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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! March 10 – March 14

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, March 10 – March 14:

    • Practice slips are due, March 10, 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.

    Please be diligent about checking Family Access to help your child remember to turn in the required practice slip every Monday.

    • 6th grade bands. The test piece for this week is page 38 #4 (yes, you must clap and count out loud). You will continue working in the band book as well as pieces I hand out.

    • The 7th and 8th grade bands. The test piece for this week is line #4 from your rhythm sheet (yes, you must clap and count out loud.) Counting and clapping is on the agenda. New pieces this week for both bands.

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

    *8th grade should practice Three Phrases…, Sedona, As the Robin to the Meadow, Jungle Dance, Stampede – The Magic Flute & Rites of Tamburo (full orchestra) which we will perform for the Large Group Festival in March – less than a month to get ready for this festival.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1.  We will play for the 5th grade visitations tomorrow. Come at 8am if possible to solidify solos on Kansas City. Keep practicing Front Burner Blues and the new ballad, Quiet Steps. We will use those for the concert in May. Keep the four pieces we played for the festival fresh. We may use one or two for our concert in March.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 2. Keep the three pieces we played for the festival fresh. We will probably use them for our concert in March.

    • 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:

    March 10 – 5th Grade Visitations, Jazz Band 1 (School Day – 9:15am & 1:15pm) – School Clothes

    March 20 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival, 7th & 8th grade concert bands. (Asotin – School Day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    7th Grade Concert Band – 9am, 7th/8th Grade Orchestra – 9:20am, 8th Grade Concert Band – 9:40am & 7th/8th Grade Full Orchestra – 10:00am

    March 25 – LMS Concert, 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands 1 & 2. (LMS Commons – 7:30pm) – 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.