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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 15, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 15, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, January 15 – FL Chaperone Meeting
Thursday, January 18 – Parent Meeting 7PM
Monday, February 5 – Mandatory Florida Parent Meeting 7PM MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7 – FL Marching Band Rehearsal 6-9 PM MAHS
Thursday, February 8 – Parent Meeting 7PM


FUNDRAISING

Our first fundraiser of 2018 is incredible chocolate creations from the Chocolate Boutique.  These beautiful and delicious treats are perfect for Valentine's Day.  Items include amazing chocolate and caramel covered apples, chocolate covered Oreos, and chocolate covered pretzels.  Orders and payment will be due on Thursday, January 25.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, February 7.
Chocolate Boutique Flyer
Order Form
Master Order Form

Please see online the upcoming winter and spring fundraisers.  Events and dates are subject to change.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
Student accounts are current with all payments received by Thursday, January 11th at 4pm. Aramark checks are included through the 12/31/17 game. The accounts also include credit earned if your student worked the pancake breakfast. The Joe Corbi fundraiser is also included. If you have a negative balance, that is what you owe. If your student is going to Florida in February, or if you are chaperoning the Florida trip, that amount is due immediately. If you worked a Steeler game after 12/31/17, that amount will be credited to your student's account as soon as I receive the check from Aramark and can be used toward the Florida trip. Thank you.

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
It is time to start planning the senior memory books.  If you are interested in learning more, we will be talking about them at the next parent meeting.  Hope to see you there!

UMBRELLAS
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 president@moonband.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

A big thank you to all the parent volunteers who worked at Heinz Field this football season.  Many of us were able to raise enough money to pay for our students' Disney Trips.  The next opportunities to volunteer will be for summer concerts.  I will be researching the possibility of volunteering at PNC Park this spring and update as I get information.  If you are interested in learning more about how to fundraise for your own student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the band parent meeting on Thursday, January 18th.   

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
Special thanks for Heather Park for volunteering to job shadow me this upcoming season with formal wear.  There are still two positions (see below) that need filled on our team.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!  Thanks!  Denise Wolf (412) 580-3147.

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.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
FINANCIAL UPDATE - Band Florida Performance Tour - 1/15/18
I have been informed by the MABPO Treasurer that there is over $16,000 of outstanding student payments for the Florida Trip.  MABPO cannot cover the last payment on the trip with this large amount of money outstanding.  PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENTS ASAP!!!  The last payment is holding up the WDW Park Tickets and WDW Meal Tickets.  If there are financial issues that are delaying you in making the last payment, please contact Mrs. Vicki Hricz, MABPO Treasurer (treasurer@moonband.org) to make arrangements.

MANDATORY FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - 7PMMAHS AUDITORIUM
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held on Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium.  Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed.  A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling.  Students may attend, but are not required.  If there are questions, concerns, or date conflicts, please contact your ensemble teacher ASAP.

TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A 
TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change.  A final itinerary will be released the week of 01/15/18.

Tuesday - February 13
            Depart MAHS - 6PM
Wednesday, February 14
            Visit Cocoa Beach
            Check-into Hotel
Thursday, February 15
           
Magic Kingdom
            Marching Band Performance in Magic Kingdom - 2:30PM
Friday, February 16
           
Orchestra Performance at Disney Springs - 12:15PM
            All to Epcot
Saturday, February 17
           
Animal Kingdom
            Medieval Times Dinner 
Sunday, February 18
            Hotel Check-out
            Universal Studios
            Depart for MAHS - 7:00PM
Monday, February 19
            Arrive at MAHS - 3:00PM

SYMPHONIC BAND FLORIDA PERFORMANCE UPDATE (1/8/18)

We received notification on Friday 1/5 that the Symphonic Band will NOT have a performance time-slot while in Florida.  This is due to the overwhelming number of applicants/schools who would like to perform at WDW during that busy President's Day Weekend.  WDW Policy states (new in 2017), one performance time slot is guaranteed for each musical discipline from each school to ensure all schools who area visiting WDW will have an opportunity to perform at least once at WDW.  Since marching band is the large band ensemble, Symphonic Band was placed on the wait list since March of 2017.  We will adjust the itinerary and release a final itinerary next week.

