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Schedule & News

For the week of January 8th


Wind Symphony – Woodwinds

3:45pm – 5:30pm



Chamber Group – Saxophone

5:30pm – 6:30pm



LBA Parent Meeting




* Register for M2 (see below)




District Band and Jazz Auditions

5:30pm – 9:30pm

Tates Creek HS


*Parent Volunteers needed for Auditions (see below)




Winter Guard Rehearsal

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Clays Mill Elem.


Spin Club

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Clays Mill Elem.


Wind Symphony – Brass

3:45pm – 5:30pm



Chamber Group – Clarinet

5:30pm – 6:30pm



Chamber Group – Tuba/Euphonium

5:30pm – 6:30pm



8th New Family Orientation




*Registration due – Solo & Ensemble




Chamber Group – Trombone

5:30pm – 6:30pm



Chamber Group – Trumpet

5:30pm – 6:30pm



Winter Guard Rehearsal

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Clays Mill Elem.


No Rehearsal




Upcoming Events:
February 17 – Jazz Band Dance and Silent Auction
March 12 – Lafayette Band “8 to 5K”

Winter and Spring 2017 Calendar


The Lafayette Band calendar for winter and spring 2017 is now available on the website.  Please check the calendar for after-school rehearsals, chamber groups, concerts, mini-camps, and other events. 


Band Camp 2017


Freshmen, First-time Marchers, Guard and Percussion camp: July 24-28, 2017

Full Band Camp: July 31-August 4, 2017 & August 7-11, 2017


Volunteers Needed for District Band Auditions


Parent volunteers are needed to help with the District Concert and Jazz Band Auditions on Tuesday evening, January 12 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at Tates Creek High School.  If you are available, please email Chris Strange at chris.strange@fayette.kyschools.us 


M2 Registration for Spring 2017


Register for M2 lessons on the Lafayette Band website (http://www.backup.lafayetteband.org/m2-registration/)

The cost is $150 for 10 lessons if you register by Monday, January 9.


Solo and Ensemble Registration due Wednesday


Solo and Ensemble registration is due Wednesday, January 11.  Solos are $7 and ensembles are $12.  Forms are in the band room.  Solo and Ensemble is scheduled for February 18 at Lexington Catholic High School.


Fruit and Wreath Fundraiser


Fruit and Wreath money must be turned in immediately.  If you have not yet turned in your fruit and wreath payment, please contact Carole Howell @ 859-420-7845 or Crystal Taylor @ 859-351-7522 to make arrangements to turn in the money collected.

A tax deductible “In lieu of” payment of $50 can be made to ensure LBA maintains budgetary responsibilities and commitments.

The top sellers for Fruit and Wreath will receive a gift card of their choice:

1.       Annika Prevette

2.       Ashley Williams

3.      John Clark Baker


Lafayette Band Pride of the Bluegrass “8 to 5K”


The Lafayette Band “8 to 5K” Run/Walk is on March 12, 2017 at 8:00am at Coldstream Park.  Registration is now open! Go to www.runsignup.com and search for “Lafayette Band” and follow the simple steps to register.

Prices increase after February 26, so sign up now!  There is different pricing available for family registration and age groups.  Volunteers will be needed to assist with set-up, snacks, and entertainment along the route (bring your instrument!)

Door prizes and awards based on age-groups as well as “Spirit” awards following the race.

Share this event with your family and friends and use social media to get the word out! Please direct any questions to Carole Howell, 859-420-7845.


Looking for Band Camp, Contest or Concert Photographs?

Photo Gallery

The Lafayette Band website has a Photo Gallery and it can be accessed from the website home page!  The photos are categorized by event and year (e.g., 2016-2017: Day 7 Band Camp).  Many thanks to Michelle Dunlap for her hard work and dedication in taking the photos, organizing the photo gallery and uploading thousands of photos!


Jazz Band Dance and Silent Auction


The Lafayette Jazz Band Dance and Silent Auction, “Vox Populi,” is on February 17, 2017 at Wellington Elementary.  This is a fun event for students and families to dress-up and dance to the music of the two Jazz Bands.

