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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – March 21 – March 25

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, March 21 – March 25: 

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, March 21, 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

    Congratulations to these Lincoln Middle School Musicians!
    7th Grade Concert Band,
    8th Grade Concert Band,
    7th/8th Grade Orchestra, and
    7th/8th Grade Combined Full Orchestra
    Super performances last Thursday at the SEWMEA Large Group Festival in Colfax, WA. All groups received the highest marks of “1” = Superior Rating from all judges!!! Eight “1’s”. So proud of these kiddos.

    6th Grade Band
    The test this Thursday will be over #115 on page 30.
    Practice:  Page 6 – 28 and 30.  Continue work on Flourish, March ‘Uno’, pages 23 and 36. Page 30 is our focus page this week.
    The quiz on Friday will continue as normal with the next six words on the vocabulary list.
    Students should always use page 6, 7, 8 and all of 37 for their warm up.  These pages should probably be memorized by now. 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 this – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/theme-song-packets.

    7th Grade Band
    The test this Thursday will be over the “F” concert major scale and arpeggio.
    The quiz on Friday will continue as normal with the next six words on the vocabulary list.
    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, Two English Dances, Avenger, As the Robin to the Meadow, Fanfare, Avenger, and Solstice Dance. + a new piece.

    8th Grade Band
    The test this Thursday will be over the “F” concert major scale and arpeggio.
    The quiz on Friday will continue as normal with the next six words on the vocabulary list.
    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: The Legend of Danny Boy, Aloha

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    We will be playing for the 5th grade visitation on Tuesday.  Be listening for the announcement to come to the commons – 9am and 1pm – school clothing
    Practice – Salsa Caliente, Front Burner Blues, No Moon at All, and more…
    Review – Room 806 (memorized), Hamp’s Boogie, One Eyed Jack, Soul Bossa Nova, Moondance, Phat Kat, Moon Glow – we will revisit This Little Light of Mine as well (I’ll get this to everyone soon.)

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2
    No more rehearsals for this group!
    We still will perform on the March 29 concert.
    Review/Practice – Pick Yourself Up, All the Way, and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    This class has begun.  Please remember to have your child in the building before 7:30am so that we can start rehearsal at 7:30am.
    Meeting times are Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30am – 8:15am
    Practice – Homework Blues, Splanky, Discover the Blues

    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:
    March 22 – 5th grade visitation, 7th/8th grade Jazz Ensemble 1 – (School Day, LMS) – School Clothes

    March 29 – LMS Concert, 6th grade Concert Band and 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands 1, 2 – (7:30pm LMS Commons) – 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.