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Schedule & News

For the week of August 6th   

REMINDERS – Please drop-off and pick-up in the student lot.  Do not drive onto the band field.

Also, Lafayette is a smoke-free campus, which includes the parking and band practice lots.

Bring water jug and towel to camp each day.  DRINK WATER!






Lunch (brown bag or food vendor)




Wind players, guard & percussion sectionals




Winds in full rehearsal




End of afternoon rehearsal




Dinner (on your own)




Full Rehearsal




End of day




Restaurant Night – Chick-Fil-A
   (Good option for band camp dinner)

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Harrodsburg Road (Flyer)






Lunch (brown bag or food vendor)




Wind players, guard & percussion sectionals




Winds in full rehearsal




Dinner (on your own)




Full rehearsal




End of day




Parent Volunteers at Bingo

6:00pm – 10:00pm







Lunch (brown bag or food vendor)




Wind players, guard & percussion sectionals




Winds in full rehearsal


Band Room


End of day








Lunch (brown bag or food vendor)




Wind players, guard & percussion sectionals




Winds in full rehearsal


Band Room


End of day




Pool Party

8:00pm – 11:00pm

Tates Creek Pool






Lunch (brown bag or food vendor)




Presentation to middle school camp members




Rehearsal at stadium




Dinner (for students)




Picnic (for parents, families, & friends)




To the stadium




End of camp performance




Deadline to order marching top (see below)




Deadline to pre-order show shirts (see below)




Concert picture for Wind Symphony

9:00am – 11:00am



Calendar Notes


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

Band Store:  The Band Store will be set up during parent performance night to accept T-shirt orders. There will also be special deals on items from older shows! Contact Jennifer to help or for more information. (859) 361-0595 jlongworth.rlr@gmail.com

Wind Symphony Concert Photos on Saturday, August 12
9:00am arrive/dress
9:30am group photos
10:45am undress
11:00am finish

Band Picture Day on Saturday, August 19:  Individual and Section pictures will be taken on August 19. This year, sales of pictures will benefit the Lafayette Band! Specific times will soon be announced.

August 11:  Deadline to turn in pre-order form for “The Raven” show shirts.  Those can be turned in to the band store (which will be set-up at the stadium) on Parent Performance Night (August 11).  Forms and payment can also be put in the black mailbox in the band room.  Please put them in an envelope marked “show shirt order”. 


Urgent Uniform News


By now, you should have ordered and paid for an extra dry-fit shirt ($10) if you want one for your marcher. You also should have ordered and paid for a red bag ($30) if you want one for your marcher. Finally, you should have ordered and paid for black shoes ($26 marching, $28 guard) if needed for your marcher. If you have NOT done so, please contact Amy King via email (amy@bleedsblue.com) NO LATER than 8pm Monday, August 7.

In addition, payment for the marching top ($35) and at least one pair of black gloves ($8, NO gloves for percussion) needs to be submitted no later than Friday, August 11.


Chick-Fil-A Night on Monday from 5pm – 8pm!


Get over to Chick-Fil-A on Monday for the Band Camp dinner break and make $$$ for the band!

From 5-8pm, go to Chick-Fil-A on Harrodsburg Road and tell them you are with the Lafayette Band or show them the flyer (click HERE). Chick-Fil-A will donate 20% of all sales to the band.

Fill up the drive-through and the dining room on Monday at Chick-Fil-A on Harrodsburg Road!!


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.


Kona Ice Truck for Band Camp Lunch – Tuesday August 8th


The Kona Ice Truck will be at Band Camp lunch on Tuesday! All students who have returned full payment for Discount Cards will receive a FREE Kona Ice treat of your choice! All other students will be able purchase a treat during lunch–bring money! Kona Ice will donate a percentage of all sales to the LBA!

Parents and families, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a frozen treat as well–the Kona Ice Truck will also be at our Family Performance, Friday August 11th! A portion of all sales will be donated to the LBA!


Family Night 2017


Band Performance, Dinner, Raffle, & Shopping

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join Lafayette parents, families and alumni for a wonderful “End of Camp” dinner and Family Performance.  Our dinner is sponsored by Columbia Steak Express. Thanks for their generous support!  The delicious meal will be served at the stadium and you can “tailgate.” The KONA ICE Truck will also be selling refreshing treats. The catered meal is also a fundraiser for the band and we encourage all families to attend!

Please register HERE for the dinner.

Date:     Friday, August 11
Time:    Band Students eat free beginning at 5:00pm
All others eat from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Band Performance at 7:00
Place:    Lafayette High School football stadium
Cost:      $8 per person
(Event will be held rain or shine)

RAFFLE: During the meal, we will be having 2 raffles – “Split the Pot” and “Hour in the Tower”. The “Hour in the Tower” is a special opportunity for you to spend an hour in the Band Tower during a rehearsal watching our very own ‘Pride of the Bluegrass’.  Chances to enter each raffle will be $1 each. The drawings will be held during the Family Performance, and you must be present to win.

