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Schedule & News

For the week of September 18th

THANK YOU to everyone for your hard work on the Invitational! We truly appreciate your dedication.
*  Remaining Discount Cards and money must be returned to Mr. Smith this week


Winds & Percussion Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard Rehearsal

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Winds Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard Rehearsal

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Percussion Rehearsal

6:00pm – 8:30pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 5:45pm



Winds & Percussion Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Color Guard Rehearsal

5:00pm – 8:00pm



Football Game vs Henry Clay High School
(see itinerary below)

4:45pm – end of game



Band Store Open

Football game




After game



RYLE CONTEST (itinerary below)




Arrive for Rehearsal




Prelims Performance




Finals Begin




Arrive at Lafayette




Band Camp 2017


The Fayette County Board of Education has finalized the dates for the 2017-18 school year.  We are now able to give you the band camp dates for the 2017-18 school year.

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

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


Lafayette Invitational – THANK YOU!!


THANK YOU to everyone for a wonderful Lafayette Band Invitational!  It was a “Beautiful Day” because of our amazing parents and student volunteers.  Thank you for your time, hard work, hospitality, flexibility and GREAT attitudes even during the rain!!  Thank you for representing our band and school and for being a part of the Lafayette Band Family.


M2 Schedule and Payments


M2 Lessons began two weeks ago.  We have not received the $150 payment from 13 families.  It is imperative that we receive payment so that we may take care of our wonderful, talented instructors.  Thank you for your promptness and attention to this matter.


Notes of Encouragement for State Finals


This optional activity and long standing tradition was started many years ago by a band parent to show the Band and Staff our love and support during this busiest time of the competition season.  This activity is not sanctioned by LBA.  Anyone may choose to participate and write notes of encouragement for a specific section (e.g., trombones, color guard, etc.) to be distributed to students on the bus as they travel to KMEA competition on October 29.  The maximum number of notes assigned will be 10. 

Review the sections below and email your choice to Brenda Boggs at bsbboggs@yahoo.com.  You will receive a list of students and a sample note next week.

Notes must be returned no later than Friday, October 22.  Watch e-news for collection dates/times.  Notes can be returned to Karina Lancaster.

Tips for Note Preparation:

§  Short, hand-written, anonymous note of support and encouragement!  Notes are not intended to suggest or emphasize winning.

§  Decorate paper with stickers, use scrapbook paper with music symbols, or whatever you choose.

§  Add your special touch!

Sections:  Baritones, Clarinets, Color Guard, Drum Majors, Flutes, Low Reeds, Mellophones, Percussion, Saxophones, Sousaphones, Staff, Trombones, and Trumpets


Cheese, Sausage and Candles Fundraiser


Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser!

·         Product delivery will be Thursday, October 6th at the end on mini-camp.  Volunteers will be needed that afternoon to help unpack and sort the delivery.

·         Money collection will be the week of October 10-14 (exact dates and times will be posted in e-news).

·         All money must be turned in by Friday, October 14th to be eligible for any prizes.

Remember the “In Lieu Of” payment option of $50.00 is still an option and will be collected through October.

Any questions please contact:

Liz Booth:  859-559-2650, or liz@mysland.com

Carole Howell:  859-420-7845 or cehowe2@gmail.com


Football Game Itinerary for Friday, September 23



Color Guard hair and make-up


Dress into uniform






Depart for Stadium


Game vs. Henry Clay High School

8:00 – 8:30

Approximate time for half-time show


Approximate end of game


Please have rides ready


White socks/shorts


Cleaned marching shoes


All things in red bag

The half-time show will be live-streamed (approx. 8:00).  Link through www.lafayetteband.org
Gattitown after the Game for those that wish to go!


Gattitown After the Home Football Games

Download Flyer

The Lafayette Band will be heading to Gattitown after the home football games on Friday nights for pizza, salad, cinna-sticks and drink buffet. Costs are: Students $5 plus tax and Parents $7 plus tax.  A video of the halftime performance will be displayed on the huge video screens.

The dates are September 23, September 30, and October 14.


