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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – November 14 – November 18

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, November 14 – November 18:

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, November 14, 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
    Remember that the practice slip is required and is 30% of the grade.  There are a few students falling behind on this.  Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip.
    The test this week will be #44 on page 14.
    Practice:  Page 6 – 14, 17, 23. Page 14 is our focus page this week.  The recordings are on our website.
    Students should always use page 6, 7 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 this – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/theme-song-packets.

    7th Grade Band
    The test this will be over the Eb harmonic minor scale. (b 3 and 6)
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Christmas Canon, Deck the Halls, Believe.

    8th Grade Band
    The test this will be over the Eb harmonic minor scale. (b 3 and 6)
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Fantasy on an English Carol, Christmas Time is Here, Highlights from Frozen, American Frontier.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice – Steam Shuffle, Killer Joe, Finding You Here, Marshmallow World, Baby It’s Cold Outside

    This is a link to our calendar of events 2016-2017

    Upcoming events:

    December 3 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (tba - LMS commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 13 – Winter Concert featuring 6th grade concert band, 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band, 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


    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.