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Schedule & News

For the week of July 2nd






Volunteer at Bingo – Mellophones and Low Reeds pull tab night

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Bluegrass Bingo


Boston Crusaders Open Rehearsal




Volunteer at Bingo – Trumpets pull tab night

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Bluegrass Bingo


Percussion Mini-Camp

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Color Guard Mini-Camp

5:30pm – 8:30pm



Percussion Mini-Camp

9:00am – 12:00pm



Color Guard Mini-Camp

9:00am – 12:00pm



Upcoming Events and Notes:
DCI finalist the Boston Crusaders will be rehearsing at Lafayette on July 5. Open rehearsal. Schedule TBA.

Pre-order band camp t-shirts and summer tanks – Download flyer.  On-line order form will be
available shortly. Tank top style available in sizes S-2XL, T-shirt style available in sizes S-5XL and
either shirt is $15/each.

Save-the-Date:  July-20th – Big Brother/Big Sister Picnic and New Parent Meeting (more details below)

Battery Percussion:  Make sure you can play 8s, Even Flow, and Double Beat from the Kuhn packet with feet.



Freshmen, First-time Marchers, Guard and Percussion camp: July 24-28, 2017

Full Band Camp: July 31-August 4, 2017 & August 7-11, 2017

Schedule Now AvailableDownload


Summer Dates

Download Summer Dates

M2 Summer Music Academy this Week (see student-specific schedule)

Color Guard & Percussion Mini-Camps

July 7-8, 2017

Lafayette High School

Fri. 5:30-8:30pm / Sat. 9am 12 noon


Video assignments due – see website
Assignment #2-July 11

Big Brother / Big Sister Social – July 20 at Lafayette (Front lawn, by gym/cafeteria entrance) – 6:00-8:00pm

Class Meetings-July 20

All Upper classmen


Lafayette High School

Summer Band
(All first-time Lafayette Band members should plan to attend & all veterans are encouraged to attend.) 
School-owned Instruments can be checked-out on the dates below starting at 6:30pm.

July 10,17


Lafayette High School

Percussion, Wind Freshmen

July 24-28, 2017


Lafayette High School

Color Guard Camp

July 24-28, 2017


Lafayette High School

Band Camp (Schedule Now Available)

July 31-August 4, 2017


Lafayette High School

August 7-11, 2017


Lafayette High School

Monday & Tuesday night of band camp both weeks, we have an evening rehearsal from 6:30-9pm


Summer Band


Summer Band Nights will be on the following dates:

·         Monday, July 10 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

·         Monday, July 17 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

All first-time Lafayette Band members should plan to attend.  All veteran Lafayette Band members are encouraged to attend. 

Bring your instrument.  We will be inside on these evenings.

School-owned instruments can be checked-out on these dates at 6:30pm.


Bingo Moving to a New Location


After many years at our current Bingo location it has become necessary to make a change.  This change is not being done rashly.  Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall, for several years, that we would likely have to leave our current location and that day has arrived. Our last Bingo session at our current location is Thursday, July 27th.  The first session at our new location will be Tuesday, August 1st

I can imagine the first question many people will ask is, “Why are we moving?” 

The Department of Charitable Gaming (in Frankfort) requires that any group wishing to conduct gaming activities maintain a minimum of 40% profit.  The LBA received notification in May that we had not achieved that goal for the 2016 calendar year and that we would therefore be placed on probation for 1 year.  In order to be allowed to continue our gaming activities, during 2017, we had to look at our numbers and create a plan for how we would reach and maintain 40%.  It came as no surprise to any of us (as I mentioned above, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time) that the most effective way for us to reach the 40% mark would be by decreasing our overhead.  To that end, we were contacted by Jackpot Bingo, which operates on Eastland Parkway.  They have offered us an extremely reasonable rent.  When we used that rent figure in our calculations for the financial plan, it allows us to exceed the required 40% profit.

Please know that we have looked at and called numerous locations on this side of town.  Unfortunately, the rents at each of them are either too high to make them a feasible option or that too much work would have to be done to them to make them workable for Bingo.  This move is not taken on lightly and although it is a further distance for most of us to travel we will only be holding our Bingo sessions on Tuesday nights, beginning in August.  If you are on the regular schedule for Thursdays, please contact Dan Prevette at LafayetteBandBingo@gmail.com so that he can work on the schedule for our new location.  We really do need everyone to help.  We all want a wonderful band experience for our kids and many hands make light work.  If anyone is interested in becoming our new Bingo Chairperson please contact me (LBAPresident1@gmail.com) or Kevin Fugette (kevfuge@gmail.com), our current Thursday night Bingo chairperson, so we can talk to you about it.  It would be a HUGE help! 

