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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – October 23 – October 27

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, October 23 – October 27:

    • Practice slips are due Monday, October 23 for all band students!
    Here is the link to print the slip - 
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip

    •Practice Slips – 100 minutes per week is required!  Your child can always download a practice slip from our website as well as picking one up in the band and choir rooms.

    •Always visit www.lmsmusic.org for lots of information about the LMS Band Program

    •This is Conference Week!  Mrs. Covill and I like to hold student lead conferences which allow for conversations between you and your child as to what they are learning in class and also gives an open dialogue pertaining to missing work.  We will be holding the student lead conferences in room 806 for all students.

    • 6th Grade Band - I’m in the process of adding more accessories to a page that will allow you to purchase reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies etc. from Amazon.  Here is the link – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/reeds-accessories-for-all-instruments/

    Here is a link to instruments for rent and purchase. click here

    Practice: pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.  I like to try to master one page a week so this week’s focus page is… pages 9, 10 & 11.  If the student cannot play the beginning pages easily, the rest of the book is going to be a struggle.  PLEASE make sure the first few pages are mastered!

    Test: The test on Wednesday and Thursday will be over #41 to the end of “Holiday Sampler” on page 11.

    Here is a link to our “How to Practice” guide.  Please read through this with your parents –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf

    •7th and 8th Grade Bands –
    They should be practicing Bb, Eb, Ab and Db scales.
    Practice:  New Music this week to start preparing for the Winter Concert on December 12.
    7th – Flourish, Christmas Couplet
    8th – All Through the Silent Night, Polar Express

    I’m in the process of adding more accessories to a page that will allow you to purchase reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies etc. from Amazon.  Here is the link – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/reeds-accessories-for-all-instruments/

    Here is a link to our “How to Practice” guide.  Please read through this with your parents –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf

    • 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 
    Practice: Hamp’s Boogie, Quiet Steps and Second Line.  Our first performance will be for the WSU Jazz Festival  on Wednesday, November 1, early morning.  WSU Jazz Festival Jazz Band 1 assumption of responsibility | itinerary

    Here is the link to our calendar of events 2017-2018  –

    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/lms-bands-dates-for-17-18-.pdf

    Upcoming events:

    November 1 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 2 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (tba - LMS commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 12 – 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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    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 100 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 200 likes.

    Website - Facebook - Twitter

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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.