Lafayette High School
Lexington, Kentucky

We took a lot of pictures at last night's Playathon. Seventy-four of them are on the site right now. Click HERE to see them.


Theme: Movies, Movies, Movies!!!

Who: Lafayette High School Symphony and Concert Orchestras

Where: LHS Cafeteria

When: Friday, October 28---
Students must be in their seats ready to play no later than 4:45 PM. Any students who would like to help set up prior to 4:45 PM will be greatly appreciated.

How: In COSTUME!!! Come as your favorite movie character!
(costumes are optional)


The freshman need to bring individually wrapped servings of desserts. Cookies, cakes, pies, fruit etc. These desserts will be sold at the dessert table for $1.00. The profits raised from each dessert will be entered into the student's personal account. Students need to check in with Mrs. Womack with their dessert, at the dessert table on arrival.

Students may bring this to school with them starting tomorrow

Juniors need to bring nicely decorated cakes for the cake-walk. Juniors need to check in with Mrs. Rotramel with their cake at the cake-walk table upon arrival.

All seniors are responsible for clean-up after the Playathon!

We need as many parents as possible to help out at the Playathon!!

2005 - 2006
Concert Orchestra

Violins Violas
Cassandra Tate
Maria Bane
Rebecca Tiggelaar
Amy Wooley
Shelby Greenwood
Caterina Parravicini
Allison Daniluk
Anna Peterson
Laura Kelton
Danielle Marquardt
Brittany Jones
Alex Thompson
Courtney Ford
Joe Daniels
Rachel Penn
Zach Edwards
Allison Gnas
Leslie Bardo
Adam Reynolds
Claire Ramsay
Chante Austin
Asri Mumpuni
Jordan Baker
Marcy Ferguson
Rebecca Davis
Corwin McCollum
Anthony Grigsby
Carma Elayne Toll
Lance Sennett
Erin McDonald
Michelle Biles
Kendra Wade-Davis
Erin Salmons
Lidia Aguilar
Alison Greer

Audrey Kinney
Jonathan Fitzpatrick
Morgan Duke-Cunningham
Caitlin Nichols
Mallori Scandore
Eva Leppert
Samantha Green
Carter Daniels
Jonathan Stevens
Amanda Currier
Reuben Fleming
Courtney Calladine
Jenna Compton

Devin Sizemore
Abigail Grise
Heather Napier
Brandon Moore
John Bowie
Elliott McCann
Ethan Showalter

Chris Menard
Jacob Showalter
Clark Herrin
Will Speilberg
Lauren Burchett


2005 - 2006
Symphonic Orchestra



Violins Violas

Lydia Kabalen
Amanda Ellerbe
Angela Fisher
Katie Raybould
Rachael Yanarella
Satomi Nakao
Chelsea Pierce
Jordan Lynem
Emily Miller
Mike Hustedde
Marissa Goodman
Kara Hill
Sarah Townzen
Julie Rotramel
Alyssa Tremblay
Aaron Blackewell
Faith Shaw
Morgan Duke-Cunningham



Laura Menard
Jonathan Miller
Abby Simpson
Adam Wolffbrandt
Tom Coovert
Rhea Rostosky
Patrick Toll


Byron Farrar
Dylan Powell
Charles Krebs
Brandon Fightmaster
Maryam Hosseini
Ben Mason
Alex Freeman
Amanda DiMascio
Cassidy Ross

Clay Turner
Richard Young
Michelle Grubb
Jake Reber
Langston Wilson
Gabe Nickel

Here is the text of the newsletter sent out in the mail a couple of weeks ago.


Lafayette Orchestra News

September 2005


This Newsletter and Our Website

This year we are going to stop sending everyone a printed newsletter in the mail. Instead, all the information that we usually put in the newsletter will be put on the website (

If you still haven't visited the website this year, please go take a look.

If you are not able to use the website and want to receive the newsletter information, please call Connie or Dave Coovert at 224-3505.


Dates to Remember

Sept 26, Candy Fundraiser begins

Sept 27, Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 25, Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 28, Playathon

November 6, Allstate auditions at SCAPA

December 10, Winter Concert




Membership Fee Reminder

Each orchestra family is asked to join the membership association and pay an annual fee of $50. This money is used for instrument repair, equipment purchases, and other assorted costs associated with orchestra activities.

If you haven\x{2019}t paid yet, please send the fee to school with your student. Make checks payable to Lafayette High School Orchestra Association.



The Lafayette High School Playathon will take place on Friday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Elementary and middle school orchestra students will perform with our high school string musicians at this lively "open invitation" event. This year\x{2019}s Playathon features guest conductors George Zack, of the Lexington Philharmonic, and William Briggs, of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Local music teachers will be on hand as well. The theme will be "MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES!!!" and many students and volunteer directors will perform in costume.

This event is also a fundraiser for the orchestra. There will be a silent auction of items donated by families and area businesses. People who come to listen to the music can bid on these items. All proceeds from the auction will go into our general fund and be used to defray orchestra expenses, such as transportation, music, instruments, and repair.

Pizza, chili, soft drinks, and baked goods will be available, so please plan on eating at the Playathon.

This year we will also have a Cake Walk.


Making this evening successful will take all 100 orchestra families working together. The committees listed below need your help. Please contact the committee chairpersons.

