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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 25, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 25, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Senior Recognition Planning Meeting 6:00PM in H.S. Cafeteria
Thursday, Sept. 28 - FULL BAND Rehearsal – 5:30pm
- Homecoming Parade, Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution at 8:50PM
Friday, Sept. 29 - Football Game vs. Fox Chapel – Homecoming – Report 5:30 PM
Monday, October 2 – PMEA Honor Band Auditions – 4PM
Tuesday, October 3 – Formal Attire pickup
Friday, October 6 – Football Game vs. Chartiers Valley H.S. – Report 4:45PM

PIMBA Competition at Moon
Thank you to all parent volunteers – you helped make our competition a huge success! I truly appreciate every ounce of energy that you gave on Saturday as we hosted our 6th PIMBA competition at Tiger Stadium.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Our awesome Marching Band Students, Staff and Chaperones
Custodian, Rich Knauff
Our Corporate and Business Sponsors listed in our PIMBA Program
PIMBA Committee Chairs and their Teams: Grace Cap (Hospitality), Mike Connors (Program Sponsorship), Shea Corsetti (Guest Band Hosts), Elizabeth Gayoso (Admissions), Marci Kennedy (Candy Grams), Kathy and Andy Keppel (Band Stand Concessions), Georganna Palmer (Bake Sale), Bob Stathers (Parking), Denise Wolf (Welcome Center), and the Clean-up Committee
Moon Band Chaperone Lead: Lynne Vanden Bosche
Bob Stathers and the Parking Committee for arriving early and preparing the campus, in addition to staying late and dismantling equipment, tents, signage, etc.
Alumni Tent and Dinner for the Band: Cindy Bartus and Linda Rossi
Announcer: Alumni Member, Johnathan Von Stein
Announcer Assistant: Michael Fenell
Show Operations Assistant: Laura Wall
Program Cover Design: Alumni Member, Wayne Gregory
Program Design and Layout: Jason Corsetti
Photographer: Gloria Rauch
Videographer: Jared Tuk


PUBLICITY/SPECIAL EVENTS
SECOND CHANCE APPAREL SALE:
If you missed the deadline to purchase Parent Apparel or Student Apparel last month, here's your chance!  We have another round of sales scheduled.  Use these updated order forms for your purchases:

Parent Order Form  
Student Order Form
Orders MUST be turned in to the Band Mailbox by Thursday September 28th after practice.
Any questions, contact Grace Cap at  #
412-956-0827

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT
Senior Recognition Planning meeting Tuesday night 9/26/17 at 6:00pm in the High School Cafeteria.
The Senior Recognition Celebration will be on Friday 10/27/17, and we'd love your help (as long as you're not a Senior Parent:)  If you're interested in helping, please join us tomorrow night!
Grace Cap and Denise Wolf
PARENTS OF SENIOR BAND MEMBERS:
Later this week, watch your mail for an invitation to Senior Recognition Festivities on Friday 10/27/17!  
Be sure to read through information that will be enclosed carefully, and contact Grace Cap or Denise Wolf if you have any questions.


CONCESSION STAND
Thank you to everyone who helped to setup and work the concession stand this past Saturday for the PIMBA Competition! We couldn’t have done it without you!
This Friday night we have a home football game.  The band runs the home concession stand during the game on Friday night (from 5:30-10).  We set up for this on Thursday night (this week from 7:30-8:30, we will be done before the jacket and band note distribution). If you can help to set up, or work the stand, please sign up below.
Volunteer to help in the band concession stand Friday night  HERE
Volunteer to help set up the concession stand Thursday night HERE
Thank you!

2017 PIMBA Championships T-Shirt Order
PIMBA Championship T-shirts can be pre-ordered in a variety of colors and Adult sizes. Shirts may be pre-ordered for $14 each ($16 for 2XL; $18 for 3XL) in the colors and sizes listed on the order form.
Pre-sale orders are due to Laura Wall by Tuesday, Sept 26. Please make checks payable to GATEWAY BAND BOOSTERS. Orders can be placed in the MABPO box in the band room or mailed (postmark by 9/23) to Laura Wall, PIMBA SHIRT ORDER, 313 Smallwood Drive, Moon Twp.

2017 Tour Shirts
The 2017 BLOOM Tour Shirts are still available for purchase.  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and are still available in Small and X-Large sizes. - please click HERE for size and ordering details.

UMBRELLAS
Back by popular demand, the band parent organization will once again be selling red and white umbrellas.  If you missed the parent meeting last Thursday and you’re interested in purchasing an umbrella, contact Sherri at president@moonband.org . Umbrellas are $15.