Donations for Silent Auction items are now being accepted.  All families will be asked to bring food items for all to share – watch for an email from a parent volunteer for specific food items for each section.  For example, members of the Jazz bands are asked to bring a 2-liter soda/juice or water bottles.

Contact Carole Howell for more information.


Tax-Deductible Donations

Link to donate

Dear Lafayette Band Family,

The Lafayette Band Association invites you to consider a tax-deductible donation to the Lafayette High School “Pride of the Bluegrass” Band Program. 

Since 1990, the “Pride of the Bluegrass” has won the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Championship an incredible 18 times and earned the title of Grand Champion in more than 60 state, regional, and national competitions.  Lafayette has performed and competed on a national level in events such as the prestigious MidWest Clinic, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tournament of Roses Parade, and Bands of American Competitions.  The ability to perform and remain competitive at this level requires human resources and funds to pay for travel, uniforms, food, instruments, scholarships, props, consultants, and more. 

Unfortunately, fundraising efforts and band payments have been unable to meet the financial needs of the program.  As a member of the Lafayette Band Association, you can attend monthly meetings to review the budget and learn about program activities and related income and expenses.  Please consider making a donation to LBA to ensure our students continue to have the opportunity to perform at school events, community concerts, and parades, compete in state, regional, and national band competitions, and experience life-changing events.

Donations can be made here.  You may also mail a donation to this address:
Lafayette Band Association
PO Box 910450
Lexington, KY 40591

Many thanks for the generous donations provided by several families this holiday season. We are truly grateful.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Charles Smith
Director of Bands

The Lafayette Band Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is tax- exempt under this section of the Internal Revenue Code. The Federal Tax ID is #61-1163112.


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We received $1300 this quarter for the Kroger Community Rewards program.

Support the Lafayette Band when you shop on Amazon.  Use this link every time you shop at Amazon:


The Amazon Smile link can be used with Amazon Prime.


Each family is asked to volunteer 12 times per year to maintain this fundraiser.

The Kroger Community Rewards number for Lafayette Band is #10043

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Lafayette Band Association.  Please share this link with family and friends.

Please come and sell pulltabs for a few hours:

6:00-8:00pm or 8:00-10:00pm


Family Payment Agreements


PLEASE NOTE: Family payments form the basis of the annual budget.  Our instructors and staff rely on us for their earned pay.  However, we are unable to provide payment to these individuals due to many families who have not completed the agreement. 

Family payments for 2016-2017 are $1,100 and were due in August – or an additional late payment of $150 for the “deferred payment schedule” was added per the payment agreement. All payments should have been completed by November 15, 2016.

For those who have not paid, or are behind in their payments, please be responsible – others are relying on you.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Smith at chuck.smith@fayette.kyschools.us or 859-396-3311 for a confidential payment arrangement.


Charms Database


The Lafayette Band uses Charms, a web-based organizational software system to track student contact information, financial statements, email communication, and more. 

To log into Charms, go to www.charmsoffice.com.  Click “Enter” on the top menu and click “Parents/Students/Members” on the dropdown list.  Login using the school code “lhsband” and enter your student ID/password.  If you need your student ID, please contact Liz Booth at lafayettebandaccounts@gmail.com. The student ID is assigned by Charms and is a combination of letters and numbers. 

If your student has an outstanding balance, you will receive a monthly financial statement.  The monthly payments will be billed individually in the Fixed Payment ledger.  Amounts received that are less than the billed fixed payment amount will be temporarily stored in the Miscellaneous ledger.  When the amount in the Miscellaneous ledger is sufficient to pay a monthly payments, we can transfer the amount to the appropriate fixed payment. 

Band payments may be paid by cash, check, credit card or money order.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to “LBA” (please note the student’s name) and mail to:

Lafayette Band Association
PO Box 910396
Lexington, KY 40591-0396


Links to General Information


Click Here for Contacts

Follow us on: Facebook and Twitter (@lafayetteband)

LBA Meeting Schedule

Instructions to Set up a Twitter Account

Download the Lafayette Band Handbook.

REMIND:  859-519-8446. @lafayetteb, @lhswinds, @62d72, @lhsconcer

Update  FCPS Background Check

Kroger Card Registration Instructions





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Lafayette High School Band
401 Reed Lane
Lexington, KY 40503