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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! May 19 – May 22

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 19 – May 22:

    • Practice slips are due Monday, May 19, for all bands! Here is the link to print the slip – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
    This is the last practice slip for the year!!

    • Thursday will be the last day for instruments. 6th graders take your instruments home right after school and 7th & 8th graders take them home after the concert. We will be cleaning out lockers on Friday.

    • 6th grade bands. Congratulations on a super spectacular, fantastic concert last Thursday! You all played exceptionally well and were focused on all of the right things. Our guest artist, Gary Gemberling, and I met and discussed what a great job you all are doing. He was very impressed and said to tell you he enjoyed the whole concert. He also said to keep it up and hopes that he’ll have the pleasure of performing with you soon! Great job everyone!!

    • 7th and 8th grade bands. This is our final concert week. I’m looking forward to Thursday!
    *7th grade should practice Jurassic Park, Themes from the Lion King, Equinox, Acclamations, Talons of Fire, Happy, and, Parade America.
    *8th grade should practice Up, Harry Potter, Sedona, Rites of Tamburo & The Magic Flute, Happy, and, Parade America. The 8th grade band will also have one extra rehearsal on Wednesday, May 21 directly after school until 3:30pm. We will rehearse “The Magic Flute” and “Rites of Tamburo” with the 7th/8th orchestra.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1. Congratulations on a super spectacular, fantastic concert last Thursday! You all played exceptionally well and were focused on all of the right things. Our guest artist, Gary Gemberling, and I met and discussed what a great job you all are doing. He was very impressed and said to tell you he enjoyed the whole concert. He also said to keep it up and hopes that he’ll have the pleasure of performing with you soon! Great job everyone!!
    (There are no more rehearsals for the rest of the year. Get some extra sleep. You deserve it.)

    • 6th grade Jazz Band. Congratulations on a super spectacular, fantastic concert last Thursday! You all played exceptionally well and were focused on all of the right things. Our guest artist, Gary Gemberling, and I met and discussed what a great job you all are doing. He was very impressed and said to tell you he enjoyed the whole concert. He also said to keep it up and hopes that he’ll have the pleasure of performing with you soon! Great job everyone!!
    (There are no more rehearsals for the rest of the year. Get some extra sleep. You deserve it.)

    • 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:
    May 22 – LMS Concert, 7th, 8th Concert Bands & Full Orchestra. (LMS Gymnasium – 7:30pm) – Black and White Concert Attire
    May 27-28 – Washington State Classroom Based Performance Assessment – Bring pen or pencil!
    May 29, 30 & June 2 – Musical Composition Analysis in Popular Cinema – Bring pen or pencil!
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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.