IMPORTANT REMINDERS – Present to Year End – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, December 20 – Winter Color Guard Pre-Season Meeting 7PM
Friday, November 24 - Black Friday Basket Raffle drawing
Wednesday, December 6 - Fundraising delivery - Holiday Greenery pick-up!
Monday, December 4 - Parent Meeting **UPDATED**
Sunday, December 10 - Pancake Breakfast & Cookie Walk
Wednesday, December 13 - Fundraising delivery - Sarris Candies pick-up!
Wednesday, December 13 – Scrip Order Pick-up
Friday, December 15 - Third Florida Payment Due
Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Instrumental Music Concert
The annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk will take place on Sunday, December 10, from 8:00 AM - noon, in the high school cafeteria. This is a popular community event. In addition to pancakes and cookies, several student groups will perform and Santa will be there! Students can earn money for their accounts buy selling tickets and/or buy working a shift at the breakfast. Sign-Up Sheets for students to work shifts will be posted in the classroom after Thanksgiving break. Be on the look-out for the sign-up genius shortly after Thanksgiving to sign-up for donations, volunteering, and of course, cookie baking! Flyers for the pancake breakfast are online. Please, print a flyer to post around the area at local churches and businesses to spread the word!
Black Friday raffle tickets are due Tuesday, November 21. Payment and ticket stubs must be received prior to Friday's drawing to be valid.
FLASH HOAGIE & PEPPERONI ROLL SALE: Due to popular demand, we are holding another hoagie and pepperoni roll sale with a very short turn-around time. The sale begins Tuesday, November 21. Orders are due on Thursday, December 7, by the end of the school day. Orders should only be placed in the band room mailbox and should not be mailed to the UPS box. Also, due to the nature of this sale, absolutely no late orders can be accepted. Forms are on-line and in the band room.
SENIOR POLE NOTES will continue to be distributed (at the December 4th Parent Meeting, Pancake Breakfast, and Winter Concert) until all students have received them. Please make it a point to retrieve your senior's pole note
The MABPO is selling large red and white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel. Umbrellas are $15.00 each. If you'd like to buy an umbrella, please contact Sherri directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pop/Gatorade leftover from the concession stand is available for purchase at a discounted price.
If you are interested for yourself, a family event, or if you are involved with another organization that could use some, please contact Kathy Keppel at: email@example.com for the specific quantities available of each flavor. I have 20 oz plastic bottles of: Orange Gatorade, Mist Twist, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Brisk Tea, Mug Root beer, and Orange Crush.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
It is not too late to join us in working Steelers and Pitt games at Heinz Field to raise funds for your band or orchestra student. This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip! Please consider joining us, we've had great participation this year so you never have to go alone! The next event to work at Heinz Field is the Steelers game on Sunday, December 10th with a report time of 5:00 PM (kickoff at 8:30). Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 412-580-3147 with any questions. Job Shadowing will begin in the Summer of 2018.
Don’t forget to order Scrip gift cards for everyone on your Christmas list!! The next Scrip gift card order deadline has been changed due to the Band Parent Meeting being rescheduled. Gift card orders are due Thursday, Dec. 7th and will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at the Sarris candy pickup and Dec. 20th at the concert. A limited number of $10 gift cards (Arby’s, Dunkin Donuts, Eat’n Park, Starbucks and Subway) will also be available for sale.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Annual “Craft & Sip” Wreath Decorating Fundraiser on Friday Dec. 8th from 6-10 PM – see Facebook for details
Holiday Dinner on Saturday, January 6th from 5-10 PM
The Moon Area Band Alumni Association is sponsoring a Holiday Dinner at Mario's Family Italian Restaurant. All are welcome!!
Click here for the flyer.
BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS: Mr. Nick Barthen
"So You Want to Major in Music in College?" - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00PM - MAHS LGI
The MASD Music Department is sponsoring a presentation and open forum for parents and students regarding study after high school in the field of music. Professors from area colleges as well as the MASD Music Faculty will be on hand to answer questions, provide a brief description of what to expect as a music major, the audition process, and various other topics. Literature from collegiate music departments will be available. This meeting will take place in the LGI at the High School. Students in grades 8-12 are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Barthen for additional details.
