Alto Sax part to American Patrol arranged by John Kinyon, could you please fax a copy to me at 870-734-1354.  Thanks!  Jimmy Hynum, Brinkley High School ( - Jimmy R. Hynum - Brinkley Bands - 100 Tiger Drive - Brinkley AR 72021 - PH 870-734-5015 - FAX 870-734-1354

U of A Orchestra web page update
The University of Arkansas Orchestra web page has recently been updated. It includes current information about string studies at the University as well. Please visit us online at - David Goza - Director of Orchestral Activities

Vibes/Marimba Clinic & Concert
Double Image (Dave Samuels and David Friedman) will be presenting a vibes/marimba duo clinic and concert on Saturday, January 29, in the Student Union Theater at the University of Arkansas. The best place to park will be the UA parking garage, accessible from Stadium Drive (runs along the East side of Reynolds Razorback Stadium).
The free clinic will be from 4pm to 6pm. Tickets for the concert are $5, available at the door; concert is at 8pm.

Borealis Woodwind Quintet in Ft. Smith
The Borealis Woodwind Quintet is playing in Fort Smith on Friday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Mary McDonald Music Series sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. It is at the church and free.

January 19, 2005
Music Scores Needed to Borrow

I need to borrow three scores of "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" arr. by Ployhar. Is there any such thing as a full score for this arrangement?
Thanks. Brian Skinkle - Dierks H.S. - P.O. Box 124 - Dierks, AR 71833 - 870-286-3234 -

January 19, 2005
Borealis Wind Quintet at Henderson State University
The Borealis Wind Quintet will perform at Henderson State University next week. This woodwind quintet was founded at the Julliard School in 1977. They have numerous recordings out and have performed throughout the U.S. They will  hold a workshop in Harwood Recital Hall from 1:30 -2:30 PM and then perform at 7:30 PM in the hall on Thursday, January 27. Both events are free and open to the public. This is part of the Underwood series and is also funded by the HSU Friends of Music.

January 18, 2005
Drum Set Needed
I'd like to purchase a sturdy drum set, if anyone has one to sell. We don't need a suspended cymbal, but do need everything else involved with a basic set.
Please respond to  or call me at school (479-963-6995). Thank you! Anne Bean, Paris School District

January 13, 2005
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 2005 Band Camp Dates

2005 UAFS Band Camp dates are as follows:  June 6 through 10 - Band Camp; June 13 through 17 - Jazz Band Camp; June 20 through 24 - Vocal Jazz Camp. Any questions refer to:

Timpani Part Needed
If anyone has the timpani part to Command March by John Edmondson, please fax (870-898-4472) to Melissa Mark, Ashdown Junior High School - 600 S. Ellen St. Ashdown, AR  71822.  School phone - (870) 898-4409 -

January 12, 2005
Help for Visually Impaired Students!
The Arkansas School for the Blind has created a new position to address the needs of Fine Arts educators and visually impaired students involved in Fine Arts programs in Arkansas. The Fine Arts Outreach Coordinator of the Arkansas School for the Blind will be available to education professionals who work with visually impaired students, providing assistance, information, support, and, when appropriate, equipment to teachers and schools. Teachers who have visually impaired or blind students involved in band, choir, or orchestra are encouraged to contact John C. Jarboe, ASB Fine Arts Outreach Coordinator, with questions or requests for assistance. Mr. Jarboe can be reached by phone at 501-351-5480 (mobile) or 501-296-1810 (central office). Email is  and fax is 501-296-1831. [More info]
The Arkansas School for the Blind hopes that this new position will be helpful to music and other fine arts educators in Arkansas as they work with the blind and visually impaired.

Arkansas Tech University 2005 Band Camp Dates
2005 ATU Band Camp dates are as follows: June 20 through 25 - Middle School; July 11 through 16 - Junior High; July 18 through 23 - High School. The camp office has not yet been staffed, so if you have questions you might try calling Hal (479-968-0287).  I will help if I can. Deb Moore, Music Dept, ATU, 479-968-0368

Music Needed
I need a copy of the Eb Bari Sax part for ‘The Hounds of Spring’ by Alfred Reed.  Fax # is 501-447-2301. Thanks - JT Scott - Little Rock

January 11, 2005
Prodigy Concert at UA Fayetteville
15-year-old violinist Benjamin Brookstone, a Curtis-Institute-bound resident of Washington, DC, will present a major recital in the Stella Boyle Smith Fine Arts Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, on Tuesday, January 25. He will perform music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolo Paganini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonin Dvorak, and will be accompanied by pianist Leanne Baldwin.
Mr. Brookstone is winner of the Russian American Young Virtuosi Competition and the Johansen High School String Competition. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, the World Bank, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Shenandoah Conservatory. His principal violin teacher is Zeno Bogachek, and during the summers he studies with UA violin professor Rossitza Jekova Goza and Cleveland Institute president David Cerone at the Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio. The concert is at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free. For additional information contact Rossitza Jekova Goza at or by phone at (479) 575-6270.

Music Needed
I need the 1st cornet part for Air and Dance. If anyone has this, please fax to Dee Branch, 870-285-2276. Thanks. Dee Branch
Murfreesboro High School - Murfreesboro, AR 71958

January 7, 2005
Music Needed
I am looking for a SIMPLE concert arrangement of God Bless the USA (as far as I know, they are all out of print).  I would like to arrange a vocal part into it, so it cannot be extremely hard.  I need to borrow this as soon as possible. It is for my dad who will be home from Iraq in time to see my very first spring concert (and his very first one to see me direct in).  If anyone knows where I can find one at, please e-mail me.  Thanks! Amber Page - Mansfield Jr. High -

January 6, 2005
Parts Needed
If anyone has percussion parts to Grundman's Concord, please contact Mark Tenney at Cabot High School .  We need all percussion parts including keyboards. 
Thanks, Mark Tenney -

Missouri Director Needs Bari Sax Part
I am in dire need of a part for a march we are currently preparing for contest. Bari Saxophone part to a cavalry march entitled “Hoof Hearted” by Doyle Gammill.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Royce Leslie - Band Director - Bernie Middle School Band - 121 S Spiker - Bernie, MO 63822 - (573) 293-5335 -

Parade Music Needed
I was hoping someone could suggest an appropriate piece of music for my band marching in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. I have called Pepper Music and they had no category for the parade and no ideas of what would work. I need to order something by tomorrow at the latest. My e-mail address is
Thanks, Rod Plunkett - Westside High School - Jonesboro, Ar.

