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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 3 – September 6

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 3 – September 6:

    • Practice slips are due September 3rd for 7th & 8th grade bands! 6th grade’s first practice slip is due September 9th. 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.

    • The 6th grade bands start keeping track of practice time this week. I’m sending home a “How to Practice” guide and practice slip with the students. If they misplace it, please read through this one – http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
    Please take a look at this document with them.
    The students are making some great sounds! If your child hasn’t yet secured an instrument and book, please make sure that happens as soon as possible.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands are sounding GREAT (114 students in the marching band). They should be practicing Skill Builders 1, 2 & 3 (memorize 2 & 3), Bb & Eb scales, The Challenger and have memorized Parade America and Gitchi Gitchi Goo.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band will start on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30am in the band room! This band is open to any and all 7th and 8th grade band students. We meet throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • 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!
    Here is the link to the audition material –
    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) –

    • I am very excited for the new school year! There is a lot of enthusiasm in all grades and exactly 194 students in the band program here at LMS this year. I think you will be impressed with the caliber of the musicians you’ll hear at the concerts!!!

    Here is the link to our calendar of events 2013-2014 (the first date that was sent home was wrong – UI Homecoming Parade is September 28 not October 28 –

    Upcoming events:
    September 28 – The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning) – 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) – 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 – Veteran’s Day Assembly featuring the LMS Leadership Class, Choir, Orchestra and 7th/8th grade concert band. (9:00am – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire


    Follow us! Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – 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!
    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.