e-News for the Week of August-13th

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Schedule & News

For the week of August 13th   

8 oz. Water Bottles:  We still need more 8 oz. water bottle contributions for the Marching Season.  Please drop off your bottles at the blue building during rehearsals.

Thanks to everyone that donated cookies!  We’ll announce future drop-off times for cookie donations soon.



Full Rehearsal

6:00pm – 9:00pm




6:00pm – 8:30pm



First Day of School




Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Band Store Open

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Parking Lot


Full Band – Picture Day

8:00am – 5:00pm

See schedule


Calendar Notes


August 15:  Deadline to submit Family Payments and avoid the additional $150 for the extended (deferred) payment plan.

Fall M2 Lessons are Now Available for Registration on the Web Site.

Dr. Tim Leadership Workshop has Moved to August 28th.  Register on the band web site:


Like and Follow Us on Facebook


Here is a link to our official Lafayette Band Association Facebook page

Join the Lafayette Band Association Facebook Group here:


Last Week for Discount Cards


All money and unsold Discount Cards must be turned in by August 18. Each family is asked to sell at least 15 cards or provide an “opt-out” donation of $75.

Early Sale Incentive – Kona Ice
Kona Ice was a big hit! Unfortunately, it was so popular with the Middle School Band Camp students, some of our high school students did not have time to participate. If you returned your Discount Card Money in full by August 7th and did NOT receive your free Kona Ice–please contact me, Melena Dailey, at lbafundraising1@gmail.com.  

Section incentive – See your favorite Band Staff get a Pie in the Face!
The section that has the greatest percentage of Discount Cards sold by August 18th will get a once in a lifetime opportunity! The winning section will select 2-3 staff members to receive a pie in the face by each member of the section! Each student in winning section who sells at least one Discount Card (or provides the $75 opt-out donation) will get one pie to throw! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity–it may not come around again!

Top Seller Incentive
Once all money is returned on August 18th, prizes will be awarded to top sellers:
1st place-$50 gift card of your choice!
2nd place-$25 gift card of your choice!
3rd place-$15 gift card of your choice!

Discount Card payments can be returned in the drop-off parking lot at the following times (look for the vehicle with a balloon and “Discount Card” sign):

Monday, August 14: 8:30-9:00
Tuesday, August 15: 8:00-8:30
Thursday, August 17: 5:30-6:00
Friday, August 18, 5:45-6:15

All money and unsold tickets should be turned in by August 18. For questions, contact Melena or John Dailey at lbafundraising1@gmail.com.


Full Band – Picture Day August 19th


Marching individual and section photos will be taken at Lafayette Saturday, August 19. Students should arrive for dressing at the times specified below.  Students should wear their black Dri-Fit shirt, black athletic shorts, long black socks and black marching shoes for dressing.  Students should bring an extra Dri-Fit shirt to aid in dressing/undressing. Hats will not be worn, so hair should be camera-ready. 

Drum majors and alto saxes – 8:00 am
Clarinets – 8:30 am
Mellophones – 9:15 am
Low reeds – 9:30 am
Flutes – 10:00 am
Sousaphones – 10:45 am
Trumpets – 11:00 am
Trombones – 11:15 am
Percussion – 11:45 am
Baritones – 12:30 pm
Color guard – 1:00 pm


Student Spotlights and Business Ads


STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS in the printed program!
Lafayette Invitational Band Contest Sponsored by Asbury University
Saturday, September 16th

Let your Band or Guard student know how proud you are by purchasing a Student Spotlight in the printed program! You can even feature a whole section or group of friends. Share an encouraging word, a fun photo, or both to Spotlight your favorite student(s)! A variety of size and pricing options are available. Click HERE to order your Student Spotlight today! All orders and payment must be received by August 21st.

BUSINESS ADVERTISEMENTS in the printed program
Lafayette Invitational Band Contest Sponsored by Asbury University
Saturday, September 16th

Our official printed program is a featured item of the invitational experience! Over 3,000 people participated in the event last year! Don’t miss out on this great advertising opportunity for your business! A variety of size and pricing options are available. Click HERE to place your order online. Click HERE to print an order form to take to a business.


Mattress Sale $$$


The profit from last Sunday’s Mattress Sale was $3,750! There were 32 mattresses sold. 20 band students will receive a jacket with the Lafayette Band logo for referring individuals who purchased a mattress. 4 students will receive cash plus a jacket for multiple referrals. Thanks to everyone and we look forward to the 2nd Annual Mattress Sale in 2018!


Band Directory

Download Form

Do you need help finding a ride home from practice for your student?

We are collecting information for a band directory to help with carpooling and ride sharing for practices, bingo, etc. This is an optional form, only fill it out if you want to be included in the directory. The directory will only be distributed to those who have provided their information.

Please return the form to Cathy Concors or Casie Clements by August 11, 2017 (Parent Performance) or e-mail to cathyconcors@yahoo.com


Band Store Open Friday, August 18th


Buttons and Car Magnets from ‘The Raven’ on sale now. Patches and pins coming soon! Get everything you need for the upcoming marching season at the Band Store on August 18 between 5:15 and 6:15. Look for the table between the Pick-Up Lot and Practice Lot. Limited amount of previous show memorabilia available – get it while it lasts! 

Contact Jennifer Longworth with any questions. jlongworth.rlr@gmail.com


Save the Date:  Popcorn, Cheese, and Sausage


Thursday, August 24 Kick-Off

Gourmet Popcorn from Lexington’s own Popcorn Paradise and the ever-popular cheese and summer sausage! This fundraiser is absolutely delicious!