SHOPPING: During the meal, you will also have opportunities to purchase the new 2017 Show Shirts & Show Buttons and there will be a huge BAND STORE CLEARANCE SALE! You can also pick up additional Discount Cards or turn in Discount Card money.

Please make plans to attend – you won’t want to miss this very special evening!!!


Sell Those Discount Cards!


Almost all of our Discount Cards have been picked up–great job! Now you just have to sell them! Each family is asked to sell at least 15 cards or provide an “opt-out” donation of $75. The Discount Card is sold for $10 and provides year-long savings and BOGO offers at merchants throughout Lexington. The goal for this fundraiser is $20,000. We need everyone’s participation!

Early Sale Incentive
All students who sell all 15 Discount Cards and turn in $150 by Monday, August 7th will receive a FREE Kona Shaved Ice treat during lunch on Tuesday, August 8th!

Section Incentive
The section that has the greatest percentage of Discount Cards sold by August 18th will get a once in a lifetime opportunity…The 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 7: 7:30am – 7:55am and 8:30pm – 9:15pm
Wednesday, August 9: 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday, August 11: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (At the Parent Performance)

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


Mattress Sale Success!


Thanks to all families and students who helped out with the 1st Annual Mattress Sale! A big thank you to all who purchased a mattress and publicized the event! Check out a picture of the “mattress showroom” HERE. We’ll have figures on the amount of money raised next week and will share in the e-News. Thank you!


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


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Band Camp Lunches

Download Menu

We have two options for our full band camp lunches this season.

Students can bring a bag lunch or we have arranged $5 lunches thru local restaurants and food trucks.  The lunches are from Columbia Steak Express, Fazoli’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill,  That’s How We Roll food truck, and Zaxby’s.  They have given us a tremendous deal!  Please view the menu on our Lafayette Band Association- Pride of the Bluegrass Facebook page or download herewww.facebook.com/Lafayettebandassociation/ 

Orders can be placed each morning from 7:30-7:55 during drop off in the parking lot.  Students can order daily or for the entire camp.  Vegetarian options are now available on all days.   

Each lunch costs $5. LBA will still be providing water, Gatorade, and sweet treats for all marchers.   Jane will be a table and sign so she’ll be easy to spot.  Parents, please send payment with your student(s).

Lunch on Friday from Papa John’s will be provided by the LBA.

Dinner on Friday will be from Columbia’s

Attention Bakers! Or those who love cookies!  We will be collecting cookies and sweet treats during drop off Mon., Wed., and Fri.  (7:30-7:55) beginning 7/31. Please be sure they are nut free treats.  See Stacey Stone (Cookie Lady) in her gray van in the parking lot. 

Serving 200 plus kids requires many hands.  If you would like to volunteer to help at band camp please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4caea623a5f58-lafayette2 Or contact Stacey Stone at stone1016@yahoo.com

We are in need of volunteers to help serve lunch this week.  We are hosting a large middle school group which will eat prior to our high schoolers.

If you would like to volunteer to help on competition days please contact Jane or Jim DeRossett at fullpantry@hotmail.com or 859-396-5387.  

If your student has allergies or special dietary needs please contact Jane DeRossett. Fullpantry@hotmail.com or 859-396-5387

For free and reduced lunch plan please contact Mr. Smith. 


Chaperones Need Forms and Water


Medical Authorization Forms: We are almost there! If you have not turned in your Medical Authorization Form please complete and send with your student tomorrow. Give the form to any chaperone.

8 oz. Water Bottles: We still need more 8 oz. water bottle contributions for the Marching Season. Drop off your bottles as you drop off your student any morning.  

IF you have questions contact Mike Booth (Head Chaperone) at mikeboothgm@gmail.com or Merrille Stevens (Lead Medical Chaperone) at merrillestevens@gmail.com.


Medication Policy


It is LBA policy that chaperones hold all student medications during practices and when we travel.  Students are not to keep any medication with them or in their case. This helps ensure the medication is readily available when needed and the chaperone medical team can document usage.

Drop by all prescription medications by the white tent when the student arrives a practice. The chaperones will hold and secure the medications though out the season if requested or the student can pick up the medication at the end of each practice.


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.

SHOES:  If you ordered shoes, they SHOULD be in by the last day of band camp, August 11.  When you receive your shoes, PLEASE try them on and make sure they fit with no issues. Shoes can be exchanged for a different size, but only within the FIRST week and only if the shoes/box have NOT been written in/on. If the shoes are great, PLEASE write your marcher’s name in BOTH shoes immediately. Inevitably, shoes are left behind somewhere – names in shoes significantly increases the chance your marcher’s shoes will be returned to them. 

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:  Dry-fit shirts will be on August 11, and red bags should be in shortly thereafter.  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


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Tentative Fall Band Schedule



Football:  Frederick Douglass High School


Contest:  Bourbon County High School


Lafayette Invitational


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





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