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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! May 21 – May 25

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, May 21 – May 25:

    • Practice slips are due May 21 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:

    Great concert last week!! You all were SMOKIN’! Recordings of the concert will be available soon. We’ll let you know when this happens.

    Mr. Martin will let you know what the test piece will be this week.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands:

    The 7th and 8th graders have a concert this week on Thursday (5/24.) Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 in their concert black and white, 7th grade in the band room and 8th grade in the small gym. Other groups featured on this concert will be the 7th and 8th grade orchestra and the combined 7th/8th grade Band and Orchestra.

    We will have two extra rehearsals after school this week for the 8th grade bands: Tuesday and Wednesday 5/22 and 5/23 from 3:00-3:30. Students may put their time spent in the extra rehearsals on their practice slips. I appreciate the students spending their after school time to make sure the combined ensemble pieces are successful.

    7th grade band

    To Practice –

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

    Concert this week. Be sure to practice all of the pieces that you’ve been working on for this concert!

    Also, memorize Parade America and Party Rock Anthem as we’ll be going outside to march on Friday.

    8th grade band

    To Practice –

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

    Concert this week. Be sure to practice all of the pieces that you’ve been working on for this concert!

    Also, memorize Parade America and Party Rock Anthem as we’ll be going outside to march on Friday.

    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:
    Congratulations on a wonderful concert. You all did a terrific job and are well on your way for next year’s festivals. Jazz band is finished for the year. You all have had a wonderful semester and should take pride in the fact that you finished strong. Way to stick with it! I’m looking forward to next year!!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1:
    Congratulations on a spectacular year. For those of you who stayed committed the whole year, I commend you. Jazz band is finished for the year. You all have had a wonderful semester and should take pride in the fact that you finished strong. Way to stick with it! I’m looking forward to next year!!

    Upcoming events:

    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