Last chance for spirit wear orders

Spirit wear orders are due tonight. Please send orders to Kristie Spencer at  tonight. Click on the order form below to see what we are offering and pricing.

Order Form

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Stadium Seating Fundraiser

Dear Band Families,

In ten days, on August 28 and 29, we will install more than 5000 seatbacks in UK’s Commonwealth Stadium. This fundraiser (installation and removal) raises over $8,000 for the Henry Clay bands. It’s a big job, but with everyone involved and working hard, you’ll be surprised at how quickly it gets done.

We will work in four shifts, three Friday night and one Saturday afternoon. All HC Band students are expected to sign up for and participate in one of these shifts. As with all HC Band activities, parent support is crucial to our success.

Shift A (Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m.) will mark seatback locations and distribute mounting hardware. We need 25 students and at least 5 adults for this shift.

Shift B (Friday, 6:00-10:00 p.m.) will begin installation. We need 75 students and at least 15 adults for this shift.

Shift C (Friday, 7:00-11:00 p.m.) will complete installation. We need 50 students and at least 10 adults for this shift.

Shift D (Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.) will check all seatback placements and make any needed adjustments.

Water and snacks will be provided, but please be sure to eat supper (Friday) or lunch (Saturday) before you arrive. No special skills with tools are required. If you can, please bring a 9/16-inch socket (hand or cordless drill-mount) or wrench, and vise-grips. Make sure to mark or label your tools.

Student sign-up sheets will be posted in the band room Tuesday. Parent sign-up sheets will be available Thursday at the end of marching rehearsal and Monday at the band booster meeting. Parents can also sign up via e-mail ( – please be sure to include what shift you can work and if you are willing to be a parent team leader.

On the following Friday, September 4, the color guard will install any additional seatbacks purchased during the week after the main installation. This team will work from 6:00-10:00 p.m. All color guard members are expected to participate, and any band parents who are available are encouraged to sign up.

If you have questions, e-mail Jennifer B. or call or text her cell, 859/940-9154.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Jennifer Barricklow and Tim Sorenson
Stadium Seatback Fundraiser Coordinators

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Spirit Wear

Friday, August 21st, will be the last day that I take orders for spirit wear, including show shirts, in order to receive it before the first competition. Please email me if you need to place an order.

Kristie Spencer

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Info to Start School Year- IMPORTANT!

Dear HC Band Family,  Welcome Back to all as a new school year begins for the HC band program!  We are excited to meet and greet all of our new members and families as we enter the 2015-16 school year!

Some important info to pass along as we begin the school year:
  • All marching band members check the online band calendar for the schedule this week.  Rehearsals will be heldMonday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:45-7:15 PM and a camp day on Saturday from 8 AM until 4 PM with our program coordinator and designer back in town.
  • Any and all students interested in participating in the HC Jazz program will meet in the band room on the 1st day of school, Wednesday August 12th at 7:30 AM.  All students will receive audition info for placement into our jazz bands, syllabus information, and info on the performance opportunities this year.  Auditions for placement will be held before school each morning during the 2nd week of school beginning on Monday, August 17th.  The Jazz Ensemble was selected through application and audition as one of the few high school ensembles to perform at the state music educators (KMEA) conference this February!
  • Students will NOT need to bring their instruments for the 1st day of school on Wed. August 12th.  We will cover syllabus info in each class and discuss how each class will function throughout the year.
  • Students will however need their instruments and will need to be ready to play on the 2nd day Thursday, August 13th.  We will play everyday from the 2nd day of school on…all the way until the last day in May :)  We will handle school instrument rentals for the rare instruments on the 2nd day.  Each school instrument rental is $25.00.  For those who own their instruments or are renting on their own, please be prepared and have your instrument ready to play on Thursday 8/13.
  • For any and all students interested, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser (a world renowned motivational and leadership speaker) will be visiting Lafayette HS on Monday, August 17th to present his seminar.  Check in is 5:30 PM with the seminar beginning at 6:00 PM on Mon. 8/17.  The cost is $30 per student to attend.  We ask students to contribute $20 and the HC band boosters cover the other $10 for any student wishing to attend the leadership seminar.  Interested students should turn money into me by this Thursday, August 13th to reserve a place in the seminar.  I would encourage everyone to attend!  It is the finest leadership seminar I have ever attended and I’ve now seen this session almost 15 times!
  • To all of our parents, please be sure you READ and SIGN off on your child’s syllabus (tear off the portion for submission) this week for each of the various band classes as this is their first official grade.
  • Also to our families and parents, we communicate through Email, Facebook, Twitter, Remind 101,, the Charms Band Calendar on the website, announcements in class, written reminders on the board in the band room, etc. so please be sure you are receiving emails, texts, etc. to stay informed about upcoming events involving your children in the Henry Clay Band program.
  • We encourage all parents to become as involved as possible in their child’s band experience!  It is truly a wonderful time in all of our lives and we need your help through volunteer efforts and fundraising!  Please attend our Band Parent Meeting on Monday, August 24th at 7:00 PM in the band room to gather info on the program opportunities and to see how you can continue to help your children have the best possible high school band experience through the HC band program!
Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions.  Email is the best way to contact me, but you may also text/call at (859) 338-5692.  Please be sure to let me know who you are if you contact me by phone.
We are looking forward to an exciting new year!  Sincerely,  Bill Kite  Director of Bands Henry Clay High School  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband
Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010
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Welcome from the Booster President

