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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! December 9 – December 13

     

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

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

    • Practice slips are due, December 9, 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 Jazz Band 1 on a wonderful performance on Saturday for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Lots of people really enjoy listening to your great sounds! Awesome job everyone!!

    • This is the big week you’ve all been waiting for. The LMS 6th, 7th, 8th Grade concert bands and the LMS Jazz Band 1 will be performing on their annual Winter Concert on Wednesday. Be sure that your child is at the school no later than 6:50pm for warm-up and tuning. Always remember to have them wear black and white concert clothing as well.

    • 6th grade bands. There will not be a test piece this week. The students should be practicing pages 6 – 19, 37 top line, scale in thirds & 38 #7,8,10. We will also continue work on page 23 & Up On the Housetop for the concert.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands. The bands should be practicing Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C, G & D scales. There will not be a test piece this week.

    7th grade should practice the four winter concert pieces that have been handed out. Also, please work really hard on Acclamations!

    8th grade should practice the six winter concert pieces that have been handed out. Also, please work really hard on Sedona!

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band. 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 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

    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.