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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands March 16 – March 20

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, March 16 – March 20: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, March 16, 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

    WOW!  I wanted to extend a huge congratulations to the 8th Grade Concert Band for their brilliant performance at the Washington State University Concert Band Festival last Friday.  We were the only middle school invited to perform at this festival and the students played extremely well!  The band earned two Superior ratings by the judges and worked with Dr. James Smart, Director of Bands at the University of Montana.  Superb performance everyone.

    The bands at LMS have a big week this week.  The 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Concert Bands will all be performing for critique and score at this year’s South Eastern Washington Music Educators Association Large Ensemble Festival.
    All students need to wear black and white concert clothing on Thursday.
    Here are the performance times.  I hope as many parents as possible can come support these awesome students.
    9:00 am – LMS 6th Grade Concert Band
    9:40 am – LMS 8th Grade Concert Band
    1:50 pm – LMS 7th/8th Orchestra
    2:10 pm – LMS 7th Grade Concert Band
    2:30 pm – LMS Full Orchestra (8th Concert Band combined with 7th/8th Orchestra)

    6th Grade Band
    There will not be a test this week.
    Practice these pieces: Eagle Summit March, Galactic Episode, Sousa Spectacular, Battleground, Valley Circle March, Fiesta Mexicali (Mr. Covill will hand this piece out this week).
    Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and the scales on 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
    There will not be a test this week.
    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, Acclamations, As the Robin to the Meadow

    8th Grade Band
    There will not be a test this week.
    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

    We will have two rehearsals to get ready for the large group festival combining with the 7th/8th grade orchestra this week.  Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 we will rehearse Ashokan Farewell and Themes from Harry Potter in the LMS Commons from 2:50pm – 3:30pm both days.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    I will be handing out more Yasinitsky music on Tuesday this week.  There will be no practice on Thursday!
    Practice – El Rey Del Sol, Swing Machine, Code Blue, Hamp’s Boogie, Georgia.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2
    Our practices are finished for the year as the 6th grade Jazz Band will be rehearsing Mondays and Wednesdays.  Keep these pieces fresh because we will perform them on the March 31st concert.
    Practice – Steam Shuffle, Lil’ Darlin’, Phat Kat

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    Practice – Swing it… & Second Line
    This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015

    Upcoming events: 

    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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    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 250 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get over 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.