FUNDRAISING
"Moon Area Tigers" light-up bracelets are available for purchase.  Each band is $5.00.  Profits benefit the general fund which benefits all band and orchestra students.  Order forms are available in the band room or online.  A photo of the bracelets is also available online.

Our 5 Generations/Jenny Lee Swirl Breads fundraiser is underway.  These delicious round loaves of swirl bread are available in 5 flavors: Cinnamon, Apple cinnamon, Pumpkin walnut, Chocolate chip, and Parmesan garlic.  Jenny Lee chocolate chip cookies are also available during this fundraiser. 
Order forms and information can be found online or in the band room.  Orders are due on October 3. 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in working any Steelers or Pitt games at Heinz Field this season to raise funds for your band or orchestra student, you must have a valid ServSafe certification and RAMP or TEAM certification.  It is not too late to do these and they can be completed on your own time!  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.  This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip!  The next event to work at Heinz Field is the Steelers game on Sunday, October 8th with a report time of 9:30 AM.  Please email Heather if you are interested.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders are due on October 12th.
Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Competition - 2017 
Once again, a TREMENDOUS THANK YOU goes out to all the parent volunteers who assisted in the 2017 PIMBA Competition at Moon Area H.S. Everything ran smoothly.  Many compliments from visiting staff, judges, visiting chaperones, and guests, as well as superior performances from all bands.  Again, thank you for all you do for the band organizations. 

Music Memorization Testing Schedule
Make-ups for Music Memorization testing are in full swing.  Skyward contains parts that the student did not pass.  Students have until October 6, 2017 to retake this test and receive full points.  Students should make and appointment with Mr. Barthen for re-testing.

Homecoming Parade - Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Report time 5:00PM
The Homecoming Parade is Thursday, September 28 at 5:30pm on the campus of MAHS.  Students will report to the M.S. Parking Lot at 5:00pm.  At 5:30pm, the parade will proceed down Tiger Trail to the Stadium.  The band will perform, other recognition will occur.  The ceremonies will conclude around 7:15PM.  We will continue our rehearsal on the M.S. Parking Lot at 7:15pm.  Rehearsal will end at 9PM.  Students should dress for the weather and try to wear something red.

Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution - Thursday, September 28, 2017 -8:50pm
The distribution of Senior Notes and Band Jackets will occur at 8:50pm on Thursday, 9/28 after rehearsal.  Parents who wish to attend this ceremony should arrive before 8:50pm.

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018
The Marching Band and Symphonic Band will be traveling to Florida in February 2018 to perform in the Walt Disney World, Florida resort.  The band will depart on Tuesday, February 13, after school and depart Orlando on Sunday, February 18, returning to MAHS on February 19.  The band's preliminary performance day is Thursday, February 15 at the Magic Kingdom (time is unknown).  The Symphonic Band performance date is not confirmed at this time.   The cost of the trip is estimated at $975, this includes all transportation, hotel, tickets to 3 Disney Parks, and a duel admission to Universal Studios (Island of Adventure and Universal), as well as all meals while in Florida, (the only meals that are not covered are meals while en route to FL or PA).  There are numerous opportunities to fundraise a portion or all of this trip throughout the fall/winter.  Please take advantage of these fundraisers to offset the cost of this trip.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Fall Testing Dates

October 7 - SAT - Band is off that weekend
October 14 - PSAT - Band has a competition at Deer Lakes H.S. - Students will still be able to take the test and participate in all Marching Band activities.
October 28 - ACT - Band is off that weekend.


US Army Field Band and Soldiers Choir - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7PM - MAHS Auditorium
The MAHS Music Department will be hosting the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Choir on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7PM in the MAHS Auditorium.  Tickets are free, and will be distributed at a later date.  Watch the web-site and Skyward for additional details and how to reserve tickets.  

Music and Information Download
Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org  web-site.  Please reference the letter you received in the mail regarding how to download this music and information.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

PMEA Honors Band Auditions

PMEA Honors Band Auditions will take place on Monday, October 2 at South Fayette High School.  There will be a school van transporting students who area auditioning.  Students CANNOT drive to this audition.

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S. – Report time is 1PM
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.


Private Instrumental Lessons
Private Instrumental lessons is a great way to excel on your instrument. Not only will you learn specific techniques on your instrument, from a teacher who is an expert on your instrument, but also it will open doors to new repertoire, solo, ensemble, etc. Private lessons will also provide confidence when performing in an ensemble or auditioning for any PMEA festival. Contact Mr. Barthen for a complete list of private instructors in the area.

