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Schedule & News

For the week of October 23rd



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



LBA Board Meeting




Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Full Rehearsal 

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Band Store

5:00pm – 6:30pm



KMEA State Championship  (see itinerary below)




Arrive for Rehearsal




Depart for Papa John’s Stadium




Lafayette Performance for Semi-Finals


Papa John’s


KMEA Finals Begins




Afternoon and Evening schedule is based on finals draw




Calendar Changes and Additions: 

·         Color Guard Individual Pictures and Full Band Picture on Thursday, November 10

·         The Lexington Holiday Parade is Tuesday, December 6.

Click here for information about Yamaha step-up instruments from Willis Music.

Band Camp 2017


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

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


Notes of Encouragement for State Finals


The Notes of Encouragement for State Finals are due to Karina Lancaster on Monday, October 26 at the end of rehearsal. 


KMEA Ticket Distribution


The pre-ordered KMEA semi-final and finals tickets will be distributed in the student parking lot at the following times:

·         Monday, October 24 at 5:30pm – 6:15pm

·         Thursday, October 27 at 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Please contact Brenda Boggs (bsbboggs@yahoo.com or 859-806-1967) with any questions.


Events in Preparation for KMEA State Finals


Encouragement Signs
Let’s show the students and staff how much we support them and congratulate them on a wonderful marching season!  Parents, family members, alumni, and friends are welcome to make encouragement signs and posters (e.g., “We Believe!” or “Go Lafayette!”).  We will line the perimeter of the band field during the final run on Friday, October 28 at 6:00pm.  Please join us for this annual and exciting tradition!

Prayer Around the Flag Pole
Bob Soper will lead the annual Prayer Around the Flag Pole on Friday, October 28 at 5:30pm.  Parents and family members are invited to pray for each band member, staff, section, and circumstance.  We will meet rain, snow, or shine and will finish in time to watch the final run at practice.  This activity is not sanctioned by the LBA and is optional.


Fundraising Notes


Cheese and Sausage Money Collection
Thank you to everyone who returned your fundraising money on time.  All money must be returned by Thursday, October 27th.  Money collection will be each day at the end of practice in the student parking lot.

Congratulations to the Top Sellers:
Overall top sales winner – Brittney Nguyen ($100 gift card of choice)
2nd place top sales winner – Annika Prevette ($50 gift card of choice)
3rd place top sales winner – Adrian Underwood ($25 gift card of choice)

The first week incentive winners who returned all money by the deadline will receive their prize (gift card or gummies) on Wednesday or Thursday after practice.

Ellie Adams, Josh Andreatta, Bethany Boggs, John Compton, Julia Crandall, Luke Dailey, Cassandra Davis, Maddi Howard, Grace Hughes, Neleh Longworth, Laura McPherson, Shiori Nakamura, Brittney Nguyen, Annika Prevette, Delaney Rayens, and Ashley Williams.  A huge thanks to Michael Haymes and Ben Kosieniak who donated their gift card back to the band.

Fruit and Wreath

·         Fruit and wreath sales started this week and will continue until November 28.  Place your order with any band member, by phone at 859-559-0333 or on the website.  Pick-up and deliveries will be on December 10. 

·         Sell 10 items by October 31 (Monday) and receive a Chick-Fil-A gift card and your choice of a Lafayette Band water bottle or ornament.  Text a copy of the order sheet to Crystal Taylor (859-351-7522) or Carole Howell (859-420-7845). 

·         All students are asked to sell a minimum of 10 items. 

·         The “in lieu of payment” is $50.

The holidays are fast approaching, which means LOTS of trips to Kroger!  Please make sure you register your Kroger Plus Card and encourage your friends and relatives to do so.  Everyone can participate, even those that live in a different state.  The Kroger Community Rewards number for the Lafayette Band is #10043.  Please purchase your holiday gift cards at Kroger – you will earn 4x fuel points!

Bingo Volunteers
This is the busy time of the marching season – and Bingo is our biggest fundraiser!  The marching season is expensive and we need profitable nights at Bingo (right now!) to cover staff payments, buses, food for students, uniform cleaning, etc.

Our profit each night is from pull tab sales.  Our large crowds are ready to buy – and we need volunteers to sell!  More sellers make it easier on everyone!  Every family is asked to volunteer for 12 nights at Bingo per year.  Please respond to Casie’s email messages and sign-up on Tuesday or Thursday (6:00pm – 8:00pm or 8:00pm – 10:00pm) and come to the Bingo Hall in Keithshire Shopping Center.  You will meet great parents and help support the band!


Family Payment Agreements


PLEASE NOTE: Family payments form the basis of the annual budget and our instructors and staff rely on us for their earned pay.  However, we are unable to provide payment because many families 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. 

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.


Band Store Update


The band store will be open Friday, October 28 from 5:00-6:30pm in the parking lot.  The trailer will be there, and this is your last chance to purchase show shirts, sweatshirts, Lafayette Invitational patches and buttons, “Vox Populi” patches, pins and buttons, scarves, hats, fleece headbands, sweatshirts and other apparel will be available for sale.  Please stop by and pick up your cold weather gear.   

We have small and 2XL short sleeve show shirts as well as medium, large and XL long sleeve show shirts.

The band store has new apparel available.  Fleece quarter zips, dry-fit quarter zips, long sleeve T’s, fleece headbands and scarves and baseball hats are available.  Please stop by and check out the new items.  Also, we are still accepting custom orders through the end of October.  If you would like a personalized or custom item, please make sure to submit it to the P.O. Box or to the band store by October 28th to receive items by December 16th.


