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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! March 24 – March 28

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, March 24 – March 28:

    • Practice slips are due, March 24, 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. This is the week for your “Almost Spring Concert” – Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30pm! A reminder was sent home on Friday with information about this concert. Here is a link to the reminder – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/14-almost-spring-october-reminder.pdf

    The test piece for this week is page 38 #6 (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. Congratulations on outstanding performances at the SEWMEA Large Group Festival last Thursday! 7th grade = 1+ Superior and 8th grade = 1+ Superior. Full Orchestra = 1+ Superior!! I’m Very proud of all of you.

    The test piece for this week (7th grade #5 Monday) is line #6 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 Equinox, Acclamations, Talons of Fire. Keep Stampede and Jungle Dance ready for the Earth Day assembly in April.

    *8th grade should practice Sedona, Three Phrases… Keep Stampede and Jungle Dance ready for the Earth Day assembly in April.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – Concert Tuesday night! Keep practicing Front Burner Blues and the new ballad, Quiet Steps and One Eyed Jack. 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 on March 25.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 2 – Concert Tuesday night. We will play Kansas City, Orange Colored Sky and Phat Kat on the March 25 concert.

    • 6th grade Jazz band – Keep working on Suzy Got In Trouble, Groovin’ Outta the Blues, and Latin Lesson.

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


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

    April 18 – Earth Day Assembly, 7th/8th grade Concert Band. (LMS Gymnasium – 9:15am) – Black and White Concert Attire

    May 15 – LMS Concert, 6th grade band, 6th, 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands. (LMS Commons – 7:30pm) – Black and White Concert Attire

    May 22 – LMS Concert, 7th, 8th Concert Bands & Full Orchestra. (LMS Gymnasium – 7:30pm) – 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.

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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.