Marching Band


Moon Area High School Marching Band is a state-of-the-art competitive marching band. Each year the band explores the latest trends in competitive marching band. Marching Band at Moon Area is a co-curricular activity offered for band students participating in Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The marching band also serves as an outlet for students interested in the realm of state-of-the-art design, performance, social, and competitive opportunities.


The marching band performs at all varsity football games. The group also performs at competitive contests and festivals; approximately 5 contests per season. The marching band also performs various community support appearances based on need and accessibility.


Freshman Camp
3 days, meeting from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. after school during the month of May.
Summer Rehearsal
Approximately 12 hours of rehearsal during June and July.
Home Band Camp
Begins the last week of July and is held at Moon Area High School. All students are required to attend.
Away Band Camp
Held during the first week of August and is held at Washington and Jefferson College. Students stay on campus the entire week. All students are required to attend.
School Day Rehearsals
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. rehearsal Monday (AUX and PERC), Tuesday (WINDS), Thursday FULL).
Sectional Rehearsal
Additional rehearsals devoted to just the students of a particular section (i.e. Percussion, Guard, Saxophones, etc.).
Extra Rehearsals
Typically one or two Saturday rehearsals in the months of September and October.

Please refer to the Music Department Calendar for scheduled performances.


  • Nick Barthen – Director
  • Bill Redd – Assistant Director
  • Alan Fear – Associate Director; Director of Percussion/Percussion Arranger
  • Jenn Minamyer – Color Guard Design/Director
  • Ellen Martin – Color Guard Instructor
  • Abby Itsik – Wind Instructor
  • Matt Diehl – Wind Instructor
  • Bob Barthen – Wind Instructor
  • Austin Greene – Visual Design/Program Coordinator
  • Rob Traugh – Wind Arranger

Notable Performances

  • Nine time Walt Disney World Magic Music Days Participant
  • WPXI/MACY’S Celebrate the Seasons Parade
  • Kennywood Park Fall Fantasy Parade - Annually


  • 2016 Bands of America/Music for All Eastern Regional Class 2A Champion
  • 2016 Bands of America/Music for All Eastern Regional Finalist Runner-Up
  • 2013, 2015 Bands of America/Music For All Eastern Regional Participant
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association 4A Runner-up
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association 4A Third Place
  • 2010, 2011 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association 4A Champions