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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands January 26 – January 30

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, January 26 – January 30:

    Practice slips are due Monday, January 26, 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

    6th Grade Band
    Please review all pages we have worked on so far this year.  Be very sure you can play all of the music on pages 6-20.  The focus page for this week is pages 24!  The playing test this Thursday is the #89 on page 24 “Hatikvah”.  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 (lessons 1-6).  Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and the scale at the top and scale in thirds in the middle of page 37 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
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: As the Robin to the Meadow, Furioso, Fireburst Fanfare, Eyes of the Dragon, Joyant Overture
    The test this week will be a rhythmic lesson from the pages I’ve handed out.

    8th Grade Band
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice:  River East Overture, Impossible Machine, Ashokan Farewell, Highlights from Harry Potter
    The test this week will be a rhythmic lesson from the pages I’ve handed out.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – El Rey Del Sol, Swing Machine, Code Blue, Hamp’s Boogie, Georgia.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2
    Practice – Leap Frog, Steam Shuffle, Lil’ Darlin’, Phat Kat
    6th Grade Jazz Band
    This band will start toward the beginning of March.  I will let you know when the time gets closer.

    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: 

    February 7  – SEWMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival. Open to select 7th & 8th grade students (LMS All Day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 26 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – 7th/8th grade jazz bands 1 & 2. (UofI All Day) Black and White Concert Attire

    March 13 (added) – Washington State University Concert Band Festival. 8th grade Concert Band (LMS – School Day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 19 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival. 7th & 8th grade Concert Bands (LMS – School Day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 28 (added) – Gladish Community and Cultural Center. 7th & 8th grade Jazz Band 1 (Gladish – time TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 31 – Almost Spring Concert. 6th Concert Band, 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands 1 & 2 (7:30pm, LMS Commons) – 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.