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For the week of October 15th

Congratulations to the Lafayette Band!
Grand Champions of the Tates Creek Band Contest!

ALL FUNDRAISING MONEY DUE NOW!  (see below for collection information)


Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm




3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm




6:00pm – 8:30pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 5:45pm



Band Store Open

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Parking Lot


Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Color Guard

5:00pm – 8:00pm



Full Rehearsal

3:45pm – 6:15pm



Band Store Open

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Parking Lot


KMEA Quarter Finals

See Itinerary Below

Tates Creek HS


Calendar Notes


M2 Lessons are ongoing.  Check the schedule for your time slot.  See section below for payment instructions.

Ticket Distribution for the State Marching Band Championship will be:
Monday – 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Please see Casie Clements, at the edge of the senior lot (near the red poles) to pick up your pre-ordered tickets.

LBA Badge Distribution on Monday and Tuesday – See Janet Jones

Chamber Groups – Tuba/Euphonium chamber times have changes to 6:30pm – 7:30pm starting in November.

Chamber Groups – Trombone chamber times have changed to Mondays at 5:30pm starting November 6th.


Fundraiser Money Collection


All fundraiser money is now due. Please turn in all money at the following times this week:

Monday, 10/16

5:15-6:00 – Parking Lot (table between Practice & Parking Lot)

Tuesday, 10/17

5:30-6:00 – Parking Lot (table between Practice & Parking Lot)

Wednesday, 10/18

5:30-6:00 – Band Store tables

Thursday, 10/19

5:45-6:15 – Parking Lot (table between Practice & Parking Lot)

Friday, 10/20

5:30-6:30 – Band Store tables

Checks should be made payable to “LBA”. Questions? Email LBAfundraising1@gmail.com


Flags in the Stands


If you helped cheer our marchers on by borrowing and waving a French/Lafayette Flag in the Stand please remember to turn these back in.

We need to make a few repairs and get an accurate count before we head to State.

Please turn in to Carole Howell, the band store or to the Dailey’s at the fundraiser money collection this week.

Thank you for your cooperation.


KMEA Quarter Finals at Tates Creek High School


Lafayette Marching Band
KMEA Quarter-Finals @ Tates Creek
Saturday, October 21, 2017


Rehearsal at Lafayette


Lunch at Lafayette


Dress into uniform


Load buses


Depart for Tates Creek


Quarter-finals begin @ Tates Creek


Arrive at Tates Creek






Depart for Lafayette


Announcement-Drum Majors and staff will represent POTB


Change out


Dinner provided


Rehearsal at stadium


Rehearsal ends

— It is very important to check and double-check the items in your Red Bag prior to every performance! Make certain all required items are present, clean. This is important information to remember prior to every football game and competition!

Parents and Students — Carefully review these instructions:

  • Bring money for gloves if needed. $8
  • Clean and polish shoes
  • 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 dark gym shorts
  • 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 ponytail or purchase a wig cap. 

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.


Food for Quarterfinals at Tates Creek


We will be serving both lunch and dinner at Lafayette on Saturday 10/21. If you are available to help please contact Jane or Jim DeRossett fullpantry@hotmail.com

– Fazolis Sponsored Meal! Choice of penne with marinara, spaghetti with meat sauce, or fettuccine alfredo. Served with a tossed salad.

Dinner– Pizza


Medications for Quarterfinals


If your child needs to take prescription or over-the-counter medication that we do not already have physician’s signature for during the day on Saturday you will need to complete and turn in the FCPS “Physician Order and Parent/Guardian Authorization Administration Form” found under the Downloadable Forms section of the Lafayette Website (www.lafayetteband.org). 

On Saturday morning, turn in the completed form along with the medication needed for that day only in its original container to any chaperone at the blue building next to the practice field.

Please note that over-the-counter medications must be accompanied by a physician’s signature on the FCPS form noted above.  If a physician has already signed the LBA Medical Form then you do are not required to submit an additional form for OTC medications you initiated on the LBA Form.

