Practice Slip Due:

Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – June 19 – June 14:

Hello LMS Band parents/students: 

Items to note this week, June 10 – June 14:

First of all I want to say thank you to all parents and community members who made this year fantastic with the LMS student musicians. I have been filing all the music that we have done throughout this year and boy was there a lot of music played.  I had such a great time with this group of kids and I’m looking forward to next year already.

A couple bookkeeping things:

Please remind your child if they have been borrowing a school instrument to bring it back by Wednesday.

Also remind your child that if they still have their personal instrument at school to take it home by Wednesday. We will be cleaning out all of the band lockers on Thursday!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Lentil Festival Parade on August 17.  We will have two rehearsals with any middle school students who have been in band and any high school students who have been in band on August 15 and 16 from 9 AM to 10 AM at Lincoln middle school.  I will send out a reminder email at the beginning of August.

Upcoming events:

June 10-13 – MAPC (musical analysis in  popular cinema )

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Follow us! Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands â€“ 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.

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Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year! 

Mr. Covill

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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.