Lafayette captures another state marching band title

Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012

Lafayette High School’s marching band, directed by Chuck Smith, captured the 2012 Class 5A state title Oct. 27 with its show “Desert Rose.”  

“We had great leadership this year – great students, great parents, a great staff,” Smith told the Herald-Leader late that night. “We have a great organization at Lafayette, and I'm proud to be part of it.” 

Paul Laurence Dunbar High, the two-time defending champion, finished fourth with “Reflections.” North Hardin was runner-up, and Madison Central was third in the finals of the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s showdown at Western Kentucky University.  

As perennial 5A state contenders, Lafayette now has 17 titles and Dunbar seven. Lafayette was runner-up the past two years.  

Bands are divided into classes 1A through 5A based on high school enrollment. They are judged on musical performance, visual performance and general effect – everything from individual posture and spacing to intonation and overall sound.  

Eighty bands squared off in the semifinals, with the top four scorers in each class moving on to the finals. For more information, visit



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