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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – January 17 – January 20

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, January 17 – January 20:

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, January 17, 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 (except tomorrow).  There are a few students falling behind on this.  Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip.
    Your 8 measure composition utilizing Ravel’s alphabet is due tomorrow.
    The test on Thursday is over #66 on page 19.
    Practice:  Page 6 – 19, 29, 36 and Mozart Alleluia.  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 week is over #4 on the accent on.… sheet.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Avenger, Oxford Overture, Two Selections, Sugar Creek, Avenger.

    8th Grade Band
    The test this week is over #4 on the accent on.… sheet.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major and all forms of minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, American Frontier, Kronos, Hymn, .

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Practice –
    I Can’t Stop Loving You –
    Slow (start at 2:15) - https://youtu.be/4Qgy0yfJAL4
    Tempo Mr. C wants - https://youtu.be/lcPkJPL_G7s
    Lil’ Darlin’ –
    Every Day –

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

    Upcoming events:
    February 4 – SEWMEA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival (open to 7th & 8th graders)

    February 23 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1 – (School Day – time TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 10 – Washington State University Concert Band Festival, 8th grade Concert Band – (School Day – time TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    Follow us!
    Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 250 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get over 300 likes.
    Website - Facebook – Twitter

    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.