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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands May 11 – May 15

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 11 – May 15:

    Practice slips are due Monday, May 11, 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

    Congratulations to the 6th grade Concert Band, 6th grade Jazz Band and 7th/8th grade Jazz Band on a spectacular concert last Thursday.  Wow!  That sure was a great way to end your concert season.  Great job everyone!

    6th Grade Band
    The focus page for this week is page 44, chorals (#’s 1-3)!  This week’s test will be #5 on page 40.  Keep working on the rhythm pages I’ve handed out as well (lessons 1-6).
    Practice these pieces: Memorize – Parade America & Gitchi Gitchi Goo (I distribute Gitchi on Monday.) Percussion should be working on the packet I distributed last 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
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.  Also, practice them in thirds.
    Practice: Acclamations, 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, Ashokan Farewell, Highlights from Harry Potter, 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
    Congratulations on a super fun year!  You all have made a significant impact on where our Jazz program is headed – Thank You!
    We are finished with Jazz Band rehearsals for the year – Sleep in!

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    Great job on your concert this year.  I can’t wait to hear you next year!
    We are finished with Jazz Band rehearsals for the year – Sleep in!

    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:
    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

    June 1 & 2 – CBPA (Classroom Based Performance Assessment) Testing – All Grades – Bring a pencil!

    June 3,4,5 & 8 – MAPC (Music Analysis in Popular Cinema) – All Grades – Bring a pencil!………………
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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.