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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands April 20 – April 24

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, April 20 – April 24: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, April 20, for all bands (8th grade just bring it whenever the first day is that I see you)!  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

    Congratulations to the 8th grade concert band on a superb performance at this year’s annual Earth Day assembly.  You all sounded really, really great!

    6th Grade Band
    The focus page for this week is page 44, chorals!  This week’s test will be #3 on page 40.  Keep working on the rhythm pages I’ve handed out as well (lessons 1-6).
    Practice these pieces: Sousa Spectacular, Battleground, Fiesta Mexicali, When the Saints Go Marching In, March Onward.
    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
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Furioso, Fireburst Fanfare, Eyes of the Dragon, Joyant Overture, Acclamations, As the Robin to the Meadow, Selections from Indiana Jones, Witch and the Saint The test this week will be over a rhythmic and melodic exercise that will focus on counting.

    8th Grade Band
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice:  River East Overture, Whale Warrior, Heaven’s Light, Impossible Machine, Ashokan Farewell, Highlights from Harry Potter, Abington Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean, Witch and the Saint
    The test this week will be over a rhythmic and melodic exercise that will focus on counting.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – One Eyed Jack, El Rey Del Sol, Code Blue, Deep Blue, Pico de Gallo

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2
    Thank you for such an AWESOME year!

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    Practice – Second Line, Big Smat Foochie, Homework Blues, Willo’ Wisp

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

    Upcoming events:
    May 7 – Spring Concert – 6th grade concert band, 6th grade jazz band, 7th/8th grade jazz band (7:30pm, LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    May 21 – Orchestra & Band Finale – 7th/8th grade orchestra, 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band (7:30pm, LMS gymnasium) – 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.