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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! June 11 – June 12

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, June 11 – June 12:

    • Practice slips: final day for extra credit.

    Monday, June 11 will be the last day to turn in extra credit practice slips.

    There is no practice slip due this Monday, but any practice time submitted will count as extra credit. Do your best to practice all summer! It keeps your brain fresh and your technique strong. Your embouchure is a muscle; if you don’t work out, you’ll probably get out of shape!

    • I would love to see as many band students as possible sign up for the Moscow Summer Band Music Camp opportunity. Nikki Crathorne is one of the best teachers I know and can offer the students a wonderful playing experience during this camp. I realize that the camp starts a day or two before we are out of school but arrangements can be made with Nikki to still participate. The flyer is attached!

    • Mr. Covill will send out information about the Lentil Parade in August when it becomes available to him. Be looking for an email and check our website and facebook page starting at the beginning of August for important information on this!

    • School instruments needed to be turned in last Friday. If you still haven’t gotten the instrument to Mr. Martin, do it Monday. If you haven’t paid the rental fee for second semester, please get that to the main office as soon as possible!

    • Students do not need to bring their instruments for the remainder of this school year. Please leave them at home.

    • On Monday I need all Jazz students to make sure they have returned plungers, mutes, and anything else they borrowed.

    • From Mr. Martin – I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful opportunity to work together this quarter. I know Mr. Covill is proud to hear how hard you have worked in his absence, and most likely is excited to see how well you’ve grown as far as rehearsal and marching are concerned. You have demonstrated an impressive level of commitment to musical and scholastic excellence, especially in the final month of school when testing and concerts were colliding. I hope to work with you more as I continue to sub in the schools and I’m excited to hear how much you will grow next year.


    Upcoming events:

    Check the website for upcoming events through the community.

    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/


    Follow us!

    Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 100 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 200 likes.

    Website – Facebook – Twitter



    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