Lafayette Band Schedule & News

For the week of September 20th  


Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion

3:45 – 6:00



Color Guard

6:00 – 8:30



Dine to Donate Restaurant Night at Salsarita’s

5:00 – 9:00



Brass, Woodwinds, Color Guard

3:45 – 6:00




6:00 – 8:30



Full Rehearsal

3:45 – 5:45







Full Rehearsal

3:45 – 6:15



Band Store Open

5:00 – 6:30



Full Rehearsal

3:45 – 6:15







Ryle Contest (Itinerary Below)




Arrive for Rehearsal

7:00 AM



Prelims Performance

4:00 PM



Finals Begin

7:00 PM



Arrive at Lafayette

1:30 AM


*Calendar Change: Area Concert on December 9 at 7:00pm

Lafayette Band Alumni Reunion on June 11, 2016. Tickets on Sale Now –  Click Here


Dine to Donate Restaurant Night at Salsarita’s

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The Lafayette Band is having a Dine to Donate Restaurant Night at Salsarita’s on Monday, September 21 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Salsarita’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to the band and is located in the Regency Center on Norman Lane.  Please join us for a fun evening to celebrate Vive la France!, meet new parents, and enjoy a delicious meal. If you have any questions, contact Carole Howell at 859-420-7845.  Please present the flyer at check-out or mention Lafayette Band so we receive credit for your visit. We hope to see you on Monday evening!


Cheese, Sausage, and Candles Fundraiser


Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser!

The product will be delivered on Thursday, October 1st.  Please make arrangements to pick up ALL ORDERS after mini-camp on Thursday.  Remember that cheese and sausage need to be refrigerated.

Volunteers are Needed to help unload and organize orders.  Please contact Liz Booth (” > or 859-559-2650), Carole Howell (” > or 859-420-7845) or Brenda Boggs (” > or 859-806-1967) if you are able to help. We would greatly appreciate anyone that could donate his or her time and muscles to assist!


Deferred Family Payment Agreement due by December 15, 2015


Family payments agreements not fulfilled by September 15, 2015 are assigned the Deferred Payment Schedule which includes a late payment of $150. Therefore, the total payment amount is now $1,250 and due by December 15, 2015.

Family payments and fundraising efforts are needed to cover the costs of meals, transportation, and musical instruction.  “Vive la France!” is an incredible show so please support the hard work of the students and staff through financial obligations.


BINGO – Volunteers Needed Now


Bingo is a year round fundraiser and we need your help!  This is a busy time for everyone but the financial success of Bingo depends on parent volunteers. Several pull tab sellers are needed every Tuesday and Thursday – the bingo patrons want to give us their money by purchasing pull tabs!

We ask that each family volunteer 12 times per year at Bingo.  Please find a Tuesday or Thursday this fall and come to the Bingo Hall in Keithshire Shopping Center at 6:00 pm.  You will meet some great parents and support the band’s fundraising efforts.


Vive la France! Show Shirts Available Thursday at the Band Store


The show shirts for Vive la France! will be on sale Thursday evening at the Band Store from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.  We now have short sleeve size Large shirts.

Short sleeve Vive la France! show shirts are available for $18 and sizes include: Small, Medium, Large, XL, and 2XL.  Long sleeve shirts are available for $22 and sizes include: Small, Large, XL, and 2XL.

Vive la France! show buttons are on sale for $3.00. Cash, Check and Credit card are accepted.


Mothers (and fathers!) of the Band (MOB) – Notes of Encouragement


This optional activity and long standing tradition was started many years ago by a band mom 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 31.  The maximum number of notes assigned will be 9. 

Review the sections below and email your choice to Brenda Boggs at” >  Karina or Brenda will then send you a list of students and a sample note.

Notes must be returned no later than Friday, October 23.  Watch e-news for collection dates/times.  Notes can be returned to Karina Lancaster or Brenda Boggs.

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, Mellophones, Percussion, Saxophones, Sousaphones, Staff, Trombones, and Trumpets


Ryle High School Tournament of Band Information

Link to Tournament

Download and Print a Complete Itinerary and Travel Information including Parking and  Maps



September 26, 2015


National Anthem: 12:30pm Prelims Begin: 12:45pm 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: 4:00pm


7:00 am

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


Snack served at Lafayette; do not leave campus.


Load Buses


Depart for Ryle


Contest Begins


Arrive and Snack








Awards for Prelims


DINNER – Depends on Draw


Finals Begin – Performance Time Depends on Draw







1:30 am

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. – $5.00 or $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 the white shorts provided to you.
  • 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.


Ryle Competition Medications


If your child needs to take prescription or over-the-counter medication on Saturday and we do not have a physician’s signature on file, you need to complete and return the FCPS “Physician Order and Parent/Guardian Authorization Administration Form” found under the Downloadable Forms section of the Lafayette Website ( 

Turn in the completed form along with 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:

Thursday: 5:00-6:15 pm

Friday: 5:00 -6:15 pm

Saturday: 7:00– 9:00 am

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 OTC medications you initiated on the LBA Form.


