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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – May 9 – May 13

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 9 – May 13: 

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, May 9, for all bands!  Please help your child take responsibility and turn these in.  A lot of students earned a lower grade than expected due to not turning these practice charts in.  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 the 6th Grade Concert Band, 6th Grade Jazz Band and 7th/8th Grade Jazz Ensemble 1 for a really fun and exciting final concert of the year!  You all did a great job and I am very proud of you.

    6th Grade Band
    Practice:  Page 6 – 33 and 34-35.  Page 34-35 are our focus page this week.
    The test this Thursday will be over a section of Parade America.
    The quiz on Friday will be over transpositions.
    The students will receive two new pieces this week, “Parade America” and “Up Tight” both of which will be used as our marching pieces this summer at the National Lentil Parade.  More information to be given of that soon.
    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 a section of Up Tight.
    The quiz on Friday will be over transpositions.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, Great Frontier, Batman, Augie’s, Two English Dances, Avenger, As the Robin to the Meadow, Fanfare, Avenger, and Solstice Dance, and Harry Potter

    8th Grade Band
    The test this Thursday will be over a section of Up Tight.
    The quiz on Friday will be over transpositions.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: The Legend of Danny Boy, Aloha, Great Frontier.  Practice the full orchestra pieces excluding Jurassic Park.  Also, keep “The Witch and the Saint” fresh.  We will perform that piece one more time on the end of the year concert in May.  We have many more pieces so please keep practicing!

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    You’ve had a fantastic year!!  Even though rehearsals are over, I’m thinking about this band every day and already planning for next year.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 2
    You’ve had a fantastic year!!  Even though rehearsals are over, I’m thinking about this band every day and already planning for next year.

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    You’ve had a fantastic year!!  Even though rehearsals are over, I’m thinking about this band every day and already planning for next year.
    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:
    May 26 – LMS Spring Concert, 7th/8th grade Concert Band and 7th/8th grade Full Orchestra- (7:30pm LMS Gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    June 3 – Last day for instruments.

    June 6-7 – CBPA – Washington State Required Classroom Based Performance Assessment (pen or pencil)

    June 8-10 – MAPC – Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema (pen or pencil)

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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.