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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 19 – September 23

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 19 – September 23:

    • Practice slips are due September 19th for all bands!

    Please encourage your child to be responsible for coming to you to get the slip signed, not the other way around! 100 minutes per week is required and is 40% of the grade! For those without instruments, I will take that into account, please don’t worry!

    • The start of the year is a great time to start getting into a really good practice routine. What seems to work well is to get the instrument out of its case and put together to have it ready to go as soon as the student gets home from school. If it is always ready the student is more likely to play more during the evening hours. I also suggest for beginners to practice in 15-20 minute intervals. This allows the muscles to rest and recover. Please be sure that only the band student touches the instrument. Little brothers and sisters are extremely curious, but that curiosity may mean a damaged instrument.

    • The 6th grade bands are making some excellent sounds! They should be practicing pages 6, 7, 8 & trying to go to page 9. We are working on our five note scale too. This was given on a yellow handout last week. Page 38 is where we spend some time working on counting rhythms as well so there should be some counting and clapping at home. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, parents should take a few minutes with your child and read through pages 2-5 so that you may have a better understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish with the instrument. I talk about tips and tricks for each of the instruments daily. You may want to ask if there was anything mentioned regarding their instrument. This week will be the first of our weekly playing tests. The students will have the beginning of the week to prepare. The test this week is over #22 on page 9.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT. They should be practicing Gb, F & G concert scales this week. They should also be practicing “Parade America”, “Agent P” (both have to be memorized), “The Challenger”, “WSU Fight Song”, “Calgary March” and “Thunder Bay March”. The bands will be getting one more new piece this week so there should be quite a bit of practicing going on at home. We will continue marching outside this week as well. It is extremely important for everyone to have both “Parade America” & “Agent P” memorized this weekend!!! It really does make the marching easier.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – Our first rehearsal last week was outstanding. The band was given “Mambo Jambo” to learn (Listen to it on our website now!). They will also receive “Doctor Cool” this week. We need to get these pieces learned as quickly as possible as we only have a few rehearsals before our first performance for the Idaho Music Educators Association In-Service on October 6!

    We meet throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Upcoming events:

    October 6 – The 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1 will perform for the IMEA In-Service at UI. (School Day)

    October 8 – The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning)

    October 19 – This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium)

    November 2 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus)

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    Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!

    Mr. Covill