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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! January 13 – January 17

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, January 13 – January 17:

    • Practice slips are due, January 13, 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.

    • 6th grade bands. The test piece this week will be number 83 on page 22. We will also continue work in our band books as well as pieces I hand out.

    • 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 will be concert Bb scale with a variety of articulations (Mr. Covill will let you know).

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

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

    *7th & 8th grade students participating in the SEWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival on February 1 will need to have their fees to Mr. Covill by Friday this week (Solos = $8 & Ensembles = $12).

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1. Continue working on Amazing Grace, Blues Machine & Front Burner Blues. Also practice My Funny Valentine. We will get new music this week.

    We will play Amazing Grace and Blues Machine for the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly on Friday. Wear black and white.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 2. Continue working on your pieces. I should have “Orange Colored Sky” finished by the end of this week.

    • This is a link to our calendar of events 2013-2014

    Upcoming events:
    January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (9:15am, LMS Gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 1 – SEWMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival, 7th & 8th grade band students are eligible. (LMS – Saturday – times TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 20 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, 7th/8th Jazz Bands 1 & 2. (Moscow – UI – times TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire


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    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.