Marching Band/Symphonic Band Florida Rehearsal Schedule
- Wednesday, February 7 - Marching Band Members (only Traveling) - 6pm-9pm

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
-
January
_______
Mon. Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL
                          Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
                          Florida Chaperone's Meeting - 7PM - MAHS Band Room
Tue. Jan. 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Wed. Jan. 17 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 18 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Jan. 19 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
______

Mon. Jan. 22 - NO SCHOOL
                    WACA Rehearsal at Carlynton H.S. - 8AM - 5PM                          
                    Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                          
Tue. Jan. 23 - WACA Rehearsal and Concert at Carlynton H.S. - Rehearsal 8AM - 4PM; Concert at 7PM
Wed. Jan. 24 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Fri. Jan. 26 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
_______
Mon. Jan. 29 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                        

Tue. Jan. 30 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        PIt Orchestra - Brass Sectional - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. Jan. 31 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Feb 1 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Feb 2 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym

______


UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Monday, February 5 - Mandatory Florida Trip Meeting - 7PM
- Wednesday, February 7 - Marching Band Florida Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS


ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Rehearsals with combined orchestra  (ALL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS)
-Jan 17  (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

Rehearsals for students attending Disney Trip 
-Jan 24 & 31
  (2:30-3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)
-Feb 7 & 12   (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

MANDATORY FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7PM MAHS Auditorium
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium. Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed. A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling. Students are encouraged to attend but are not required. If there are questions, concerns or date conflicts, please contact me ASAP.  mmartz@moonarea.net

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 ~ January 8, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 8, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, January 8 - Final Florida Payment Due
Monday, January 15 – FL Chaperone Meeting
Thursday, January 18 – Parent Meeting 7PM
Monday, February 5 – Mandatory Florida Parent Meeting 7PM MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7 – FL Marching Band Rehersal 6-9 PM MAHS
Thursday, February 8 – Parent Meeting 7PM


FUNDRAISING

JOE CORBI FUNDRAISER
The Joe Corbi Fundraiser delivery is Wednesday, January 10, from 4-5:30PM, in the high school cafeteria.  Please be prompt.  Items are perishable and storage is not available.  I will be leaving promptly at 5:30 to attend another event.

Our first fundraiser of 2018 is incredible chocolate creations from the Chocolate Boutique.  These beautiful and delicious treats are perfect for Valentine's Day.  Items include amazing chocolate and caramel covered apples, chocolate covered Oreos, and chocolate covered pretzels.  Orders and payment will be due on Thursday, January 25.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, February 7.
Chocolate Boutique Flyer
Order Form
Master Order Form

Please see online the upcoming winter and spring fundraisers.  Events and dates are subject to change.


SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
It is time to start planning the senior memory books.  If you are interested in learning more, we will be talking about them at the next parent meeting.  Hope to see you there!

UMBRELLAS
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 president@moonband.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

The playoff game for the Steelers has just been announced for Sunday, January 14th at 1:00 PM.  The report time for volunteers will be 9:30 AM.  This will likely be the last opportunity to work this football season, although there is a possibility of one more playoff game.  If you are interested in finding out more about this fundraising opportunity, please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Orders are due Friday, January 12th.  Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the band parent meeting on Thursday, January 18th.   

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
Special thanks for Heather Park for volunteering to job shadow me this upcoming season with formal wear.  There are still two positions (see below) that need filled on our team.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!  Thanks!  Denise Wolf (412) 580-3147.

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.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical
Sign-ups for the Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical "The Wizard of OZ" will occur this week in the band room.  Instrumentation includes, flute, clarinet, saxophones, Trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and percussion.  The first rehearsal will be full orchestra on Tuesday, January 9 from 6-8pm in the H.S. Band Room.  A detailed scheduled will then be distributed.  Please see Mr. Barthen if there are any questions. 

