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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 21, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 21, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30 – Field Commander Auditions
Monday, June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions

Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium


FUNDRAISING
We have completed our fundraising efforts for the year.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraising initiatives to raise money for both their Student Accounts and the General Fund.

AUXILIARY CAR WASH
It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  I am looking for volunteers for the game on Friday, May 25th.  The report time is 5:30 pm and the payout will be $115!  I am also taking volunteers for the upcoming Kenny Chesney Concert at Heinz Field on June 2nd.  The report time is 2:30 and the payout is $120.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & 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 president@moonband.org. 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC BANQUET
A wonderful night was had by all who attended last night's Instrumental Music Banquet. Thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes to make our annual event possible.  Congratulations to our Class of 2018!  Good luck to our 46 graduating seniors!
Congratulations to Kiera Wood and Christina Von Stein, the 2018 recipients of the 12th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards.   

YEAR END DVD
The Moon Area High School 2017-2018 Instrumental Program Year-End DVD is now available for order. This DVD showcases multiple performances and concept videos highlighting the ensembles of the instrumental music department. This video will allow you and your student to re-live memories from the 2017-2018 school year and is the perfect gift for out-of-town friends and family. The cost for each DVD is $20, and orders are due no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
 
Please click HERE to view the order form and follow the instructions for how to order your copy.
 

MABPO MEMBERSHIP
The motion to amend the MABPO, Inc. By-Laws to remove the MAHS Orchestra from the groups supported by the MABPO was displayed in the April 12, 2018 Minutes.  The vote to amend the by-laws passed at the May 17, 2018 Meeting.  This membership update will commence on July 1, 2018.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the hoagies. 

ALUMNI NEWS:
Congratulations to Max Keppel, the 2018 recipient of the Moon Area Band Alumni Association, Paul Von Stein Memorial Scholarship.
Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.


BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDER TIME!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Order forms were sent out to these students the Week of May 7th. Students will have the opportunity to try on jackets on Memorial Day before departing for the Sewickley Parade.  It is STRONGLY recommended a parent be present for the fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit.  Recommendations will be made on size, but it is ultimately the student and parent's decision on what size to order.  Jacket sizing is unisex.  Both Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.


Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event. Itinerary can be found on Skyward as well as the moonband.org documents page.

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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 -
May
_____
Tue. May 22    Orchestral Wind Rehearsal w/full Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wed. May 23   Orchestra Concert – 7:00 PM
________
Mon. May 28 – Memorial Day Parade – Report at 8AM – No hats or gloves; Black socks, black band shoes, jacket, pants, and gauntlets; FIX HAIR
Tue. May 29 – New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. May 30 – Field Commander Auditions – 3:30pm – H.S. Band Room
                          New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Thu. May 31 – Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS Band Room
                           New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
________
Mon. June 4 – New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm

                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
                                 New Parent Meeting – 6PM – MAHS Band Room
Tue. June 5 –   New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                       Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 6 - New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
June 7              Color Guard Auditions – 5:30 – MAHS
June 8              Graduation – All MAHS Instrumentalists Perform – 6PM report – Dress up; shirt tie, etc.



Future Dates
June 18 – 20    Full Marching Band Rehearsal – 5PM -9PM
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day



ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Spring Concert Rehearsals and Concert
HONORS ORCHESTRA
       - Rehearsal #2 – May 21st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

STRING ENSEMBLE

     - Rehearsal #2 – May 22nd from - 2:30 – 3:45PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

ALL COMBINED ORCHESTRAS
INCLUDING Band Members who perform with orchestra

     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report time 6:30

Orchestra students have several upcoming performances in the next few weeks:

- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performance and will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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The Honors Chamber Strings Ensemble will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor, with James Rodgers at our Spring Concert. I have included his bio HERE. After the winter concert, he was so taken by the Corelli Christmas Concerto performance that he asked if he could perform with our students in the Spring. James is a wonderful advocate for music education and is thrilled to be working with our students here at Moon. 
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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. We have a list of private lesson teachers in the area, if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Martz.
 


