Awards, Achievements and Recognition

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The Lafayette Band is a two-time recipient of the coveted Sudler Shield presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, an international award recognizing high school and youth marching bands of world class excellence.
Lafayette Marching Band performed in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
Lafayette Marching Band has had the distinct honor of escorting Santa on two different occasions (1991 and 2002) in the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  Since 1990, "The Pride of Bluegrass®" Marching Band has won the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Champion in Class AAAA and Class AAAAA an incredible 18 times. Since the inception of the KMEA State Marching Band Championship in 1986, the Lafayette Marching Band "Pride of the Bluegrass®" has performed as a finalist in every state championship event. In 2013, Lafayette accomplished 28 consecutive years as a State Finalist during KMEA's history of Marching Band competitions.
 
 
macys2002Lafayette Marching Band has had the distinct honor of escorting Santa on two different occasions (1991 and 2002) in the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
 
Since 1990, "The Pride of Bluegrass®" Marching Band has won the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Champion in Class AAAA and Class AAAAA an incredible 18 times. Since the inception of the KMEA State Marching Band Championship in 1986, the Lafayette Marching Band "Pride of the Bluegrass®" has performed as a finalist in every state championship event. In 2013, Lafayette accomplished 28 consecutive years as a State Finalist during KMEA's history of Marching Band competitions.
 
 
 
  • RosePinNational Finalist, Bands of America Grand Nationals, 1995 and 2004, Indianapolis, IN.
  • National Semi- Finalist, Bands of America Grand Nationals, 2009 and 2010, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Regional Champion, Bands of America Regional Competitions, 1996 and 1997.
  • Super Regional Class AAA Champion, Bands of America Super Regional Competition in 2005, Atlanta, GA.
  • Super Regional Finalist, Bands of America in 2005 (Atlanta), 2006 (St. Louis) and 2007 (Atlanta)
  • Regional Finalist, Bands of America Regional Competitions, 1995 - 2012.
  • Grand Champion, Contest of Champions, Southeast Regional Contest, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 (9 Times), Murfreesboro, TN
  • Lexington, Kentucky Annual Holiday and Fire Prevention Parades.
  • Lafayette band performed several times at the Kentucky Music Educator Association Professional Development Conference in Louisville with the last of their five appearances occurring during the 2011 session.
  • Lafayette band performed at the prestigious Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 1993
  • Guest performance at the University of South Carolina Band Clinic and Conductor's Symposium in 1990 and 1998
  • Featured guest performing ensemble at the 2002 Eastern Kentucky University Honors Band Clinic
  • Lafayette Band Day, November 2, 2001, Proclaimed by Mayor Pam Miller, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

 

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