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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 24 – September 28

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 24 – September 28:

    • Practice slips are due September 24th 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! Also, for students new to this procedure, please put both first and last name on your slip.

    • The 6th grade band test for this Thursday is “Better Than The Rest”, #22 on page 9. 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. We’ll be working on pages 9 and 10 so continue through those. Finally, finish your practice session with something fun that you like to play.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding really good. They should be practicing the Bb, Eb, Ab, & Db scales, Chorales 1 & 2, Honor March, Sousa Sousa Sousa, March Del Mar, Let the Flag of Freedom Wave, March to Castle Rock, WSU Fight Song and have memorized Parade America and Party Rock Anthem.
    I am working on the itinerary for the UI parade (October 6) and will have that to you soon along with the assumption of responsibility form.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band Great sounds this past week! I’ve added the recordings to our downloads page. Please listen to them every day!! http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/

    • 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. There are links to listen to the wind player’s parts on our site now. Go to Downloads – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/

    I will have a sign-up sheet on the door this week for recording times. September 2, 3, & 4 from 3pm on are the recording days.

    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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    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.