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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week, February 28 – March 4:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – 2.28.11 – 3.4.11

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, February 28 – March 4: (reminder – if there is a late start we will not have Jazz Band)

    Practice slips are due Monday – February 28! – 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 Lincoln Middle School Jazz Bands for outstanding performances on Thursday at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow.

    Jazz Band I had an incredible performance and received the first place award in their division!! They were asked to perform on the large stage at the Kibbie Dome for the afternoon concert and played exceptionally well. All four judges were very impressed with the caliber of playing of both groups and had wonderful things to say at the critique sessions after the performances. This is the second year in a row (and the second year ever) that the Lincoln bands have been selected as “outstanding band” in their division.

    Congratulations to all of the hardworking members of the LMS Jazz Bands I and II!

    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! The test for this Thursday will be the second line down on page 37 (just the scale up and down). Percussion will test over lines 13 & 14 on the stick control sheet! Also, always keep working all the way 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: (Large Group Festival is coming up fast! PRACTICE HARD!!!)

    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. The test piece for Thursday is concert Eb harmonic minor. Start working through the rest 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. The test piece for Thursday is concert Eb harmonic minor. Start working through the rest of your scales with a flatted 3rd and 7th. Remember that this is your harmonic minor scale.

    7th/8th Jazz Band I: You’re AWESOME! CONGRATULATIONS! Work on Swing Machine and Tuxedo Junction. I will see about more of the older swing style charts. Great job everyone!!7th/8th Jazz Band II: GREAT playing at the festival! We will play 3 pieces on the 15th. Amazing Grace will be one of them and we’ll pick the other two on Wednesday. Remember that starting this week we only rehearse once a week until the next concert and then we are done for the year. If you’re interested in continuing on your own I can get individuals combo music. – Steam Shuffle, Discover the Blues, Tricky Sticks & One Eyed Jack – Saxes will play Amazing Grace.

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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.Website – Facebook – Twitter

    Upcoming events:

    March 10,11 – 5th Grade Visitation – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 – Commons, school 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