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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




KMEA State Championship Contest Itinerary for October 29

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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 Saturday from 7:00am to 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.


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.
  • 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.



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