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For the week of August 20th   

Jazz percussion: Bring your hi hat, ride, snare, and throne by Wednesday.



No School





3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm




6:00pm – 8:30pm



Discount Card Money Collected

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Parking Lot


Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 5:45pm



Discount Card Money Collected

5:15pm – 5:45pm

Parking Lot


State Semi/Finals Ticket Orders Collected

5:15pm – 5:45pm

Parking Lot


Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Cheese/Sausage Kick-Off




Deadline to order State Semi/Finals Tickets


See Below


State Semi/Finals Ticket Orders Collected (No practice this day, but Casie will be in the parking lot to collect orders)

5:30pm – 6:15pm

Parking Lot





Calendar Notes


Register for Fall M2 Lessons by August 23rd on the Web Site.  Sign up my midnight Wednesday to avoid additional charge.  http://www.lafayetteband.org/fall-m2-registration/

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

A Field Trip Permission Form will be handed out this week for the 2017-18 contests.  You may also download a copy here.


KMEA State Marching Band Semi-Finals and Finals

Order Form

It’s time to order your tickets for State Semis & Finals! Deadline to be included in the Lafayette block of tickets is Friday, August 25th.  Please find the order form and seating chart attached.  You can bring your form and payment in person, or put it in the mail at the address on the order form. 

Turn in your forms to Casie Clements.  (Please do NOT turn them in to anyone else.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on ordering because their form was turned into the wrong place.)  She will be next to the red poles that divide the senior lot from the practice lot. 


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:


Discount Card Money Due Now


If you have not turned in your Discount Card money or unsold cards, you must do so this week. Each family is asked to sell 15 cards or provide an “opt-out” donation of $75. THERE ARE OVER 50 FAMILIES WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED MONEY FOR THE CARDS THEY PICKED UP. Look for the vehicle with the Discount Card sign in the pick-up lot on the following days:

Tuesday, August 22: 5:30-6:00
Wednesday, August 23: 5:15-5:45

Winners of the “Pie in the Face” section competition as well as our 3 “Top Sellers” will be announced at the Fall Fundraiser Student Kick-Off. 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 must have participated in the fundraiser)! Top Seller prizes include $50 gift card for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place, and $15 for 3rd place. For questions, contact Melena or John Dailey at lbafundraising1@gmail.com.


Student Spotlight and Business Ads Due Friday, August 25


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 25th.

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.


Fall Fundraiser Starts Thursday


Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off is Thursday! This year, we are featuring Gourmet Popcorn from Lexington’s own Popcorn Paradise and the ever-popular cheese and summer sausage. There will also be a selection of chocolates. Samples will be provided for the kids at Thursday’s rehearsal. This fundraiser is absolutely delicious!


September Restaurant Nights


Raising Cane’s (Harrodsburg Road): Wednesday, September 6
Chipotle (Fayette Mall): Wednesday, September 27

Full rehearsal ends for everyone at 5:45 on both these days, so go to Cane’s on Harrodsburg Road on September 6 and Chipotle in Fayette Mall on September 27 and have a great dinner while supporting the Band. Chipotle will donate 50% of sales to the Band!


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!


Personal Water Jugs


We do not provide Styrofoam cups for water breaks.

Students need to still bring their personal water jugs to practice. Keep the jugs in your locker or use the area that Mr. Smith has set aside to store your jug in the band room.  

Sit your jugs by the blue building and the chaperones will gladly fill it with water.  

Contact Mike Booth (mikeboothgm@gmail.com) if you have questions.


The Field Crew Needs You


The field crew is still a little shorthanded for performance days as this year’s show has more equipment to get on and off the field than in some years.  If the legendary fun and festivity of tailgating with the field crew on contest days and the awesome food is not enough, helping push equipment gives you a front row (actually in front of the front row) seat for the show.  The crew can use your help even if you have limited availability.  If you are potentially interested in helping, please contact Matt King at matt@bleedsblue.com


Band Store Update


The Raven car magnets have SOLD OUT!  If you are still interested in a magnet, please email JLongworth.rlr@gmail.com.

If there is enough interest, we will place another order.  Thank you for supporting the LBA by shopping at the Band Store.  The Band Store will not be open this week.  Watch for future updates in the e-News and on the LBA Facebook page.


Uniform News


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.


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)


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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