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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! January 14 – 18

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, January 14 – January 18:

    • Practice slips are due January 14 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 – This week’s test is the Eb concert scale on page 37 (3rd line down). You will receive new music this week as well. We will continue in our book as well as talking about much more music theory. I will let you all know a starting date of the 6th grade Jazz Band this week. Usually it starts toward the end of February.

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – This week’s test is the “D” concert scale. You will receive more new music this week. We are preparing for the large group festival.
    Remember that the SEWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival is on February 2nd. Times will be posted later this month. Those who have chosen to participate should see me early this week with the title and composer of the piece you are playing so I can get you entered.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly is this Friday, January 18. The assembly is at 9:10 am in the Gymnasium. Students will need to wear their black and white concert clothes to school that day, but may change to regular school clothes after the assembly.

    Upcoming events:

    January 18 – 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1 – Martin Luther King Jr. assembly (LMS gymnasium, 9:10am) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 2 – Select 7th/8th grade band students – SEWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival (LMS – times TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 16 – WMEA Junior All-State – Good luck to all participants!!

    February 21 – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 & 2 will perform at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (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


    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.