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Week of April 29th

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LMS Orchestras

I am sorry that there was no weekly update last week. I had some technical difficulties!

Congratulations to the 6th graders on an AMAZING concert on the 18th! You all sounded fantastic and I am so proud of you!

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/29 (100 minutes.)

Each class will have a playing test this week. For each of the classes, students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 of the unit or lines 3 and 4. Grading criteria are as follows:

Counting out loud 2.5 points

Rhythms/bowings 2.5 points

Intonation/fingering 2.5 points

Posture/position 2.5 points

Total: 10 points

6th grade will have a test over Unit 18 on Thursday, 5/2

7th grade will have a test over Unit 36 on Friday, 5/3

8th grade will have a test over Unit 48 on Thursday, 5/2

We have some extra credit concert opportunities coming up:

4/30, 7:30 pm LMS Commons: LMS 6th grade Concert Band and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Jazz Bands
5/3 and 5/4, 7:00 pm PHS Auditorium: PHS Choirs Rock Show
5/8, 7:30 pm, PHS Auditorium: PHS Orchestras Spring Concert

The 7th and 8th grade Orchestra and Band final concert has a DIFFERENT date. (This is different from the date that I’ve sent out already.) We had to make a change because we were conflicting with the PHS Senior Awards night. So, the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra and Band final concert will be Monday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym. I apologize for all of the changes!

PHS Orchestras

I am sorry that there was no weekly update last week. I had some technical difficulties!

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/29 (150 minutes.) The end of the grading period is Friday, 5/3.

Lettering Point Sheets and Senior Information sheets are due Wednesday, 5/1.

Seniors (or senior parents): Please email me a picture of yourself when you were young with your instrument. My email address is kcovill@psd267.org.

Our Spring concert and awards ceremony will be Wednesday, 5/8 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. This concert will feature the Gray and Blue Orchestras. It’s going to be a great event! Bring your friends and neighbors!

For those students who are going on our trip, please return your permission form ASAP if you haven’t already and bring your trip fee to Mrs. Lacy in the main office.


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Week of April 8th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips for practice time during the week of 3/25 are due Monday, 4/8 (100 minutes.) Any time practicing over Spring Break is extra credit.

Students signed up for electives for next year this week. I want to again put in a “plug” for Orchestra.  I know LMS has a lot of great elective offerings, however, continued study in music is very beneficial for students in every way. Students benefit academically, socially, and emotionally from participating in music classes in school. I highly encourage the students to stay with Orchestra!

6th graders have a couple of other extra credit opportunities: Spring Break Bingo and Crack the Code.

7th and 8th graders will perform for 5th grade visits on Wednesday, 4/10. We will perform in the morning and afternoon. Students do not need to wear concert clothing, just regular school clothing is fine.

7th and 8th graders will go to WSU on Friday, 4/12 with the 8th grade Band for a clinic with Dr. Boden and Dr. Pham on our Full Orchestra music. (We did not get to perform this for Large Group Festival, so we are doing this activity in place of that.) If any parents would like to help us transport cellos and basses, please let me know. Parents are welcome to come and listen to the performance; we will be in room 115 of Kimbrough music building. Students received the itinerary and assumption of responsibility forms for this trip this past week.

6th graders have a concert coming up on Thursday, 4/18 in the Main Gym at LMS. This concert will also feature the Elementary Beginning and Advanced Orchestras. Students should be at LMS by 7:00 pm and meet in room 806 for tuning and warm up. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing. It’s going to be a great concert!

Another reminder about the concert date change: the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra concert that was scheduled for May 23rd has been moved to June 4th. Please be sure to make this change on your calendars.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips for practice time during the week of 3/25 are due Monday, 4/8 (150 minutes.) Any time practicing over Spring Break is extra credit.

Blue Orchestra students received Letter Point sheets this past week. They are due Wednesday, 5/1.

