Notes from Mr. C â€“ LMS Bands â€“ February 25 – March 1
Hello LMS Band parents/students: â€¨â€¨Items to note this week, February 25 – March 1:
Practice slips are due Monday, February 25 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.
A much deserved congratulations is in order for jazz band one on their performance at this years Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival last Saturday. The students played with a lot of musicality and impressed the judges. Spencer Martin was our clinician and had a lot of really great things to tell the group. 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 – The focus page for this week is page 24. The test for this Thursday is – the first eight measures of the solo on page #34.The students should be practicing: Pages 29, 36 and Mozart Alleluia
7th and 8th grade bands -Students should be warming up on these scales – F, G, D, A Also, play through all chorales 1-12 as a warm up.The students should be practicing: 7th – Furioso, Avenger, Fields of Clover, Fire Dance, Thames Valley March, Acclamations – 8th – The Sleeping Place of the Stars, White River Canyon, Sedona, Legend of Danny Boy, Carmen, Barber of Seville. We will perform Danny Boy and First Suite in Eb for the Washington State University Concert Band Festival on Friday March 8th.The test for this Thursday is – the F concert major scale.
7th and 8th grade Jazz band Students should be practicing: El Camino, Hereâ€™s That Rainy Day, Steam Shuffle, Breezinâ€™, Doctor Cool and Splanky.
Here is the link to our calendar of events 2018-2019 -http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/lms-bands-dates-for-18-19.pdf
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 – LMS Concert – 6th grade concert band and 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (7:30pm LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire
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Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
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.