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018 – Updated 01/01/18
All students/families who are participating in the Florida Performance Trip should have received a final bill/statement for the trip via USPS.  If you have not received this letter, please contact the MABPO Treasurer, Vicki Hricz at treasurer@moonband.org to obtain an account balance.
MANDATORY 
FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - 7PMMAHS AUDITORIUM
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held on Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium.  Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed.  A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling.  Students may attend, but are not required.  If there are questions, concerns, or date conflicts, please contact your ensemble teacher ASAP.

TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A 
TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change.  A final itinerary will be released the week of 01/15/18.

Tuesday - February 13
            Depart MAHS - 6PM
Wednesday, February 14
            Visit Cocoa Beach
            Check-into Hotel
Thursday, February 15
           
Magic Kingdom
            Marching Band Performance in Magic Kingdom - 2:30PM
Friday, February 16
           
Orchestra Performance at Disney Springs - 12:15PM
            All to Epcot
Saturday, February 17
           
Animal Kingdom
            Medieval Times Dinner 
Sunday, February 18
            Hotel Check-out
            Universal Studios
            Depart for MAHS - 7:00PM
Monday, February 19
            Arrive at MAHS - 3:00PM

SYMPHONIC BAND FLORIDA PERFORMANCE UPDATE (1/8/18)

We received notification on Friday 1/5 that the Symphonic Band will NOT have a performance time-slot while in Florida.  This is due to the overwhelming number of applicants/schools who would like to perform at WDW during that busy President's Day Weekend.  WDW Policy states (new in 2017), one performance time slot is guaranteed for each musical discipline from each school to ensure all schools who area visiting WDW will have an opportunity to perform at least once at WDW.  Since marching band is the large band ensemble, Symphonic Band was placed on the wait list since March of 2017.  We will adjust the itinerary and release a final itinerary next week.

Marching Band/Symphonic Band Florida Rehearsal Schedule
- Wednesday, February 7 - Marching Band Members (only Traveling) - 6pm-9pm

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
-
January
____
Mon. Jan. 8 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 9 -  Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
                       Full Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 - 8:00PM
Wed. Jan. 10 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - 3:00-9:00PM
Thu. Jan. 11 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day
                       
Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Jan. 12 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm
                       PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day - Concert at 7:30PM

_______
Mon. Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL
                          Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
                          Florida Chaperone's Meeting - 7PM - MAHS Band Room
Tue. Jan. 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Wed. Jan. 17 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 18 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Jan. 19 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
______

Mon. Jan. 22 - NO SCHOOL
                    WACA Rehearsal at Carlynton H.S. - 8AM - 5PM                          
                    Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                          
Tue. Jan. 23 - WACA Rehearsal and Concert at Carlynton H.S. - Rehearsal 8AM - 4PM; Concert at 7PM
Wed. Jan. 24 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Fri. Jan. 26 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
_______
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
- Monday, February 5 - Mandatory Florida Trip Meeting - 7PM
- Wednesday, February 7 - Marching Band Florida Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS


ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Rehearsals with combined orchestra  (ALL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS)
-Jan 10 & 17  (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

Rehearsals for students attending Disney Trip 
-Jan 24 & 31
  (2:30-3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)
-Feb 7 & 12   (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

MANDATORY FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7PM MAHS Auditorium
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium. Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed. A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling. Students are encouraged to attend but are not required. If there are questions, concerns or date conflicts, please contact me ASAP.  mmartz@moonarea.net

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 ~ January 1, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 1, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, January 8 - Final Florida Payment Due
Monday, January 15 – FL Chaperone Meeting
Thursday, January 18 – Parent Meeting 7PM
Monday, February 5 – Mandatory Florida Parent Meeting 7PM MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7 – FL Marching Band Rehersal
Thursday, February 8 – Parent Meeting 7PM


FUNDRAISING

JOE CORBI FUNDRAISER
**Important:  We did not reach our minimum sales number for the Joe Corbi Fundraiser.  We are extending the sale until Thursday, January 4, in hope that we can make a few more sales.  Fundraising flyers are still available in the band room.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org if you would like to participate in this fundraiser or to add to your current order.  Thank you!  (This also means that the delivery date will change.  Please watch the newsletter for the new date.)