If you have any questions you may contact Trish Sprague (” > or Mike Booth (” >


Ryle Competition Volunteers Needed


We need help serving food at the Ryle Marching Band Competition on Saturday 9/26.  Stacey Stone can be reached at” > for serving lunch at Lafayette.  Contact Robin Feese at” > to serve dinner at Ryle.




The band loves fresh baked cookies on contest days!  If you can bake (or buy) 2-3 dozen cookies, please deliver to Stacy Stone on Saturday morning.  She will be collecting cookie donations on Saturday morning as you drop off your student in the student parking lot.




Being performance-ready shows PRIDE, and this year’s show is certainly something to proud of!!  It is the responsibility of the Uniform Crew to make sure uniforms are in tip-top shape for your child to perform.  Parents/students also have responsibilities for being performance-ready – do you know what they are?

HAIR – must be short or put up so it is contained under their hat!  Do YOU know what a wig cap is?  It looks like a piece of panty hose that your child must wear on their head to contain their hair under their hat if hair is touching the collar of their uniform!  No one likes wig caps….positively no one likes WEARING wig caps.  Please, schedule a haircut today or help your child come up with a hairdo that contains their hair.

SOCKS – they must be long and plain white – no stripes or color on the heel – and clean!

BAND CAMP SHIRT/WHITE SHORTS – clean and ready to go!  Also, your student needs to be WEARING these so that they can put on their uniform in a group setting.

GLOVES – clean and ready to go! (Cleaning instructions:  wash in cold water WITH bleach.  Hang dry.)

SHOES – clean and ready to go!  (Cleaning instructions:  scrub sides of soles with a brush and 409 or   scrubbing bubbles.  Clean scuffs off uppers with a magic eraser or fingernail polish remover.  Remove laces and hand wash with dish soap.  White shoe polish makes the shoes beautiful!  Clean shoes the day before needed so they have time to dry.  Spray deodorant or febreeze sprayed inside keeps the shoes smelling fresh.   MAKE SURE your student’s name is written in BOTH shoes with permanent marker.)

DEODORANT – no explanation needed!

OTHER — NO fingernail polish and NO visible jewelry!

At the Ryle competition, Uniform Crew will have gloves ($6, $5), extra band camp shirts ($10), extra white shorts ($10) and extra white socks ($1) for sale.  Avoid extra cost by making sure your child has everything they need packed in their red bag.

More questions about uniforms?  Click Here  Uniform 101 – Everything you ever wanted to know about uniforms and more!

Even MORE questions? Contact Amy King, 859-227-4253,” >


Lafayette Band Competition Etiquette


·         Have good manners!  Recognize and support the efforts of other students, band families and schools!  Remember you are representing the Lafayette “Pride of the Bluegrass” tradition! 

·         Don’t talk or enter/exit the stands during performances.

·         Silence cell phones.

·         Choose words wisely when speaking about other bands. 

·         Be cautious about comments made on social media outlets (i.e., Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, band blogs, etc.). 

·         Always applaud a band’s performance.  Students will appreciate our support and recognition of their efforts. 

·         The Lafayette “flag in the stands” tradition continues.  Distribution will occur just before Lafayette performs.  Please do not raise your flag until the band that performs before us has completely exited the field.   After the performance begins, lower your flag so that everyone can see the show. When the performance ends, raise your flag until Lafayette leaves the field.  Please return flags to Carole Howell, including the new ones for TOR, for distribution at the next competition.

·         Please refrain from yelling a specific student’s name when the band is set to perform.  This can be a distraction to your student and others.  They are prepared to deliver an excellent performance and this requires concentration.

·         When photographing or recording a performance, be careful not to block the view of the people seated around you.

Let’s represent Lafayette and ourselves by exhibiting good manners and respect for others.


Lodging Information for KMEA Finals


There are 20 rooms with two queen beds and 20 rooms with one king bed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bowling Green available for Lafayette Band families for the night of Saturday October 31, 2015 (the night of the KMEA Finals).  You can use the information below to reserve a room at a discounted rate.  Please note that the band members will not be spending Saturday night at this hotel. 

Last day to make a reservation: September 30 2015


1.       Go to:

2.       Select your dates in the upper right hand corner

3.       Under the box (check availability) select (add special rate code option)

4.       Enter:     LHSP  into the box next to Group Code

5.       Select the (check availability box)

6.       Your selection of room types and rate will appear

Phone In:

Please call 270-781-6778

Give dates of your stay

Request rate for: LHSP

Click here or paste the following link in your browser of choice:

Hilton Garden Inn Bowling Green

1020 Wilkinson Trace

Bowling Green, KY 42103



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Photo Gallery

The Lafayette Band website now has a Photo Gallery and it can be accessed from the website home page!  The photos are categorized by event and year (e.g., 2015-2016: Day 7 Band Camp).  Many thanks to Randy Garland and Michelle Dunlap for their hard work in organizing the photo gallery and uploading thousands of photos!


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