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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – April 22 – April 26

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:

    Items to note this week, April 22 – April 26:

    Practice slips are due Monday, April 22 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-ins…/

    There is a concert this Thursday, April 25, for the eighth grade band. I will send home a reminder notice either today or tomorrow that will have all the information. Just know that we’re meeting at the high school at 6:30 p.m. dressed in black-and-white.

    6th Grade Band –
    The focus pages for this week are 31.
    The test for this Thursday is – #122, pg. 31
    The students should be practicing:
    Pages 34-35, Fiesta Mexicali, Cyberspace Overture, Battleground

    7th and 8th grade bands –
    Students should be warming up on these scales – F, C, G, D, A, E Also, play through all chorales 1-12 as a warm up.
    The students should be practicing:
    7th – Prehistoric Suite, Fiesta Mexicali, 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, Magic Flute.
    The test for this Thursday is – the circle of fourths with arpeggios.

    7th and 8th grade Jazz band
    Students should be practicing: Phat Kat, Avacado, Drum Boogie

    6th grade Jazz band Students should be practicing: Switch-a-Rooney and Tardy Bell Blues, My Funny Valentine
    Here are links to the blues scales that we are using to solo.
    F (Switch a Roonie) http://lmsmusic.org/jazzdialogue/F%20Blues%20scales.pdf
    Eb (Tardy Bell Blues) http://lmsmusic.org/jazzdialogue/Eb%20Blues%20scales.pdf

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

    Upcoming events:

    April 25 – LMS/PHS Concert – 8th grade concert band and PHS concert band – (7:30pm PHS Auditorium) – Black and White Concert Attire

    April 30 – LMS Concert – 6th grade concert band, 6th grade Jazz band and 7th/8th grade Jazz band – (7:30pm LMS Commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

    June 3 – LMS Concert – 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band, 7th/8th string orchestra and 7th/8th grade full orchestra – (7:30pm 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.