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 ~ May 14, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 14, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, May 17 – Instrumental Parents Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30 – Field Commander Auditions
Monday, June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions

Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform

FUNDRAISING
HOAGIES
The delivery date for J&J Enterprises Hoagies and Pepperoni Roll is Wednesday, May 16.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  There will be a Training Session on May 23rd at 5 PM at PNC Park.  Let Heather know if you’d like to attend.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  Heather is now taking volunteers for the upcoming Kenny Chesney Concert at Heinz Field on June 2nd.  The report time is 2:30 and the payout is $120.  Please consider joining us and please contact Heather with any questions!

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & 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 president@moonband.org. 

MAY PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for May 17th.  We will be *voting on future MABPO Membership. 
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 

Please stay informed and keep up to date with your organization.  As always, monthly Meeting Minutes are posted on www.moonband.org

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the spaghetti dinner. 

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 17th.  Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org

BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDER TIME!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Order forms were sent out to these students the Week of May 7th. Students will have the opportunity to try on jackets on Memorial Day before departing for the Sewickley Parade.  It is STRONGLY recommended a parent be present for the fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit.  Recommendations will be made on size, but it is ultimately the student and parent's decision on what size to order.  Jacket sizing is unisex.  Both Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.


Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event.

Symphonic Band Auditions – DUE 5/18
Audition music is available on Skyward or on the “Table of Knowledge” in the Band Room.  Students should record excerpts and submit to Mr. Barthen by 5/18.  Specific details can be found on the audition music.  If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Barthen.

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition Meeting – May 16 – 2:30-2:45 – MAHS Band Room
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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
-
May
_____
Mon. May 14   Band Concert – 7pm – MAHS Auditorium
Tue. May 15    No School
Wed. May 16   Field Commander Audition Meeting – 2:30 – 2:45PM
                        Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Thu. May 17    Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Fri. May 18      Symphonic Band Auditions Tapes Due – 2:30pm
Sun. May 20    Instrumental Banquet
_____
Tue. May 22    Orchestral Wind Rehearsal w/full Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wed. May 23   Orchestra Concert
________
Mon. May 28 – Memorial Day Parade – Report at 8AM
Tue. May 29 – New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. May 30 – Field Commander Auditions – 3:30pm – H.S. Band Room
                          New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Thu. May 31 – Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS Band Room
                           New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Future Dates
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
June 7 – Color Guard Auditions
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Spring Concert Rehearsals and Concert
HONORS ORCHESTRA
     - Rehearsal #1 – May 16th from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Rehearsal #2 – May 21st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

STRING ENSEMBLE

     - Rehearsal #2 – May 22st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

ALL COMBINED ORCHESTRAS
INCLUDING Band Members who perform with orchestra

     - May 17th 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report time 6:30

Congrats to the Honors Orchestra students who performed for the MAHS Honors Night held the evening of May 10th, 2018. We received many compliments from faculty, staff, and parents who expressed their appreciation for your performance. 

On April 27th, Dr. Weller from Messiah College was at Moon Area High School and did masterclasses with both orchestra classes. He gave excellent feedback about their playing and invited students to attend the Messiah College Music Camps this summer. If you are interested, please see me for an informational card or visit the Messiah College website for more information!   

Orchestra students have several upcoming performances in the next few weeks:


- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performance and will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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The Honors Chamber Strings Ensemble will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor, with James Rodgers at our Spring Concert. I have included his bio HERE. After the winter concert, he was so taken by the Corelli Christmas Concerto performance that he asked if he could perform with our students in the Spring. James is a wonderful advocate for music education and is thrilled to be working with our students here at Moon. 
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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. We have a list of private lesson teachers in the area, if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Martz.
 


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 ~ May 7, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 7, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, May 10 – Honors Night – Honors Orchestra Performs
Friday, May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert 7PM
Monday, May 14 - Concert & Symphonic Bands Concert
Thursday, May 17 – Instrumental Parents Meeting 7PM

Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform


FUNDRAISING
HOAGIES
The delivery date for J&J Enterprises Hoagies and Pepperoni Roll is  Wednesday, May 16.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  This is a great time to build up your students' accounts before Band Camp and in anticipation of future expenses.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There will also be upcoming concerts to work in the summer months at Heinz Field.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & 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 president@moonband.org. 