Kroger Cards


Remember to register your Kroger Card online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Enter the NPO number or select Lafayette Band.

Lafayette Band NPO Number is 10043. Simply swipe your Kroger card every time you make a purchase and you will earn money for Lafayette Band!


Amazon Smile


AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and love. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Lafayette Band by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com every time you make a purchase from your computer or smartphone. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Lafayette Band. Just go to smile.amazon.com to get started!


Uniform News


By now, marchers should have received Dri-Fit shirts. PLEASE make sure your marcher’s name is written on the tag.  Several shirts (including extra shirts) were not picked up. Please have your marcher see the uniform crew in the band room Monday evening if they need to pick up their shirt(s).

Your marcher should also have received their black shoes, if ordered. If there are any issues with shoes, please see Amy King in the band room Monday evening, or contact her via email (amy@bleedsblue.com) NO LATER than 8pm Monday, August 14.  If the shoes are fine, PLEASE make sure your marcher’s name is written in BOTH shoes (Shoes with no names were left in the band room Saturday after the wind symphony photo shoot).

In addition, if you have not submitted payment for the marching top ($35) and at least one pair of black gloves ($8, NO gloves for percussion), this needs to be done Monday evening during rehearsal in the band room. 

Red bags are expected Thursday, August 17 and will be distributed at the end of rehearsal.

Marching uniform fittings will continue Monday and Tuesday evening during rehearsal, so don’t panic if your marcher says they have not yet been fitted. 

Additional information
SOCKS:  Please be on the lookout for long black socks for your marcher.  These socks need to be OVER THE CALF – crew socks are too short. The slim fit of the new pants makes them more prone to riding up with movement, so long socks are really important. Also, no color on the heel or calf is allowed. Amazon has plain black tube socks, Walmart and other local stores have plain black dress socks. If you get dress socks, please be sure to check the fit with the black marching shoes, as dress socks tend to be thinner – your marcher might need to wear 2 pairs of socks to be comfortable.

GLOVES:  Black gloves will be distributed prior to the first football game. Watch upcoming e-News for washing instructions. 

SHORTS:  Originally I said any color of slick, low profile athletic shorts would be fine…..However,  after working more with the new pants, I am recommending black or some other very dark color. Please make sure your marcher has something that will work. If you have any questions on this please contact me at amy@bleedsblue.com

MISCELLANEOUS:  No visible jewelry or nail polish is allowed in uniform, so manicures and piercings just before a performance might not be the best idea. Changing in and out of uniform is going to be a challenge this year. Marchers may want to consider bringing an extra dry-fit shirt (of any kind) to put over their heads to protect hair and make-up. Marchers might try to wear as little makeup as possible this year to avoid getting makeup on the black uniform top. Hairdos to contain hair in marching hats may need to be extra secure.  Sousaphones and front ensemble (pit) do not wear hats, and hair is not allowed to touch the collar of the uniform. Please make arrangements for a haircut if necessary.  MAKE SURE YOUR MARCHER HAS DEODORANT.


Tentative Fall Band Schedule



Football:  Frederick Douglass High School


Contest:  Bourbon County High School


Lafayette Invitational Presented by Asbury University


Football:  Dunbar High School (8th Grade Band Night and Senior Night)


Contest:  Grant County


Football:  George Rogers Clark High School


Contest:  Tates Creek High School


KMEA State Quarterfinals – Tates Creek High School


KMEA State Finals in Louisville, KY – Papa John’s Stadium


Parents – Join one of the Band Crews for the 2017-18 year!


It’s never too late to start finding your niche and meet many new lifelong friends as your child makes their journey through band.  Regardless of whether you are able to volunteer an hour a week or hours a day, it is the combined parent volunteer contributions that make a successful band program.

Here is what you can do this season to support and participate in your child’s band experience.

1.       Join the Lafayette Band Association. All volunteers must be members of the LBA.

2.       Verify that you are an approved volunteer with the Fayette County School System. Click on this link

3.       Volunteer at BINGO as many Tuesdays as you can spare. This is the best way to meet and get to know other band parents while also supporting the band in one of its most profitable fundraisers.  We are asking every family to work 6 Bingo sessions during the year.

4.       Come to the Kick-off Meeting on Monday, July-31st. This will give you an opportunity to meet and speak with all the crew leaders to determine which crew fits you best.

If you have a burning crew question, feel free to reach out to the following crew leaders for answers:

Chaperones: Mike Booth (mikeboothgm@gmail.com)
Field Crew: Matt King (matt@bleedsblue.com)
Uniform Crew: Amy King (amy@bleedsblue.com)
Food Crew: Jane and Jim DeRossett (fullpantry@hotmail.com)
Band Store: Jennifer Longworth (jlongworth.rlr@gmail.com)
Media Crew: Michelle Dunlap (micklepickle58@gmail.com) or Dwayne Imes (dwimes@icloud.com)


Complete the Summer To-Do List


Here is a list of the items to be completed this summer:

·         Join the Lafayette Band Association (required to volunteer)

·         Submit to a new or update your current FCPS Background Check (required to volunteer)

·         Schedule your student for a KHSAA (Sports) Physical (return completed form prior to band camp)

·         Complete and return the LBA Medical Authorization Form and the Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization Form (return prior to band camp)

·         Volunteer at Bingo (Tuesday or Thursday) by emailing our bingo volunteer coordinator at LafayetteBandBingo@gmail.com

·         Complete and return the volunteer form.


Links to General Information


Click Here for Contacts

Follow us on: Facebook and Twitter (@lafayetteband)

2017-2018 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


2017-2018 Lafayette Band Sponsors

Download Sponsor List





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