Notes from Mr. C â€“ LMS Bands â€“ September 4 â€“ September 7
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week,Â September 4 â€“ September 4 – September 7:
â€¢ Welcome back to the Lincoln Middle School BandÂ Program!!
â€¢ Practice slipsÂ will be dueÂ September 10thÂ for 7th and 8th graders! Start keeping track this week!Â I will let 6th graders know when their first turn in day is soon. Here is the link to printÂ the slipÂ -Â http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
â€¢Please encourage your child to be responsible for coming to you to get the slip signed, not the other way around! 100 minutes per week isÂ required!Â Your child can always retrieve a practice slip from our website as well as in the band and choir rooms.
â€¢Always visitÂ www.lmsmusic.orgÂ for lots of information about theÂ LMS Band Program
â€¢ 6th Grade Band -Â Welcome!Â You will receive another email today with information specifically for you.Â I will also be sending home aÂ â€œHow to Practiceâ€Â guide with the students.Â If they misplace it, please read through this one –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
Please take a look at this document with them.
If your childÂ hasn’t yet secured an instrument and book,Â please make sure thatÂ happens as soon as possible. Â If you have contacted me about an instrument, I will get back to you soon!
â€¢TheÂ 7th and 8th grade bandsÂ are sounding GREAT (113 students in the marching band). TheyÂ should be practicing Bb, Eb and Ab scales. All students need to be memorizingÂ Parade America and Power of Love.Â The students should also be practicing Swashbucklerâ€™s March which was handed out last week and will be receiving more music this week.
â€¢ 7th and 8th grade Jazz bandÂ will start on Tuesday, September 11thÂ atÂ 7:30am in the band room! This band is open to any and all 7thÂ and 8thÂ grade band students. We meet throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
â€¢I am very excited for the new school year! There is a lot of enthusiasm in all grades andÂ exactly 200Â students in the band program here atÂ LMS this year. I think you will be impressed with theÂ caliber of the musicians you’ll hear at the concerts!!!
Here is the link to our calendar of events 2015-2016Â Â – I apologize for all of the incorrect dates on the first calendar. Â I must have been looking at the wrong year.
October (early TBA) â€“Â Jr. All-State Auditions need to be completed by this date.Â (8thÂ graders)
October 11 –Â This is our annual March in October Concert featuring the 7th/8th grade marching and concert bands. (7:30pm -Â LMS gymnasium) â€“Â Black and White Concert Attire
October 20 –Â The 7th/8th grade marching band will march in the UI Homecoming Parade in Moscow. (Saturday morning)Â â€“ Black Pants, Wind Breaker Provided
November 7 –Â 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus)Â – Black and White Concert Attire
Follow us!Â Keep up to date on whatâ€™s happening with theÂ LMS BandsÂ â€“Â Facebook and TwitterÂ 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.
Thank you for all of your support of theÂ LMS Bands this year!Â
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 â€œcan doâ€ 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 â€” if cultivated â€” can lead to great understanding of oneâ€™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.