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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! November 5 – November 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, November 5 – November 9:

    • Practice slips  are due November 5th 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 this week is #48 on page 14 and #49 on page 15. 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 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 and the Bb concert scale so continue through those. First Concert March and Mozart Alleluia should be practiced as well. Finally, finish your practice session with something fun that you like to play.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands – These bands will combine and with the LMS Orchestra, Choir and Leadership class will present a Veteran’s Day Assembly this Friday, November 9 in the LMS Gymnasium starting at 9am. Parents are encouraged to attend and bring friends and neighbors. This is an outstanding tribute to our veterans.

    These bands should be practicing the Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, & F* scales, Chorales 1 & 2.

    7th – “Fantasy on an English Carol”, “Christmas Canon”, “Deck the Halls”, Caribbean Christmas”.

    8th – “Heaven’s Light”, “Christmas Time is Here”, “African Noel”, “Sleighride”, “Da Vinci Sketches”.

    *Test this week is “F Concert Scale”. No slower than half notes.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band They should be practicing “Angels We Have Heard”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Pico de Gallo”, “Latin Lesson”, “Finding You Here”, “Every Day”. I’ve added the recordings to our downloads page. Please listen to them every day!! http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/

    We’ve been ask to perform for two Kiwanis events in December. I will get that information to the students soon.

    Upcoming events:

    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

    December 1 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast (morning – LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 12 – 6th/7th/8th Concert Bands and 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the annual Lincoln Middle School Winter Band Concert (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 13 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the monthly Kiwanis luncheon (time and place TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

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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.