Notes from Mr. C â€“ LMS Bands March 9 â€“ March 13
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students: â€¨Items to note this week, March 9 â€“ March 13:
Practice slips are due Monday, March 9, for all bands!Â 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
8th Grade Concert Band will attend the Washington State University Concert Band Festival this Friday during the day. Good luck to all involved.
6th Grade Band â€¨Please review all pages we have worked on so far this year. Be very sure you can play all of the music on pages 6-30. The focus page for this week is page 31! Thursdayâ€™s test will be 122 on page 31. Keep working on the rhythm pages Iâ€™ve handed out as well (lessons 1-6). â€¨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). â€¨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 hasnâ€™t yet perfected, and end with something fun like Fajita (on our website) or Louie, Louie.)
7th Grade Bandâ€¨ Â Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: As the Robin to the Meadow, Furioso, Fireburst Fanfare, Eyes of the Dragon, Joyant Overture, Acclamations, As the Robin to the Meadowâ€¨The test this week will be over a rhythm from our rhythm sheet lesson 6.
8th Grade Bandâ€¨ Â Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: River East Overture, Impossible Machine, Ashokan Farewell, Highlights from Harry Potterâ€¨The test this week will be over a rhythm from our rhythm sheet lesson 6.â€¨Also, looking ahead to next weekâ€¦ we will have two rehearsals to get ready for the large group festival combining with the 7th/8th grade orchestra. 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 â€¨I will be handing out more Yasinitsky music this week.â€¨Practice – El Rey Del Sol, Swing Machine, Code Blue, Hampâ€™s Boogie, Georgia.
7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2â€¨ 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.â€¨Practice – Steam Shuffle, Lilâ€™ Darlinâ€™, Phat Kat
6th Grade Jazz Band â€¨GREAT first rehearsal last week! You will receive another piece tomorrow to start working on as well.â€¨Practice – Swing itâ€¦ &
This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015
March 13 (added) â€“ Washington State University Concert Band Festival. 8th grade Concert Band (LMS – School Day) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
March 19 â€“ SEWMEA Large Group Festival. 7th & 8th grade Concert Bands (LMS – School Day) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
March 28 (added) â€“ Gladish Community and Cultural Center. 7th & 8th grade Jazz Band 1 (Gladish – time TBA) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
March 31 â€“ Almost Spring Concert. 6th Concert Band, 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands 1 & 2 (7:30pm, LMS Commons) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
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Thank you for all of your support of theÂ LMS Bands this year! â€¨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 â€œcan doâ€ 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 â€” if cultivated â€” can lead to great understanding of oneâ€™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.