Ryle Contest Itinerary

Download Itinerary

“Pride of the Bluegrass”


RYLE HIGH SCHOOL Band Competition
Union, Kentucky

SATURDAY, September 24, 2016


Rehearsal – DO NOT BE LATE.  Eat breakfast before you arrive.


Lunch served at Lafayette; do not leave campus.




Depart for Ryle






Contest Begins






Awards for Prelims


DINNER – Depends on Draw


Finals Begin – Performance Time Depends on Draw




Change and Snack




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 and 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.
  • Wipes & deodorant in your bag.
  • 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.



Medications for the Ryle Contest


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 Ryle contest on:

Friday: 5:00pm -6:00pm (before the football game)
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).


Ryle Contest Information




September 24, 2015


National Anthem: 2:30pm
Prelims Begin: 2:45pm
Finals Begin: 7:00pm


Borland Stadium at Ryle High School
10379 US 42, Union, Kentucky 41091


$10.00 (Children and adults ages 12 and over) $5.00 (Seniors)
Free (children 11 and under).
The ticket booth will open at 11:00am


Concessions will be available


Parking is on site and free. Follow signs to spectator parking.
Handicap parking is also available.


Lafayette preliminary performance time is: 4:15pm

Ryle High School

10379 Highway 42

Union, KY 41091


Food for Bourbon County Contest


The band loves cookies, brownies, and rice crispy treats on contest days.  If you can bake (or buy) 2 or 3 dozen cookies, deliver to Stacy Stone (a.k.a. ‘The Cookie Lady’) on Saturday morning as you drop off your student.  Due to allergies, please no peanut butter, nuts or sesame seeds.

Make sure students eat breakfast before practice begins at 7:00am on Saturday morning.  We will be serving brunch, dinner, and a snack. 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.
Brunch – breakfast sandwiches
Dinner – Qdoba

Want to help serve lunch or dinner?
We need volunteers to help serve lunch and dinner on Saturday.  If you are interested in helping with brunch at Lafayette (serving at 10:00am) or dinner at Ryle (tentatively serving at 6:00pm), please contact Jane DeRossett ( fullpantry@hotmail.com or 859-396-5387).


Band Store Update


The band store will be open on Friday during the football game.  There is a limited quantity of short sleeve and long sleeve “Vox Populi” show shirts available, so don’t delay in purchasing your shirt!  Please pick up the pre-order show shirts.   

The “Vox Populi” lapel pins and patches and “Invitational” patches have arrived and they will be available at the band store on Friday night for $7.00 each. 


Family Payments Agreements


Family payments for 2016-2017 are $1,100 and should have been completed by August 15 but were extended to August 31 due to transitional issues with the Charms database.  However, if the payment was not completed by August 31, an additional late payment of $150 for the “deferred payment schedule” was added per the payment agreement.  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.

Please continue to be financially responsible and complete your family payments in a timely manner.  This is the most expensive time of the marching season and we need to provide payments for meals, show design, transportation, and musical instruction.  Our instructors would appreciate receiving payment for their hard work and dedication to our students.  Thank you.


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 payment, 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


“Remind” System to Communicate Information


The Lafayette Band uses the “Remind” system to communicate important information to students and families.  The students have been encouraged to join the appropriate “remind” groups to receive updates, schedule changes, and reminders from the band directors.  Families are welcome to join.

Text the following codes to 859-519-8446:
@lafayetteb  (for all band students)
@lhswinds  (for Wind Symphony)
@62d72  (for Symphonic Band)
@lhsconcer  (for Concert Band)


Fall Band Schedule



Football:  Henry Clay High School


Contest:  Ryle High School


Football:  Bryan Station High School


Football:  Madison Central High School  (Senior Night for the Band)


Contest:  Tates Creek High School


Football:  Tates Creek High School (8th Grade Band Night)


KMEA State Quarterfinals (preferred date for students to take the ACT)


KMEA State Finals in Louisville, KY


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





This email has been sent via Charms Office Assistant on behalf of:

Lafayette High School Band
401 Reed Lane
Lexington, KY 40503