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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 6 – September 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 6 – September 9:

    •Practice slips are due September 6th for all bands!
    We started keeping track of practice time this past week. 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 with my 6 year old is to get the instrument out of its case and put together to have it ready to go. 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 great sounds! They should be practicing pages 6, 7 & 8. Also, parents please take a few minutes with them and read through pages 2-5 so that you may have a better understanding of what your child is 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.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT. They should be practicing the Eb, Ab & Db 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 more new pieces this week so there should be quite a bit of practicing going on at home.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band – Mrs. Covill broke her leg/ankle last Friday so I will not be able to start Jazz Band this week! We will start on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30am in the band room! This band is open to any and all 7th and 8th grade band students. We meet throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • The Audition materials for Jr. All-State are available. If your 8th grader is interested in trying out for All-State please have them talk to me and I will get them the information this week. I have about 6 students that have shown interest in this wonderful opportunity. Please speak with your child about this and let me know if you have any questions.

    Upcoming events:

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

    October 21 – 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