Brenda and Ben Boggs went one night for Bingo, at Eastland, last year and said that most of the patrons at Eastland are the same folks we see on a regular basis.  We have begun making announcements at our current Bingo location to our patrons and have told them how much we have valued their support of the band program and hope that they will follow us to the new location.  We have explained why we are making the move and although many are disappointed they understand and have said they will come out and give it a try.  If you’ve never been to Eastland, it’s a very clean, nice facility and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

For those concerned with safety, there will be an armed off-duty police officer with us during our gaming sessions.  I have spoken with the “boss,” who is a sergeant (the other two officers who are in the rotation are both detectives, so all three have arrest powers) and they stay with us and are visible during the entire session.  Hopefully knowing that will provide some peace of mind. 

Thanks to you all, for being such a wonderful community!  It’s going to be a great year and I look forward to working with all of you.

Casie Clements
LBA President, 2017-2018 


Big Brother/Big Sister Picnic


Date:  July 20th
Time:  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where:  Lafayette High School, Front Lawn

You’re invited to the annual Lafayette Band Big Brother/Big Sister Picnic!  You will get to know your fellow band members through fun activities and good food!

Bring the following items:
Woodwinds:  Desserts
Brass:  Drinks
Percussion and Colorguard:  Chips/Veggies

If you have any questions, please contact Drum Majors:
Zoe SirLouis (859) 699-9155
Kate Manno (859) 806-1140


New Parent Orientation Meeting on July 20


Welcome new families to the Lafayette Band Family!  We look forward to meeting you and answering your many questions. There will be a New Parent Orientation Meeting on July 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (during the Big Brother/Big Sister Picnic).  This will be an opportunity to meet the band staff, LBA board members, learn about band camp, marching season etiquette, supplies your student will need for band camp and beyond, and your student’s first year in the Lafayette Band.  Please come with your list of questions, as this will be the perfect time to get them answered.  We will meet in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome! 

This meeting will be different than the first parent meeting of the year for all parents.  That will occur on July 31st and you will meet crew chiefs, learn about volunteer opportunities, and hear more about the specifics of THIS band season at that meeting.


Lafayette Band Parent Performance, Picnic & Raffle


The 2017 Lafayette Band Parent Performance, Picnic and Raffle will be on Friday evening, August 11th.  We’re doing things a little differently this year.  Historically, we have held a small Silent Auction on Parent Performance night.  This year, we will have one BIG silent auction at the Jazz Band Dance, later in the year. 

For parent performance night we will have our traditional picnic.  More details about cost for the meal and timing will follow but please save-the-date.  During the picnic we will be selling chances for 2 raffles, an “Hour in the Tower,” and a “Split the Pot” Raffle.  Chances to enter either drawing will only be $1/each.  The drawings will be held live at the football stadium, during the parent performance, and you must be present to win.  Then, it’s time to see all the hard work our students have put in during band camp.  This will be our first opportunity to glimpse this year’s show, as the band marches the first movement.

We call it the Parent Performance but everyone is welcome – friends, family, and alumni – spread the word!


Memory Books and Band DVDs


2016-17 “Vox Populi” Memory Books and DVDs are available for pick-up

Distribution Dates and Times:
Mon 7/10, and 7/17 from 6:30-7pm in the band lot

If you need to schedule a different time, please contact Jane Andreatta at jkandreatta@gmail.com or 859-361-0700.


M2 Summer Music Academy is Ongoing


Remaining lessons will be held on the following dates:
July 10 and 17

Click for schedule


More Fun at Churchill Downs


Thank you so much to Jane Andreatta, Cathy Concors, John & Melena Dailey, Troy Hinkle, and Greg Wild for our 2nd fundraising night at Churchill Downs. We had a great time and met some fascinating people! See some pictures here.

Churchill Downs makes a donation of $125 per person and provides a free meal from their Chef’s Table buffet. Great money, great food, and a great time! Total money earned totals $1400!

SAVE THE DATE: The next opportunity for Lafayette Band to volunteer at Churchill will be Saturday, September 23.


Bowling Fundraiser

Download Flyer


What: First ever “Back to Band Camp” bowling fundraiser night
When: Tuesday, July 18th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Southland Bowling Lanes
Who: All band and color guard members are invited!

Download the flyer

Download the registration form

You must pre-register and pre-pay to participate. 

Deadline to register and pay is Monday, July 10th.


Get Ready for Discount Cards!



