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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands October 27 – October 31

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, October 27 – October 31:

    •       Practice slips are due Monday, October 27, for all bands!  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

    •       The new quarter starts on Monday as well.

    •       6th Grade Band
    All students should have their first 8 notes memorized!  Work on pages 11 and 17.  Please review all pages we have worked on so far this year.  Be very sure you can play all of the music on pages 6-14.  The focus page for this week is pages 15!  The playing test this Thursday/Friday is the 5 note scale from page 37.  We will work on this in class a lot so everyone can be successful in this area. Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 for their warm up.  (A typical practice session should consist of a warm-up, practice things the student hasn’t yet perfected, and end with something fun like Fajita or Louie, Louie.)

    •       7th Grade Bands
    Lots of practice needs to happen this week at home!!!
    Practice:  Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums, Furioso, and
    I will be handing out more music this week.  We are starting to get ready for the Winter Concert on December 11.
    The test this week will be Ab harmonic minor.
    We will play March Del Mar and March to Castle Rock for the Veteran’s Day assembly on November 10.

    •       8th Grade Bands
    Lots of practice needs to happen this week at home!!!
    Practice:  Cantique De Noel, Heaven’s Light, and African Bell Carol
    I will be handing out more music this week.  We are starting to get ready for the Winter Concert on December 11.
    The test this week will be Ab harmonic minor.
    We will play March Del Mar and March to Castle Rock for the Veteran’s Day assembly on November 10

    •       7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – Cruisin’ on Crestview, Code Blue, This Little Light of Mine, Hamp’s Boogie, Lil’ Darlin’.  We will use Code Blue, Lil’ Darlin’, and Hamp’s Boogie for the WSU Jazz Festival.  Rehearsals will be on the stage this week.

    •       This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/lms-bands-dates-for-14-15.pdf

    Upcoming events:

    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

    December 11 – Winter Concert featuring the LMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade concert bands and 7th/8th grade jazz band 1. (7:30pm - LMS gymnasium) – 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.