Music Needed
Wanted: Percussion I part to Mission Impossible by Lavender. Contact Marty Martin - Hamburg High School - 870-853-2850

Percussion Part Needed
Music Needed: Percussion I (one) part - Havendance by Holsinger – Contact Brad Coffman at

Music Needed
Does anyone have the timpani part to Canticum by Curnow?  If so, please fax it to 501-842-3263 or mail to Jeaneau Julian, England High School, 501 Pine Bluff Hwy, England, AR  72046. Also, if anyone knows of a grade 1 march that has a timpani part, similar to March of the Irish Guard, please let me know. Thanks for your help! :)
Jeaneau Julian - or

Percussion Part Needed
I am missing the Percussion 1 part to Variants, by Jack Bullock.  If anyone has this could you please fax a copy to Greg Gordey, 501-847-5612.  Thanks

January 5, 2005
Parts Needed

If anyone has a bass clarinet part to God of Our Fathers, by Claude Smith and the 1st trombone part to Denbridge Way by James Swearingen, please fax to 870-853-2850 or mail to: Marty Martin - 804 E. Parker St. - Hamburg AR 71646 -

Parts Needed
I need trumpet parts (1st and 2nd) for Newcastle March.  If anyone could spare these, I would appreciate it. Contact Dee Branch at

January 4, 2005
Music Needed

I am looking for Aerostar March by Eric Osterling.  If anyone has it and is willing to loan it out, I sure would appreciate it!  My e-mail is
Thanks! Jennifer Steele, Director of Bands, Chaffin Junior High School, Fort Smith, AR, 479.452.7907

THANKS!  From Lisa Brandon Doss
Thank you so much for the calls, cards, letters, e-mails, visits, and of course the concert in the front yard, in honor of Daddy's birthday.  His eyes and ears are not what they used to be so I carefully read each and every one of them to him.  He was quite moved by the warm wishes sent by so many. Thank you so much for making my father's birthday a special one.  Best,  Lisa 

Music Nededed
Can someone send me a score and a 2nd trombone part to Crystal City Overture?  I'm missing both.  Thanks so much, Tina Cornwell - Dardanelle Bands -

December 29, 2004
Update on Ed Abbott
We went to Little Rock last Tuesday for Ed's appointment with the bariatric surgeon.  The doctor went over the risks as well as the benefits of the surgery with us.  He told us that he had had zero fatalities with this surgery.  He said that 15 years of Ed's life has been taken away and he is going to try to get most of that back with the surgery.  He says that Ed can get off of the insulin and after he loses a good portion of the weight and that he can probably throw away his CPAP machine for the sleep apnea.  He probably won't need the pills he's taking either.
The doctor is going to make a recommendation to Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and a board will meet to approve the surgery.  After that happens, we will be on our way to Little Rock and on our way to better health.  We don't have a time table yet.  Because of the holidays everything has been messed up.  The doctor's transcriptionist was on vacation last week and the recommendation will not go out for a week or so. The board at Ark. Rehab meets every two weeks, so we may be talking a month before we know anything.  We're hoping for the surgery to be sometime in February.  When you think of it, that's not very far away.  But when you are anxious to start feeling good, it's a lifetime.  In the meantime, keep those prayers going on Ed's behalf.
He hasn't had anymore episodes of passing out since he's been on the monitor.  We are supposed to send the monitor back on the 30th.  He'll probably have another one after we send it in.  He isn't sleeping well at night, though.  He wakes himself up fighting for breath, even with the CPAP and two liters of oxygen, and then he's afraid to go back to sleep. 
I still won't let him drive because we don't know what caused him to pass out and don't know when and if it will happen again.  So in addition to being chief cook and bottle washer and nurse, I am also the chauffeur.  Might as well throw in the title of handyman while I'm at it because if anything gets fixed around here, I'm the one who does it.  Maybe I should hire out my talents.
When he does have the surgery, he will be in the hospital for three days.  I'm sure I'll be busy during that time getting instructions on the care and feeding of the gastric bypass patient. He will be on a liquid or soft diet for about a month.  I'll keep you posted about dates and such. Have a Happy New Year - Linda - – Linda Abbotts’ email - – Ed Abbott’s email

December 28, 2004

Dear ASBOA: Thanks to you all. My sister-in-law, Major Kathy S. Jones, wanted me to tell you that she received your cards and good wishes.  Here is an excerpt from her last e-mail to me: 
"...And thank you for sharing me with your band director friends!  What a pleasant surprise.  I can't answer all the e-mails but, please let them know that their sentiments mean a lot."   So to each of you, thanks so much, and have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy & blessed 2005.   -Sandra Jones -

Score Needed
Does anyone have a score to "Off to the Races" by Eric Osterling?  It's out of print!  Thanks! 
James Pianalto -

December 20, 2004
Tommy Duffel's Mother

Our sympathies are extended to Tommy and Dora Duffel (East Poinsett County) on the loss of his mother, Inez Duffel on Saturday morning.   From Tommy--“Her health had been declining for several years now and earlier this week she suffered a bad heart attack.  She held on for a few days before dying Saturday morning.  I had the honor of being with her at the end.  Please remember my father, James (her husband of nearly 60 years), my sister Sharon in West Memphis, my brother Jim on his way home from Iraq, me and my wife Dora, in your thoughts and prayers as well as the rest of our family at this time.  Arrangements will be handled through Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  We are waiting on my brother's arrival to make final arrangements.  Thank you, Tommy Duffel - East Poinsett County”
Please remember Tommy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  His email is

