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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – March 19 – March 23

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, March 19 – March 23:

    • Practice slips are due Monday, March 19 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.

    • 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

    • Congratulations to all 7th & 8th graders who participated in the SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival last Thursday.  Both groups received the highest rating of 1 “Superior” ratings!
    Also, many, many thanks to every parent who supported the groups by chaperoning.  As you know, we could not have taken this trip without you.

    • 6th Grade Band –
    pages 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24.  I like to push the band to try to master one page a week so this week’s focus page is 16.  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!
    The test on Wednesday is over #3, page 38.
    “Crater Lake Overture”, “Mt. Rainier March”, “Celebration for Winds”, “Cardiff Castle”, “When the Saints…”, page 23 and page 36.
    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 major scales and Bb, Eb and Ab harmonic minor scales (b3, b6).
    Test – The test this week is one octave chromatic scale starting on concert “Bb” .
    7th – Acclamations, Lion King, Canon of Peace, The Olympic Spirit
    8th – Whale Warriors, John Williams, Dorian Rhapsody, Engines of Resistance
    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
    Alright, Okay, You Win, Swing Machine, Willo’ Wisp, Hamp’s Boogie, Second Line, One-Eyed Jack,

    • 6th grade Jazz Band
    Rehearsals start Monday, March 5 at 7:30am in the band room (806) and will meet every Monday and Wednesday throughout the Spring.
    Switch-a-Roonie, Groovin’ Outta the Blues

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


    Upcoming events:

    March 27 – Almost Spring Concert, 6th grade concert band & 7th/8th grade Jazz Band – (7:30pm - LMS commons) – Black and White Concert Attire 

    April 20 – Earth Day Assembly, 8th grade concert band – (school day – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    May 3 – Spring Concert, 6th grade concert band, 6th grade Jazz band & 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (7:30pm - LMS commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    May 24 – Spring Concert, 7th and 8th grade concert bands & 7th/8th grade Orchestra – (7:30pm - LMS gymnasium) – 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.