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Hello LMS Band parents/students:

Items to note this week, October 16 – October 20:

Practice slips are due Monday, October 16 for all band students!
Here is the link to print the slip – 
http://www.band.lmsmusic.org/practice-slip

CONGRATULATIONS to the 7th/8th Grade Concert Band & Marching Band for their performance for the annual “March in October” concert.  Fantastic job everyone!

•Practice Slips – 100 minutes per week is required!  Your child can always download a practice slip from our website as well as picking one up in the band and choir rooms.

•Always visit www.lmsmusic.org for lots of information about the LMS Band Program

•All bands will be completing worksheets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for next week.  Please remember to have something with which to write!!

• 6th Grade Band – I’m in the process of adding more accessories to a page that will allow you to purchase reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies etc. from Amazon.  Here is the link – http://www.band.lmsmusic.org/reeds-accessories-for-all-instruments/ 
Here is a link to instruments for rent and purchase. click here
Practice:
pages 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10.  I like to try to master one page a week so this week’s focus page is… pages 9, 10 & 11.  If the student cannot play the beginning pages easily, the rest of the book is going to be a struggle.  PLEASE make sure the first few pages are mastered!
Test: The test on Thursday will be over #31 on page 10.
Here is a link to our “How to Practice” guide.  Please read through this with your parents –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf

7th and 8th Grade Bands –
They should be practicing Bb, Eb, Ab and Db scales. All students need to have memorized Parade America.
Practice:  New Music this week to start preparing for the Winter Concert on December 12.
I’m in the process of adding more accessories to a page that will allow you to purchase reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies etc. from Amazon.  Here is the link – http://www.band.lmsmusic.org/reeds-accessories-for-all-instruments/
Here is a link to our “How to Practice” guide.  Please read through this with your parents –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf

• 7th and 8th grade Jazz band 
Practice: Hamp’s Boogie, Quiet Steps and Second Line.  Our first performance will be for the WSU Jazz Festival  on Wednesday, November 1, early morning.  WSU Jazz Festival Jazz Band 1 assumption of responsibility | itinerary

Here is the link to our calendar of events 2017-2018  –

http://www.band.lmsmusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/lms-bands-dates-for-17-18-.pdf

Upcoming events:

November 1 – 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform at the WSU Jazz Festival (morning – Kimbrough Concert Hall, WSU Campus) – Black and White Concert Attire

December 2 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (tba – LMS commons) – Black and White Concert Attire

December 12 – Winter Concert featuring 6th grade concert band, 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band, 7th/8th grade Jazz band 1 – (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire

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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

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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.


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