If you have any questions you may contact Mike Booth (mikeboothgm@gmail.com) or Merrille Stevens merrillestevens@gmail.com


Etiquette in the Stands


·         Our students thrive on our support and look to the stands for the waving Lafayette Flags. Distribution of flags to Lafayette fans will occur at contests just before Lafayette performs.

·         Wait to raise Lafayette flags and cheer for Lafayette until the previous band has completely left the field.

·         When the band is set to perform, refrain from yelling a name or cheering during a quiet segment of the performance. Our students are in performance mode and are concentrating on delivering an excellent performance.

·         After the performance begins, lower your flag so that everyone can see the show. When the performance ends, raise your flag until Lafayette leaves the field.



Custom Lafayette Socks and Bowties – Order Now!

Download Form

Show your spirit with these custom-made Lafayette socks and bowties. Specializing in small-batch accessories, Barrel Down South, has agreed to make these one-of-a-kind products to support the Lafayette Band. With the finest quality workmanship and unique to Lafayette, order yours today! Makes the perfect Christmas gift! Socks are $10 and Bowties are $30. Two ways to Order:

  1. Go to www.lafayetteband.org under “Featured Items” and pay with credit card.
  2. Turn in the Order Form with cash or check (payable to LBA) at the Band Store on Wednesday or Friday this week. Click HERE for the Order Form.



“Kick-Off to State” on October 23rd at Gattitown

Download Flyer

All band students and families are invited to Gattitown on Monday, October 23 after rehearsal ends at 6:00 for “Kick-Off to State”. We have reserved the largest room at Gattitown and will watch the Quarterfinals performance while enjoying the salad, pasta, and pizza buffet. Regular buffet prices apply and Gattitown will be giving back 20% of sales to the Band. Don’t miss this special night as Lafayette Band takes over Gattitown to begin the journey to State Finals! Click HERE for flyer.


Celebrate Marching Season – Party and Pancakes!



PARTY on Friday 11/3: To celebrate the 2017 Marching Season, the Lafayette Band Association will be hosting an ‘End-of-Marching Season” Party for all band students! More details to follow!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST on 11/4: We will keep the celebration going with the 2nd Annual Lafayette Band Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Nicholasville Road on Saturday morning, November 4 from 8am to 10am. Tickets are $8 and include All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes, Bacon, and Drinks. APPLEBEE’S WILL DONATE 50% OF SALES TO THE BAND!!

Buy tickets HERE or at the Band Store!
Click HERE for flyer.

We need students (and a few parents) to help serve, host, and clean-up. Applebee’s does all the cooking! Click HERE to sign-up and be part of the fun as we celebrate The Pride of the Bluegrass and the spectacular 2017 Marching Season!!


Band Store Open Wednesday and Friday


Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:00
Friday from 5:30 to 6:30

–Lafayette custom socks & bowties order forms
’Property of Lafayette Band’ t-shirts
–Raven car magnets, pins, patches, and buttons
–’Fun’ buttons!
–Drop-off/Pick-up Photo Button orders
–Pancake Breakfast Tickets
–And so much more!!!


Order Band Pictures Online


Go to www.shellshots.smugmug.com to order individual, sectional, and Wind Symphony pictures. Several options are available. You can download a digital copy of each picture for only $8. There are also options to order printed pictures to be mailed to you (cost varies by size and shipping starts at $3.99 for all mailed pictures). Keepsakes such as mugs, magnets, phone cases, and more are available for online purchase (shipping costs apply). To download or order printed pictures and merchandise:

  1. Go to www.shellshots.smugmug.com
  2. Click on ‘Marching Band’
  3. Password is Raven (please note the capital R)

If your band student’s picture is not on the website, please contact Michelle Dunlap at micklepickle58@gmail.com.


Photo Buttons – LAST WEEK TO ORDER

Button Order Form

Orders Accepted Through Friday, October 20

Photo Buttons are a great way to support your band student and LBA. Each 3.5-inch Photo Button is $8. You can choose your photo from the online Lafayette Band pictures at www.shellshots.smugmug.com. Choose ‘Marching Band’ and password is Raven. Please note the photo name/number of the picture you would like for your Photo Button and complete the FORM. Make sure you fill out everything on the FORM and give to Melena or John Dailey with cash or check (payable to LBA). Forms can be dropped off/orders picked up at the Band Store this week.