MAY PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for May 17th.  We will be *voting on future MABPO Membership. 
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 

Please stay informed and keep up to date with your organization.  As always, monthly Meeting Minutes are posted on www.moonband.org

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the second Sarris, second Newme pie, Chocolate Boutique, and Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraisers.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Don’t forget to order your Scrip gift cards for your favorite graduates!!  
Low denomination gift cards are available from several retailers for a limited time.
Click here for the list
This will be the last order for the school year. Orders are due Friday, May 11, 2018 for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018.


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

UNIFORMS
Band and Orchestra Jacket ordering information is being sent out this week to newly eligible students.  If you do not receive one, and you think you should have, or you would simply like to make an order, please contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Upcoming Concerts and Concert Rehearsals
With the end of the school year comes concerts and rehearsals.  Please make sure to keep up to date on all rehearsals, concerts, and band events.  The May 2018 calendar is available on-line and on Skyward.

Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event.

Spring Concert Rehearsals
Concert Band and Percussionists who perform with Concert Band
     - Wednesday, May 9 - 2:30 - 4PM - MAHS Band Room

Symphonic Band and Percussionists who perform with Symphonic Band
     - Thursday, May 10 – 2:30 – 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room – This is a change due to MAHS Honors Night

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions

MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition Meeting – May 16 – 2:30-2:45 – MAHS Band Room
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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
-
May
___
Mon. May 7 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm

Tue. May 8 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:15pm
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 3:15 – 4:00pm
Wed. May 9  Full Concert Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4pm
Thu. May 10 – Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:30pm
Fri. May 11 – Jazz Band 1 & 2 Sound check – 2:30 – 4pm
                       Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
_____
Mon. May 14   Band Concert – 7pm – MAHS Auditorium
Tue. May 15    No School
Wed. May 16   Field Commander Audition Meeting – 2:30 – 2:45PM
                        Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Thu. May 17    Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Fri. May 18      Symphonic Band Auditions Tapes Due – 2:30pm
Sun. May 20    Instrumental Banquet – The Fez, Hopewell Township; 5PM
_____
Tue. May 22    Orchestral Wind Rehearsal w/full Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wed. May 23   Orchestra Concert
_____

Future Dates
May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm - Jazz Band 1 & 2 – with special guest Ralph Lalama
May 14 - Band Concerts - 7pm - Concert & Symphonic Bands
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Spring Concert Rehearsals and Concert
HONORS ORCHESTRA
     - Rehearsal #1 – May 16th from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Rehearsal #2 – May 21st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

STRING ENSEMBLE

     - Rehearsal #1 – May 10th from - 2:30 – 3:45PM 
     - Rehearsal #2 – May 22st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

ALL COMBINED ORCHESTRAS
INCLUDING Band Members who perform with orchestra

     - May 17th 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report time 6:30

The Honors Chamber String Auditions are DUE TODAY 5/7/18 by 2:15 PM. I hope to have a list of students who made Honors Orchestra by Friday afternoon.  

On April 27th, Dr. Weller from Messiah College was at Moon Area High School and did masterclasses with both orchestra classes. He gave excellent feedback about their playing and invited students to attend the Messiah College Music Camps this summer. If you are interested, please see me for an informational card or visit the Messiah College website for more information!   

Orchestra students have several upcoming performances in the next few weeks:


- MAHS Honors Night will be held the evening of May 10th, 2018 in the HS Auditorium. All Honors Orchestra students will be performing before the event from 6:30PM – 7:00PM. Performance attire will be Men: dress pants, dress shoes, collared shirt and tie  Ladies: dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shoes or sandals. No jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops (nice sandals are permitted). This performance is mandatory and graded for all Honors Orchestra members. 

- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performance and will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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The Honors Chamber Strings Ensemble will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor, with James Rodgers at our Spring Concert. I have included his bio HERE. After the winter concert, he was so taken by the Corelli Christmas Concerto performance that he asked if he could perform with our students in the Spring. James is a wonderful advocate for music education and is thrilled to be working with our students here at Moon. 

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 ~ April 30, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 30, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert
Thursday, May 10 – Honors Night – Honors Orchestra Performs
Friday, May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert 7PM
Monday, May 14 - Concert & Symphonic Bands Concert
Thursday, May 17 – Instrumental Parents Meeting 7PM

Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform


FUNDRAISING
HOAGIES
Our FINAL fundraiser of the school year is a J&J Enterprises Hoagie and Pepperoni Roll sale.  This is an excellent opportunity to raise funds for student accounts to offset some of the cost of band camp or other events in the coming year.  Order forms and payments are due on Thursday, May 3
, and the delivery date is  Wednesday, May 16
.  Information sheets and order forms can be found
HERE or in the band room.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  There will be a RAMP (Alcohol) Training Session at Heinz Field on May 9th at 6:00 for anyone needing to get certified or recertified for either PNC Park or Heinz Field.  This is a great time to build up your students' accounts before Band Camp and in anticipation of future expenses.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There will also be upcoming concerts to work in the summer months at Heinz Field.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & 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 president@moonband.org. 

MAY PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for May 17th.  We will be *voting on future MABPO Membership. 
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 

Please stay informed and keep up to date with your organization.  As always, monthly Meeting Minutes are posted on www.moonband.org

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the second Sarris, second Newme pie, Chocolate Boutique, and Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraisers.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Don’t forget to order your Scrip gift cards for your favorite graduates!!  
Low denomination gift cards are available from several retailers for a limited time.
Click here for the list
This will be the last order for the school year. Orders are due Friday, May 11, 2018 for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018.


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

UNIFORMS
Band and Orchestra Jacket ordering information will be sent out next week to newly eligible students.  If you do not receive one, and you think you should have, or you would simply like to make an order, please contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org.

*** HELP NEEDED***

 UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Upcoming Concerts and Concert Rehearsals
With the end of the school year comes concerts and rehearsals.  Please make sure to keep up to date on all rehearsals, concerts, and band events.  The May 2018 calendar is available on-line and on Skyward.

Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event.

Spring Concert Rehearsals
Concert Band and Percussionists who perform with Concert Band
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 6PM-8:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 9 - 2:30 - 4PM - MAHS Band Room

Symphonic Band and Percussionists who perform with Symphonic Band
     - Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 - 9:00PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 2:30 - 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Thursday, May 10 – 2:30 – 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room – This is a change due to MAHS Honors Night

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions

MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition Meeting – May 16 – 2:30-2:45 – MAHS Band Room
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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
-
May
_____
Tue. May 1 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Wed. May 2 – Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30-4:30pm – MAHS Band Room

                                   Full Concert Band Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm – MAHS Band Room 
Thu. May 3 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4pm
May 4 – MAHS Prom
                        Symphonic Band Audition Material Available
Sat. May 5 – Pittsburgh Creators Project – Symphonic Winds Concert – 7:30PM – MAHS Auditorium - $7.50/adults; $5/students/Sr. Citizens
___
Mon. May 7 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm

Tue. May 8 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:15pm
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 3:15 – 4:00pm
Wed. May 9  Full Concert Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4pm
Thu. May 10 – Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:30pm
Fri. May 11 – Jazz Band 1 & 2 Sound check – 2:30 – 4pm
                       Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
_____
Mon. May 14   Band Concert – 7pm – MAHS Auditorium
Tue. May 15    No School
Wed. May 16   Field Commander Audition Meeting – 2:30 – 2:45PM
                        Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Thu. May 17    Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Fri. May 18      Symphonic Band Auditions Tapes Due – 2:30pm
Sun. May 20    Instrumental Banquet – The Fez, Hopewell Township; 5PM
_____

Future Dates
May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert - 7pm (Percussion Ensembles & MAHS Choral Jazz Group)
May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm - J
azz Band 1 & 2 – with special guest Ralph Lalama
May 14 - Band Concerts - 7pm - Concert & Symphonic Bands
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
- MAHS Honors Night will be held the evening of May 10th, 2018 in the HS Auditorium. All Honors Orchestra students will be performing before the event from 6:30PM – 7:00PM. Performance attire will be Men: dress pants, dress shoes, collared shirt and tie  Ladies: dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shoes or sandals. No jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops (nice sandals are permitted). This performance is mandatory and graded for all Honors Orchestra members. 

- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performanceand will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

The Honors Orchestra Audition music has been distributed to all String Ensemble students and 8th graders, it was also sent out in an email on Skyward. It has been brought to my attention that the Bach Minuet (cello excerpt) has a note cut-off on the last line, the note is a “D” on the C string. Students should be listening to their excerpts to better prepare for auditions. All auditions are due to me no later than May 7th at 2:15 PM. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. I have offered to help all students who ask, whether before or after class or after school. Please give me a day notice for staying after so that I can check my elementary schedule as well. 

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 



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 ~ April 23, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 23, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday, April 27 – Banquet RSVP
Monday, May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert
Thursday, May 10 – Honors Night – Honors Orchestra Performs
Friday, May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert 7PM
Monday, May 14 - Concert & Symphonic Bands Concert
Thursday, May 17 – Instrumental Parents Meeting 7PM

Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC BANQUET
The Banquet invitations have been mailed to all Instrumental Music students' homes.  
Please RSVP by THIS FRIDAY -  APRIL 27TH.  If you have any questions, contact Laura at secretary@moonband.org

FUNDRAISING

SPAGHETTI DINNER
THANK YOU to all of the students and parents who worked to make our annual spaghetti dinner run smoothly.  We greatly appreciate our band and orchestra families who volunteered their time at the dinner, baked the delicious desserts, donated food, supplies, or a monetary gift, and who sold tickets to friends, family, and neighbors.  We are also thankful for the students who worked shifts at the dinner and for the students who performed in the small ensembles.  It is the combined efforts of staff, students, and parents that make events like this successful.  THANK YOU!

HOAGIES
Our FINAL fundraiser of the school year is a J&J Enterprises Hoagie and Pepperoni Roll sale.  This is an excellent opportunity to raise funds for student accounts to offset some of the cost of band camp or other events in the coming year.  Order forms and payments are due on Thursday, May 3
, and the delivery date is  Wednesday, May 16
.  Information sheets and order forms can be found
HERE or in the band room.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  The next Training Session at PNC Park will be on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00.  Please let me know if you would like to sign up for this.  This is a great time to build up your students' accounts before Band Camp and in anticipation of future expenses.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  Please consider joining us!

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & 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 president@moonband.org. 

MAY PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for May 17th.  We will be *voting on future MABPO Membership. 
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 


ELECTIONS
Thank you to those parents who attended the April 12th Parent Meeting.  Our annual election for Executive Board Officers took place.  The newly elected board will begin their role on July 1st.  

Please congratulate your 2018/2019 Officers:

President - Andrea Ward
Treasurer - Vicki Hricz
Secretary - Shea Corsetti
VP of Communications - Sarah Schmitz
Co-VP of Concessions - Ginny Kotok
Co-VP of Concessions - Karren Wood
VP of Corporate Partnership - Mike Connors
VP of Fundraising - Georganna Palmer
VP of Publicity - Grace Cap
 
Please stay informed and keep up to date with your organization.  As always, monthly Meeting Minutes are posted on www.moonband.org

STUDENT ACCOUNTS

All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the second Sarris, second Newme pie, Chocolate Boutique, and Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraisers.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Don’t forget to order your Scrip gift cards for your favorite graduates!!  
Low denomination gift cards are available from several retailers for a limited time.
Click here for the list
This will be the last order for the school year. Orders are due Friday, May 11, 2018 for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018.


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

UNIFORMS
HUGE THANK YOU to Maria Sacherich who will be job shadowing band uniforms this season! We are so happy to have her!  Thanks Maria!!!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Upcoming Concerts and Concert Rehearsals
With the end of the school year comes concerts and rehearsals.  Please make sure to keep up to date on all rehearsals, concerts, and band events.  The May 2018 calendar is available on-line and on Skyward.

Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event.

Spring Concert Rehearsals
Concert Band and Percussionists who perform with Concert Band
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 6PM-8:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 9 - 2:30 - 4PM - MAHS Band Room

Symphonic Band and Percussionists who perform with Symphonic Band
     - Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 - 9:00PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 2:30 - 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Thursday, May 10 – 2:30 – 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room – This is a change due to MAHS Honors Night

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
-
AprilMay
______________
Tue. April 24 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Wed. April 25 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 6:30 - 9PM
Thu. April 26 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm

Fri. April 27 - Masterclass with Dr. Weller - During school day. - Symphonic Band excused period 2 only.
_____
Tue. May 1 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Wed. May 2 – Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30-4:30pm – MAHS Band Room

                                   Full Concert Band Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm – MAHS Band Room 
Thu. May 3 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4pm
May 4 – MAHS Prom.
Sat. May 5 – Pittsburgh Creators Project – Symphonic Winds Concert – 7:30PM – MAHS Auditorium - $7.50/adults; $5/students/Sr.Citizens
___
Mon. May 7 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm

Tue. May 8 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:15pm
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 3:15 – 4:00pm
Wed. May 9  Full Concert Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4pm
Thu. May 10 – Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:30pm
Fri. May 11 – Jazz Band 1 & 2 Sound check – 2:30 – 4pm
                       Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
_____

Future Dates
May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert - 7pm (Percussion Ensembles & MAHS Choral Jazz Group)
May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm - J
azz Band 1 & 2 – with special guest Ralph Lalama
May 14 - Band Concerts - 7pm - Concert & Symphonic Bands
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
- April 26th, 2018 Jim Rodgers will be in the Honors Orchestra class to rehearse the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor. All students need to have the 3 movements prepared for this rehearsal. The Honors Orchestra will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor for our Spring Concert with Jim Rodgers, Principal Bassoonist, of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rodgers will be working with students over the next month in class and during after school rehearsals. 

- April 27th music faculty from Messiah College will be at Moon Area High School to do masterclasses with both orchestra classes. They will be working with students on their concert repertoire and providing feedback for improvement as well as speaking about Messiah College. 

- OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL – Mr. Ledbetter has asked if students would like to perform the Star Spangled Banner for the Baseball Senior Night, 3:30 PM on May 3rd. Any student who would like to take part in this performance opportunity needs to see Mrs. Martz by Friday April 27th

- MAHS Honors Night will be held the evening of May 10th, 2018 in the HS Auditorium. All Honors Orchestra students will be performing before the event from 6:30PM – 7:00PM. Performance attire will be Men: dress pants, dress shoes, collared shirt and tie  Ladies: dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shoes or sandals. No jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops (nice sandals are permitted). This performance is mandatory and graded for all Honors Orchestra members. 

- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performanceand will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

The Honors Orchestra Audition music has been distributed to all String Ensemble students and 8th graders, it was also sent out in an email on Skyward. It has been brought to my attention that the Bach Minuet (cello excerpt) has a note cut-off on the last line, the note is a “D” on the C string. Students should be listening to their excerpts to better prepare for auditions. All auditions are due to me no later than May 7th at 2:15 PM. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. I have offered to help all students who ask, whether before or after class or after school. Please give me a day notice for staying after so that I can check my elementary schedule as well. 

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 



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

Orchestra Service Opportunity @Hyde Elementary

Memorial Day Parade (1 parade/Sewickley)

New Member Color Guard Rehearsal

Field Commander Auditions (Band Room)

New Member Color Guard Rehearsal

Marching Band Percussion Auditions Today (Sign up for a time in the Band Room)

New Member Color Guard Rehearsal

New Marcher Camp

New Parent Meeting (HS Band Room)

Color Guard Audition Rehearsal

New Marcher Camp

Color Guard Audition Rehearsal

Executive Board Transition Meeting

New Marcher Camp

Color Guard Audition Rehearsal