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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 9 – September 13

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, September 9 – September 13:

    • Practice slips are due September 9th for all bands! This is the first practice slip for the 6th grade band students. 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 are starting to sound really good! They have taken their first test and did a great job. The test piece for this week is #18 on page 8. The students should be practicing pages 6, 7, 8 & 9. 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

    • 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, 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 will be sending home more information this week.

    Please speak with your child about the importance of staying hydrated with the warm weather we’ve been having. Our room is in the middle of the school and gets very, very warm.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 will start this 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! I will be recording auditions the last week of this month after school. I will post times I’m available on the door this week.

    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/

    • 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 –
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dates%20for%2013-14.pdf

    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

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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 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

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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.