Items to note this week! September 23 â€“ September 28
Hello LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, September 23 â€“ September 28:
â€¢ Practice slips are due September 23rd for all bands! Here is the link to print the slip – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
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! Your child can always retrieve a practice slip from our website as well as in the band and choir rooms.
â€¢ The 6th grade bands are sounding really good! Their tests are sounding great as well. The test piece for this week is #31 on page 10. The students should be practicing pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12. Please read through this document with your child if you havenâ€™t done so already. It is good to set up a practice routine that allows the student practice every day – http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
Also, here is a link to an instrument care page that I have set up on our web page. http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/instrument-care/
Please complete the quiz with your child so you are able to help with care of your childâ€™s instrument.
â€¢ The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT (114 students in the marching band). They should be practicing Skill Builders 1, 2, 3 & 4 (memorize 2 & 3), Bb, Eb & Ab scales, With Liberty for All, Calgary March, The Challenger, Thunder Bay March, Sousa Sousa Sousa and have memorized Parade America and Gitchi Gitchi Goo. Remember, we will be performing for the UI Homecoming Parade. I have sent home information and the assumption of responsibility last week. Please make sure to sign the form and have your child return it to me tomorrow. The students will be receiving another new piece this week.
Here is the link to the itinerary and assumption of responsibility form – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/forms/
â€¢ 7th and 8th grade Jazz band This is going to be a fun group! They should be practicing the two pieces they received. They will receive a new piece this week as well. Our first performance will be for the WSU Jazz Festival in November.
â€¢ The Audition materials for Jr. All-State are available. If your 8th grader is interested in trying out for Junior All-State, please have them talk to me and I will get them the information this week. Or please print the information from these sites! I will be recording auditions the last week of this month after school. I will be recording Thursday of this week. Make sure your child is prepared and that they bring the information sheet filled out so that I may upload the studentâ€™s recordings.
Here is the link to the audition material – http://www.wmea.org/Content/C83/BandMaterials.pdf
Here is a link to the application packet – http://www.wmea.org/Content/C83/BandApp.pdf
Here is a link to recorded examples of the wind parts (1/2 way down the page) played by trumpet – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/
â€¢ Here is the link to our calendar of events 2013-2014 (the first date that was sent home was wrong â€“ UI Homecoming Parade is September 28 not October 28 –
September 28 – The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning) â€“ Black Pants, Wind Breaker Provided
October 17 – This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
November 6 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire
November 8 â€“ Veteranâ€™s Day Assembly featuring the LMS Leadership Class, Choir, Orchestra and 7th/8th grade concert band. (9:00am – LMS gymnasium) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
Keep up to date on whatâ€™s happening with the LMS Bands â€“ Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 100 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 200 likes.
Website – Facebook – Twitter
Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
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 â€œcan doâ€ 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 â€” if cultivated â€” can lead to great understanding of oneâ€™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.
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