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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week, January 18 – January 21:

    Items to note this week, January 18 – January 21:

    Practice slips are due Tuesday – January 18! – 40% of the grade!

    This practice guide should be read by both parents and students!  A truly helpful tool for setting goals for musical advancement! 

    Congratulations to the 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1, Orchestra, Choir and Leadership students on an outstanding Martin Luther King Jr. assembly last Friday. 
    You all were incredible!  You really step up when it comes to representing LMS.  Thank you!

    6th grade Band:
    The test piece for this Thursday, January 20, is #3 on page 42.  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”, “Intensity” & “Affirmation”. “When the Saints Go..” is new so try really hard to work on the fingerings and rhythms to make it sound great fast!  Try working as far ahead in your book as you can get.  Remember to always play with a good tone and great rhythm!!! There is a real nice solo on page 34 in your book that you should be working on as well.

    7th and 8th grade Bands:
    7th – Continue working on Miniature Overture, Talons of Fire, Fireburst Fanfare, The Great American Frontier – You have other music already and we will continue to work on those pieces as well.  The test piece for this Thursday, January 20, is #2 on the etude page.  Percussion will use the “Stick Control” page that was handed out – You will play the first two lines 4 times each.

    8th – Continue working on Themes from Harry Potter, Rites of Tamburo, Forest Brook Overture, The Impossible Machine – You have other music already and we will continue to work on those pieces.  The test piece for this Thursday, January 20, is #3 on the etude page.  Percussion will use the “Stick Control” page that was handed out – 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.  There is a sign-up sheet on the door to the band room on which to write your name and title of your piece.  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 week.

     7th/8th Jazz Band I:  Great job at the MLK assembly!  I recorded some great footage and we’ll see if I can get it all together.  Keep striving for excellence in playing the pieces that will be used for the Lionel Hampton Festival in a month!

    7th/8th Jazz Band II:  The students should be working on these pieces – “Steam Shuffle”, “Discover the Blues”, “Tricky Sticks” & “One Eyed Jack” – Saxes will play “Amazing Grace”.  The Hampton Festival is coming up quickly.  Make sure you have your parts nailed!

    Extra Credit: Check out the events calendar on our website – calendar
    Your child is able to earn up to 100 extra credit points for attending a concert and typing a critique.
    Here is the criteria

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    Upcoming events:

    February 5 – Solo & Small Ensemble Festival – select students in 7th & 8th grade – LMS all day

    February 23 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Jazz Band 2 – time TBA

    February 24 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Jazz Bands 1 & 2 – All Day

    March 15 – LMS Almost Spring Concert – 6th Concert Band & 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 & 2 – 7:30pm, Commons

    March 17 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival – 7th & 8th Concert Bands & 7th/8th Full Orchestra – LMS Clarkston, school day

    Thank you for your support of the LMS Bands!
    Mr. Covill