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  • Practice Slip Due:

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

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

    Practice slips are due Monday, January 11, 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 this week is on Thursday and will be over #7 on page 41.
    Practice:  Page 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20.  Continue work on pages 23 and 36.  Page 20 is our focus page this week.  We will also continue using the class tuner.
    Students should always use page 6, 7, and 8 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 this week is over chorale 5 from #5.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Avenger, and Solstice Dance.

    8th Grade Band
    The test this week is over chorale 5 from #5.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Beyond the Ridge, and The Witch and The Saint.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Make sure you are set up and ready to go at 7:30am in the band room.
    The Martin Luther King Jr. assembly is this Friday.  We will perform Room 806 and Hamp’s Boogie!  Wear your black and white to school!
    Practice – Room 806 (memorized), Hamp’s Boogie, Moon Glow, Soul Bossa Nova, Moondance, Phat Kat,

    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: 
    January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, featuring the 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1. (School Day – 9:15am LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 6 – SEWMEA Regional Solo/Small Ensemble Festival – open to all 7th/8th grade band students – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 12-13 – (Tentative as of last week!) WMEA All-State Conference, 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1 and selected students. (Jazz Band on the 12th and selected students on the 13th) – More information coming soon! - Black and White Concert Attire

    February 26 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1 and 2. (Full Day – Moscow, Idaho) – 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.