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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! October 24 – October 28

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, October 24 – October 28:

    • Practice slips are due October 24th for all bands!

    This is the first practice slip of the second 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!

    • This is a weird week with regard to schedule.

    Monday, October 24th

    1st period – 8:25 – 8:50

    2nd period – 8:55 – 9:20

    3rd period- 9:25 – 9:50

    4th period – 9:55 – 10:20

    5th period – 10:25 – 10:50

    6th period- 10:55 – 11:20

    7th period – 11:25 – 11:50

    Tuesday, Oct. 25th / Thursday, Oct. 27th

    1st period – 8:25 – 9:15

    2nd period – 9:20 – 10:05

    3rd period – 10:10 – 10:55

    4th period – 11:00 – 11:50

    Channel 3 begins @ 11:40AM and students will be dismissed immediately after its conclusion (11:50ish)

    Wednesday, Oct. 26th / Friday, Oct. 28th

    5th period – 8:25 – 9:25

    6th period – 9:30 – 10:30

    7th period – 10:35 – 11:35

    4th period – 11:40 – 11:50

    Channel 3 begins @ 11:40 and students will be dismissed immediately following its conclusion (11:50ish)

    • The 6th grade bands are still making excellent music! They should be practicing pages 12, 13, 14 and working on their first two songs for the winter concert “Holiday Sampler” on page 11 & “Eagle Summit March” on page 17. They should keep working on the Bb Concert scale at the top of page 37. They should be striving for accuracy and fluidity. Although we haven’t touched on it for recently, please be sure they are practicing page 38 & 40 where they work on counting rhythms. The test this week is #40 on page 13. They will be asked to play the whole piece with both endings. (periods 2,3 test Thursday – periods 6,7 test Friday)

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands – Excellent concert last week!! CDs should be finished by the end of this week. Both bands have new pieces to start working on for the winter concert. They will receive more new music this week as well!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – They are working hard and looking forward to their performance at the WSU Jazz Festival on November 2. Regular rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

    “Mambo Jambo”, “Doctor Cool” and “Caraval” need to be perfected this week! (Listen to it on our website now!). They also have the ballad “Dreamsville”. We need to get these pieces learned as quickly as possible so we can start adding more to our repertoire.

    Upcoming events:

    November 2 – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 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.

    December 3 – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 will perform for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast (morning – LMS Commons) Black & White concert clothing – Santa Hats optional

    December 13 – 6th, 7th & 8th Concert Bands, 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 will perform for the annual Winter Concert (7:30pm – 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