Percussion Equipment for Sale
I have the following used percussion equipment for sale.  Everything is in good condition.  If interested, please contact me: 501-604-1928 Pulaski Academy Band Room - 501-658-4988 Cell - - Thanks, Eric Durham - Click [here] for list

Scheduling Help Needed
Is anyone else facing the elimination of band in 7th grade? A person from State Dept., told our junior high principal that his school "had" to offer art, physical education, band, choir, and health classes to EVERYONE in 7th grade. His solution is about to be ONE BLOCK of each activity per week for EVERY student. What would this solution do to your 7-8 grade junior band?  Eager to hear solutions to yet another STUMBLING BLOCK for instrumental music.  MMartin - Hamburg -

December 17, 2004
Help Needed to Sound Proof Band Room
I'm looking for information from anyone who has experience making small rooms inside a band room sound proof. Our directors team teach in rooms that are adjacent to each other. As you can imagine, sound infiltration is a problem. Any help at all would be appreciated. Please send reply directly to Thanks, Grant Brinkle - Nettleton Jr. High Band

Guitar Solos Needed
Twin Rivers is in need of some "not too difficult" ligit guitar solos for Solo and Ensemble.  I really need acoustic and bass solos, or the bass will play yet another trombone or bassoon solo.Does anyone know who I could contact that may make suggestions for this?  I am a trombone player by trade and I can't seem to find a way to keep those strings tight!. Please contact me directly at . Thank you for any help
- Bill Teague - Twin Rivers School District

December 8, 2004
Jazz Band Schedule Help Needed
We are in the process of changing back from a block schedule to a 7 period day at Lakeside. There is some discussion of us having to drop our jazz band from the daily schedule because of this change.  If you are at a high school that operates on a 7 period day and you offer jazz band during the school day, would you please e-mail me at the address below? Doesn't have to be a long message, just tell me the name of the school and that you offer it. - Thanks, Freddy Bell - Lakeside High School - Hot Springs, AR

December 6, 2004
From John Ferren-Atkins - Student Badly Burned

Friday night one of our band students, Maggie Price, was badly burned in a house fire. She is currently in stable condition at Children's Hospital. She is not out of the woods yet because of some head trauma received after jumping from a second story window. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. I would greatly appreciate it. The power of prayer can do wonders. Thank you.

Music Needed
Merry Christmas again, everyone.  If you have Baritone Sax parts to the following compositions, I would appreciate it if you would either fax them or e-mail them to me 
1)  Matrix, and Overture for Band, By Mike Leckrone  2) Beauty and the Beast (Hal Leonard, Arr by Custer) 3)  Whip and Spur, Arr by Cramer - Fax - 870-739-5176 - e-mail is     Thanks for your help.  George Pokorski - Marion Middle

Academic Letterman Jacket
My school is in the process of creating an "Academic" lettering system so students who achieve high grades can get a Letterman's jacket like the extracurricular activities. Do any other schools have a system like this already in place? If anyone does, please send me the information at:  Thanks,Tommy Walker

December 3, 2004
Torch of Liberty Score and Part Needed 
If anyone has the K.L. King march "Torch of Liberty", I need to borrow a score and a 1st trombone part.  You may contact me at or fax the needed items to me at 870-449-4774.  Lonnie Landers - Yellville-Summit H.S.

Hounds of Spring Part Needed

I’m looking for a 1st Cornet part to ‘The Hounds of Spring’ by Alfred Reed.  Please reply to Thanks! JT Scott - LR Parkview

December 2, 2005
Percussion Parts to Feliz Navidad
I am in need of the Percussion II part to the Paul Lavender arrangement of Feliz Navidad.  Please contact me ASAP if you have a copy I can borrow.  Thanks and happy holidays! Brian Pearson - Rivercrest Junior High School - (Cell) 870-815-0197 (Work) 870-655-8994 (until 11:15) - 870-655-7002 (after 12:00) -

December 1, 2005
Baritone/Euphonium Needed
Fortunately, we have been blessed here at Charleston with a spike in Baritone players which was not predicted by us at the beginning of the year.  Anyway, we are in need of a Baritone or euphonium to borrow for the rest of the 04-05 School year.  If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it GREATLY!  You can call me at the office or the home number listed in the book is my cell so you can reach me there at any time! Thanks in advance!  Jon Taylor - Director of Bands - Charleston High School - Charleston, AR - Work: (479)965-7150 x 8 - Cell: (479) 719-1721 -

Update on Ed Abbott, Honorary, Springdale
Ed came home from the hospital last Saturday night but they are still not sure what caused him to pass out.  They will be running more tests this week.  Please continue to keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Ed’s e-mail is

Music Needed
Do any of you have a composition in your file called "Fire!" by Gary Gilroy?   If you do, I have some questions about it, and would appreciate it if you would send me your e-mail and/or phone number.   Please respond to me at  or .  George Pokorski - Marion Middle

Uniform Budget Help Needed
From Dee Branch Murfreesboro - I am scheduled to go before the school board to ask for assistance in purchasing new band uniforms.  I gave the stats to the board last month, but received no comment when I asked for matching funds to purchase uniforms.  Comments regarding your budget situation on uniform purchases  would be appreciated.  Do you have budgeted money from the school or does concession money pay for everything, as is my case?  Thank you for any help. 
Dee Branch -

Saturday, December 11 - [More Info]