Calendar of Events - September ~ October
______
Mon. Sept. 25 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL 
Tue. Sept. 26 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL
Thu. Sept. 28 - FULL BAND Rehearsal – 5:00pm
-9pm - Homecoming Parade, Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution – 8:50PM – FINISH SHOW!!
Fri. Sept. 29 - Football Game vs. Fox Chapel – Homecoming Report 5:30 PM
Sat. Sept. 30 - OFF - Homecoming Dance
____
Mon. Oct. 2 - PMEA Honors Band Auditions - 4PM - South Fayette High School
Tue. Oct. 3 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm – Finish tag, add body
Thu. Oct. 5 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm – Finish tag, add body
Fri. Oct. 6 - Football Game @ Chartiers Valley H.S. – Report time 4:45 PM
Sat. Oct 7 – OFF
____
Mon. Oct. 9 - No School - Parent Teacher Conference Day
Tue. Oct. 10 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm - ADD and Clean Body
Thu. Oct. 12 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm - Add and Clean Body
Fri. Oct. 13 - Football Game @ Woodland Hills H.S. - Report time 4:00pm
Sat. Oct 14 - PIMBA COmpetition @ Deer Lakes H.S. - Report time is 1:00PM; Performance is 7:45PM\
____

FORMAL WEAR HAS ARRIVED!
Our order of formal wear for Symphonic Band and Orchestra has just arrived.   Students should plan on picking up their attire on Tuesday, October 3rd.   Symphonic Band Students will be fitted between 4-5:45.  Orchestra Students will be fitted between 5:45-7:30.  Trousers and gowns come UNHEMMED from the manufacturer, and parents are responsible for the hemming.  If you are interested, we have a few band moms who will be available on the 3rd to help you with it for a $15 fee.  There are only 30 days to exchange  items assuming they remain in ORIGINAL PACKAGING and TAGS ARE STILL ATTACHED.  It is important that students try on their formal wear asap!  Please let Denise Wolf know if you have a conflict with the time above at 412-580-3147 or uniforms@moonband.org  Thank you!

UNIFORMS
The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

FORMAL WEAR COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW:  Responsible for fitting and placing order of formal wear order for Symphonic Band and Orchestra.  Coordinate alterations with sewing parents when appropriate.  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator.

Please contact Denise Wolf at 
uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147 with any questions.  Job Shadowing will begin in the Summer of 2018.

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Band - 2017 Bands of America Regional Class 2A Champions, and Fourth Place Finalists!

A very successful day for the Moon Area Marching Band, as we repeat as Class AA champions at the BOA Canton Regional Championships.  A tremendous Finals performance followed a great Prelims performance, and on the day, Moon Band finished in 4th place out of 14 bands, against some very tough competition, including perennial Grand Nationals finalists.  What a tremendous job done by the students, staff, and parents throughout the day, and so far this season!  Let's keep up the momentum! 
Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 18, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 18, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Thursday, Sept 21 – 7:00PM Parent Meeting, HS Choir Room
Friday, Sept 22 –
Football Game vs. North Hills H.S. – Report Time 5:15PM
Saturday, September 23, - PIMBA Competition @ MAHS – Report Time 1:30PM
Thursday, Sept. 28 - FULL BAND Rehearsal – 5:30pm
- Homecoming Parade, Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution at 8:50PM
Friday, Sept. 29 - Football Game vs. Fox Chapel – Homecoming

PIMBA Competition ~ Saturday, September 23, 2017
Click HERE to volunteer on a committee at our PIMBA Competition.
We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Sherri @ president@moonband.org

Positions still needed:
1 - Guest Band Host
7 - Welcome Center STUDENTS
3 - Parking Committee
4 - Band Stand

Order a Candy Gram for your favorite marching band and color guard member!  A thoughtful way to send appreciation for a job well done!  

PIMBA FLYERS are available for download.  Print out copies and help promote the event!

Thank you to all who volunteered to bake for the upcoming PIMBA competition.  Please deliver your baked goods to the high school cafeteria between 9:30 and 10:00 AM, on Saturday, September 23.  Please mark your containers with the type of baked good and if it contains nuts or peanut butter.  Also, please label your container if you would like it to be returned to you.  If you are available, please stay and help sort and package cookies for the bake sale booth.  Packing should only take about one hour.  Thanks!


"BLOOM" Light-Up Flowers
Want to show your support for the Moon Area Marching Band during upcoming PIMBA shows? Keeping with this year’s show theme “Bloom”, the MABPO is selling light up pinwheel flowers. Help us to fill the stands with light up flowers as the band takes the field. Flowers are available for $2.50 each. Our Moon PIMBA competition is coming up this Sat, Sept 23. Buy a couple of flowers now and light them up Saturday to show your support. Laura Wall will have the flowers for sale at the Parent Meeting on Thursday. Exact change only or checks made payable to MABPO. If you are unable to be at the meeting and want to purchase flowers, please contact Laura by texting 724-601-0032 or email at secretary@moonband.org.

