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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! May 20 – May 24

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, May 20 – May 24:

    • Practice slips are due May 20 for ALL BANDS!
    This is the last practice slip of the year. Congratulations!!

    • The 6th grade band – Congratulations on a wonderful concert last week. You’ve come along way this year and I’m excited about all of the wonderful opportunities next year!!
    We will be working on parade music this week! This week’s test is the first four measures of Parade America memorized (percussion – cadence memorized).

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – Concert this Thursday. This week you will continue working on music for our concert.
    There is no test this week.

    8th grade band will have two extra rehearsals with the 7th/8th grade orchestra to get ready for their concert on the 23rd. These rehearsals will take place in the band room on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 from 3pm until 3:30pm.

    • Jazz Bands – Congratulations on a wonderful concert last week. You all sounded terrific.
    There are no rehearsals scheduled for the rest of the year. Use the time to sleep and rejuvenate or practice more. There’s always practicing to be done.

    • May 23 is our last day with instruments! If you have a school instrument, please turn it in at the end of the period Thursday.
    We will be doing some testing and music analysis for the remainder of the year.

    Upcoming events:
    May 23 – 7th & 8th grade Concert Bands & 7th/8th Orchestra will perform for their Spring Concert (LMS Gymnasium, 7:30pm) – Black and White Concert Attire

    (~This concert will be record as normal. If you wish to purchase a CD, please make checks payable to AIM. We will be duplicating through this company from now on.)

    May 24, May 28 – State Music CBPA – No Instruments, bring pen or pencil.

    May 29-31 – “UP”, Study in Cinematic Music Analysis – No Instruments, bring pen or pencil.

    June 3 – Locker cleanout and finishing testing.

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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.