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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 30 – October 4

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 30 – October 4:

    • Practice slips are due September 30 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.

    • A Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the 7th/8th grade Marching Band on a spectacular showing at the University of Idaho Homecoming Parade in Moscow on Saturday. You all sounded wonderful and did a very good job marching. Many, many compliments were given along the parade route on what great sounding and good looking band you are!

    • The 6th grade bands are getting better and better! Their tests are sounding great as well. The test piece for this week is #34 on page 12. The students should be practicing pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Please read through this document with your child if you haven’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 website. 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 child’s instrument.

    • 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.

    I will finish the Jr. All-State recordings this week and all of the sound files uploaded for screening by state officials.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band This is a fun group! They should be practicing the three pieces they’ve received. They will receive a new piece this week as well. Our first performance will be for the WSU Jazz Festival in November.

    • Here is the link to our calendar of events 2013-2014 http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dates%20for%2013-14.pdf

    Upcoming events:

    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

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    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 200 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

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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.