November 30, 2005
UCA Concert
The two University of Central Arkansas Fall Symphonic Bands, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Brooks and Dr. Louis Young, will present a concert Thursday, December 2nd, at 7:30pm, in Reynolds Performance Hall.  The program will include traditional holiday music as well as music by Rimsky- Korsakov, John Barnes Chance, Martin Mailman, Alfred Reed, James Texidor, Robert W. Smith, and Claude T. Smith.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Recordings Needed
Please send all responses directly to Jeaneau at – Thanks!  Does anyone have any recordings of the following pieces?  Chesford Portrait by James Swearingen - Command March by Edmondson - Brandywine Creek by Forsblad - Any help would be appreciated! - Thanks, Jeaneau Julian - England
HS -

Info on Plume Case Needed
Does anyone have a plume case that un-zips from both sides and has a handle and rollers like an overnight bag that you would take to the airport?  I know that I've seen this before, but now I can't find it.  If you have one and could tell me where you got it, I'd appreciate it.  Thanks so much, Tina Cornwell - Dardanelle Bands -

November 29, 2005
Ed Abbott
Got a note from Linda - Ed has been in the hospital undergoing some tests.  They took him in yesterday (Wednesday, 11/24) and he was to be in at least through tomorrow.  He has been passing out and the doctor is trying to find out what is causing this.  I tried to call this morning – got the answering machine and left a message.  If anyone has an update, please let me know.  Please remember Ed, Linda and Ashleigh in your thoughts and prayers.  Ed’s email is

UA - Monticello Concert
The University of Arkansas at Monticello will present their annual Christmas Concert, Thursday Dec. 2, at 7:30 pm in the UAM Fine Arts Center.  Both concert bands will perform as well as the top two jazz bands. Everyone in welcome and there is no charge.

UA - Fayetteville Concert
The University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professors Graeme Langager and David Goza, respectively, will present a concert on Monday, December 6 at the Central United Methodist Church on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The program includes Bela Bartok's  Bagpipers with oboe soloist Teresa Delaplain, Johann Sebastian Bach's D-major  - Magnificat_ and Gerald Finzi's In terra pax. The University of Arkansas Children's Choir, conducted by Mary Ann Pickard, will also appear on the program.  This concert is at 8:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Alto Sax for Sale
From Saraya Rogers

I have a former student who wants to sell her horn.  Could you post this on the web site.  Thanks - Saraya Rogers - Yamaha Alto "Step-up" Saxophone in a case.  C* mouthpiece. - Bought new from Amro.  Paid $3200.  Used only two years.  Perfect condition.  Will take $1000.  (501) 278-9566.   E-mail address is                    

November 22, 2004
Tuba Christmas at UCA
Saturday, December 4, 2004

ATU Clarinet Day
Monday, January 31, 2005 - Details

AR Acoustic Festival
January 28-30, 2004 -

Razorback Band Rehearsal in LR

The Marching Razorbacks will be rehearsing in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock this Friday from 8:00-9:15 am in preparation for the LSU game at 1:30 pm.  Except for the early hour, this is a great opportunity for your students to see us in the Central Arkansas area.  While we can't help with parking, we can get you into the stadium.  Please enter through Gate 11 and proceed to the press box side of the stadium for the best view.  We will be performing an exciting Spanish Show - El Toro Caliente, A Mis Abuelos, and Malaga along with our pregame show.  Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope to see you Friday!

O'Brien Crystal Clarient Mouthpiece Needed
From Clay Hooten - Dardanelle - I am looking for an O'brien crystal clarinet mouthpiece.  It must be a 3 or 3*.  Would you please
call me at 479-229-4655 ext. 54 or email me @ - thank you!

November 15, 2004
Double Reed Clinic at UCA

The University of Central Arkansas will be hosting their 3rd Annual Double Reed Clinic on Saturday, November 20, 2004. This will be an all day event and its free! There will be masterclasses in the morning and afternoon.
We will be focusing on the All-Region audition materials. Guest artist will include, bassoonist Doug Spaniol from Butler University and oboist, Petrea Warneck from Furman University. There will be a short recital in the morning followed by masterclasses. Al Swiney will be there to answer questions about maintenance and show you the latest Fox oboes. Doug Spaniol is a Yamaha representative and will have information on the latest line of Yamaha bassoons.
At the end of the day, we will have a double reed ensemble reading session conducted by Mark Weinand, conductor of the Episcopal Collegiate Orchestra of Little Rock. If you've never played in a double reed band it's a lot of fun. The sound is quite unique and entertaining.  More information maybe found on line at: - Lorraine Duso - Instructor of Oboe and Bassoon - University of Central Arkansas - Snow Fine Arts Ctr - 201 Donaghey Ave - Conway, AR  72034 - 501-450-5769

Set of Bells Needed
If anyone has an extra set of bells that could be spared, I need to borrow some until, hopefully, a set can be ordered for our program.  I will be glad to arrange picking them up and see to it that they are returned as soon as possible.  Please call
479-639-5710 or 479-650-6866.  Thanks in advance.  Ricky Ward

November 9, 2004
Mark Dolan's Son-in-law

Last Friday, my daughter's husband was killed in a swimming accident, while they were on vacation in Mexico.  The funeral will be in Little Rock on Thursday, but I don't know details at this time.  They were only married 13 months.  Larry Waschka was a Little Rock businessman and a wonderful person.  Jessica needs our prayers.  Thank you, Mark Dolan
- Please remember Mark, Jessica and Larry’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Fulbright Trio in Concert
The University of Arkansas’ Fulbright Trio and friends will present a concert in the Stella Boyle Smith Fine Arts Concert Hall on Thursday night, November 18. The program will include Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major,
Hob. XV:25, “Gypsy;” and Franz Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, “Trout.” The performance begins at 8:00 and admission is $1 for students, $3 for faculty members and $5 for the general public.  The Fulbright Trio consists of University of Arkansas faculty members Rossitza Jekova-Goza, violin; Stephen Gates, cello; and Jura Margulis, piano. They are joined in the Schubert composition by graduate violist Andrew Thompson and first-year double bassist Garrett Jones.  For more information, contact the University of Arkansas Music Department at (479) 575-4701 or email David Goza at