The contacts are:

Pizza & chili \x{2013} Michelle Young, 269-9970

Dessert table \x{2013} Becky Womack, 948-6674

Cake Walk \x{2013} Diane Rotramel, 223-4235

Setup, Cleanup, Ushers, Door persons \x{2013} Connie Coovert, 224-3505

Feeder school workers (organize participants) \x{2013} Connie Coovert, 224-3505

Silent Auction \x{2013} Lu-Ann Farrar, 268-1894


A Word From the Playathon Silent Auction Committee

The Playathon Silent Auction is a great fundraiser for the orchestra. All profits from the auction will go to the orchestra \x{2013} our students. You will have an opportunity to get some great stuff. We\x{2019}ve got gift certificates from area businesses, plus donations of their various products or services.

If you are looking for a really easy way to help, we would love to include your donations. Please do not wait for a committee member to call. We would appreciate it if you\x{2019}d give us a call or an email.

Do you have a business? We\x{2019}ll pick up anything you\x{2019}d like to donate that needs to be collected \x{2013} gift certificates, products, etc.

Do you have business acquaintances? We\x{2019}d be glad to accept their donations as well. We will provide you with a receipt for the value of the donation. If you have anything you would like to donate, or if you have questions about donations, please email Lu-Ann Farrar at or call her at home at 268-1984.


Our "Easiest Fundraiser" is Still Around


By buying a Kroger Bucks card from us and using it every time you pay for groceries, prescriptions, or gas at Kroger, you contribute 4% of the total sale to the orchestra! This is our easiest and least painful fundraiser and provided with about $2,500 last year.

We hope to include orchestra parents and their friends, families, and neighbors in this effort. Please call Diane Rotramel at 223-4235 to order a card, or see her at any parent meeting or orchestra event.




Thank You

Thanks to everyone who helped make the August 8 Orchestra Picnic a success. So many people took part that we can\x{2019}t thank them by name here, but we appreciate everything they did. It was a great way to start the year off.

A huge thank-you to Sam Humphries for building shelves in the Instrument Room. A great job, Sam!

Thanks are also due to the students who came in on their day off and helped clean the orchestra room and catalog the music library. They are: Lindsey Bardo, Tom Coovert, Chris Menard, Asri Mumpuni, Claire Ramsay, Jonathan Stevens, Casey Tate, and Adam Wolffbrandt. Thanks to the parents who helped, too: Susan Menard, Marianne Reber, and Diane Rotramel.


Orchestra Board of Directors

President: Connie Coovert


Vice Pres: Michelle Young


Treasurer: Jane Hughes


Secretary: Becky Womack


Freshman rep: Donna Peterson


Webmaster: Dave Coovert


Kroger Bucks: Dianne Rotramel



Events Page

Be sure to take a look at the Events page. It has been updated, and we are going to try to keep it current. Although it isn't very detailed right now, we hope to include all major happenings with their date, time, and location. You can get to it by clicking the word "Events" at the left.

Parent Association Letter

August 2005

Dear Lafayette Orchestra Parents,

Welcome to an exciting new year with our Lafayette High School Orchestra! We're starting some great musical adventures with our friendly new director -- Ron Dillard. We're anticipating lively new music, helpful electronic and efficiency features in our orchestra room, and -- hopefully -- new chairs to support our many talented musicians.

Already we're looking forward to wonderful performance opportunities -- perhaps even in New Orleans this year! Our orchestra members will have every chance to develop and demonstrate their musical abilities. We believe they can set a new standard for what high school orchestras can accomplish.

But just as important as all these opportunities is the opportunity to include you in the "orchestra parent family." Frankly, we NEED you. Our musicians need you. High school events keep our kids involved in school and give them the chance to participate in something positive. Parents benefit from participation, too. Those who come to parent meetings become friends working together on behalf of the students. So please keep that in mind when the first parent meeting (August 23, 7:00 p.m., in the Orchestra Room) rolls around. Come, be our friend, and support the musician you love.

A last note: The orchestra fee this year will be $50 per family -- not a small sum, but significantly less than the fee assessed for band members. How will this be spent? We need all of the following:

  1. 60 student chairs for our musicians. The old bucket-style chairs used currently do not support our students' backs to help them play properly. In playing different types of stringed instruments, different types of chairs help with muscle control and quality of sound.
  2. 2 large music stand carts -- these will help with efficient set up and breakdown for performances.
  3. 40 "Classic 50" music stands
  4. 1 stereo cabinet to safeguard equipment facilitating teaching.

What we contribute goes directly to benefiting our students in the classroom and at performances. Please send your $50 check, payable to Lafayette High School Orchestra, on your child's orchestra day.

We look forward to a wonderful year with our orchestra members -- and with you.

Connie Coovert
President, Lafayette Orchestra Parent Association


2005 Picnic Pictures

The 2005 picnic pictures are on the site now. To see them, click "Picture Sets" at the left, then "Picnic Aug 2005." That will give you a screen of small pictures, which will enlarge if you click on them. If you want to download a picture, right-click on it for a menu of options. 8/15/05

We hope you were able to make it to the Orchestra Picnic at Shillito Park on Monday evening, August 8. If you weren't there, you can see from the picture that there was a lot of food. The turnout was good, too (most of the picnickers are not shown). We took over 90 pictures, and we hope to get most of them on the website soon.

Our New Director Ron Dillard

Mr. Dillard was born in Roanoke, Va, and graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1991 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Performance Certificate for viola. He attended the University of Kentucky and received a Master's Degree in Music with a specialty in conducting. Mr Dillard was the principal violist for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Loudoun Youth Symphony. In his free time, he conducted the Gospel Chorus at his church.

Mr and Mrs Dillard are moving here from Leesburg, Va, where he directed the orchestra program at Herndon High School and was strings teacher at Armstrong Elementary.

Click here to go to the Herndon High School website.