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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! March 5 – March 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

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

    • Practice slips are due March 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!

    • SEWMEA Large Group Festival for all bands Thursday, March 15. Information will be sent home this week or you can find it here.

    • The 6th grade bands:
    Large Group Festival – March 15
    This is the first year that the 6th grade concert band will perform for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival. The festival will be held at LMS on March 15. I will send home more information before the event. Just know that the 6th grade band will perform first on that day and the students should wear their black and white concert clothing to school. I will be asking that they show up for warm-up at 8am.
    ~We will perform Discovery Overture, Royal March and Sousa Spectacular for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on March 15.

    To Practice
    First Concert March – Sandy Feldstein & John O’Reilly, Oxford Overture – Anne McGinty, Royal March – John Kinyon, Discovery Overture – Anne McGinty, Chorale and Scherzo – John O’Reilly, Chorale and Canon – Anne McGinty, Cyberspace Overture – John O’Reilly & Mark Williams, Sousa Spectacular – John O’Reilly & Mark Williams, When the Saints Go Marching In – John O’Reilly & Mark Williams should be part of the practice routine over the next few weeks. The students should also be practicing pages 24, 25, 26 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 four Concert Scales 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.

    The test this week is over #96 on page 25 (one time through). Percussion will be test on this and the next line on their stick control page (top of second column).

    Concert on the 22nd

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands:
    7th grade band
    Prelude and Energico – James Swearingen, Flourish – Sandy Feldstein & Larry Clark, Baywood Overture – James Swearingen, Miniature Overture – Frank Erickson, Whirlwinds – John Kinyon, March to Castle Rock – Steve Hodges, Conquista – David Shaffer, Drums of Daruma – William Hines should all be part of the practice routine.
    ~We will perform Flourish and Drums of Daruma or Conquista or Prelude and Energico for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on March 15.

    8th grade band
    El Relicario – arr. Robert Longfield, Fiero – Steve Hodges, Dorian Rhapsody – Elliot Del Borgo, Shenandoah Valley – John Kinyon, Castle Hill Overture – Anne McGinty, White Eagle Overture – Steve Hodges, The Great Locomotive Chase – Robert W. Smith, The Witch and the Saint – Steven Reineke, Ballad for Peace – Frank Erickson should all be part of the practice routine.
    ~We will perform Dorian Rhapsody (possibly) and The Witch and the Saint for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on March 15.

    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.

    • 6th Grade Jazz Band:
    Great start with this group!!!! The two pieces to practice – Groovin’ Outta the Blues and Hamp’s Boogie.
    Be sure to work on memorizing your blues scales so that your solo’s feel effortless.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1:
    Congratulations again!! Regular rehearsal schedule this week. You will receive a warm-up piece that you will start to use at the beginning of each rehearsal. You’ll also continue to work on the newer pieces you have.

    Concert on the 22nd

    • LMS Jazz band 2:
    Congratulations again!! You will only rehearse one day per week now until your concert in March. Wednesdays are your rehearsal day! You will receive a warm-up piece that you will start to use at the beginning of each rehearsal. You’ll also continue to work on the newer pieces you have. (Sonnymoon)

    Concert on the 22nd

    Upcoming events:
    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 Opportunitieshttp://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