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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands November 17 – November 21

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, November 17 – November 21:

    •       Practice slips are due Monday, November 17, 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
    There will not be a practice slip required over Thanksgiving break.

    •       Here is the link to the video taken of the 2014 Veteran’s Day Assembly.  http://youtu.be/H6BHGZEu3gI

    •       6th Grade Band
    All students should have their first 8 notes memorized!  Work on pages 11, 17 and 23.  Please review all pages we have worked on so far this year.  Be very sure you can play all of the music on pages 6-16.  The focus page for this week is pages 18!  The playing test this Wednesday is the #64 on page 18 (from now on, percussion will test on both mallets and practice pads).  We will work on this in class a lot so everyone can be successful in this area. Keep working on the rhythm page I handed out as well.  You will receive a new rhythm page this week.  Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and their 5 note scale 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 (on our website) or Louie, Louie.)

    •       7th Grade Band
    Lots of practice needs to happen this week at home!!!
    Practice:  Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums, Furioso, Believe and  Fireburst Fanfare
    Concert on December 11.
    The test this week will be the F major scale.
    Do not bring instruments on Friday.

    •       8th Grade Band
    Lots of practice needs to happen this week at home!!!
    Practice:  Cantique De Noel, Heaven’s Light, The Impossible Machine 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 the F major scale.
    Do not bring instruments on Friday.

    •       7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Angels We Have Heard On High, Wonderland Swings, Cruisin’ on Crestview, Code Blue, This Little Light of Mine, Hamp’s Boogie, Lil’ Darlin’. Also, just a reminder that our rehearsals START at 7:30 a.m.  Some students have been arriving at 7:30 and later.  Please be sure students are at LMS in time to set up and warm up.  Thanks!

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

    Upcoming events:

    December 6 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7th/8th grade jazz band 1. (time TBA) – 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

    December 18 – Kiwanis luncheon – 7th/8th grade jazz band 1. (noon @ Gladish) – Black and White Concert Attire

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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.