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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week, January 31 – February 5:

    Solo & Ensemble Festival – LMS Bands
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 – SCHEDULE

    Items to note this week, January 31 – February 5:

    Practice slips are due Monday – January 31! – 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! 

    6th grade Band:
    The Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for all of the 6th grade band students to get extra credit and see what this festival is all about.  Everyone is welcome to watch and listen to our region’s performers.  The performances are free and open to the public!
    The test piece for this Thursday, January 27, is #5 on page 42.  Percussion will test over #9 on the Stick Control page.  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 27, is scheduled for Flutes, Clarinets & Percussion and is over #4 on the etude page.  Percussion will use the “Stick Control” page that was handed out – You will play lines five & six – 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 27, is #5 on the etude page.  Percussion will use the “Stick Control” page that was handed out – You will play lines five and six – 4 times each.

    Solo & Small Ensemble Festival: 7th & 8th grade students who have chosen to participate in solo and small ensemble festival will put the finishing touches on their pieces this week.  I believe the only people who haven’t paid are most of the musicians in the 7th grade clarinet ensemble – please get that to me ASAP!  The festival will take place Saturday, February 5th at LMS. Mrs. Covill should have the schedule completed by tomorrow and I will let you know your times after that.  Keep working hard for this, you played well on Friday but now it’s the push time!!!

     7th/8th Jazz Band I:  Keep striving for excellence in playing the pieces that will be used for the Lionel Hampton Festival in a month!  Swing Machine will sound great.  I will see about more of the older swing style charts.  Great job everyone!!

    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” with the fixed ending.  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.
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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