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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Items to note this week! September 15 – September 19

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, September 15 – September 19:
    • Practice slips are due Monday, September 15, for all bands! We’ll wait one more week for the 6th graders. Here is the link to print the slip or they are always at the front of the room. – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip

    • I will be back at it on Monday. This sickness really kept me down for a few days but I’m positive tomorrow will be better. Thank you for all of the kind emails.

    • FYI – One more time with this… The calendar that was sent out with the syllabus had an incorrect date. The concert scheduled for the 10th of December is actually on the 11th – Thursday. The high school concert is scheduled for the 10th. We apologize for the miscommunication.

    • 6th grade bands. The first few notes are sounding better and better every day! Since I wasn’t there at the end of last week, we will be going over instrument care this week and trying to progress to page 9. The playing test is this Thursday over “Hot Cross Buns” on page 8. We will work on this in class a lot so everyone can be successful in this area.

    • 7th and 8th grade bands. Practice – Parade America, Happy, Pep Rally Rock (march in place starting with your left foot.) Also – Honor March, March Del Mar, March to Castle Rock. I will be handing out another concert march to work on this week. The test for this week is the Eb concert scale. (8th graders interested in Jr. All-State should be practicing the material. If you need any help at all, please see me!)

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 1 – I will be handing out “Cruisin’ On Crestview” on Tuesday.

    • This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015

    Upcoming events:
    October 10 – Jr. All-State Auditions need to be completed by this date. (8th graders)
    October 16 – This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire
    October 18 – The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning) – Black Pants, Wind Breaker Provided
    November 5 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire
    November 10 – Veteran’s Day Assembly featuring the LMS Leadership Class, Choir, Orchestra and 7th/8th grade concert band. (9:00am – LMS gymnasium) – 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.