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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week, February 14 – February 17:

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, February 14 – February 17:

    Practice slips are due Monday – February 14! – 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!

    Good Luck to the Junior All-State students performing at the MENC All-Northwest Conference in Bellevue this next weekend!  I know you all will sound amazing and show the “West Side” kids what it’s all about!! 

    6th grade Band:
    We will continue working toward our March 15 concert goal.  We will work through pages 22-26 this week so practice every night!  There won’t be a test piece this week, however keep up the practice on page 43!  Also, always keep working through page 37, Accent on Scales and the solo page!

    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!!!  Also, work on “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Highland March” both used for small group playing.  Try to get together with friends and play through them for family and friends.

    6th grade Jazz Band will start Monday, February 28 at 7:30am.  This band is open to all 6th grade band students and will meet on Mondays and Fridays to get ready for our concert on May 19.  Percussionists wanting to join must have a set of brushes.  Please do not purchase the “Steve Gadd” model brushes. 

    7th and 8th grade Bands:

    7th – Continue working on Windemere Overture, Aladdin, Seasons of Change, 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.  There won’t be a test piece on Thursday.  Start working through all of your scales with a flatted 3rd and 7th.  Remember that this is your harmonic minor scale.

    8th – Continue working on Canadian Trilogy, 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.  There won’t be a test piece on Thursday.  Start working through all of your scales with a flatted 3rd and 7th.  Remember that this is your harmonic minor scale.

    7th/8th Jazz Band I:  Keep striving for excellence in playing the pieces that will be used for the Lionel Hampton Festival this month!  Swing Machine and Tuxedo Junction will sound great too.  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!

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    Extra Credit:  Check out the events calendar on our website
    ( http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/news/other-events/ ). 
    Your child is able to earn up to 100 extra credit points for attending a concert and typing a critique. 

    Here is the criteria – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/extra-credit/ 

    Follow us!  Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go!  We’re trying to break 100 likes on Facebook if you’re interested.

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    Upcoming events:

    February 23 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Jazz Band 2 – Wednesday – bus leaves LMS at 7am!

    February 24 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Jazz Bands 1 & 2 – Thursday – bus leaves LMS at 11:30am!

    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