UMBRELLAS
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 president@moonband.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

The playoff game for the Steelers has just been announced for Sunday, January 14th at 1:00 PM.  The report time for volunteers will be 9:30 AM.  This will likely be the last opportunity to work this football season, although there is a possibility of one more playoff game.  If you are interested in finding out more about this fundraising opportunity, please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Orders are due by January 12th.  Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the band parent meeting on January 18th.   

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
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.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical
Sign-ups for the Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical "The Wizard of OZ" will occur this week in the band room.  Instrumentation includes, flute, clarinet, saxophones, Trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and percussion.  The first rehearsal will be full orchestra on Tuesday, January 9 from 6-8pm in the H.S. Band Room.  A detailed scheduled will then be distributed.  Please see Mr. Barthen if there are any questions. 

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018 – Updated 01/01/18
All students/families who are participating in the Florida Performance Trip should have received a final bill/statement for the trip via USPS.  If you have not received this letter, please contact the MABPO Treasurer, Vicki Hricz at treasurer@moonband.org to obtain an account balance.
MANDATORY 
FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - 7PMMAHS AUDITORIUM
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held on Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium.  Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed.  A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling.  Students may attend, but are not required.  If there are questions, concerns, or date conflicts, please contact your ensemble teacher ASAP.

TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A 
TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change when WDW assigns Symphonic Band a performance time/date.

Tuesday - February 13
            Depart MAHS - 6PM
Wednesday, February 14
            Visit Cocoa Beach
            Check-into Hotel
Thursday, February 15
           
Magic Kingdom
            Marching Band Performance in Magic Kingdom - 2:30PM
Friday, February 16
           
Orchestra Performance at Disney Springs - 12:15PM
            All to Epcot
Saturday, February 17
            Animal Kingdom
            Medieval Times Dinner 
Sunday, February 18
            Hotel Check-out
            Universal Studios
            Depart for MAHS - 7:00PM
Monday, February 19
            Arrive at MAHS - 3:00PM

WDW Policy states, one performance time slot is guaranteed for each musical discipline from each school to ensure all schools have an opportunity to perform at WDW.  Since marching band is the large band ensemble, Symphonic Band is placed on the wait list.  We should be alerted of the time and date very soon, which will permit us to solidify the itinerary.

Marching Band/Symphonic Band Florida Rehearsal Schedule
- Friday, February 2 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal (ALL regardless of travel) - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
- Wednesday, February 7 - Marching Band Members (only Traveling) - 6pm-9pm
- Monday, February 12 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal (ALL regardless of travel) - 2:30pm-4:30pm

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 -
January
____
Mon. Jan. 1 - No School
Tue. Jan 2 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
Thu. Jan. 4 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Fri. Jan 5. - Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30pm-10pm
____

Mon. Jan. 8 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 9 -  Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
                       Full Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 - 8:00PM
Wed. Jan. 10 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - 3:00-9:00PM
Thu. Jan. 11 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day
Fri. Jan. 12 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm
                       PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day - Concert at 7:30PM

_______
Mon. Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL
                          Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
                          Florida Chaperone's Meeting - 7PM - MAHS Band Room
Tue. Jan. 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Wed. Jan. 17 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 18 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Jan. 19 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
______


ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Rehearsals with combined orchestra  (ALL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS)
-Jan 10 & 17  (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

Rehearsals for students attending Disney Trip 
-Jan 24 & 31  (2:30-3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)
-Feb 7 & 12   (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

MANDATORY FLORIDA PARENT MEETING - Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7PM MAHS Auditorium
The Florida Trip Meeting will be held Monday, February 5 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium. Overview of policies, forms, and requirements will be discussed. A parent/legal guardian over the age of 21 must attend this meeting for the student who is traveling. Students are encouraged to attend but are not required. If there are questions, concerns or date conflicts, please contact me ASAP.  mmartz@moonarea.net

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 ~ December 18, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 18, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Instrumental Music Concert
Monday, January 8 - Final Florida Payment Due – balance TBA
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Parent Meeting


FUNDRAISING
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk a success. We received many compliments throughout the morning about the tasty breakfast, the variety of cookies, and especially about the talented musicians!  It was lovely to see so many veteran band and orchestra parents as well as new parents helping.  THANK YOU!