Our end-of-year concert is Wednesday, 5/8 at 7:30 pm the PHS Auditorium. This concert will feature the Gray and Blue Orchestras and we will also honor our Seniors at this concert.

Congratulations to the Gray Orchestra for earning I (Superior) ratings at the SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival in Washtucna on March 26th! The students played extremely well! A big thank you to Heather Carter and Karine Wacker for chaperoning the trip.


Week of March 25th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/25. Third quarter ends on Friday, 4/12.  

Students will turn in their practice slip from the week of 3/25 when we return from Spring Break on 4/8. Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

6th graders will finish up their Unit 16 tests on Monday, 3/25.

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students on their fantastic performance at the SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival on Thursday, 3/20. The students did an amazing job performing, and received Superior (I) ratings. One judge actually marked them as a I+ rating. They were also excellent audience members for the next ensemble who performed; very respectful and polite. Way to go 7th and 8th graders!

The 6th graders have a concert coming up: Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 pm in the LMS Gymnasium. This concert will also feature the Beginning and Advanced Elementary Orchestras. It’s going to be a great show!

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/25 (150 minutes.)

Students will turn in their practice time from the week of 3/25 when we return from Spring Break of 4/8. Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

Gray Orchestra students will go to the Large Ensemble Festival in Washtucna this Tuesday, 3/26. There has been a slight change in the schedule, as one of the directors asked if we could switch performance times. Our departure and arrival times are the same. Please turn permission slips in by Monday.

Gray Orchestra students will do their Blue Orchestra audition/playing test on Thursday and Friday, 3/28 and 3/29. Students will play 2 scales and a short excerpt, “Turkish March.” We have been working on these in class. The scales are:

Violins: A major and a minor
Violas: D major and d minor
Cellos: D major and e minor
Basses: F major and e minor

The Blue Orchestra trip in May is taking shape. Here is the plan so far:

May 16: Leave PHS late morning, go to “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Village Theatre in Issaquah (7 pm) then go to hotel
May 17: Go to the MoPop (10:30 am) and then go to Seattle Center. Go to the Seattle Symphony concert, “Classic Albums Live Presents: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” (8:00 pm)
May 18: Morning: go to Pike Place Market, head back to Pullman late morning

I am working on details, e.g. hotel and perhaps one more activity for Saturday such as the Pacific Science Center , plus the total cost per student. It would be very helpful to me to get a firm commitment from students on this trip (yes or no) by April 10. Reserving tickets and hotel rooms is easier when I have a concrete number of participants. Thanks for your help with this!


Week of March 18th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/18 (100 minutes.)

Extra credit concerts:

PHS Choirs, 3/18 at 7:00 pm, PHS Auditorium

LMS Bands, 3/26 at 7:30 pm, LMS Gymnasium

6th graders will have a test over Unit 16 on Wednesday, 3/20. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Many thanks to the 7th and 8th graders who were able to attend our after school rehearsals this past Wednesday and Thursday. Students should be sure to add that time onto their practice slip.

7th and 8th graders received an itinerary and permission slip for Large Ensemble festival on Wednesday of this past week. Please be sure to return the permission slip ASAP. Parents are welcome to attend our performances. The students are sounding fantastic! We will be going to Palouse Elementary/High School on Thursday the 21st. The address is 600 E Alder St. in Palouse. Students need to wear their concert black and white clothing to school and be sure to bring their instrument, music, shoulder rest/endpin holder, snacks, etc. The schedule is below:

10:55 am       Eat lunch during 6th grade lunchtime
11:20 am       Board bus
11:30 am       Leave LMS
12:15 pm       7th grade Band Warm up
12:40 pm       7th grade Band Performance
1:05 pm         8th grade Band Warm up
1:30 pm         8th grade Band performance and 7th/8th Orchestra Warm Up
1:55 pm         7th/8th Orchestra performance
2:20 pm         Combined Orchestra/Band perform
3:00 pm         Leave Palouse

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/18 (150 minutes.)