2017 PIMBA Championships T-Shirt Order

PIMBA Championship T-shirts can be pre-ordered in a variety of colors and Adult sizes. Shirts may be pre-ordered for $14 each ($16 for 2XL; $18 for 3XL) in the colors and sizes listed on the order form.
Pre-sale orders are due to Laura Wall by Tuesday, Sept 26. Please make checks payable to GATEWAY BAND BOOSTERS. Orders can be placed in the MABPO box in the band room or mailed (postmark by 9/23) to Laura Wall, PIMBA SHIRT ORDER, 313 Smallwood Drive, Moon Twp.

2017 Tour Shirts
The 2017 BLOOM Tour Shirts are still available for purchase.  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and come in a variety of sizes (Medium, Large and 3XL are sold out) - please click HERE for size and ordering details.

FUNDRAISING
**The hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser delivery is Wednesday, September 20, from 3-5:45 PM in the high school cafeteria.  Please be prompt.  Items are perishable and cannot be stored.**

"Moon Area Tigers" light-up bracelets are available for purchase.  Each band is $5.00.  Profits benefit the general fund which benefits all band and orchestra students.  Order forms are available in the band room or online.  A photo of the bracelets is also available online.

The Chestnut Hill Candle fundraiser order forms and payments are due on September 19.  Please submit both copies of the order form.  Late orders will not be accepted. 

Our 5 Generations/Jenny Lee Swirl Breads fundraiser is underway.  These delicious round loaves of swirl bread are available in 5 flavors: Cinnamon, Apple cinnamon, Pumpkin walnut, Chocolate chip, and Parmesan garlic.  Jenny Lee chocolate chip cookies are also available during this fundraiser. 
Order forms and information can be found online or in the band room.  Orders are due on October 3. 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in working any Steelers or Pitt games at Heinz Field this season to raise funds for your band or orchestra student, you must have a valid ServSafe certification and RAMP or TEAM certification.  It is not too late to do these and they can be completed on your own time!  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.  This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip!  The next event to work at Heinz Field is the Pitt game on Saturday, September 30th with a report time of 8:30 AM.  Please email Heather if you are interested.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, September 21st.
Click here for
"What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Bands of America Regional Wrap-Up 
The staff and myself would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for everyone who assisted the band in the performances over the weekend. From the chaperones, truck drivers, equipment crew, and nurse, we could not have done it without you.  The students performed very well and were awarded justly.  Moon Area High School Marching Band - 2017 Bands of America - Northeast Regional Class 2A Champions, 4th place Finalists!  THANK YOU!

Music Memorization Testing Schedule
Make-ups for Music Memorization testing are in full swing.  Skyward contains parts that the student did not pass.  Students have until October 6, 2017 to retake this test and receive full points.  Students should make and appointment with Mr. Barthen for re-testing.

Homecoming Parade - Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Report time 5:00PM
The Homecoming Parade is Thursday, September 28 at 5:30pm on the campus of MAHS.  Students will report to the M.S. Parking Lot at 5:00pm.  At 5:30pm, the parade will proceed down Tiger Trail to the Stadium.  The band will perform, other recognition will occur.  The ceremonies will conclude around 7:15PM.  We will continue our rehearsal on the M.S. Parking Lot at 7:15pm.  Rehearsal will end at 9PM.  Students should dress for the weather and try to wear something red.

Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution - Thursday, September 28, 2017 -8:50pm
The distribution of Senior Notes and Band Jackets will occur at 8:50pm on Thursday, 9/28 after rehearsal.  Parents who wish to attend this ceremony should arrive before 8:50pm.

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018
The Marching Band and Symphonic Band will be traveling to Florida in February 2018 to perform in the Walt Disney World, Florida resort.  The band will depart on Tuesday, February 13, after school and depart Orlando on Sunday, February 18, returning to MAHS on February 19.  The band's preliminary performance day is Thursday, February 15 at the Magic Kingdom (time is unknown).  The Symphonic Band performance date is not confirmed at this time.   The cost of the trip is estimated at $975, this includes all transportation, hotel, tickets to 3 Disney Parks, and a duel admission to Universal Studios (Island of Adventure and Universal), as well as all meals while in Florida, (the only meals that are not covered are meals while en route to FL or PA).  There are numerous opportunities to fundraise a portion or all of this trip throughout the fall/winter.  Please take advantage of these fundraisers to offset the cost of this trip.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Fall Testing Dates

October 7 - SAT - Band is off that weekend
October 14 - PSAT - Band has a competition at Deer Lakes H.S. - Students will still be able to take the test and participate in all Marching Band activities.
October 28 - ACT - Band is off that weekend.


