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Schedule & News

For the week of October 9th



Winds & Percussion Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard Rehearsal

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Band Store

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Parking Lot


LBA Parent Meeting




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



Fruit and Wreath Fundraiser Begins




Winds & Percussion Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Color Guard Rehearsal

5:00pm – 8:00pm



Football Game vs Madison Central (see itinerary below)

4:45pm – end of game



Senior Night Recognition




Band Store Open

During Game




After Game



Tates Creek Contest  (see itinerary below)




Arrive for Rehearsal




Lafayette Performance


Tates Creek


Finals Begin




Arrive at Lafayette




Calendar Change:  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


LBA Parent Meeting on Monday, October 10


Please plan to attend the LBA Parent Meeting on Monday, October 10 (tomorrow).  We have 2 special guests this evening – Samantha Rodarte (Division 1) and Sharon Mofield-Boswell (Division 5) are FCPS School Board Candidates.  They will share their priorities for the Fayette County Public Schools and qualifications to serve on the school board. 


Senior Night Recognition on Friday


Lafayette Band Senior Night is Friday, October 14.  The senior students will be recognized before the football game for their contributions to the Lafayette Band. 

Parents of seniors will meet Tricia SirLouis outside the Springhill Drive entrance to the stadium promptly at 6:30pm on October 14. Tricia will coordinate family check-in and will distribute numbers to each family as you arrive.  Please follow numerical order and find your place in line.

The Lafayette Band Association will pay admission for two guests per senior to remain for the football game and enjoy the half-time performance by the Lafayette Band.  Families will be directed by Tricia to enter the field where they will be joined by the senior students.  The announcements will begin at 7:00pm.  Each senior’s name will be announced and they will be presented with a certificate.  After the entire group is recognized on the field, families will be escorted to the rear of the stadium for photographs.  We will be honoring 38 seniors, so please be on time for this special event.

Please call or text Tricia SirLouis (859-285-9349) or Brenda Boggs (859-806-1967) with any questions or concerns.  Thank you and Congratulations!


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.


Football Game Itinerary for Friday, October 14



Color Guard hair and make-up


Dress into uniform




Break. Siblings of Seniors should head to the stadium at this time.


Depart for Stadium


Senior Night Recognition


Game vs. Madison Central 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 football game (last time this year!) 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.


Cheese, Sausage and Candles Fundraiser


A huge “Thank You” to all who participated to make this fundraiser a success.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped unload, sort and check orders.  We truly appreciate it!

Now it is time to turn in your money collected!

 Collection dates and times:

·         Monday, October 10th – starting at 5:00pm in the parking lot and at 7:00pm during the Parent Meeting in the cafeteria.

·         Tuesday, October 11th – starting at 5:00pm in the parking lot.

·         Wednesday, October 12th – starting at 5:00pm in the parking lot.

·         Thursday, October 13th – starting at 4:30pm in the parking lot.

·         Friday, October 14th – end of school until 4:00pm outside of the band room and 4:00pm -5:00pm in the parking lot.

Please double-check your math and remember to add Candle money due to the Cheese & Sausage money due. 

All money must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, October 14th to be eligible for any and all prizes.

“In Lieu Of” Payment Option of $50.00 is still an option and will be collected through October.

Please contact Liz Booth (859-559-2650 liz@mysland.com) or Carole Howell (859-420-7845 cehowe2@gmail.com) if you have any questions.


Bingo Volunteers


BINGO!  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!


KMEA Schedule for Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals


This is an exciting time in the marching season as the “Vox Populi” show nears completion and the students prepare for KMEA competition.  Below is some general information for the last 2 weeks of competition.

  • Quarterfinals will be held at Bryan Station High School on Saturday, October 22.  The competition begins at 3:00pm and Lafayette will perform at 3:15pm.  Each band will perform once and the top 8 bands from the east and west regions will advance. 
  • Semifinals for 5A will be held at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville on Saturday, October 29.  The competition begins at approximately 10:00am and Lafayette’s performance time will be announced after quarterfinals.  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 11:15pm.


Band Store Update


The band store will be open Monday, October 10 from 5:30-6:30pm in the parking lot.  The trailer will not be there, but 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!

Custom orders are in.  If you placed an order, please stop by Monday and pick it up.

The band store trailer will be open during the football game on Friday, October 14. 


Tates Creek Contest Itinerary for October 15

Download Itinerary

“Pride of the Bluegrass”
Tates Creek CONTEST
(Contest begins at 1:15PM)

Saturday, October 15

8:00 am


11:15 am

Lunch served at school, DO NOT LEAVE CAMPUS

12:15 pm


1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Depart for Tates Creek

2:30 pm


3:00 pm


3:45 pm


4:30 pm

Awards for prelims

5:00 pm


6:30 pm

Finals begin


Performance time depends on Finals draw

9:30 pm


10:00 pm


10:45 pm



Arrive at Lafayette

Remember to have your ride at the school following the contest/festival.

Parents and Students — Carefully review these instructions:

  • Bring money for gloves if needed – $6.00
  • 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.


Food for Tates Creek 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 8:00am on Saturday morning.  We will be serving lunch 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 – Moe’s
Dinner – Papa John’s Pizza

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 lunch at Lafayette (serving at 11:15am) or dinner at Tates Creek (tentatively serving at 5:00pm), please contact Jane DeRossett (fullpantry@hotmail.com or 859-396-5387).


Medications for the Tates Creek 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 Tates Creek contest on:

Friday: 5:00pm -6:00pm (before the football game)
Saturday: 8:00am – 9:00am

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).


Kroger Community Rewards


Thank you for using your Kroger card when you shop!  This quarter we received a check for $1,335.27 and 121 households participated.  Please register your Kroger card and designate “Lafayette Band” as your Community Rewards organization.  Click here for instructions on registering your Kroger card. The Kroger Community Rewards number for Lafayette Band is #10043.  Did you know you can purchase gift cards at Kroger for most retail and restaurant locations?  Please use your Kroger card to purchase gift cards – you will earn additional fuel points and support the Lafayette Band!


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


Fall Band Schedule



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





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Lafayette High School Band
401 Reed Lane
Lexington, KY 40503