ATU Brass Choir
University Brass Choir - Arkansas Tech University - Sunday, November 14 - 2:30 p.m. - 2004 marks the twenty-fourth successive year for the fall brass event on the Arkansas Tech campus.  As in past years, the concert will be moderate in length, wide in variety, and a festive start to the Thanksgiving holiday season. 
Toccata – Bonelli; Water Music Suite – Handel; Scarborough Fair Revisited (horn quartet) – Teuber; Mini-Variations on Amazing Grace - Plog; The Brass Square – Zindars; Blue Skies (trombone quartet) – Berlin; Quidditch – Williams; Goin’ Home – Dvorak/Villanueva; Theme from the Great Escape -

Used Bach Trumpet Needed
I have a student who wants to buy a used Bach Stradivarius trumpet. If any are for sale, please reply with condition and price.  Marty Martin - Hamburg -

November 8, 2004
Loss of Band Student
From Allen Lawson - Mountainburg
Friday morning one of our senior trumpet players was killed in a car accident on her way to school. Her name was Roxanne Measles - really a sweet girl who will be greatly missed.  Please ask the members to remember her family, our school and band in their prayers.  Also an account has been set up here at the school to help with funeral expenses which the family cannot afford.  Thanks again, Allen Lawson - Mountainburg HS -

Brenda Harbison's (Pocahontas) Father
Our sympathies are extended to Brenda Harbison and her family on the loss of her father last Thursday night in Springfield, MO.  The family held a graveside service Sunday afternoon.  Brenda's new email address is    Her mailing address is 1225 S Culberhouse, Jonesboro, AR 72401 -
Please keep Brenda and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Josh Weaver's (ATU-ASBOA Assistant) Grandfather
Our sympathies are extended to Josh and Angela Weaver (ATU-ASBOA Assistants – Fayetteville) on the loss of his grandfather.  Services will be held this Thursday.  Josh’s email is .- Please remember Josh, Angela and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

October 26, 2004
Robert Phelan's (Harrison - ASBOA Honorary Member) Dad
Our sympathies are extended to Bob Phelan on the loss of his dad, Robert Phelan, last Sunday.  Visitation will be at the Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy on Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 pm.   Graveside service will be on Friday at 2:00 pm at White County Memorial Gardens.  The address for Roller-Daniel and Memorial Gardens is 411 E Race ST in Searcy.Bob’s address is 1402 Capps RD, Harrison, AR 72601 – his email is -  Please remember this family in your thoughts and prayers.

October 22, 2004
Band Uniforms for Sale
We have 70 Black White and gold uniforms for sale including hats.  Many are in like new condition. $1000 and come and get them.  Contact:    Rob Harkrider - Clinton High School -  501-745-6037 -

October 28, 2004
Bill Tucker
Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Bill Tucker, ASBOA Honorary Member, ASBOA Past President, retired Dumas Band Director.  Bill passed away Friday night, October 15th.  He had been suffering from Alzheimer's and was in a nursing home.  The service will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 18th, at the Methodist Church in Dumas.  Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or your favorite charity.  Bill was 64 years old.
Please remember Bill’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

October 14, 2005
HSU Octubest

The students of the Henderson State University Low Brass Studio wish to invite you to the First Annual HSU Octubafest Recital on Octuba 18 at 7:30pm.  This recital will take place in the Harwood Recital on the campus of HSU.  Featured will be the tuba and euphonium majors in solo performance, the HSU Tuba/Euph Quartet and the HSU Tuba/Euph Ensemble with special guest soloist Dr. Rick Dimond on accordion.
The first Octubafest was held at Indiana University in the early 1970s.  Organized by the world renown champion of the tuba, Harvey Phillips, this first concert was held to give tuba students an opportunity to perform music expressly written for their instrument and also transcriptions of music originally composed for other instruments.   Octubafest was also started to pay tribute to Phillips' teacher, William J. Bell.  In addition to being a master teacher, Bell was a member of the tuba section of the Sousa Band and later principal tubist with the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Symphony under the direction of the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini.  Octubafest concerts now take place on hundreds of college campuses around the world.
For more information, visit the HSU Low Brass Web Site: - Jonathan Whitaker - Assistant Professor of Low Brass - Henderson State University - P.O. Box 7613 - 1100 Henderson Street - Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001 - (870) 230-5409 - -

David & Rossitza Goza
From David and Rossitza Goza:
We are newly-appointed faculty members at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Rossitza is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola in our music department, which is a unit of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. David serves as Director of Orchestral Activities to the department.
Rossitza, a native of Bulgaria, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone. She has been concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and has made numerous solo appearances in several countries. She is both an engaging soloist and a perceptive and inspiring teacher.
David holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Gary Hill. He has conducted the youth orchestras of Memphis, Tennessee and Charlottesville, Virginia, and is founding conductor and music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri. His principal instrument is oboe, which he studied with John Mack.
We would very much enjoy the opportunity to visit you and your orchestra. We are available for sectional rehearsals, and are also happy to lend an ear to full rehearsals and share insights. Needless to say, we would also like to let your students know about the University of Arkansas, our vital and growing orchestral and chamber music programs, and our beautiful city.
We are especially available on Tuesdays, the day we've reserved for our off-campus activities. Please get in touch if we can be of service.  David Goza - - (479) 575-3934 - Rossitza Jekova-Goza - (479) 575-6270

October 5, 2005
IAJE College All-Star Honor Band
From Rick Endel – State IAJE PresidentAny college students interested in auditioning for the Regional IAJE All-Star Band needs to visit the IAJE web page and look in the South Central Region Conference section.  Go to !  Rick Endel -