Music and Information Download
Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org  web-site.  Please reference the letter you received in the mail regarding how to download this music and information.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

PMEA Honors Band Auditions
PMEA Honors Band Auditions will take place on Monday, October 2 at South Fayette High School.  There will be a school van transporting students who area auditioning.  Students CANNOT drive to this audition.

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Sept 23         Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Show
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S.
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.


Private Instrumental Lessons
Private Instrumental lessons is a great way to excel on your instrument. Not only will you learn specific techniques on your instrument, from a teacher who is an expert on your instrument, but also it will open doors to new repertoire, solo, ensemble, etc. Private lessons will also provide confidence when performing in an ensemble or auditioning for any PMEA festival. Contact Mr. Barthen for a complete list of private instructors in the area.

Calendar of Events - September
______
Mon. Sept. 18 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS – LEARNING CLOSER DRILL DAY!
Tue. Sept. 19 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS – LEARNING CLOSER DRILL DAY!
Thu. Sept. 21 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Fri. Sept 22 - Football Game @ North Hills H.S. – Report 5:15PM

Sat. Sept 23 - PIMBA Competition at MAHS – Report 1:30PM
____
Mon. Sept. 25 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL 
Tue. Sept. 26 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL
Thu. Sept. 28 - FULL BAND Rehearsal – 5:30pm-9pm - Homecoming Parade, Senior Notes and Band Jacket Distribution – 8:50PM – FINISH SHOW!!
Fri. Sept. 29 - Football Game vs. Fox Chapel – Homecoming
Sat. Sept. 30 - OFF - Homecoming Dance
____
Mon. Oct. 2 - PMEA Honors Band Auditions - 4PM - South Fayette High School
Tue. Oct. 3 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm
Thu. Oct. 5 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm
Fri. Oct. 6 - Football Game @ Chartiers Valley H.S.
Sat. Oct 7 - OFF

____

PUBLICITY/SPECIAL EVENTS
SECOND CHANCE APPAREL SALE:
If you missed the deadline to purchase Parent Apparel or Student Apparel last month, here's your chance!  We have another round of sales scheduled.  Use these updated order forms for your purchases:
Parent Order Form  
Student Order Form
Orders MUST be turned in to the Band Mailbox by 
Thursday September 28th after practice.
Any questions, contact Grace Cap at  #412-956-0827


UNIFORMS
The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

FORMAL WEAR COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW:  Responsible for fitting and placing order of formal wear order for Symphonic Band and Orchestra.  Coordinate alterations with sewing parents when appropriate.  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator.

Please contact Denise Wolf at 
uniforms@moonband.org
 or 
412-580-3147 with any questions.  Job Shadowing will begin in the Summer of 2018.

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact
communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 11, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 11, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Friday, Sept 15 - Football Game vs. Hampton - Pit Report 3:45PM; Band Report 4:15pm
Saturday, September 16 – BOA at Canton, OH – Report time 6:45AM
Friday, Sept 22 – Football Game vs. North Hills H.S.
Saturday, September 23, - PIMBA Competition @ MAHS

PIMBA Competition ~ Saturday, September 23, 2017

Click HERE to volunteer on a committee at our PIMBA Competition.
We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Sherri @ president@moonband.org

Order a Candy Gram for your favorite marching band and color guard member!  A thoughtful way to send appreciation for a job well done!  

PIMBA FLYERS are available for download.  Print out copies and help promote the event!

2017 Tour Shirts
The 2017 BLOOM Tour Shirts are still available for purchase.  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and come in a variety of sizes (Medium, Large and 3XL are sold out) - please click HERE for size and ordering details.

FUNDRAISING
"Moon Area Tigers" light-up bracelets are available for purchase.  Each band is $5.00.  Profits benefit the general fund which benefits all band and orchestra students.  Order forms are available in the band room or online.  A photo of the bracelets is also available online.

The Chestnut Hill Candle fundraiser is underway.  Each 10-ounce, double-wick, soy candle burns for approximately 70 hours.  These candles make wonderful holiday gifts. 
Order forms and instructions available on-line or in the band room.  Master order forms and payments are due on September 19. 

