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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – October 5 – October 8

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, October 5 – October 8: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, October 5, 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

    6th Grade Band
    The test for this week will be #31 on page 10 (also write in the note names.
    Practice:  Page 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and go on to page 12.  We will use page 11 for our winter concert in December so practice that too. (page 12 is our focus page 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 will be Eb major scale in thirds.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Gitchy Goo, Party Rock Anthem, Pep Rally Rock, Parade America, Indiana Jones, March to Castle Rock, Valley Forge March, The Challenger, Thunder Bay, and Get Ready For This.

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

    8th Graders interested in trying out for Jr. All-State should be practicing the etudes that I handed out.  The recording time sign-up sheet is on the main door to the band room. This is the week to record.  I will be uploading recordings to the state website before October 8!  (Recordings of the etudes are here – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/ – half way down the page)

    On October 14, the 7th and 8th grade percussionists will travel to Moscow and spend most of the day with the University of Idaho Marching Band and percussion section.  More information will be going home about this soon.  Each percussionist should bring $5 to the main office at LMS this week.

    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 – Room 806, Soul Bossa Nova, Moondance and Moonglow.
    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 8 – 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 14 – 7th/8th Percussionists to UI – Black and White Concert Attire (school day)

    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.