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Wow, my head is spinning with trying to get all of this together and be just “perfect”… but as musician’s we know “perfect” is the enemy of “excellence”… Things are coming along very well and if you haven’t see it lately you can get a peek of the PLN via Flickr images right here(Thanks to Andy Zweibel for putting it together).
The Launch Team (<—see them all here) is doing an amazing job working through all of the “tasks” and helping find “bugs”… So far we’ve only downed the site once! (Whew, knock on wood… quick! Yes, it was backed-up!). Currently, the BETA team is scheduled to LAUNCH on June 25th, pending any serious disastrous… If all goes well, the PLN will Launch Publicly on July 9th.
An email will be going out to all of you very soon (actually, within the hour). Please respond to the e-mail that you’ve received the confirmation ASAP. I will send another e-mail out early next week to those that I have not heard back from. Sure, you can tell people you got a BETA, Tweet-it, Buzz-it, FaceBook it, tell the world…
Get exited, get VERY excited!
P.S. if you are reading this within seconds of me posting this… you won’t have an e-mail… yet! :)
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.