Our 5 Generations/Jenny Lee Swirl Breads fundraiser begins on 
Tuesday, September 12.  These delicious round loaves of swirl bread are available in 5 flavors: Cinnamon, Apple cinnamon, Pumpkin walnut, Chocolate chip, and Parmesan garlic.  Jenny Lee chocolate chip cookies are also available during this fundraiser.  Order forms and information can be found online or in the band room.  Orders will be due on October 3. 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in working any Steelers or Pitt games at Heinz Field this season to raise funds for your band or orchestra student, you must have a valid ServSafe certification and RAMP or TEAM certification.  It is not too late to do these and they can be completed on your own time!  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.  This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip!  All current volunteers (both new and old) must turn in their Aramark Volunteer Forms to Heather before they can work any games.  The next event to work will be a Pitt game on  Saturday, September 30th, more details to follow.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders are due September 15th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, September 21st.
Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for 2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium - September 16, 2017 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Arizona vs Dallas this year).
We will perform in the preliminary competition at 1:15pm. The finals performance will start at 6:45pm.  Students report at MASH at 6:45AM.  We will depart around 8AM on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins at 6:45pm.  A complete itinerary and information can be found on moonband.org, Skyward, or your child, which was distributed on 9/5 after rehearsal.  This will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.
Parents wishing to purchase tickets may do so at the stadium.  There is a $10 charge to park, and traffic does become congested during the afternoon hours around the Hall of Fame and stadium areas.  Please plan enough time to view MAHS at 1:15PM.  Visit www.musicforall.org for further details.

Music Memorization Testing Schedule

The music memorization schedule was distributed after the Thursday, August 10 rehearsal.  Wind and Percussion students will be tested for memorization of music.  Selections are listed on the bottom right corner of the paper.  Each student will receive a grade for this test.  For additional information, please download the information page and schedule which can be found in the student document pages of www.moonband.org.  

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018
The Marching Band and Symphonic Band will be traveling to Florida in February 2018 to perform in the Walt Disney World, Florida resort.  The band will depart on Tuesday, February 13, after school and depart Orlando on Sunday, February 18, returning to MAHS on February 19.  The band's preliminary performance day is Thursday, February 15 at the Magic Kingdom (time is unknown).  The Symphonic Band performance date is not confirmed at this time.   The cost of the trip is estimated at $975, this includes all transportation, hotel, tickets to 3 Disney Parks, and a duel admission to Universal Studios (Island of Adventure and Universal), as well as all meals while in Florida, (the only meals that are not covered are meals while en route to FL or PA).  There are numerous opportunities to fundraise a portion or all of this trip throughout the fall/winter.  Please take advantage of these fundraisers to offset the cost of this trip.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Fall Testing Dates
October 7 - SAT - Band is off that weekend
October 14 - PSAT - Band has a competition at Deer Lakes H.S. - Students will still be able to take the test and participate in all Marching Band activities.
October 28 - ACT - Band is off that weekend.


Music and Information Download
Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org  web-site.  Please reference the letter you received in the mail regarding how to download this music and information.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Sept 23         Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Show
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S.
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.


Private Instrumental Lessons

Private Instrumental lessons is a great way to excel on your instrument. Not only will you learn specific techniques on your instrument, from a teacher who is an expert on your instrument, but also it will open doors to new repertoire, solo, ensemble, etc. Private lessons will also provide confidence when performing in an ensemble or auditioning for any PMEA festival. Contact Mr. Barthen for a complete list of private instructors in the area.

Calendar of Events - September
______
Mon. Sept. 11 - Battery & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. Sept. 12 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. Sept. 14 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Sept 15 - Football Game at Hampton H.S. – 
Pit Report 3:45PM; Band Report 4:15pm
Sat. Sept 16 - Bands of America Regional Competition at Canton Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium – Report time 6:45AM
____
Mon. Sept. 18 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS – LEARNING CLOSER DRILL DAY!
Tue. Sept. 19 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS – LEARNING CLOSER DRILL DAY!
Thu. Sept. 21 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Fri. Sept 22 - Football Game @ North Hills H.S.
Sat. Sept 23 - PIMBA Competition at MAHS
____
Mon. Sept. 25 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL 
Tue. Sept. 26 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS - FINISHING DRILL
Thu. Sept. 28 - FULL BAND Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - FINISH SHOW!!
Fri. Sept. 29 - Football Game vs. Chartiers Valley – Homecoming
Sat. Sept. 30 - OFF - Homecoming Dance
____

UNIFORMS
The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

FORMAL WEAR COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW:  Responsible for fitting and placing order of formal wear order for Symphonic Band and Orchestra.  Coordinate alterations with sewing parents when appropriate.  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator.

Please contact Denise Wolf at 
uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147 with any questions.  Job Shadowing will begin in the Summer of 2018.

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 4, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 4, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Wednesday, Sept 6 – Open House Orchestra Performance – Report time 5:15 PM
Thursday, Sept 7 – PIMBA Ad deadline
Friday, Sept 8 - Football Game vs. Upper St. Clair - Report time 5:30pm
Saturday, September 9 - PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S.