September 30, 2004
Update from Dee Branch - Murfreesboro
Thanks to everyone sending up prayers.  Hunter is doing fine and has been sent home; they still have to be very careful with him because of the broken collar bone.  Once again, prayer is powerful. 
Dee Branch -

September 29, 2004
Missing Parts
I am needing a couple of missing parts to an arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner. It's by Jerry Burns in a collection called "America's Patriotic Songs" in the key of A flat. If someone has this arrangement and could send me a copy of the trumpet and tuba parts, I would greatly appreciate it.  My email is: .  Telephone:  479-639-5710.  Thanks in advance - Ricky Ward

September 27, 2004
Trumpet for Sale
I have a Band Booster that has an old Conn model 60B Trumpet for sale.
Those of you who are into 1960's model instruments know that this is one of the Pro line Conn's from that era. The instrument is in GREAT shape, and plays really well. Serial Number M02165: you can get the date of manufacture from the web. He is asking $450, but that is somewhat negotiable. If you are interested in a really great playing old Conn, this may be it. Email me at  and I will put you in contact with him. John Combs - Band Director - Lakeside Jr. High - 501-262-1992 -

September 22, 2004
Prayer Request

From Dee Branch – Murfreesboro- Please pray for Hunter Ryan Wingert who is pediatric intensive care in Lewisville, Texas.  Hunter is the son of my nephew.  He was born Tuesday, Sept. 21 and put immediately in ICU ; he has a broken collar bone and on oxygen. I know how powerful prayer is and I thank all of you in advance for your prayers. 
Dee Branch -

September 21, 2004

I need to borrow a set of marching bells for the football season. I have a marching xylophone, but it does not sound loud enough for the percussion feature and I have no way to amplify it, nor money to buy a set of bells. If I could borrow one from someone I would be greatly thankful.
Please e-mail me at or call at 870-352-7655.
Thanks in advance - Kevin D. Dunn - Fordyce High School

September 20, 2004
UCA Low Brass Special Event

THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC ALL STAR HIGH SCHOOL TUBA-EUPHONIUM ENSEMBLE (ASHSTEE) AND SPECIAL SOLO EUPHONIUM RECITAL BY BRIAN BOWMAN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2004 SNOW FINE ARTS CENTER RECITAL HALL ASHSTEE rehearsal at 5:30pm ASHSTEE performance at 7:00pm BRIAN BOWMAN recital at 7:30pm All Events are Free We are thrilled to present this opportunity for you and your students to hear the most respected American euphonium player/pedagogue, Dr. Brian Bowman, in recital at no charge! And we are asking for your help by nominating your best euphonium and tuba players to be part of our ALL STAR HIGH SCHOOL TUBA-EUPHONIUM ENSEMBLE. Generally, we are looking for talented high school players who have your support and have made first band in their region. If you will send us their name(s) and contact information, we will invite them and send all the information. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? Dr. Denis W. Winter, Professor of Trombone/Euphonium - (501) 450-5759 or Dr. Louis Young, Assistant Band Director/Tuba - (501) 450-3333

HSU Low Brass Web Site
The Henderson State University Low Brass Studio is proud to announce the creation of its new web site.  On this site you can read about the current low brass activites at HSU as well as information on new professor Jonathan Whitaker, current HSU students, the trombone choir and the tuba/euphonium choir.  If you have a free moment...check us out. - Jonathan Whitaker - Assistant Professor of Low Brass - Henderson State University - PO Box 7613 - Arkadelphia, AR  71999 - 870-230-5409 -

September 14, 2004
Fort Smith Northside Hosts Alumni Band
From Gordon Manley and Aaron Durham - The Fort Smith Northside Band is organizing an alumni band to celebrate the long tradition of quality bands at Fort Smith and Northside High on Friday, October 8 in conjunction with the 2004 homecoming ceremonies at Mayo-Thompson Stadium in Fort Smith. Bill Shaver, Ron Garner, and Mike Croom have offered to come back and be a part of this event.
We are planning a LOW-IMPACT EVENT!!! Whether you just completed your doctoral recital, or if you can't quite remember what instrument you played, we want you to participate. The plan is to perform the old march "Them Basses" at halftime, standing on the track, backed up by the current Northside Marching Band, with Mr. Shaver, Mr. Garner, and Mr. Croom directing. We will follow the performance up with a mixer in the band room during the third quarter, which is a perfect teaching opportunity for us to show the current members of the band that band is a life long skill that can be shared with life long friends.
DSD Band Instrument Company has volunteered to provide instruments for the event. - Just contact us at 479-783-6611, or  by September 27 and we will make plans on seeing you October 8.

Razorback Band in LR
Greetings from the Hill!  Don't despair - the Hogs are going to be fine! The game last Saturday was a tough one to take, but the four turnovers were just too much to overcome. 
The Razorback Band will be rehearsing in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock this Saturday from 12:15-1:45 pm. This is a great opportunity for your students to see us in the Central Arkansas area. While we can't help with parking, we can get you into the stadium. Please enter through Gate 11 and proceed to the press box side of the stadium for the best view. We will be performing the music of Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls, Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle Race, Somebody to Love, and We are the Champions - along with our pregame show. Timothy Gunter - Director of Athletic Bands - University of Arkansas - 103 Lewis E. Epley Band Hall - Fayetteville, AR 72701 - work - 479-575-4109 - fax - 479-575-5212

September 13, 2004
Band Director for Rent
: Currently available to assist you in Northwest Arkansas- band rehearsals, woodwind private lessons, master classes, sectionals, clerical help, substituting, consulting, -however I can help.  I have 20 years of experience and have recently moved back to the NWA area. You may reach me at (479)575-0974 or - Mark Dolan

