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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands September 14 – September 18

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, September 14 – September 18: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, September 14, for all bands!  This will be the first practice slip for the 6th grade bands.  Here is the link to print the slip or the students can always pick one up at the front of the room. – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
    It was nice to see so many people at Open House last week.  Your support is what makes this program work!!  Thank you!!

    6th Grade Band
    The test for this week will be #10 on page 7.
    Practice:  Page 6 and 7 and go on to page 8. (page 8 is our focus page this week)
    Students should always use page 6 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).

    7th Grade Band
    The test for this week will be Db major scale.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, and Ab major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Gitchy Goo, Party Rock Anthem, Pep Rally Rock, Parade America, March to Castle Rock, Valley Forge March, The Challenger, Thunder Bay, and Get Ready For This (new this week).

    8th Grade Band
    The test for this week will be Db major scale.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, and Ab major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Gitchy Goo, Party Rock Anthem, Pep Rally Rock, Parade America, March to Castle Rock, Valley Forge March, The Challenger, Thunder Bay, and Get Ready For This (new this week).

    8th Graders interested in trying out for Jr. All-State should be practicing the etudes that I handed out.  Look for the recording time sign-up sheet on the main door to the band room this week. ( http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/ – half way down the page)

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Make sure you are set up and ready to go at 7:30am in the band room.
    Practice – Soul Bossa Nova, Moondance and more this week.
    This is a link to our calendar of events 2015-2016
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/lms-bands-dates-for-15-16.pdf 

    Upcoming events: 

    October (early TBA) – Jr. All-State Auditions need to be completed by this date.  (8th graders)
    October 22 - This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm - LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire
    October 24 - The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning) – Black Pants, Wind Breaker Provided
    November 4 - 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire
    November 10 – Veteran’s Day Assembly featuring the LMS Leadership Class, Choir, Orchestra and 7th/8th grade concert band. (9:00am - LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire
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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.