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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – November 2 – November 6

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, November 2 – November 6: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, November 2, for all 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

    Thank you to all parents who stopped by for conferences last week.  It was nice to see you!

    6th Grade Band
    The test for this week will be #1 on page 40.
    Practice:  Page 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,12, 13, 14, 15 and go on to page 16.  We will use page 11 for our winter concert in December as well as page 17 so practice that too. Page 16 is our focus page this week.  We will also continue using the class tuner this week.
    Students should always use page 6 for their warm up. Low and Slow!  (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 – First exercise of the exercise sheet that I will hand out on Monday.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, March to Castle Rock, Valley Forge March. Carol of the Drum, Believe.

    8th Grade Band
    The test for this week – Second exercise of the exercise sheet that was handed out earlier in the quarter.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, March to Castle Rock, Valley Forge March. Witch and the Saint, Caribbean Christmas, Hanukkah Highlights.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    WSU Jazz Festival on Wednesday this week.  Here is a link to the information – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/forms/

    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: 
    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

    December 5 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring the 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1. (Morning - LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 10 – Winter Band Concert featuring the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Concert Bands and 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1. (7:30pm - 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.