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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! October 17 – October 21

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, October 17 – October 21:

    • Practice slips are due October 17th for all bands!

    This is the last practice slip of the quarter!!

    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!

    • The 6th grade bands are still making excellent music! They should be practicing pages 12, 13, 14 and working on their first song for the winter concert “Holiday Sampler” on page 11. We are working on our Bb Concert scale too at the top of page 37. 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. The test this week is the scale at the top of page 37. Your child will be asked to play it up and down no slower than half notes.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are excited about this week’s concert!

    The students should be practicing ALL of their concert band pieces to get ready for this week’s concert. Remember, everyone needs to wear their black and white concert clothing for this.

    “March in October Concert”

    – Students show up for warm-up at 7:00pm in the band room 806.

    – Concert starts at 7:30pm in the LMS Gymnasium.

    Please invite as many people as you can! This isn’t one of our longer concerts (under an hour) but it always is fun.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – The are working toward to their performance for the WSU Jazz Festival on November 2.

    Great rehearsals! Lots of students are coming in for lunch and really getting their parts nailed. I really appreciate that! The band was given “Mambo Jambo” to learn (Listen to it on our website now!). They also have “Doctor Cool” and “Caraval” to prepare as well as the ballad “Dreamsville”. We need to get these pieces learned as quickly as possible so we can start adding more to our repertoire.

    The band meets throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Upcoming events:

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

    November 2 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) Black & White concert clothing.

    November 10 – 7th/8th Concert Band will perform for the annual Veteran’s Day Assembly (9:00am – LMS Gymnasium) Black & White concert clothing.

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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