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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! April 30 – May 5

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, April 30 – May 4:

    • Practice slips are due April 30 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!

    • Reminder – Should you have any questions, please email Mr. Martin – tmartin@psd267.org

    Mr. Covill will not be checking his email during this time so if you have questions please contact Mr. Martin or the main office at LMS.

    • The 6th grade bands:

    Continue work on marching band. This is going to be a incredibly fun in August!!

    To Practice

    Be sure to include long tones in your warm-up routine when practicing at home!

    Party Rock Anthem, First Concert March – Sandy Feldstein & John O’Reilly, Chorale and Scherzo – John O’Reilly, Chorale and Canon – Anne McGinty, Cyberspace Overture – 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 26, 27 & 28 to solidify those exercises. We will continue 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. Memorize B E A D G C F – order of flats go forward, order of sharps go in reverse order.

    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 piece for this Thursday is – the Chromatic Scale at the bottom of page 37. Really try hard to memorize your fingerings. Also, remember to use the alternate fingerings in the woodwinds to allow easier transitions between notes.

    Percussion should practice “Parade America” and the “Cadence” – snare drum part, bass drum part and mallet part! Get this going fast so you can get outside!!!!

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands:

    *Both bands should keep in mind school and classroom rules.

    *There should be no talking or playing when Mr. Martin is talking! Focus 100% of the time on the music. When you are talking and playing out of turn you are not focused.

    *There are not to be any hats worn in my classroom. Please keep them in your locker (you know who you are).

    *Also, percussion: Please, please, please take very good care of the percussion instruments in the room. Half of the percussion that is used on a daily basis is mine. I noticed the other evening, when recording Mrs. Covill’s orchestra concert, more care could be taken in this area.

    Thanks everyone!

    7th grade band

    To Practice –

    Be sure to include long tones in your warm-up routine when practicing at home!

    Fantasy on an Irish Ballad

    also… 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.

    8th grade band

    To Practice –

    Be sure to include long tones in your warm-up routine when practicing at home!

    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.

    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.

    Memorize B E A D G C F – order of flats go forward, order of sharps go in reverse order.

    • 6th Grade Jazz Band:

    Be sure to include long tones in your warm-up routine when practicing at home!

    The three pieces to practice – Switch-a-Roonie, Groovin’ Outta the Blues, My Funny Valentine and Hamp’s Boogie.

    Be sure to work on memorizing your blues scales so that your solo’s feel effortless.

    Remember, you may always count 1 rehearsal’s practice time on your practice slip to be turned in Monday.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1:

    Be sure to include long tones in your warm-up routine when practicing at home!

    All pieces in your folder. Remember, you may always count 1 rehearsal’s practice time on your practice slip to be turned in Monday.

    Upcoming events:

    May 17 – Spring Concert – 6th Concert Band, 6th & 7th/8th Jazz Bands – 7:30pm, Commons

    May 24 – Spring Concert –7th & 8th Concert Bands, 7th/8th String Orchestra & 7th/8th Full Orchestra – 7:30pm, Gymnasium

    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. Martin | Mr. Covill