Great job to all students on our concerts during the day this past week! Thanks to those parents and family members who were able to attend. The links to the performances are copied below again in case anyone didn’t get a chance to see them from my earlier email.

Gray Orchestra:

Winter Orchestra Performance — Grey

March 12th, 2019

Posted by Doug Winchell on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blue Orchestra:

Winter Orchestra Performance — Blue

March 12th, 2019

Posted by Doug Winchell on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Gray Orchestra will travel to the SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival in Washtucna on Tuesday, 3/26. We will leave PHS at about 8:15 and return a little bit before 3:00 pm. I will hand out an itinerary and permission form this coming week.

Congratulations to all of the students who performed in “The Wizard of Oz!” Outstanding job!

Gray Orchestra students need to be sure to turn in their sweatshirt money to Grace P. in class by this Friday, 3/22.  Checks can be payable to “BarTees.” Sizes S-XL is $20, 2XL is $22 and personalization (optional) is an added $5. We need at least 20 orders to get this pricing; please consider ordering!

Extra credit concert:

PHS Choirs, 3/18 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium

Congratulations to Julia Jitkov, in Blue Orchestra. She was selected to perform a ballet solo through Ballet Arts Academy for the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane. She performed “The Dying Swan” from Swan Lake by Camille Saint-Saens with the famous cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Greg Presley. Attached is the link to a video (with Julia’s permission); it is truly beautiful! Bravo Julia!  


Week of March 11th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/11 (100 minutes.)

Great job to all students for their in-school concert performances this past Thursday! Thanks to all who were able to attend. Here are links to the performances:
6th grade: https://youtu.be/5LLdUx267sE

7/8 grade: https://youtu.be/iDWpJXBqaU8

The 6th and 7th grade students will be hearing from counselors in the coming week or so about elective choices for next year. I just wanted to put in a “plug” for Orchestra! Each successive year, the students get better and better and we get to do more things in each year of Orchestra. I hope to be able to continue to teach these kids next year! They are great!

The PHS counselors will also be visiting 8th grade English classes in the next couple of weeks. I am hoping that all of our 8th graders will continue on into the PHS Gray Orchestra. They are a great group and I’m looking forward to being able to teach them when they are at PHS.

In preparation for Large Ensemble Festival, the 7th and 8th graders will have a couple of after school rehearsals next week with the 8th grade Band. We will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, the 13th and 14th in the Commons from 3:00-3:30. Students should be there if at all possible. This time can be added to their weekly practice slip.

7th and 8th grade Orchestra students will travel to Palouse on Thursday, 3/21 for SEWMEA Large Ensemble Festival. We currently have plenty of chaperones/drivers, thank you to Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Dreewes, Mrs. Carter, and Mrs. Schertenleib. Parents/families/friends are more than welcome to attend the performance even if you are not a chaperone.  The schedule is below:

12:15 pm              7th grade Band Warm up
12:40 pm              7th grade Band Performance
1:05 pm                 8th grade Band Warm Up
1:30 pm                 8th grade Band Performance and 7th/8th Orchestra Warm Up
1:55 pm                 7th/8th Orchestra Performance
2:20 pm                 Combined Orchestra/Band perform

Be on the Lookout for an Itinerary and Permission form for this trip that will be sent home and needs to come back filled out and signed.

Extra Credit opportunity: PHS Drama Club is presenting “The Wizard of Oz” March  8, 9 and 14, 15, 16 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. There will also be 2 matinee performances on the 9th and 16th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. This would count as an extra credit concert.

One more reminder about a schedule change: the 7th and 8th graders will have their Spring Instrumental Finale on June 4th rather than May 23rd.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/11 (150 minutes.) The end of the term is Thursday, 3/14.

Here are some specifics regarding our upcoming performances during the school day, which will be next Tuesday, March 12th during zero period and first period in the PHS auditorium. Parents/families are welcome to attend the “live” performances. Mr. Winchell/his students will be recording these performances which will then be accessible on the Hound Central/PHS Orchestra Facebook pages. (Thank you to Mr. Winchell for doing this for us!)

