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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 26 – September 30

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 26 – September 30:

    Practice slips are due September 26th 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!

    One last time…. 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.

    Some thoughts – I realize that when your child is asked to choose between three music classes here at the middle school (band, orchestra, choir) they think that it will be a fun time to experiment and see if they like the class, and it is. For me, however, it goes well beyond this experimentation. I am looking forward two, three, four and more years down the road at some incredible bands. I am making an investment in your child every day that I teach them and am excited to see students excel and continue in music and hope that they will continue to play music for a lifetime. Scroll to the bottom of this email to view thoughts of a friend of mine – I totally agree with him!!!!!

    The 6th grade bands are making some excellent sounds! Our tests over the past couple of weeks have been incredible!! They should be practicing pages 6, 7, 8, 9 and trying to go to page 10. We are working on our five note scale too. This was given on a yellow handout two weeks ago. Page 38 & 40 is where we spend some time working on counting rhythms as well so there should be some counting and clapping at home. This week will be the third of our weekly playing tests. The students will have the beginning of the week to prepare. The test this week is over #31 on page 10.

    The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT. They should be practicing F, G, C 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”, “Friends of Freedom” and “Thunder Bay March”. The bands a lot of music 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 – Great rehearsals! Lots of students are coming in for lunch and really getting their parts nailed for the IMEA performance. I really appreciate that! The band was given “Mambo Jambo” to learn (Listen to it on our website now!). They also have “Doctor Cool” to prepare. We need to get these pieces learned as quickly as possible as we only have a couple more 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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    Why Should I Practice?

    Because when you have the courage to get your instrument, assemble it, and go, you are cultivating the emotional skills of the “can do” person.

    Because when you learn to encounter each challenge you face in your music with a nonjudgmental, gentle willingness to try again, you learn how to strive in a positive way.

    Because the awareness that you cultivate when playing your instrument keeps you connected to your body, emotions, and thought processes, which is an awareness that — if cultivated — can lead to great understanding of one’s self. This process can be painful. However, that pain does not compare to the pain of reaching the end of your life, only to realize that you never really understood yourself, that you never really lived authentically.

    Because in music there is a great capacity to cultivate self-love and discipline, a powerful combination. Through our instrument we are teaching ourselves to love ourselves, and this is hard work, but worth it.

    Because all that you learn when learning an instrument, if you are really paying attention, also teaches you how to be a better human being, how to appreciate and live life fully. So, even if you quit playing some day, you are still all the richer for your experience.

    Because when you make yourself vulnerable enough to perform for other people, you expand your ability to feel the full range of human emotion, you learn what it really means to be alive as a human being.

    Because when you share music with others, you remind them that there is something untouchable, ungraspable about being alive, that there are forces beyond our capacity to comprehend, and getting a glimpse of that mystery is a beautiful thing.

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

    Mr. Covill