The Lafayette High School Band Marching Band – the "Pride of the Bluegrass®" -- has existed since the opening of the school in 1939 – over 70 years of musical excellence! Each year, over 200 students, ages 14 to 18, provide the framework for this performing group that consistently receives top honors in regional, state, and national contests and exhibitions. Under the direction of Charles M. "Chuck" Smith and Dr. Terry Magee, this key component of the music program has earned the title of Grand Champion in more than 50 competitions during the last decade. The following is a listing of several of the band's more notable accomplishments:
The band performs locally for school events including home football games, pep rallies, and other post-season athletic events, and is the featured marching band in the community for activities such as the city of Lexington's Annual Holiday Parade and the Lexington Fire Prevention Parade. The Marching Band's exciting, but rigorous, schedule begins in the summer with Band Camp and lasts through most of the fall semester, as the band rehearses diligently to prepare and perfect the year's Marching Show. The band annually participates in competitions throughout the state and in Music for All Bands of America regional and national champion events.
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The Lafayette High School Band program consists of the marching band, concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and color guard. The marching band and color guard begin their demanding schedule with band camp in July and generally rehearse and perform from August through early November. Lafayette Marching Band competes in the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) 5A classification. Concert Bands and Jazz Band perform from December through May and members regularly participate in KMEA festivals, solos and ensembles. The marching band, concert bands and jazz band all appear at school and community functions throughout the year. The bands perform under the direction of Charles M. Smith and Dr. Terry Magee.