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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! December 5 – December 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, December 5 – December 9:

    • Practice slips are due December 5th 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!

    • The 6th grade band should be practicing pages 16 – 23 and quite a bit of time on their pieces for the winter concert “Holiday Sampler” on page 11, “Eagle Summit March” on page 17, “Galactic Episode” on page 23 & “Up On The Housetop” single sheet. Please be sure to help your child secure a binder for class. I have been handing out more music and they need a place to keep track of it all. Right now they should have the five note scale page, Deck the Halls, Up On The Housetop, a trio piece and Fajita.

    The students should keep working on the Bb Concert scale at the top of page 37 and be striving for accuracy and fluidity in everything they’re working on. Trumpets should really strive for accuracy on the “high notes”. The “C” in the staff should feel very easy and comfortable by now. 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 #74 on page 20.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands – Both bands have pieces to work on for the winter concert on December 13. Also, the 7th grade band has “Miniature Overture” and 8th grade has “The Witch and the Saint” both will be played at the large group festival on March 15!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – GREAT job at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday! I received lots of compliments on your playing!

    “Dreamsville”, “Carnaval” need to be perfected this week! (Listen to some of these on our website now!). We need to get these pieces learned as quickly as possible so we can start adding more to our repertoire.

    Upcoming events:

    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.

    Extra Credit Opportunities – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/news/other-events/

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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