PIMBA Program - "Dedication Ads" & "Band Notes" 
Show your support for your favorite Moon Area Marching Band member by purchasing a "Dedication Ad" or a "Band Note" in the 2017 PIMBA Program.
Our 2017 PIMBA Programs will be available to you and hundreds of other spectators on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as we host our annual PIMBA Competition at Tiger Stadium.
Please share the ad information with your student, family, and friends. 

Click
HERE to print the "Dedication Ad" instructions
Click
HERE to print the "Band Note" instructions

PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for both ads is Thursday, September 7, 2017.  
DON'T DELAY! Contact Sherri @ 
president@moonband.org if you have any questions.

PUBLICITY/SPECIAL EVENTS

PARENT APPAREL AND DECALS ORDERS HAVE ARRIVED!
To pick up your Parent Apparel and Decal Orders, please see Grace Cap outside of the Natatorium Entrance at the end of practice on either Tuesday night.  If you're unable to pick it up then, contact Grace at 412-956-0827 to make other arrangements.

PIMBA Competition ~ Saturday, September 23, 2017

Click HERE to volunteer on a committee at our PIMBA Competition.
The Moon Area Marching Band, together with the MABPO, will be hosting their Annual PIMBA Competition at Tiger Stadium.  Hosting a PIMBA Competition can be very beneficial for our community, school, organization, and students.

It takes several committees working behind the scenes to host a successful competition, and our hope is to involve all parents in this event.   Please consider participating to help make this event a success. 

The Committees are as follows:
- Program Committee (secure ad space from local businesses/coordinate student ads/program layout/coordinate printing)
- Parking Committee (preparing campus with signage, tents, and overseeing campus parking)
- Band Stand Committee (work at Band Stand during competition)
- Bake Sale Committee (coordinate & sell baked goods during competition)
- Judges Hospitality Committee (assist competition judges and visiting band directors with meeting room/dinner)
- Guest Band Host Committee (assist guest bands up until their performance)
- Ticket Committee (admission ticket takers/50-50 raffle/program sales)
- Welcome/Hospitality Committee (assist spectators with questions and transport/coordinate student runners-helpers)
- Candy Gram Committee (coordinate & sell candy grams)
- Clean-Up Committee (all are asked to assist with clean-up afterwards, if able)
If you have any questions, contact Sherri @ 
president@moonband.org

Order a Candy Gram for your favorite marching band and color guard member!  A thoughtful way to send appreciation for a job well done!  

PIMBA FLYERS are available for download.  Print out copies and help promote the event!

SNACKS FOR THE MOON AREA MARCHING BAND
‚ÄčThank you to all who have signed up to donate Snacks for our football games and competition meals.  If you haven't already done so, please drop off your donation to the band room at your earliest convenience.

2017 Tour Shirts
The 2017 
BLOOM Tour Shirts are still available for purchase.  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and come in a variety of sizes (Medium and 3XL are sold out)
- please click HERE for size and ordering details.

CONCESSIONS
We need help for this Friday night, Sept 8 during the football game (5:30-10pm)!
We still NEED 9 PEOPLE to work and donations of Perogies and onions!  Please sign up HERE
Thanks to everyone who is signed up to help Thursday night.  All slots are filled.  See sign up HERE


FUNDRAISING
"Moon Area Tigers" light-up bracelets are available for purchase.  Each band is $5.00.  Profits benefit the general fund which benefits all band and orchestra students.  Order forms are available in the band room or
online.  A photo of the bracelets is also available online.

The hoagie and pepperoni sale order forms and payments are due on September 7.  Information sheets and
order forms will be available on the band website or in the band room.  No late orders will be accepted.

The Chestnut Hill Candle fundraiser is underway.  Each 10-ounce, double-wick, soy candle burns for approximately 70 hours.  These candles make wonderful holiday gifts. 
Order forms and instructions available on-line or in the band room.  Master order forms and payments are due on September 19. 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
If you are interested in working any Steelers or Pitt games at Heinz Field this season to raise funds for your band or orchestra student, you must have a valid ServSafe certification and RAMP or TEAM certification.  It is not too late to do these and they can be completed on your own time!  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.  This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip!  All current volunteers (both new and old) must turn in their Aramark Volunteer Forms to Heather before they can work any games.  Here are the next two events to work at Heinz Field: Saturday, September 16th, Pitt vs Oklahoma State, report time 8:30 AM; and Sunday, September 17th, Steelers vs Vikings, report time 9:30 AM.  Please email Heather if you are interested.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders are due September 15th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, September 21st.
Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for 2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Football Game #3 Upper St. Clair H.S. @HOME - 9/8
Report time for the 9/8 home football game vs Upper St. Clair H.S. will be 5:30PM. 

