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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – February 4 – February 8

    Hello LMS Band parents/students: â€¨â€¨Items to note this week, February 4 – February 8:

    Practice slips are due Monday, February 4 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-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.

    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/

    Huge congratulations go out to all of the participants in this years SEWMEA solo and small ensemble festival on Saturday. All of the students who participated played exceptionally well. The judges had nothing but high praise for all of the students. Super job everyone.

    6th Grade Band - The focus page for this week is page 22. The test for this Thursday is – #83 on page 22.The students should be practicing: Pages 29, 36 and Mozart Alleluia

    7th and 8th grade bands -Students should be warming up on these scales – Bb, Eb, Ab & Db harmonic minor scales (b3 & b6.) Also, play through all chorales 1-8 as a warm up.The students should be practicing: 7th – Furioso, Avenger, Fields of Clover, – 8th – The Sleeping Place of the Stars, White River Canyon, Sedona, Legend of Danny Boy, Carmen, Barber of SevilleThe test for this Thursday is – #105 on the rhythm sheet I handed out.

    7th and 8th grade Jazz band Students should be practicing: El Camino, Here’s That Rainy Day, Steam Shuffle, Breezin’, 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

    Upcoming events:
    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 - LMS Concert – 6th grade concert band and 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (7:30pm LMS Commons) – 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.