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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! March 18 – March 22

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, March 18 – March 22:

    • Practice slips are due March 18 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 – We will be working on page 32 this week. Counting will still be our main focus. What are the three most important elements in music? You guessed it, Rhythm, Rhythm, & Rhythm! The test piece for this week is #125 on page 32.

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – We will continue working through our harmonic minor scales this week. The test piece is Db harmonic minor no slower than half notes. We will take this test on Friday as Thursday we will be traveling to Clarkston for the SEWMEA Large Group Festival. 8th grade will also make up the Db scale from last week. Continue working on the major scales as well – F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G, C. We are preparing for the Large Group Festival in Clarkston on Thursday, March 21st so practice really hard on that music. Assumption of Responsibility forms sent home on Monday, March 11. Please get these back to Mr. Covill by Wednesday!!

    There are still assumption of responsibility forms missing. I had asked that they be returned last week. Please make sure your child has turned this in!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band I! – We will not have rehearsal on Thursday this week. We will have one more rehearsal Tuesday, March 26, the day of our concert. We will perform some pieces from the festival as well as one or two new ones.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band II – We will rehearse this Friday, March 22 to run our 3 pieces we need to have ready for the concert on March 26!

    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.