Dear Band Family,

Welcome to a new year of exciting music, performances, and showmanship courtesy of the 2015-2016 Henry Clay High School Band!! Our directors, with the support of the Band Boosters, have planned a challenging and rewarding musical educational experience for the students in the coming year.If you are a new family to our program, prepare to be amazed by the artistic quality of the many facets of our program. Every one of our Bands, Ensemble, Colorguard, Percussion, and Steel Drum Band has won awards and recognition not only in Fayette County, but at the state, regional and national level! We hope that you take every opportunity to enjoy their performances. They may not always tell you, but your presence at their concerts and events means a great deal to your students – they like seeing you in the audience!

Parents of Band members know that our students will make life-long friends, sharing experiences they will never forget! They learn the value of commitment and dedication, and working together as a group to support each other and achieve remarkable goals. As parents, we have the same opportunities to make new friends as we work together to support the band and its many activities.

We encourage you to take an active role in your Booster organization by joining one of our committees, volunteering to help out in our Bingo program, helping out at the performances or helping out in any combination of these activities.

The success of the Henry Clay Band Program depends on the active participation of EACH ONE of our band family members. That does include working in our bingo program, helping with our fund raising and staying in good standing with the band program (keeping all fees paid). In order for our program to offer such diverse education opportunities, our annual budget for this coming school year is $190,000.00. That does not include the amazing trip to Disney in February that is planned for all our Band Kids. If you include that trip, our annual budget would be $206,000.00 for our new school year. The program needs your help and support. Our program is primarily supported through fund raising efforts of the Band Boosters organization. Once you get involved, you’ll work with a great group of parents and kids.

The directors  and myself are looking forward to another great year and THANK YOU!!! to each one of you for your support and help to make our program the best part of your child’s high school education.

Tony Spencer/Booster President

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First Disney Payment Now Due

Greetings, Band Family,

We still have a large number of students who have not made the first Disney trip payment, which is due now, the end of July. This trip is for all students who want to and are able to attend, but it requires students to be in good standing, which includes things like good attitude and grades, paying all band fees, attending all practices on time, participating in fundraising, and making timely payments.

If you are making payments (rather than paying the full amount), then each of the seven payments (July-January) is $115.

Helpful links:

Also, parents and guardians, if you have not signed up your student via the online Disney trip sign-up form, please do so (many of you have done so – thanks!).

Thank you for all your support. The Band Boosters are pleased to commit $16,000 toward defraying costs for families (see our thermometer here on the band website for progress toward fundraising that amount). Your payments and continued fundraising support are other pieces that help make the trip a reality for our students!

Best regards,

Henry Clay Band Booster Officers

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CORRECTION: Disney Payment Reminder

CORRECTION to Disney Payment Reminder:
The original paperwork for the Disney payment states that the first payment is due the END of July, and so we will keep that schedule. Thank you to the parents who pointed that out! Sorry for any confusion.

[Please note that the original post from yesterday has been updated and contains links to payment information.]

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