Blue Orchestra class meets from 7:15-8:10. After setting up and tuning/warm-up, I think we will likely begin by about 7:35. We have approximately 15-20 minutes of music.

Gray Orchestra class meets from 8:20-9:45. After tuning and warm up, I think we will likely begin by about 8:40. We have approximately 20 minutes of music.

Students do not need to wear their concert clothing, regular school clothing is fine.

Thanks for your patience and understanding with this crazy winter weather! I am glad that we will get a chance to perform, and that parents and families will be able to hear the music, whether it’s live or recorded.  

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Extra Credit opportunity: PHS Drama Club is presenting “The Wizard of Oz” March  8, 9 and 14, 15, 16 at 7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium. There will also be 2 matinee performances on the 9th and 16th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. This would count as an extra credit concert.


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Due to current weather and predicted wind/snow, the decision was made to cancel/postpone tonight’s Orchestra concert. I will keep everyone updated as to the plans for re-scheduling.


Week of February 25th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/25 (100 minutes.)

Upcoming concert:

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black and white. This concert will feature 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra students as well as both PHS Orchestras. LMS students will meet in the Orchestra room for tuning and warm up.

After performing, students should put away instruments, and then go into the auditorium to listen to the remaining groups. Students should NOT hang out in the choir room or roam about in the school.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.

We have a half day this Wednesday, 2/27. We will have odd periods, so 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra but 6th graders will not.

The 7th and 8th grade orchestra students will be participating in the Southeast Washington Music Educator’s Association Large Ensemble festival in Palouse on Thursday, March 21st. I am hoping that some parents would be willing to transport cellos and basses for us to and from the event and/or chaperone. Please email me if you are able to help us out! I don’t have an exact time schedule at this point, but should know by the first week of March.

Concert date change for 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students: The May 23rd concert has been changed to June 4thdue to a scheduling conflict. The concert will still be at 7:30 pm in the Main Gym of LMS. I apologize for any inconvenience.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/25 (150 minutes.)

After all of the delays and snow days, I did finally get the fundraiser information sent in. I expect that we will have our items delivered by this Friday, 3/1 or the following Monday, 3/4.


Upcoming concert:

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black. This concert will feature both PHS Orchestras as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestras of LMS. PHS students will meet in the Choir room for tuning and warm up.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.


Week of February 20th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Wednesday, 2/20 (100 minutes.)

Congratulations to Lily Mielke for an outstanding job with the Washington Junior All State Orchestra this past weekend! Way to go Lily…we are proud of you!

Upcoming concert:

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black and white. This concert will feature 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestra students as well as both PHS Orchestras. LMS students will meet in the choir room for tuning and warm up.

After performing, students should put away instruments, and then go into the auditorium to listen to the remaining groups. Students should NOT hang out in the choir room or roam about in the school.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.

The 7th and 8th grade orchestra students will be participating in the Southeast Washington Music Educator’s Association Large Ensemble festival in Palouse on Thursday, March 21st. I am hoping that some parents would be willing to transport cellos and basses for us to and from the event and/or chaperone. Please email me if you are able to help us out! I don’t have an exact time schedule at this point, but should know by the first week of March.

Concert date change for 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students: The May 23rd concert has been changed to June 4thdue to a scheduling conflict. The concert will still be at 7:30 pm in the Main Gym of LMS. I apologize for any inconvenience.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Wednesday, 2/20 (150 minutes.)

Congratulations to Heaven Gebremedhin and Rebekah Heo who performed with the All State and All Northwest Orchestras, respectively, this past weekend! Way to go Heaven and Rebekah…we are proud of you!

Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 pm in the PHS Auditorium. Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm in their concert black. This concert will feature both PHS Orchestras as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Orchestras of LMS. PHS students will meet in the orchestra room for tuning and warm up.

Concert clothing expectations: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please adhere to these concert clothing guidelines.


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