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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 10 – September 14

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 10 – September 14:

    • Practice slips are due September 10th 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!

    • Visit www.lmsmusic.org for lots of information about the LMS Band Program. I’m still working on getting the calendar of events on there. Hopefully I will have this done this week!

    • It was great to see everyone at Open House last Tuesday!! The support you show for your children is very evident.

    • The 6th grade band test for this Thursday is Four in a Row, #10 on page 7. Always, have a plan before practice. Start with long tones and warm-up with page 6 or 7. Continue by working on the assigned test for the week. Finally, finish your practice session with something fun that you like to play.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT. They should be practicing the Chorales 1 & 2, Honor March, Sousa Sousa Sousa, March Del Mar and have memorized Parade America and Party Rock Anthem. They will receive new music this week to add to our repertoire for the March in October concert.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band will start this Tuesday, September 11th at 7:30am in the band room! This band is open to any and all 7th and 8th grade band students. We meet throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • The Audition materials for Jr. All-State have been handed out to interested 8th graders. If your 8th grader is interested in trying out for All-State please have them talk to me and I will get them the information. I will try to have a link to the information on our web site soon.

    • I am very excited for the new school year! There is a lot of enthusiasm in all grades and exactly 216 students in the band program here at LMS this year. I think you will be impressed with the caliber of the musicians you’ll hear at the concerts!!!

    Upcoming events:

    October 6 – The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning) – Black Pants, Wind Breaker Provided

    October 18 – This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    November 9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly featuring the LMS Leadership Class, Choir, Orchestra and 7th/8th grade concert band. (9:00am – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    November 14 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire

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    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

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    Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!

    Mr. Covill

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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.