The Deadline for entry/program submission to the October 30th Donald R Minx Marching Invitational is September 29. Contest information/entry brochure can be found at
This special day will be a great opportunity for your fans to watch your ensemble perform in Indian Stadium, and watch the band on the "Indian Eye" video board. You will leave the event with photos of the group, a multi-angle DVD including the Indian Eye material, and comments from outstanding music educators. Prior to the Award Ceremony, and exhibition performance of the ASU Marching Indians will take place. In the spirit and tradition of Don Minx, this event is centered on the goals of music education.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide any additional information. All my best - Ken Carroll

September 9, 2004
Farmington Band Student - Prayer Request
A former student, Justin Swicegood was in a wreck Tuesday afternoon in Fayetteville.  He is currently in ICU at Washington Regional Medical Center and in pretty bad shape.  Please keep Justin in your prayers.  Thank you.  Jim Spillars - - Todd Mitchell - - Farmington Cardinal Band

September 8, 2004
HS Comprehensive Percussion Audition Info
PLEASE look at the updated Senior High Comprehensive Percussion Proposal  - link on home page of .  Send comments and questions to Dewayne Wilson NOW, so we can make any needed adjustments before we vote on whether or not to accept it.
After the final version is available, you will be notified that the material is online - instructions will be given for voting.  You will have 10 school days after you are notified.
Thanks to the percussion committee for their diligence - thank you for taking time to help us develop material that is best suited to our students' needs.

September 1, 2004
Sousaphone Needed
I am in need of a sousaphone for the football season.  If anyone has a spare, my contact information is below.  Thank you. -
Britton Wesson,  Band Director - Little Rock Christian Academy - - music office: 501-975-3445 

August 30, 2004
Rob Kloap's Dad
Our sympathies are extended to Robert and Libby Kloap (Stuttgart) on the loss of his father, Nicholas Kloap.  Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S Main, Benton (501-315-4047). The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at St. Matthews Episcopal,
1112 Alcoa RD, Benton, AR 72015 - The family of Mr. Kloap will be receiving visitors at the home of Marvin and Margaret Richey, 5621 Salt Creek Road in Benton.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, Ark., 72201; and/or Ouachita Area Council of Boy Scouts, 102 Chippewa Court, Hot Springs, Ark., 71902-1234.  View obituary and guestbook at - Please remember Rob, Libby and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Their email is

August 27, 2004
Reception for George Pokorski

You are invited to a reception honoring ABA Bandmaster of the Year, George Pokorski.  The event will be held at Marion High School, August 31, 6:00-7:30 pm.  

Help with Music Theory or Appreciation
I'm in need of a course description, frameworks used, curriculum, etc. for high school Music Appreciation or Music Theory.  If anyone teaches one of these classes, could you please send me your information?  Thank you. Julinda Dixon - Cushman -

5A Band Stats
Does anyone have any compiled statistics/information on scheduling, stipends, # of students, # of directors in Arkansas Band Programs.  I'd like to see schedules for all 5A directors and how they team teach at multiple schools.  I feel sure there has been a survey done recently, but have never heard any more on the subject.  Thanks, Lauren Russell - El Dorado High School -

The Eureka Springs Jazz Society, a non profit corporation, is seeking volunteer Jazz bands of any size, student or non, to perform in the historic Basin Spring Park during the 20th Annual Jazz Festival, Sept. 17-19. We are working on the schedule now and would love to include your group. Participants will receive tickets to the evening performances in the auditorium.  Please contact: Jack Holly - - visit our website for information about the festival <>

August 20, 2004
Tubas Needed
Small school in building process in need of used student tubas.  We have some 6th grade students interested in the tuba and we desperately need to boost our bass!  Please contact:  Alana Smith, or Julie Rutherford - Danville bands:  479-495-4815

Tenor Sax for Sale
Yamaha Tenor Sax - Still in Case "Brown Case" - "NEVER USED" - Paid $1,100.00    Asking $750.00 - Call 479-452-0655 - Tracy or Linda (Fort Smith)

August 16, 2004
Prayer Request

Laurie Roberts, Russellville Printing Administrative VP, suffered a stroke yesterday while teaching her Sunday School class.  At this time, she is in ICU at St. Mary’s in Russellville, and the right side of her body is paralyzed.  Although most of you do not know her, you have touched her work – she has been the person at Russellville Printing who has helped us put the ABA program together for several years – she manages to help keep us straight!  During the time we were working on the ABA program, she was going to Searcy every other day to help the store there because the comparable person there died this summer. I don’t know Laurie’s age, but would guess late 30’s, early 40’s (I am not good with ages).  Please remember Laurie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Short's Mother
Our sympathies are extended to Brenda Short, Russellville on the loss of her mother, Oma Corder.  Brenda's home address is 1820 S Commerce, Russellville, AR 72801 -  email is Arrangements are not complete at this time - please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tommy Reynolds - Sherwood - Terrific T's
Tommy is back at work - supposed to just be doing computer work - no lifting, BUT sounds great!  He said the business is going strong, he has hired some additional help, your orders are being processed.  He is very appreciative of all the emails, calls, thoughts and prayers from all of you.  Tommy's email is
From Tommy
Hey everybody.  Well, I'm home and feeling pretty good, considering.  The doc says the prognosis is good and will know more in two weeks.
I am usually not at loss for words but, the overwhelming support I received from our "extended family" has left me humbled and so very grateful.  Your visits, phone calls, cards, and e-mails were uplifting and I appreciate them so much.  The medical community can work wonders but only the thoughts and prayers of true friends and a loving family can truly work miracles.  Thank you.
Laura and I are hoping to carry out business as usual as much as we can.  We will honor all of your orders so please get those sizes and anything else to us ASAP so we can get your t-shirts, etc. to you on time.  You can reach us at the shop at 501-835-5343 or at home 501-834-0820.  If you have any questions just give us a ring.  Again, thanks for your support and I hope to see all of you real soon.  All of my best, Tom Reynolds - TERRIFIC T's -  Sherwood, AR

August 13, 2004
Beginning Trumpet for Sale

Please advertise to beginning band members -  I have a Yamaha YTR 2335 trumpet for sale. It has only been used one week. $550.00 OBO. Email me for more info.

