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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! May 6 – May 10

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, May 6 – May 10:

    • Practice slips are due May 10 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 pages 38, 40, 42 again 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, #4. Also, flute and clarinet players will play the sixteenth note patterns on Fiesta Mexicali.

    • The 7th & 8th grade bands – We will continue working through our harmonic minor scales this week. The test piece is the scale pattern you learned last week on the Bb concert scale.
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    You will continue working on music for our concert in May.
    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.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band I – Practice – Alright, Okay, You Win, Soul Bossa Nova & Second Line. May 16th will be the last rehearsal for the year. Great job everyone!!

    • 6th grade Jazz Band – Practice – Homework Blues, Big Smat Foochie & Groovin’ Outta the Blues. May 15th will be the last rehearsal for the year. Great job everyone!!

    Upcoming events:

    May 16 – 6th grade Concert Band, 6th grade Jazz Band & 7th/8th Jazz Band 1 will perform for their Spring Concert (LMS Commons – 7:30pm) – Black and White Concert Attire

    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

    (~Both of these concerts 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 – 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 school instrument turn-in day.

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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.