Winter Color Guard Parent and Student Meeting - Monday, November 20 - 7:00PM - H.S. Band Room
There will be a brief informational and organizational meeting for Parents and Students of Marching Band Color Guard Members who are interested in being a member of the Winter Color Guard for the 2018 season. Parents and students should attend this meeting!
CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR FLORIDA TRIP!!
We are still in need of four parents to chaperone the Florida trip in February. Contact Mr. Barthen if interested
Band Florida Performance Tour - February 13 - February 19, 2018 – Updated 10/2/17
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.
Winter Instrumental Concert
The High School Winter Instrumental Concert is on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00PM in the MAHS Auditorium. Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble will perform.
Attire for this performance is as follows:
Symphonic Band - Formal Tux and/or Gowns
Concert Band - Dress clothes; MEN - shirt and tie, dark dress pants (No Khaki's) matching dress shoes, socks, belt; DOES NOT NEED TO BE BLACK AND WHITE; LADIES - Pants, school appropriate length skirts (remember you are sitting down, elevated above audience and not permitted to cross your legs while you perform) appropriate shoes.
DRESS REHEARSAL DATES FOR WINTER CONCERT:
Concert Band - Including Percussionists who performing with Concert Band
Rehearsal #1 - Wednesday, December 13 - 6-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 - Monday, December 18 - 6-7:30PM
Concert - Wednesday, December 20 - Report time 6:15PM - Concert Starts at 7:00PM
Symphonic Band - Including percussionist who perform with Symphonic Band
Rehearsal #1 - Wednesday, December 13- 7:30 - 9:15
Rehearsal #2 - Monday, December 18 - 7:30 - 9:15
Concert - Wednesday, December 20 - Report time 7pm - Concert Starts at 7:00PM
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 - November
Mon. Nov. 20 - Winter Color Guard Pre-Season Meeting 7PM - MAHS Band Room
Tue. Nov. 21 - Music Major Program - 7PM - MAHS LGI
Thu. Nov. 30 - Flute Choir Rehearsal - 2:20 - 3:30 - MAHS Band Room
Sat. Dec. 2 - Moon Twp. Light Up Night - Flute Choir and Brass Quintet to perform.
Mon. Dec. 4 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Fri. Dec. 8 - PMEA Honors Jazz Festival at Moon Area High School
Sat. Dec. 9 - PMEA Honors Jazz Festival at MAHS - Concert 4pm MAHS Auditorium
Sun. Dec. 10 - MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Small Ensembles to Perform
Mon. Dec. 11 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Wed. Dec. 13 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 6PM-7:30PM – MAHS
Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 7:30 - 9:15PM – MAHS
Fri. Dec. 15 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-9:30pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Mon. Dec. 18 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 6PM-7:30PM – MAHS
Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 7:30 - 9:15PM – MAHS
Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Dec. 19 - Winter Choral Concert - 7pm
Wed. Dec. 20 - MAHS Winter Band Concert - 7pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thu. Dec. 21 - Symphonic Band School Concert - AM - DRESS UP; NOT IN TUX & GOWNS
Fri. Dec. 22 - Winter Break
ORCHESTRA COMMENTS: Mrs. Martz
DRESS REHEARSAL DATES FOR WINTER CONCERT:
Rehearsal #1 - Monday, December 11 – 2:30-3:30PM HS Orchestra Room
Rehearsal #2 - Monday, December 18 - 2:30-3:30PM HS Orchestra Room
Concert - Wednesday, December 20 - Report time 6:30PM - Concert Starts at 7:00PM
Honors Chamber Strings
Performance – Sunday, December 10 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST Times TBA
Rehearsal #1 - Tuesday, December 12- 2:30-3:30PM HS Orchestra Room
Rehearsal #2 - Tuesday, December 19 - 2:30-3:30PM HS Orchestra Room
Concert - Wednesday, December 20 - Report time 6:30pm - Concert Starts at 7:00PM
Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.