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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! February 25 – March 1

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, February 25 – March 1:

    • Practice slips are due February 25 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.

    • Congratulations to the Lincoln Middle School Jazz Bands for outstanding performances last week at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow.

    Jazz Band II had an incredible performance and received superior marks in their division!! They were asked to perform on the large stage at the Kibbie Dome for the afternoon concert and played exceptionally well.

    All four judges were very impressed with the caliber of playing of both groups and had wonderful things to say at the critique sessions after the performances. This is the fourth year in a row (and the fourth year ever) that the Lincoln bands have been selected as “outstanding band” in their division.

    Congratulations to all of the hardworking members of the LMS Jazz Bands I and II!

    Any and all pics or videos taken would be very much appreciated!!!!!

    • The 6th grade band – We will be working on page 28 this week. Counting will be our main focus. The test piece for this week is #110 on page 28.

    The starting date of the 6th grade Jazz Band is Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30am in the band room (806). This band will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30am – 8:15am and perform two concerts. I will let you know when those concerts will be shortly. Also, you may count one rehearsal per week as practice time on your practice slip! (must attend both rehearsals to do this) flyer here

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – We will continue working through our harmonic minor scales this week. The test piece is Bb harmonic minor no slower than eighth notes. We are preparing for the large group festival in Clarkston on Thursday, March 21st so practice really hard on that music.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band I! – Congratulations again. We have some other music to prepare for our next concert in March. We’ll start looking at that on Tuesday!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band II – Congratulations again. Monday, February 25, is our last rehearsal but we still have one more concert to play before Jazz II is done for the year. We will play on the March 26th concert. Keep the music prepared and we may have a chance to hit it once before the performance.

    Upcoming events:

    March 21 – 7th/8th grade Concert Bands will perform for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival (LMS – Clarkston, School Day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 26 – 6th grade Concert Band & 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 & 2 will perform for our annual early spring concert (LMS Commons – 7:30pm) – Black and White Concert Attire

    April 17 – Pullman Education Foundation Fundraiser (LMS Commons – time and groups TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    April 19 – 8th grade Concert Band will perform for the annual Earth Day assembly (LMS Gymnasium, 9:10am) – 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.