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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! February 6 – February 10

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, February 6 – February 10:

    • Practice slips are due February 6th 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!

    • CONGRATULATIONS to all of the performers at the SEWMEA festival yesterday! I am very, very happy to report that each and every LMS band solo & ensemble received the rating of “1” with the exception of one and he received a “1+”!! AWESOME!!!

    I will share the judge’s comments with you when I return this week. Great job everyone!!

    • The 6th grade bands:

    “Oxford Overture”, “Royal March”, “Chorale and Canon”, “Discovery Overture”, “First Concert March”, “When the Saints Go Marching In” on page 29 and “Sousa Spectacular” on page 36 should be part of the practice routine over the next few weeks. The students should also be practicing pages 22, 24, 25 to solidify those exercises. We will start working on more scales at the top of page 37 this week as well. Lots of counting out loud this week and possibly some rhythm quartets will be played.

    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 and they should be progressing up to the “G” above the staff. Please be sure to practice pages 38 & 40 working on counting rhythms.

    6th grade Jazz Band will start in a couple of weeks. I will send home more information about this club when the start date is finalized.

    The test this week is #86 on page 24. Percussion – “Stick Control” line.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands:

    New pieces this week for both bands!

    7th grade band should be working on “Conquista” and “Miniature Overture”. The newer pieces in their folders are “Ashokan Farewell” and “Drums of Daruma” both of which should be part of the practice routine. The students will also receive a new piece tomorrow.

    The 8th grade band should be working on “The Witch and the Saint”, “Fiero” and “Ballad for Peace”. The newer pieces in their folders are “Shenandoah Valley” and “The Great Locomotive Chase” both of which should be part of the practice routine. The students will also receive a new piece tomorrow.

    Both bands should always use the page of major scales and the page of rhythms as a warm-up at the beginning of every practice session as well. A couple pieces from each band’s repertoire will most likely be performed at the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on March 15.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1:

    New piece from Dr. Yasinitsky was handed out. Spend some quality time with your instrument and get this piece up and running!

    Keep working on “Dreamsville” & “Carnaval”. Some of the sections are coming together but there is still a lot of work to be done on them! (Listen to some of these on our website now!).

    I’ve had a couple parents let me know that they will be able to chaperone for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (February 23) and if you are interested, please look ahead to February to see if you might be able to chaperone the trip.

    • LMS Jazz band 2:

    “It’s Been A Long Time”, “Second Line”, “Groove Blues”, “Amazing Grace”, “Boogie Stop Shuffle” and “Phat Kat” should be NAILED BY NOW! Strive to make everything piece sound like it’s memorized.

    Upcoming events:

    February 18 – Junior All-State – Three of our 8th graders in Yakima

    February 23 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Jazz Bands 1 & 2 – all Day

    March 15 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival – 7th & 8th Concert Bands & 7th/8th Full Orchestra – LMS school day

    March 22 – LMS Almost Spring Concert – 6th Concert Band & 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 & 2 – 7:30pm, Commons

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

    Your child is able to earn up to 100 extra credit points for attending a concert and typing a critique. Check the criteria here – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/extra-credit/

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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