Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands May 4 – May 8
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, May 4 â€“ May 8:Â
Practice slips are due Monday, May 4, 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
6th Grade Band
This is concert week for the 6th grade concert and jazz bands.Â A reminder sheet will be sent home tomorrow with all of the information you need.
The focus page for this week is page 44, chorals (#â€™s 1-3)!Â This weekâ€™s test will be #4 on page 40.Â Keep working on the rhythm pages Iâ€™ve handed out as well (lessons 1-6).
Practice these pieces: Sousa Spectacular, Battleground, Fiesta Mexicali, When the Saints Go Marching In, March Onward, Sousa on Parade.
Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and the scales on page 37 for their warm up.Â (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 Band
Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.Â Also, practice them in thirds.
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:Â River East Overture, Whale Warrior, Heavenâ€™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
This is concert week for this band.Â A reminder sheet will be sent home tomorrow with all of the information you need.
Practice – One Eyed Jack, El Rey Del Sol, Code Blue, Deep Blue, Pico de GalloÂ – We have 4 more rehearsals for the year.Â Dr. Yasinitsky will be here on the 5th and 7th to run through his pieces with us.Â We will have two more rehearsals this year.Â Itâ€™s been a really great year with this group and I will miss our time together.
6th Grade Jazz Band
We will have two more rehearsals this year.Â Itâ€™s been a really great year with this group and I will miss our time together.
Practice – Second Line, Big Smat Foochie, Homework Blues, Willoâ€™ Wisp
This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015
May 7 â€“ Spring Concert – 6th grade concert band, 6th grade jazz band, 7th/8th grade jazz band (7:30pm, LMS Commons) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
May 21 â€“ Orchestra & Band Finale – 7th/8th grade orchestra, 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band (7:30pm, LMS gymnasium) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
Keep up to date on whatâ€™s happening with theÂ LMS Bands â€“Â 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 theÂ LMS Bands this year!
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.← Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands April 27 – May 1 Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands May 11 – May 15 →