Items to note this week, January 10 – January 14:
Practice slips are dueÂ Monday â€“ January 10!Â – 40% of the grade!
This practice guide should be read by both parents and students!Â A truly helpful tool for setting goals for musical advancement!Â
Weâ€™ve had a real solid week of playing after a nice break.Â The tests went well for most this last week and the students are starting to get back to their daily routines.Â Iâ€™m really looking forward to the next set of performances!
6th grade Band:
The test piece for this Thursday, January 13, is #2 on page 42.Â Also, Keep working through page 37, Accent on Scales!
Pieces to keep in your folder for a performance in the spring: “First Concert March”, “March of the Spartans”, “Eagle Summit March”, â€œIntensityâ€ & â€œAffirmationâ€. Try working as far ahead in your book as you can get.Â Remember to always play with a good tone andÂ great rhythm!!!Â There is a real nice solo on page 34 in your book that you should start working on.
7th and 8th grade Bands:
7th â€“ Miniature Overture, Talons of Fire, FireburstÂ Fanfare, The Great American Frontier â€“ You have other music already and we will continue to work on those pieces.Â The test piece for this Thursday, January 13, is #2 on the etude page I handed out last Monday.Â Percussion will use the â€œStick Controlâ€ page that was handed out â€“ You will play the first two lines 4 times each.
8th –Â Themes from Harry Potter, Rites of Tamburo, Forest Brook Overture, The Impossible Machine â€“ You have other music already and we will continue to work on those pieces.Â The test piece for this Thursday, January 13, is #2 on the etude page I handed out last Monday.Â Percussion will use the â€œStick Controlâ€ page that was handed out â€“ You will play the first two lines 4 times each.
Solo & Small Ensemble Festival: 7th & 8th grade students who have chosen to participate in solo and small ensemble festival will continue preparing during the month of January.Â If you think that you would like to participate, please see Mr. Covill ASAP during lunch this week.Â The festival will take place Saturday, February 5th at LMS. Mr. and Mrs. Covill will be collecting fees from the students ($6 for solos, $9 for ensembles) this month as well.
7th/8th Jazz Band I:Â We will perform Pico De Gallo and Hampâ€™s Boogie for the MLK assembly on Friday this week.Â Please be sure to wear black and white concert clothing for this!Â If any parents would like to join us, the assembly starts at 9:15am.
7th/8th Jazz Band II:Â The studentsÂ should be working on these pieces â€“ â€œSteam Shuffleâ€, â€œDiscover the Bluesâ€, â€œTricky Sticksâ€ & â€œOne Eyed Jackâ€.Â The Hampton Festival is coming up quickly.Â Make sure you have your parts nailed â€“ NO REALLY!
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January 14 â€“ Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly â€“ Jazz Band 1 – LMS GymnasiumÂ – 9:15am
February 5 â€“ Solo & Small Ensemble Festival â€“ select students in 7th & 8th grade â€“ LMS all day
February 23 â€“ Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival â€“ Jazz Band 2 â€“ time TBA
February 24 â€“ Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival â€“ Jazz Bands 1 & 2 â€“ All Day
March 15 â€“ LMS Almost Spring Concert â€“ 6th Concert Band & 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 & 2 â€“ 7:30pm, Commons
March 17 â€“ SEWMEA Large Group Festival â€“ 7th & 8th Concert Bands & 7th/8th Full Orchestra â€“ LMS Clarkston, school day
Thank you for your support of the LMS Bands!