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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – May 8 – May 12

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 8 – May 12:

    Practice slips are due Monday, May 8, 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

    What a fabulous assembly the 8th Grade Concert Band played for on Thursday.  You are a very musical group and always bring your “A” game.  Thank you.
    Congratulations to the 6th Grade Concert Band, 6th & 7th/8th Jazz Bands on a fantastic concert last Thursday.  You all play very well!

    For all students – the music vocabulary quiz is on Friday of the next six words on your list.  Second column, third set of six.

    6th Grade Band
    Remember that the practice slip is required and is 30% of the grade.  There were many students falling behind on this.  This quarter will be different.  Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip.
    The test this week is on Thursday and is over the last line on page 37 ascending only.  Practice:  Page 6 – 32, 36, 37, Cyberspace Overture, Battleground, & Lyric Prelude.  The recordings are on our website and online.
    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 this week is on Thursday and is over etude #2 on the WMEA All-State tryout sheet.
    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, Curse of Tut, Jurassic, Avenger, Two Selections, Sugar Creek, all of your music.

    8th Grade Band
    The test this week is on Thursday and is over etude #2 on the WMEA All-State tryout 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: Winds of Change, Star Wars, Rites of Tamburo, Ashokan, Pirates

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Bands
    Congratulations on an outstanding year!!  I’m looking forward to hearing the 8th graders at the high school next year and excited to combine the 6th and 7th graders into next year’s band.
    Jazz Band is over for the year.  Get some rest and keep practicing!

    6th Grade Jazz Band
    Congratulations on an outstanding year!!  I’m looking forward to hearing the 8th graders at the high school next year and excited to combine the 6th and 7th graders into next year’s band.
    Jazz Band is over for the year.  Get some rest and keep practicing!

    This is a link to our calendar of events 2016-2017
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lms-bands-dates-for-16-17.pdf 

    Upcoming events:

    May 23-24 – Full Orchestra Rehearsal for the concert on the 25th – all 8th grade band and 7th/8th grade string orchestra members – (3:00-3:30pm – LMS Commons)

    May 25 – Spring Band Concert, 7th and 8th grade Concert Bands and 7th/8th grade String and Full Orchestras – (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

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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.