Kiski Area H.S. PIMBA Show - 9/9
Our first competition will be held at Kiski Area H.S. on Saturday, 9/9.  Student report time will be 1:00pm with rehearsal before departure.  We perform 10th out of 11 bands in the show. Read the itinerary for all details, this can be found on moonband.org, Skyward, or will be distributed to your child after the 9/5 rehearsal.

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium - September 16, 2017 – UPDATED (08/28) 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Arizona vs Dallas this year).
As of now, we will perform in the preliminary competition at 1:15pm. The finals performance will start at 6:45pm.  Students report at MASH at 6:45AM.  We will depart around 8AM on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins at 7:15pm.  A complete itinerary and information can be found on moonband.org, Skyward, or your child, which will be distribute on 9/5 after rehearsal.  This will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.

Music Memorization Testing Schedule
The music memorization schedule was distributed after the Thursday, August 10 rehearsal.  Wind and Percussion students will be tested for memorization of music.  Selections are listed on the bottom right corner of the paper.  Each student will receive a grade for this test.  For additional information, please download the information page and schedule which can be found in the student document pages of www.moonband.org.  

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018
The Marching Band and Symphonic Band will be traveling to Florida in February 2018 to perform in the Walt Disney World, Florida resort.  The band will depart on Tuesday, February 13, after school and depart Orlando on Sunday, February 18, returning to MAHS on February 19.  The band's preliminary performance day is Thursday, February 15 at the Magic Kingdom (time is unknown).  The Symphonic Band performance date is not confirmed at this time.   The cost of the trip is estimated at $975, this includes all transportation, hotel, tickets to 3 Disney Parks, and a duel admission to Universal Studios (Island of Adventure and Universal), as well as all meals while in Florida, (the only meals that are not covered are meals while en route to FL or PA).  There are numerous opportunities to fundraise a portion or all of this trip throughout the fall/winter.  Please take advantage of these fundraisers to offset the cost of this trip.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Fall Testing Dates
October 7 - SAT - Band is off that weekend
October 14 - PSAT - Band has a competition at Deer Lakes H.S. - Students will still be able to take the test and participate in all Marching Band activities.
October 28 - ACT - Band is off that weekend.


Music and Information Download
Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org  web-site.  Please reference the letter you received in the mail regarding how to download this music and information.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Sept 9          PIMBA Show at Kiski Area H.S.
Sat. Sept 16         BOA at Canton Hall of Fame Stadium
Sat. Sept 23         Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Show
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S.
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.


Private Instrumental Lessons
Private Instrumental lessons is a great way to excel on your instrument. Not only will you learn specific techniques on your instrument, from a teacher who is an expert on your instrument, but also it will open doors to new repertoire, solo, ensemble, etc. Private lessons will also provide confidence when performing in an ensemble or auditioning for any PMEA festival. Contact Mr. Barthen for a complete list of private instructors in the area.

Calendar of Events - September
______
Tue. Sept. 5 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL
 - 6pm-9pm
Wed. Sept. 6 - MAHS Open House
Thu. Sept. 7 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6PM-9PM
Fri. Sept 8 - Football Game vs. Upper St. Clair - Report time 5:30pm - Kick-off 7pm
Sat. Sept 9 - PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S. - Report time 1pm
____
Mon. Sept. 11 - Battery & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. Sept. 12 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. Sept. 14 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Sept 15 - Football Game at Hampton H.S. - 
Sat. Sept 16 - Bands of America Regional Competition at Canton Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium – Report time 6:45AM
____
Mon. Sept. 18 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. Sept. 19 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. Sept. 21 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Fri. Sept 22 - Football Game @ North Hills H.S.
Sat. Sept 23 - PIMBA Competition at MAHS
____


FORMAL WEAR
Just a reminder, that all formal wear orders and payments must be received in the band mailbox by this Thursday, September 7th.  Any questions, please contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org. Thank You!

ORCHESTRA
HONORS ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE  9/6/17
Open House will be on Wednesday September 6th beginning at 5:30 PM. It is tradition that the Honors Orchestra performs for this event from 5:30PM – 6:00PM. This is a MANDANTORY and GRADED performance. Please contact Mrs. Martz if there is a conflict. We will be performing the music that you will receive on the first day of school.

Location: MAHS Auditorium Lobby
Sept. 6th 5:30 PM
Students should arrive by 5:15 PM to tune in orchestra room and be seated in the Auditorium Lobby by 5:30 PM.
Students should wear all black attire. 



CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Upcoming Events

View Event Calendar

Percussion & Auxiliary Rehearsal

Brass & Woodwinds Rehearsal

Homecoming Parade

FULL Rehearsal

Band Jacket & Band Note Ceremony

Moon Football Home Game vs. Fox Chapel (Homecoming)

FULL Rehearsal

FULL Rehearsal

Moon Football Away Game @Chartiers Valley