Notes from Mr. C â€“ LMS Bands â€“ March118 – March 22
Hello LMS Band parents/students: â€¨â€¨Items to note this week, March 18 – March 22:
Practice slips are due Monday, March 18 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.
The 7th and 8th grade concert band students will be participating in the Southeast Washington Music Educatorâ€™s Association Large Ensemble festival in Palouse on Thursday, March 21st. I am hoping that some parents would be willing to chaperone. Please email me if you are able to help us out!Â Here is a link to the itinerary – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/assumption-of-responsibility-19.pdfÂ
Also, if your child hasnâ€™t yet given you this itinerary nor the assumption of responsibility form, here is a link for the downloads – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/downloads/forms/Â
Please get the assumption of responsibility form back to me by Monday and let me know if you can come with us!
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 pages for this week is page 27.The test for this Friday is – the second scale on page #36.The students should be practicing: Pages 29, 34-35, 36, March Onward and Mozart Alleluia
There will be new pieces this week.
7th and 8th grade bandsÂ -StudentsÂ should be warming up on these scales – F, C, 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.
The test for this Friday is – the G concert major scale.
7th and 8th grade Jazz bandÂ Students should be practicing: Phat Kat, Avacado, El Camino, Hereâ€™s That Rainy Day, Steam Shuffle, Breezinâ€™, Doctor Cool and Splanky.
6th grade Jazz bandÂ
We have had an amazing start to this jazz band. Really, really good students in this class. I’ll see you all tomorrow bright and early. Students should be practicing:Â Switch-a-Rooney and Tardy Bell Blues
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
March 21 -Â SEWMEA Large Group Festival – 7th and 8th grade concert bands – (time tba – Palouse)Â – let me know if you can chaperone! 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 Attireâ€¨
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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.