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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – March 13 – March 17

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, March 13 – March 17:

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, February 27, 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 the 8th Grade Concert Band on a superior performance the this year’s Washington State University Concert Band Festival!  The came away with 1’s from all three judges!!  Superior ratings baby!!!

    On Thursday the 7th and 8th grade concert bands will be traveling to Palouse to perform for rating at the annual SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival.  Here are the links to the information…
    assumption of responsibility – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/assumption-of-responsibility-17-1.pdf
    itinerary – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/large-group-festival-itinerary2017.pdf

    All Bands
    Vocabulary, words 31-36 Quiz Friday!

    6th Grade Band
    Remember that the practice slip is required and is 30% of the grade.  There are many students falling behind on this.  Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip.
    The test on Friday will be #108 on page 27.  Focus page 27
    Practice:  Page 6 – 27, 29, 36, Furioso, and Mozart Alleluia.  The recordings are on our website.
    Students should always use page 37 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 on Friday is concert Db, tongue 3, slur 2 up and down.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major, natural and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Avenger, Oxford Overture, Two Selections, Sugar Creek, all of your music.  Music to be played at the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on Thursday is Scottish Ayre and Oxford Overture.

    8th Grade Band
    The test on Thursday is concert Ab, slur up, staccato down.
    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: Nothing but Da Vinci Sketches and Hymn Song Variants  Music to be played at the SEWMEA Large Group Festival on Thursday may be American Frontier and Hymn Song Variants.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band
    Second Line, Mambo, Jambo

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    Practice The Big Smat Foochie, Groovin’ Outta the Blues

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

    Upcoming events:

    March 16 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival, 7th, and 8th grade Concert Bands – (School Day – time TBA) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 28 – Band Concert, 6th grade Concert Band and 7th/8th grade Jazz Bands – (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.