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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – November 5 – November 9

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, November 5 – November 9:

    Practice slips are due Monday, November 5 for all bands! This is the first turn in for the 2nd quarter. Remember, 100 minutes per week practice time is required.  Here is the link to print the slip - http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip

    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 is required!  Your child can always retrieve a practice slip from our website as well as in the band and choir rooms.

    A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Kei Bromley and Steven Randall for being chosen from hundreds upon hundreds of students who auditioned for the Washington Music Educators Association Jr. All-State Large Ensemble.  They will perform toward the end of February in Vancouver.  Superb playing you two!

    Here is the link to purchase reeds and accessories for all of the instruments in the band program. http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/reeds-accessories-for-all-instruments/

    6th Grade Band –
    If you haven’t done it yet, please read through this document with your child –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
    The focus page for this week is page 13.
    The test for this Thursday is “Bile Them Cabbage Down” on page 12.
    Vocabulary test is on Friday – Divisi – Fermata –

    7th and 8th grade bands –
    Students should be practicing Bb, Eb, Ab & Db scales.
    The students should be practicing:
    7th – Woodwork Factory, Believe – 8th – A Caribbean Christmas, Cantique de Noel, Fantasy on an English Carol, Christmas Time is Here, Sedona
    The test for this Thursday is Long Tone Time
    Vocabulary test is on Friday – Divisi – Fermata –

    7th and 8th grade Jazz band 
    Students should be practicing: Wonderland Swings, Finding You Here, Steam Shuffle, Breezin’ and Doctor Cool.

    Here is the link to our calendar of events 2018-2019  –

    Upcoming events:

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

    November 9 – 7th/8th Concert Band will perform the Veteran’s Day assembly (9:15a.m. – LMS Gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 1 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast (morning – LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 6 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the Kiwanis Luncheon/Meeting (school day) – Black and White Concert Attire

    December 19 – Winter Concert – 6th, 7th, 8th grade concert bands and 7th/8th grade Jazz band –  (morning – 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.