e-News Update – KMEA State Championship Week

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October 23, 2018

KMEA State Championship Itinerary



Rehearse; Eat breakfast before you arrive


Lunch; change into uniform


Semi-Finals Begin


Load buses


Depart for State Contest


Arrive at Kroger Field




Semi-Finals Performance


Pack up; depart for Lafayette


Announcement of finalists

Afternoon schedule will be announced
The remaining band schedule will be determined depending on the draw for finals.

Based on 10pm performance time
5-6:30         Rehearse
7:00            Dinner
7:30            Dress
8:30            Depart for trucks


Finals Begin


Finals Performance (Earliest possible 5A Performance Time is 10PM)


Finals Awards


Depart for Lafayette


Arrive at Lafayette

Final Run-Through Events


All parents, families, and friends are invited to the Final Run-Through Friday at 5:45pm. An annual tradition, we will line the perimeter of the practice lot (or football field) during the final run-through holding signs and posters of encouragement–make them as fancy or simple as you like! Let’s show the students how proud we are of all they have accomplished this year!

The annual Prayer-Around-the-Flag-Pole will be Friday at 5:15pm.  Parents and family members are invited to pray for each band member, staff, section, and circumstance.  Pat Kirkhope will lead the prayer this year.  We will meet at the flagpole in front of the SCAPA building and will finish in time to watch the final-run at practice.  This activity is not sanctioned by the LBA and is optional.

State Tickets


Pick Up State tickets from Cathy Concors this week. In the senior lot during pick up times every day this week.

To order tickets for State, please contact KMEA directly. Link for information

Advance phone ticket orders will end Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM EDT.
General admission tickets to Semifinals are $13.00, available in advance or onsite.
All Finals tickets are Reserved Seating, available in advance, or onsite at Kroger Field starting at 10:00 am Saturday, October 27.

$15 — Finals Reserved (Sections 24, 28, 224, 228,229)
$20 — Finals Preferred (Sections 225, 226, 227)
$25 — Finals Premium (Sections 25, 26, 27)

Tickets purchased at Kroger Field on 10/27 (Semis and Finals) are CASH ONLY.

Medications for State


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 “Medication Authorization Form” found here:  https://www.fcps.net/cms/lib/KY01807169/Centricity/Domain/2295/meds_ok.pdf  

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 Sherri McPherson (lafayettechaperone@gmail.com).

Uniform Crew News


Parents and Students — Review These Instructions Carefully:

Bring money for gloves if needed:  $8.00

Have your black 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 clean black marching shoes

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

Bring all necessary items for hair:  brush/comb, hair ties, hair gel, bobby pins, hairnet, hairspray

No visible jewelry when in uniform, please remove jewelry or cover piercings

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.

Food Crew News


We cannot express how thankful we are for all who have helped with Food Crew! We simply could not do this without you! Below you will find 2 opportunities to help as our season wraps up. AND, if you have never worked with us before, please consider signing up. We love newcomers and have a great time with the kids and each other.

Cupcake Drop-Off:

You can drop cupcakes off Saturday morning (half hour before drop-off until drop-off)

STATE Championship: It hard to believe this is right around the corner. Please sign up to help on this great day.

Photo Buttons

Order Now

Order time extended until Thursday evening for button pick-up on Friday at the Final Run.

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. Lanyards on sale at the Band Store.

This year, Photo Buttons are being done by the 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 the “Lafayette” menu at the top and password is beautiful“.  Each photo has a 4-digit number next to the student’s name.

Order Form

Payment must be made online via Paypal.

If you would like to receive your button by Friday, please submit your order no later than Tuesday. Button orders placed after Tuesday 10/23 may not be finished in time to pick up this week.

Questions? Email gwwraw3809@gmail.com 

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