This is the best Lafayette Discount Card in years! A big thanks to Mike & Melanie Booth and their team! A perennial community favorite, the annual Lafayette Band Discount Card Fundraiser kicks off at the start of Band Camp on July 31! Each family is asked to sell at least 15 cards. The Discount Card is sold for $10 and provides year-long savings and BOGO offers at merchants throughout Lexington. Some of the fabulous 2017-2018 discounts include:

Zaxby’s – BOGO entrée every Wednesday at all Lexington locations
Auntie Anne’s – BOGO original or cinnamon pretzel in Fayette Mall – all the time
Sonic – BOGO coney
Smashburger – free fries with purchase
Two Chicks and Co. – 20% off one item each visit
Jeff’s Car Wash – $5 off Ultimate Car Wash
The Front Porch – 20% off one item each visit
City Barbeque – $5 off $25 purchase
Subway – free sub with purchase of sub & drink
And 23 more discounts and offers!!!

Discount Cards are valid until July 31, 2018!


LBA Website Updated


Check out the updated Fundraising page of the Lafayette Band website here. You will find descriptions of all the 2017-2018 fundraising opportunities. We have some new and exciting things planned! Remember, register your Kroger cards for LBA and use AmazonSmile for all your online shopping. Spread the word to friends and family!


Mattress Sale on Sunday August 6th

Download Flyer

The 1st Annual Band Mattress Sale will be here soon. Click here for detailed information about the event. Download the referral flyer here! This is a great, easy way for the Band to make money. All we need to do is promote it to friends, family, and the community.


Hydration and Nutrition Information


In order to get the most out of your Band Camp experience, it’s important to be prepared. Listed here are some ways to make sure that you stay in tip-top shape during Band Camp.


  • Drink 16 ounces of water BEFORE you come to rehearsal in the morning.
  • Each evening, after rehearsals, drink 16 to 32 ounces of water.
  • It is essential that you stay hydrated. Guys will sweat, girls will glisten during Band Camp. It’s hot on the pavement, sometimes REALLY hot. We are outside, it is summer and this is Kentucky! AVOID CAFFEINE (save the Red Bull for Band trips) or carbonated beverages with caffeine. Also stay away from sugar-loaded drinks (i.e., Kool-Aid or juice). They will dehydrate you. Water is best; Gatorade or other sports drinks are okay. BUT, drink them in addition to water!

Nutrition: Everyone MUST eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Please eat a healthy meal before you come every day. Contrary to what you may think, food on your stomach will not sit like a lump while you are marching. Your body needs fuel to perform at the level necessary for Band Camp. Avoid all caffeine, greasy foods, carbonated drinks with caffeine, excessive candy or sweets, and dairy foods. During the first week of camp, beginning July 23, you are “on your own” for lunch. You may bring a sack lunch or make arrangements to obtain lunch offsite. During the two weeks of full Band Camp, (beginning July 31) you can either bring a sack lunch from home or, we will have food trucks and different restaurants providing $5 lunches each day.  Be on the lookout in next week’s e-News for a complete list with the menu for each day and ordering details.  Students MAY NOT leave campus during the lunch break, during full band camp.

Summer Conditions:

·         Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.  Bring your sunscreen with you to re-apply during breaks.

·         Wear a hat:  baseball cap preferred

·         Wear light colored clothing.

·         Always wear socks and tennis shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).

·         Expect high temperatures and humidity!  Many hours are spent on the asphalt!


Summer To-Do List from Your Chaperone Team

Medical Authorization Form

1.       Complete the LBA Medical Authorization Form and mail it to the address on the bottom of the form. You must submit this form BEFORE band camp so we can properly treat your child if a medical condition arises. (If you have already turned in your form – Thank You!)

2.       Make an appointment with your child’s physician for a physical. Have the physician complete and sign a KHSAA Physical Form AND the LBA Over the Counter Medical Authorization Form if you so desire. These forms do NOT need to be completed and returned prior to band camp. You will need to bring in blank forms for the physician to complete and sign. 

Update:  Students can get their KHSAA sports physicals at Baptist Express Care for $25 at the Walmart at Hamburg or the Walmart in Nicholasville. They are open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturdays 8am-6pm, Sundays 11-5.

If you have questions contact Merrille Stevens at merrillestevens@gmail.com.

You can find all LBA forms on http://www.lafayetteband.org/2017-2018-marching-season-forms/ and you can find the KHSAA form at https://khsaa.org/forms/ge04.pdf

If you have any questions contact Mike Booth at mikeboothgm@gmail.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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