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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! October 21 – October 25


    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, October 21 – October 25:

    • Practice slips are due October 21 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.

    • Extra Credit will be accepted for performances. Ask Mr. Covill if the performance you would like to see can be used for this. Here is a link to our page that explains how this works – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/extra-credit/

    • CONGRATULATIONS to the 7th & 8th grade marching band and concert band on a wonderful performance last Thursday for the annual March in October concert in the LMS gymnasium. Lots of toes were tapping and fingers snapping to your music.

    • The 6th grade bands. The test piece for this week is #49 on page 15. The students should be practicing pages 6 – 15, 37 top line. We will also continue work on page 17 this week. 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. Again, CONGRATULATIONS on a wonderful concert!! The bands should be practicing Skill Builders 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (memorize 2 & 3), Bb, Eb & Ab scales, and Hanukah Highlights. The test piece for this week is the Ab major scale no slower than half notes.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band. These students should be practicing Kansas City, Amazing Grace, Blues Machine & Front Burner Blues. They will receive a new piece this week as well. Our first performance will be for the WSU Jazz Festival in November.

    • This is a 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:
    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

    December 7 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring Jazz Band 1. (time TBA – LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 11 – Annual Winter Concert featuring the LMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Concert Bands and 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (7:30pm – 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 200 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 300 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.