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For the week of August 27th   



Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 5:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Dr. Tim Leadership Workshop

6:00pm – 8:30pm



LBA Board Meeting

6:30pm – 8:30pm




3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm




6:00pm – 8:30pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 5:45pm



Winds and Percussion (ending early due to Open House)

3:45pm – 5:45pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Band Store Open

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Packing Lot





Calendar Notes


Friday is black-shirt-rehearsal-day.

Memorize movements 3 and 4


Lafayette Band Invitational Presented by Asbury University


The Lafayette Band Invitational on September 16 is going to be a fun and exciting day!  This is the second time we have hosted a contest and it is going to be “A Beautiful Day!”  There will be 8 well-known and highly successful bands participating and we anticipate several thousand people will attend the Invitational.  The information and online ticket sales for the Lafayette Band Invitational has been posted at www.lafayetteband.org/libc/

We need all families and students to volunteer to be a part of this great event!  There will be volunteer opportunities in concessions, ticket sales, parking, stadium ushers, band guides, and more!  The volunteer schedule will be divided into 3-hour shifts during the day and evening and designated for adults and students.  It promises to be a fabulous experience for everyone and a significant day in the great history of the Lafayette Band!

Volunteer sign-up schedules will be coming out soon.  PLEASE watch, step up, sign-up, and help make this a great success for Lafayette and our invited bands and their families!

We need 2 GRILLS for concessions. One standard size and one large grill for main concession. If you have one or both we could use for the event please contact Jim or Jane DeRossett fullpantry@hotmail.com

We will be having a BAKE SALE TABLE and need help stocking it. If you would like to donate some baked goods or have a contact at a bakery please contact Stacey Stone stone1016@yahoo.com.


Bourbon County Contest

Download Itinerary

“Pride of the Bluegrass”
Bourbon Co. 2017
(Contest begins at 11:00am)

Saturday, Sept. 9































Remember to have your ride at the school following the contest.

Parents and Students — Carefully review these instructions: 

·         Bring money for gloves if needed.  $8.00 

·         Have your band camp shirt to wear under your uniform.

·         Wear long black socks – plain, no stripes! (It’s good just to keep an extra pair of socks in your bag)

·         Bring the black shorts, deodorant, hand towel, wipes for your red bag.

·         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 top knot 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.


Fall Fundraiser Going on Now!


Gourmet Popcorn, Cheese, Sausage, & Chocolates
Now through Monday, September 11

The most delicious fundraiser of the year is underway! Our Kick-Off was Thursday and the kids tasted many of the products they will be selling. Click HERE for the information flyer. 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.

Each student is asked to sell 15 items or provide a $75 ‘Opt-Out’ donation. All checks made payable to “LBA”. Please do not collect money at time of ordering. All orders are due by Monday, September 11 at the LBA Parent Meeting. Product delivery will be on Thursday, October 5 at the end of Mini-Camp rehearsal. Products should be delivered and money collected between October 5 and October 8. Money should be turned in during the week of October 9.

The goal for this fundraiser is $11,000. We will receive 50% back on each bag of delicious popcorn sold and 45% on each sausage, cheese, and chocolate item sold. We ask for everyone’s participation in order to meet the budgetary requirements of the Band program.

INDIVIDUAL PRIZES: The top dollar amount seller will receive a $100 gift card of their choice. 2nd place will receive a $50 gift card and 3rd place will receive a $25 gift card.

SECTION PRIZE: The winning Section will receive special, unprecedented “Time in the Tower” during band rehearsal. The Section Prize will be awarded to the Section who sells the highest percentage of items. If paying the Opt-Out donation, you will be credited for 15 items. If your Section wins, you must have sold at least 10 items to receive “Time in the Tower”.

Email LBAfundraising1@gmail.com or contact Melena Dailey (859-619-4776) or John Dailey (859-353-2900) for questions.


September Restaurant Nights


Raising Cane’s (Harrodsburg Road): Wednesday, September 6 – click HERE for flyer
Chipotle (Fayette Mall): Wednesday, September 27 – click
HERE for flyer

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!


Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs on September 23


This great money-making opportunity is back for Lafayette Band at the very popular “Downs After Dark” event on Saturday, September 23. Churchill Downs will donate $125 to LBA for each person who helps with the buffet and becomes a “meat-carver” on Millionaires Row. No experience necessary! Must be 18 or older. Shift is from 3pm to 10pm and includes training, dinner and a real chef’s hat!

Several LBA parents volunteered at Churchill Downs in June and it was a great experience – the people-watching was fascinating! We will have a sign-up in next week’s e-News. If you have been waiting for a way to get involved, this is it! Email John and Melena Dailey at LBAfundraising1@gmail.com for questions.


Band Store Open on Friday, September 1


Pins, Patches, & Buttons from ‘The Raven’ now on sale. Get everything you need for the upcoming marching season at the Band Store on Friday, September 1 between 5:15 and 6:15. Look for the table between the Pick-Up Lot and Practice Lot. License plates, car flags, water bottles, previous show memorabilia, and much more – get it while it lasts!

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


Discount Card Winners!


Congratulations to our Top 3 Discount Card winners:

1. Brittany Nguyen – 45 cards sold – winner of $50 gift card
2. Annika Prevette – 37 cards sold – winner of $25 gift card
3. Austin Booth – 34 cards sold – winner of $15 gift card

Congratulations to the Mellophone Section for winning our first SECTION AWARD. The Mellophones sold 104% of their allotted Discount Cards. Way to Go! Each member of the Mellophone section will get to throw a ‘Pie in the Face’ of the Lafayette Band directors at the end of practice on Friday, September 1. Don’t miss this event!

Percentage of Discount Cards sold by Section:
                1. Mellophones – 104%
                2. Sousaphones – 70%
                3. Baritones – 69%
                4. Clarinets – 64%
                5. Flutes – 55%
                6. Percussion – 51%
                7. Alto Sax – 50%
                8. Trombones – 49%
                9. Trumpets – 48%
                10. Color Guard – 37%
                11. Low Reeds – 35%

139 band students participated or made an ‘Opt-Out’ donation resulting in 67% participation. The goal is to have 100% participation to ensure a strong financial foundation for the Lafayette Band.

We have now reached over $15,000 in profit from our Discount Card Fundraiser, but the LBA encourages families and students to keep selling Discount Cards wherever you can. The Card is good through summer of 2018 and includes hundreds of dollars of savings! Contact LBAfundraising1@gmail.com if you need more cards to sell. If you still have cards you do not plan to sell, you MUST turn them back in or pay for them on September 1st. We still have 30 families who have not returned any cards or money.


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


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


“REMIND” System to Communicate Information


The Lafayette Band uses the “Remind” system to communicate important information to students and families.  The students have been encouraged to join the appropriate “remind” groups to receive updates, schedule changes, and reminders from the band directors.  Families are welcome to join.

Text the following codes to 859-519-8446:
@lafayetteb  (for all band students)
@lhswinds  (for Wind Symphony)
@62d72  (for Symphonic Band)
@lhsconcer  (for Concert Band)


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

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