Notes from Mr. C â€“ LMS Bands â€“ January 22 – January 25
Hello LMS Band parents/students: â€¨â€¨Items to note this week, January 22 – January 25:
Practice slips are due Monday, January 14 for all bands! Remember, 100 minutes per week practice time is required. Here is the link to print the slip – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slipâ€¨
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.
Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade jazz band on an outstanding performance last Thursday for the Martin Luther King Tribute. Great job everyone.
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 -Â The focus page for this week is page 20. The test for this Thursday is – #103 on the rhythm sheet I handed out.The students should be practicing: Pages 29, 36Friday vocabulary quiz is – Simile (sim.) – Subito â€” http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/music-vocab-Sheet-1.pdf
7th and 8th grade bandsÂ -StudentsÂ should be warming up on these scales – Bb, Eb, Ab & Db harmonic minor scales (b3 & b6.) Also, play through all chorales as a warm up.The students should be practicing: 7th – Furioso, Avenger – 8th – White River Canyon, Sedona, Legend of Danny Boy, CarmenThe test for this Thursday is – #103 on the rhythm sheet I handed out.Friday vocabulary quiz is – Simile (sim.) – Subito â€” http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/music-vocab-Sheet-1.pdf
7th and 8th grade Jazz bandÂ Students should be practicing: Finding You Here, Steam Shuffle, Breezinâ€™ and Doctor Cool. Splanky
Here is the link to our calendar of events 2018-2019Â Â -http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/lms-bands-dates-for-18-19.pdf
February 2 -Â District Solo/Small Ensemble Festival – 7th and 8th graders are eligible (morning – LMS)
February 22 – Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (all day – UI Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire
March 8 – WSU Concert Band Festival – 8th grade concert band – (time tba – WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire
March 21 – SEWMEA Large Group Festival – 7th and 8th grade concert bands – (time tba – Palouse) – Black and White Concert Attire
March 26 -Â LMS Concert – 6th grade concert band and 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (7:30pm LMS Commons)Â – Black and White Concert Attire
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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.