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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! May 5 – May 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 5 – May 9:

    • Practice slips are due Monday, May 5, 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 a passage from the slow section in Cyberspace Overture (I’ll let you know this on Monday.)
    Practice Jurassic Park, Fiesta Mexicali, Cyberspace Overture, March Onward, Happy, and, Parade America.

    • 7th and 8th grade bands. The test piece for this week is the Ab harmonic minor scale (b 3 & 6)
    *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.

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – Keep practicing Alright, Okay, You Win, El Camino, Front Burner Blues, Quiet Steps and One Eyed Jack. We may get a new piece on Tuesday. We will use those for the concert on May 15 with special guest artist Gary Gemberling.

    • 6th grade Jazz Band – Keep working on Suzy Got In Trouble, Groovin’ Outta the Blues, and Latin Lesson as well as Discover the 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:
    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
    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.