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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – January 3 – January 5

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, January 3 – January 5:

    • Practice slips are due Monday, January 8  for all band students!
    Here is the link to print the 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

    •The CDs and DVDs from the winter concert are finished and will be handed out to your child during class on Wednesday.  Great performance!!

    • All Bands - Do you need reeds?  Do you need valve oil? Do you need cleaning supplies for your instrument? I’ve set up a link to purchase those items.  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

    • Looking ahead, we will have our Solo and Small Ensemble Festival Saturday, February 3 here at LMS. 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in performing and receiving a short adjudication should speak to Mr. Covill as soon as possible. I can help pick out music, or students taking private lessons should choose music with your tutor. Our judges this year are, Sofia Tegart (woodwinds) and Martin King (brass/percussion). This is an optional event, but is a great opportunity to perform in a small ensemble setting (or as a soloist) and receive an adjudication.

    • 6th Grade Band –
    pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.  I like to push the band to try to master one page a week so this week’s focus page is 15.  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 Thursday is over #38 on page 13 (throwback).

    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, Db, C and F scales.
    Practice:  Start getting ready for the Solo/Ensemble Festival and Large Group Festival!
    Test – The test this Thursday is over the Bb harmonic minor concert scale.
    7th – Talons of Fire
    8th – Legend of Danny Boy

    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 1
    Practice: Willo’ Wisp, Hamp’s Boogie, Second Line.

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


    Upcoming events:

    January 12 – Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (9:00am - LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 3 – Solo/Ensemble Festival – (LMS – times tba), 7th & 8th graders are eligible – Black and White Concert Attire

    February 23 (The Festival administration has changed this to Friday instead of Thursday) – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (UI Campus, time tba) – Black and White Concert Attire NEED CHAPERONES – EMAIL MR. COVILL IF INTERESTED

    March 9 – Washington State University Concert Band Festival, 8th grade concert band – (school day - WSU) – Black and White Concert Attire

    March 15 – South Eastern Washington Music Educators Association Large Group Festival, 7th/8th grade concert bands – (school day - Garfield/Palouse) – Black and White Concert Attire  NEED CHAPERONES – EMAIL MR. COVILL IF INTERESTED

    March 27 – LMS Concert, 6th grade concert band & 7th/8th grade Jazz Band – (school day - Garfield/Palouse) – 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 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


    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.