Ordering SMBC Tickets


If you missed out on ordering tickets in the Lafayette block ticket order for the State Marching Band Contest, below is information from the KMEA.org website on how to purchase tickets now.

Ticket Sales – Advance sales for 2017 are open. Special ticket order line: 859-408-8247 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM weekdays.

Regional Quarterfinals tickets: $12.00, available onsite only.
Semi-Finals/Finals tickets available in advance or onsite.

·         General admission tickets to Semifinals are $12.00

·         All Finals tickets are Reserved Seating, either $15.00 or $25.00.

·         Children age six and under will be admitted free, but will not be given a ticket. For Finals (reserved seating) children who are admitted free may have to be held by adults.

·         Semifinals and Finals tickets will be available for purchase on-site the day of the event.

·         Finals tickets unless bought in advance will be available at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium only (see below)

·         Gates open one hour prior to the first band’s performance.

·         Ticket Order (typed-in)

·         Ticket Order (PDF)

Papa John’s Stadium Seating Diagram (overview graphic of stadium)

Ticket Availability Diagram (real-time view showing which seats have been sold)

$15 — Finals Reserved (Sections 128–133, 228–233)
$25 — Finals Premium (Section 303–314)
Other sections — non-finalist bands and finalist bands that want to watch other classes.

Finals tickets will be for sale at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium starting at 10:00 am Saturday, October 28.

Handicap seating available upon request

Tickets at the site are available for cash only.


Notes of Encouragement


This optional activity and long-standing tradition was started many years ago by a band mom to show the Band and Staff our love and support during this busiest time of the competition season.  This activity is not sanctioned by the LBA.  Anyone may choose to participate and write notes of encouragement for a specific section (e.g., trombones, color guard, etc.) to be distributed to students on the bus as they travel to KMEA competition on October 27.  The maximum number of notes assigned will be 10.

Review the sections below and email your choice to Casie Clements at LBAPresident1@gmail.com.  Casie will then send you a list of students and a sample note.

Notes must be returned no later than Friday, October 20.  Watch e-News for collection dates/times.  Notes can be returned to Cindy Haggan or Casie Clements.

Tips for Note Preparation:

·         Short, hand-written, anonymous note of support and encouragement!  Notes are not intended to suggest or emphasize winning.

·         Decorate paper with stickers, use scrapbook paper with music symbols, or whatever you choose.

·         Add your special touch!

Sections:  Baritones, Clarinets, Color Guard, Drum Majors, Flutes, Mellophones, Percussion, Saxophones, Sousaphones, Staff, Trombones, and Trumpets.


Family Payments


All Family Payments should now be paid in-full.

With Marching Band underway it is imperative that each family uphold their responsibility and make sure their Charms account is paid so that all students may enjoy the benefits of our first-class band.

To make a payment via PayPal log into Charms at www.charmsoffice.com.  Our school code is “lhsband”. 

Band payments may also be paid by check made payable to “LBA” (please note the student’s name) and mailed to:
     Lafayette Band Association
     PO Box 910450
     Lexington, KY 40591-0396

If your student qualifies for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program please supply a copy of the Notice of Approval received from the Child Nutrition Office so that we may update your Charms account accordingly.  LBA must receive this notification each year.

Any questions please contact Liz Booth at lafayettebandaccounts@gmail.com.


M2 Lessons – Fall 2017


Enrolled students are enjoying their M2 Lessons.

We still have not yet received M2 payments from eight families.  For your student to continue to receive these lessons we must receive payment ASAP.

Make check payable to “LBA” (please note student’s name in memo) and mail to:

     Lafayette Band Association
     PO Box 910450
     Lexington, KY 40591-0396

Any questions please contact Liz Booth at lafayettebandaccounts@gmail.com or liz@mysland.com


Remaining Marching Band Schedule



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

Log into
Charms to make a family payment

School code is “lhsband”


2017-2018 Lafayette Band Sponsors

Download Sponsor List






This email has been sent via Charms Office Assistant on behalf of:

Lafayette High School Band
401 Reed Lane
Lexington, KY 40503