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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! April 14 – April 19

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, April 15 – April 19:

    • Practice slips are due April 15 for ALL BANDS! First practice slip of the last quarter.

    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.

    • Elective forms went home with your children (6th & 7th graders) on Friday. Please encourage your child to continue with these great ensembles. For some it may be a difficult choice but will pay huge dividends in the future. Thanks!!

    • The 6th grade band – We will be working on pages 38, 40, 42 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 pg 42, #1.

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – We will continue working through our harmonic minor scales this week. The test piece is G harmonic minor no slower than half notes. We will continue working on music for our concert in May.

    Important!! Wednesday, April 17th, the 7th and 8th concert bands will perform for the PEF Dessert Fundraiser. 7th graders will perform from 7:30-7:45pm and 8th graders will perform from 7:45-8:00pm (maybe a little later.) Students should be at LMS by 7:00pm for tuning in room 806 after the orchestra is finished. Students need to wear black and white for this performance.

    Please invite friends, neighbors, family, etc. to the PEF dessert! Dessert tickets are $5 for a plate of desserts. This is a great fundraiser for the Instrumental Music Departments of LMS and PHS for instrument repair and replacement. The 7th and 8th grade orchestra will also perform that evening, and the PHS Band will start things off. Listening to the music is free of charge!

    I ask that 8th grade families bring a dozen “finger” desserts such as cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. (nothing that uses forks or spoons) to school on the 17th. Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!

    The 8th grade Band will also perform for the Earth Day Assembly Friday, April 19th at 9:15 am in the Gym. Students will need to wear their black and white to school that day. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band I – Preparing for our concert in May! Great job at the 5th grade visitations. You sounded wonderful which had a huge impact on the 5th graders. Lots of interest again!!!

    • 6th grade Jazz Band – Preparing for our concert in May! Work really hard on “Moonglow”.

    Upcoming events:

    April 17 – 7th & 8th grade Concert Bands will perform for the annual Pullman Education Foundation Fundraiser (LMS Commons – 7th, 7:30pm & 8th, 7:45pm) – 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


    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.