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October 25, 2017

Itinerary for KMEA State Semifinals and Finals


Lafayette Marching Band
KMEA State Marching Championships
Papa John’s Stadium (Louisville)
October 28, 2017


Rehearse; Eat breakfast before you arrive


End rehearsal


Change into uniform


Load buses; with lunch


Depart for State Contest


Semi-Finals Begin


Arrive at Papa Johns




Semi-Finals Performance


Depart for Bethlehem Church; change out; lunch


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

5:00-6:30         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


BAND MEMBERS — 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 and clean.

Parents and Students — Carefully review these instructions:

  • Bring money for gloves if needed – $8.00
  • Clean and polish shoes.
  • Have your band camp shirt to wear under your uniform.
  • Wear long black socks – plain, no stripes!
  • Bring black shorts to wear under your uniform.
  • If there is a problem with your uniform, see a member of the uniform team.
  • You will need a small towel, extra socks, and an extra black shirt.  The forecast is wet and cold.  Be prepared to layer-up.

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.


State Championship Week Events


All parents, families, and friends are invited to the Final Run-Through on Friday, October 27 at 6:00. An annual tradition, we will line the perimeter of the Practice Lot 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 on Friday, October 27 at 5:30pm.  Parents and family members are invited to pray for each band member, staff, section, and circumstance.  We will meet rain, snow, or shine and will finish in time to watch the final run at practice.  This activity is not sanctioned by the LBA and is optional.


Food Crew Update for State


We will be feeding the kids several times on State day. If you are available, contact Jane or Jim DeRossett fullpantry@hotmail.com

Lunch To-Go TBD

Dinner Grill-out!  Burgers, pasta salad, chips, fruit, surprise dessert, drinks

We will be serving snacks throughout the day as well.


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 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


State Marching Band Championship 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.

If you plan to buy tickets at the stadium on Saturday, the tickets are CASH 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.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
University of Louisville
2800 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY  40209



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