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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! December 16 – December 20

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, December 16 – December 20:

    • Practice slips are due, December 16, 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.

    • Congratulations to 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Concert Bands as well as Jazz Band 1 on an outstanding concert last Wednesday. You ALL sounded terrific!!

    • 6th grade bands. The test piece this week is #71 on page 20. We will also continue work on page 19, 20, 29 & 36.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands. The bands should be practicing Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C, G & D scales. The test piece this week is A concert scale.

    7th grade should practice Acclamations & Stampede which we will perform for the Large Group Festival in March.

    8th grade should practice Sedona, Jungle Dance & Rites of Tamburo (full orchestra) which we will perform for the Large Group Festival in March.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band. We will perform for the Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday around the noon hour. Please be sure to wear black and white! Look for the forms to come home Monday. These students should be practicing Jingle Bells, Angels We Have Heard On High, Frosty the Snowman, Hot Chocolate, Kansas City, Amazing Grace, Blues Machine & Front Burner Blues.

    • This is a 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:
    December 19 – Performance for Kiwanis Luncheon, 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (12:30pm – Gladish) – Black and White Concert Attire

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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.