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    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands January 5 – January 9

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

    Welcome back!  I’m really looking forward to getting back into the classroom.  A lot of music is going to happen between now and the end of the year so HOLD ON TIGHT!

    No practice slip due on January 5.

    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 6-18.  The focus page for this week is pages 19!  The playing test this Thursday is the #69 on page 19 (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.  Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and the scale at the top 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:  Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums, Furioso, Believe and  Fireburst Fanfare
    The test this week will be the G major scale.

    8th Grade Band
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice:  Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums, Furioso, Believe and  Fireburst Fanfare
    The test this week will be the G major scale.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – Cruisin’ on Crestview, Code Blue, This Little Light of Mine, Hamp’s Boogie, Lil’ Darlin’. You will receive new music this week as well.

    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: 

    January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly – 7th/8th grade jazz band 1. (9:00 a.m.) – Black and White Concert Attire

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

    February 19 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival. 7th & 8th grade Concert Bands (LMS – School Day) – 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.