August 11, 2004
Brenda Short's Mother - Russellville

Many of you know Brenda Short from her work with Russellville Music Department a few years ago and her assistance with ASBOA as contract labor for the past 5 years.  Her mother, ‘Sis’ Corder was admitted to the hospital today in Russellville with a stomach aneurism the size of a grapefruit – in the doctor’s words, “a time bomb” in her body.  They are contacting vascular surgeons in Little Rock to see if surgery is an option since she is 88 and would have to be transported to Little Rock.  They asked that the family be called in.  Please remember Mrs. Corder, Brenda and her family during this very difficult time. Emails can be sent to

 August 10, 2004
Tommy Reynolds - Sherwood

Just talked to Tom Reynolds’ wife, Laura – Tommy had a heart attack yesterday – had heart cath followed by insertion of two stents at NLR Baptist – he is stable now, but very uncomfortable - should be able to come home in a few days if all continues to go well.  Tommy’s email is – Laura will print emails and take them to him at the hospital to cheer him up!  Please keep Tommy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Laura said to let you know your artwork, t-shirts, etc. may be delayed a few days – if you need something immediately and need to get someone else to do it, please let her know!

August 5, 2004
Morrilton Band Student Severely Injured

One of Morrilton's students was severely injured yesterday, in a car wreck, as she was coming to the first band rehearsal and to get her parking assignment.  Kayla Biggers, is a 16 year old junior, and a wonderful saxophone player.  She has severe brain injuries.  The family and us needs your prayers to help us through this time.  Thank you, Mark and Amy Shumate - 501-977-0269 -  
Update - 4:00 PM -
Kayla Biggers Morrilton band student, passed away last night.  Her body is remaining on life support because she is an organ donor.  In her passing, she will continue to give as she did all her life. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, Mark and Amy Shumate -

August 4, 2004
Russell Johnson's Daughter

Please remember my 7 year old, Kayla, as she has an MRI today at Arkansas Children's Hospital as a follow up on the eye surgery she recently had.  They must sedate children of that age for MRI's and although it is relatively safe, it is always a risk.  Keep her in your prayers please.  Russell Johnson – Lafayette County -

August 3, 2004
Kelly Wolfe's Husband - Dennis

From Ron McHone - Sheridan
Dennis (husband of Kelly Wolfe – Sheridan) has been checked into Titus Memorial Hospital in Mt. Pleasant after complaining of stomach pains.  Tests showed intestinal problems which will require surgery.  Dennis is in room 415 and is scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning.  She told me he will be in the hospital for about a week following surgery and will be home for about two weeks after that if everything goes well.  Please share information with other directors.  They are young and need our prayers and support.  Kelly’s email is
August 4 - Update
Kelly just called and ask me to let you know that Dennis is out of surgery and the doctor did not have to do as much as first indicated (thanks for your prayers).  They hope to dismiss Dennis this weekend and she will bring him to Sheridan next Wednesday or Thursday.I'll keep you posted if things change.

July 19, 2004
Woodwind Studio in NW AR

A quick post to let everyone know that I will be available to teach lessons in the
Northwest Arkansas area this fall.  I hope to get a woodwind studio up and running as soon as I can. Middle school/jr. high clarinets and saxophones, and all double reeds. Look forward to spending some time with old and new friends -
Again, thanks to those who were kind enough to write - Richard Wiseman - - 501-231-4949 - 479-251-7028

July 10, 2004
ATU Low Brass Day
[HERE] for info

ASO Youth Orchestra Auditions
Audition dates for the Arkansas Youth Orchestra this year - Saturday, August 14th and Thursday, September 2nd. We'll, of course, be doing our Side-by-Side Concert at Robinson Center Music Hall On January 29, 2005.  The ASO and AYO will be playing "Mars" from Holst's Planets and the 4th movement from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. 
[Brochure] - Barbara Burroughs - PO Box 7328 -Little Rock, AR 72217 - Ph:  501-666-1761 Ext. 116 - Cell:  501-454-9515 - e-mail: - fax: 501-666-3193 - Visit the ASO at

Music Needed
I am looking for a marching band arrangement of An American Trilogy.  This is the one that was done by Elvis.  If you have it, I would really like to get in touch with you. - Gerry Nichols - 479-207-0404

July 4, 2004
Custom Drumline Parts

I am available to write/rewrite drumline parts for the upcoming school year.  Please contact me at 702-254-7807 or for further information.  Musically, Steve Purirfoy - Las Vegas, Nevada  (formerly of Arkansas!) - 702-254-7807 -

July 1, 2004
Marching Band Charts Needed
I am looking for marching band arrangements of "Do You Love Me", and "I've Had The Time Of My Life.  I know Warner Bros. published "Do You Love Me" a while back and back in the mid 80's there was an arrangement of the other.  If anyone has either or both of these tunes, I would appreciate you lending them to me.  Thanks! Chris Tate - Forrest City High School Band -

Music Needed
I am looking for a marching band arrangement on American Trilogy as sung by Elvis.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks - Gerry Nichols - Waldron Band -

I am interested in teaching trombone, euphonium, and tuba to middle school, junior high, and high school students.  I am available for the remainder of the summer and starting in the fall.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and a Master's Degree from The Juilliard School in Tuba Performance and have taught privately for the past four years while in school. 
My experience includes directing sectionals, coaching chamber music, and one-on-one instruction.  I can help students with their basic fundamentals, band contest music, or prepare them for All-Region and All-State.  For more information, please contact Kevin Sanders at 501-317-0151 or

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