KMEA State Championship Contest Itinerary for October 29

Download Itinerary

Lafayette Marching Band
KMEA State Marching Championship

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Louisville)
Saturday, October 29, 2016


Rehearse;  Eat breakfast before you arrive


End of Rehearsal


Dress into Uniform


Load Buses; Sack lunch on bus


Depart for State Contest


Semi-Finals Begin


Arrive at Papa John’s Stadium




Semi-Finals Performance


Depart for Southern High School; snack on bus


Announcement of finalists

Tentative Afternoon Schedule – Final Schedule will be determined depending on the draw for finals.

4:30 – 6:30pm

Rehearse at Southern High School


Finals Begin


Dinner (served at Bethlehem Baptist Church)


Dress into Uniform


Depart for stadium


Finals Performance (earliest time is 10:00pm)


Finals Awards


Change Out of Uniform at Papa John’s Stadium


Depart for Lafayette


Arrive at Lafayette

BAND MEMBERS — It is very important to check and double-check the items in your Red Bag prior to every performance! Make certain all required items are present, clean. This is important information to remember prior to every football game and competition!

Parents and Students — Carefully review these instructions:

  • Bring money for gloves if needed – $6.00
  • Clean and polish shoes.
  • Have your band camp shirt to wear under your uniform.
  • Wear long white socks – plain, no stripes! (It’s good just to keep an extra pair of socks in your bag)
  • Bring white shorts to wear under your uniform.
  • If there is a problem with your uniform, see a member of the uniform team.
  • We always appear in public dressed in full uniform unless Mr. Smith or Mr. Bishop have informed the students otherwise.

Hair should not touch the collar when dressed in uniform, therefore, students with longer hair should bring items to secure their hair in a ponytail or purchase a wig cap.  Wig caps can be purchased from the Uniform Team for $1 for a package of 2 caps.

Have class – YOU are the “PRIDE OF THE BLUEGRASS”! Always support other performing groups! Refuse to say anything negative, no matter what might be said to you.


KMEA State Marching Band Championship


General Contest Information


October 29, 2016


Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
University of Louisville
2800 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY  40209




Semi-Finals Tickets $12 General Admission
Finals Tickets $15 Reserved Seating
Tickets at the site are available for cash only
Children age six and under will be admitted free but will not be given a ticket for a seat.  For Finals (reserved seating) they must be held by an adult.




Lafayette’s semi-finals performance time is 2:00pm


The students will be eating a sack lunch on the bus while dressed in uniform.  We are asking for donations of individual wrapped cookies such as golden-type Oreo cookies or Rice Krispies treats.   Since the students will be dressed in white pants, please do not send chocolate cookies.  Due to allergies, please no peanut butter, nuts or sesame seeds.

Make sure students eat breakfast before practice begins on Saturday morning.  We will be serving a sack lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. We will have a vegetarian option for those students who have made this request. If your student will not eat the meals provided, please send a packed meal for them.  It will be a long day and no one should go hungry.
Lunch – Sub sandwiches (sack lunch to eat on bus)
Dinner – Hamburgers and pasta salad

Want to help serve lunch or dinner?
We need volunteers to help serve dinner in Louisville at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Saturday.  If you are interested in helping serve, please contact Jane DeRossett (fullpantry@hotmail.com or 859-396-5387).


Medications for State Championship


If your child needs to take prescription or over-the-counter medication during the day on Saturday and we do not have a physician’s signature on file, you will need to complete and return the “2016 Medical Prescription Form” found under the FORMS link on the Lafayette Website (www.lafayetteband.org). 

Return the completed form and the medication needed for that day only in its original container to any chaperone at the blue building next to the practice field. We will take medications for the Tates Creek contest on:

Friday: 5:00pm -6:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 8:00am

Please note that over-the-counter medications must be accompanied by a physician’s signature on the FCPS form noted above.  If a physician has already signed the LBA Medical Form then you are not required to submit an additional form for the OTC medications included and initialed.

If you have any questions you may contact Mike Booth (mikeboothgm@gmail.com).


KMEA Schedule for Semifinals and Finals


This is an exciting time in the marching season as the students prepare for KMEA State Championship on Saturday.  Below is some general information for Saturday.

·         Semifinals for 5A will be held at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville on Saturday, October 29.  The competition begins at 11:00am and Lafayette’s performance time is 2:00pm.  The top 4 bands from each classification (1A – 5A) will perform in finals competition.

·         Finals competition begins at 6:00pm at Papa John’s Stadium.  The 1A bands perform at 6:00pm, 2A at 7:00pm, etc.  The top 4 bands for 5A will perform beginning at 10:00pm.  The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 11:30pm.


Band Pictures on November 10


The band will have a group picture taken after school on Thursday, November 10.  Everyone will dress into uniform for the group picture.  In addition, Color Guard, Drum Majors and anyone who missed picture day will have their pictures taken after the group photo. If you have questions, contact Brenda Boggs (bsbboggs@yahoo.com or 859-806-1967).


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


All Volunteers


Fayette County Public Schools requires a background check for anyone who volunteers in or with the schools.  Please submit to a new background check or verify the date on your current background check by clicking on this link.  Please complete the background check prior to the start of band camp.  This must be completed in order to volunteer in any capacity with the band (e.g., serve meal at band camp, field crew, uniform crew, etc.). Contact Brenda Boggs at bsbboggs@yahoo.com with any questions.


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