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For the week of October 8th


Winds and Percussion

3:45pm – 6:00pm



Color Guard

5:30pm – 8:30pm



LBA Parent Meeting

7:00pm – 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


Tates Creek Contest

See Itinerary Below

Tates Creek HS


Calendar Notes


Water Jugs – Don’t forget to bring your water jugs to rehearsal this week.

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

LBA Parent Meeting – Please plan to attend the LBA Parent Meeting on Monday, October 9th in the cafeteria.  Name badges can be picked-up at the meeting.


Tates Creek Band Contest Itinerary

Download Itinerary

“Pride of the Bluegrass”
Tates Creek CONTEST
(Contest begins at 12:45pm)

Saturday, October 14

8:00 am


11:15 am

Lunch served at school, DO NOT LEAVE CAMPUS





1:30 pm

Depart for Tates Creek

2:00 pm


2:45 pm


3:30 pm


4:40 pm

Awards for prelims

5:30 pm


6:30 pm

Finals begin


Performance time depends on Finals draw

9:30 pm




10:45 pm



Arrive at Lafayette

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 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 Crew News


We will be serving lunch at Lafayette on Saturday and dinner will be at Tate’s Creek Middle School.  If you are interested in helping serve please contact Jim or Jane DeRossett at fullpantry@hotmail.com

Pizza, carrots dip, fruit, cookies

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Chicken, ground beef, or black bean burritos, 

COOKIES!!  We need cookies for the upcoming competitions.  Please drop off your goodies on Saturday morning from 7:30-8:00am in parking lot.  Look for Stacey Stone aka “The Cookie Lady”.  Remember to make them nut free.


Medications for the Tates Creek Contest


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


Custom Lafayette Socks and Bowties – Order Now!

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Limited-Edition Offer
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.



Fundraiser Money Collection


All fundraiser products should be delivered and money collected by the end of this week. All money should be turned in by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13. Here are the drop-off times for this week:

Monday, 10/9

LBA Parent Meeting – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Tuesday, 10/10

5:30-6:00 – Parking Lot (vehicle with balloon)

Wednesday, 10/11

5:30-6:00 – Parking Lot at Band Store tables

Thursday, 10/12

5:45-6:15 – Parking Lot (vehicle with balloon)

Friday, 10/13

5:30-6:30 – Parking Lot at Band Store tables

Checks should be made payable to “LBA”. Questions? Email


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

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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: To celebrate the 2017 Marching Season, Lafayette Band will be hosting an “End-of-Marching Season” party for all band students! Tentative date: Friday, November 3. 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!! Tickets will be available at the LBA Parent Meeting on Monday night and Fundraiser Money Collection every day this week. Get your tickets! Invite your friends and family! 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!!


Custom Apparel Order Forms

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Next Order Due on Friday, October 13 at Band Store

The Band Store has Custom Lafayette Apparel available for a limited time.  Click HERE for the order form. Many styles and patterns available – tees, baseball shirts, sweatshirts, fleece, and hats. Please give the order form and payment to Jennifer Longworth at the Band Store this week on Wednesday or Friday.


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 available!
–Lafayette custom wear orders – shirts, sweatshirts, tees and more
–Raven car magnets, pins, patches, and buttons also available.
–Fun buttons!
–Drop-off/Pick-up Photo Button orders

Raven Show Shirt Reorders will be available for pick up at pick up each day this week.  Contact Jennifer Longworth to make other arrangements.  Jlongworth.rlr@gmail.com


Order Band Pictures Online – Color Guard Now Available


Pictures are now available for purchase! 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. Also, please note that Photo Buttons cannot be ordered online. Please see announcement below regarding how to order Photo Buttons.


Photo Buttons – Deadline Extended to October 20th

Button Order Form

Orders Accepted Now Through October 20 – Have in time for State!

For new band parents, you may have seen photo buttons being worn on lanyards. It’s 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 same times as Fundraiser money collection.


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



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

Log into
Charms to make a family payment

School code is “lhsband”


2017-2018 Lafayette Band Sponsors

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

Lafayette High School Band
401 Reed Lane
Lexington, KY 40503