JOE CORBI FUNDRAISER
The Joe Corbi fundraiser orders and payments are due on Tuesday, December 19.  Delivery will be on January 10, 2018.  Catalogs and order forms are available in the band room.

SENIOR POLE NOTES
The remaining Senior Pole Notes will be distributed at the December 20th Winter Concert.  Please make it a point to retrieve your senior's note.  Thank you!

UMBRELLAS
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 president@moonband.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

There is only 1 regular season game left to work at Heinz Field this year, but there will likely be at least 1 playoff game in January as well.  These are the last opportunities to get large amounts of money into your student's band account, so please consider working at least one of these games. The next event to work is the Steelers game on Sunday, December 31st with a report time of 9:30 AM (kickoff at 1:00).  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
The following fundraiser funds have been deposited in the student accounts:
Candles
Pies
Greenery
Bread
Sarris
Aramark is up to date through the 11/26/17 game.  

The first two charges for the Florida trip have been applied to the accounts. Therefore, if your student's account is $0 or above, you do not owe anything for the first two Florida deposits. If it is negative, that is the amount that you owe toward the first two Florida deposits and it is due immediately. If it is above $0, that amount can be applied to the $225 due on December 15th for the 3rd Florida deposit.  There will be one final deposit for Florida due on January 8th. You will receive a letter with the amount your student owes.


ALUMNI NEWS:
Don’t forget to make your reservation for the Holiday Dinner!! RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT ARE DUE BYDECEMBER 29, 2017 and can be made at the concert on December 20th. Click here for the flyer.  

Scrip gift cards will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at the Sarris candy pickup from 4-4:45 in the HS cafeteria and Dec. 20th at the concert.  A limited number of $10 gift cards (Arby’s and Eat’n Park) 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 
alumni@moonband.org

Check out the pictures from the 3rd Annual Craft and Sip last Friday.– see Facebook

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.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical
Sign-ups for the Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical "The Wizard of OZ" will occur this week in the band room.  Instrumentation includes, flute, clarinet, saxophones, Trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and percussion.  The first rehearsal will be full orchestra on Tuesday, January 9 from 6-8pm in the H.S. Band Room.  A detailed scheduled will then be distributed.  Please see Mr. Barthen if there are any questions. 

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.

TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A 
TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change when WDW assigns Symphonic Band a performance time/date.

Tuesday - February 13
            Depart MAHS - 6PM
Wednesday, February 14
            Visit Cocoa Beach
            Check-into Hotel
Thursday, February 15
           
Magic Kingdom
            Marching Band Performance in Magic Kingdom - 2:30PM
Friday, February 16
           
Orchestra Performance at Disney Springs - 12:15PM
            All to Epcot
Saturday, February 17
            Animal Kingdom
            Medieval Times Dinner 
Sunday, February 18
            Hotel Check-out
            Universal Studios
            Depart for MAHS - 7:00PM
Monday, February 19
            Arrive at MAHS - 3:00PM

WDW Policy states, one performance time slot is guaranteed for each musical discipline from each school to ensure all schools have an opportunity to perform at WDW.  Since marching band is the large band ensemble, Symphonic Band is placed on the wait list.  We should be alerted of the time and date very soon, which will permit us to solidify the itinerary.

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.  

REPORT TIMES:  CONCERT BAND - 6:30PM - IN MAHS BAND ROOM
                              SYMPHONIC BAND - 7:00PM

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.  

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 -
December
_______
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
____

Mon. Jan. 1 - No School
Tue. Jan 2 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
Thu. Jan. 4 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Fri. Jan 5. - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-10pm
____

Mon. Jan. 8 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 9 -  Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
                       Full Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 - 8:00PM
Wed. Jan. 10 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - 3:00-9:00PM
Thu. Jan. 11 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
                        PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day
Fri. Jan. 12 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm
                       PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day - Concert at 7:30PM

_______

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
DATES FOR WINTER CONCERT:
String Orchestra
Concert - Wednesday, December 20 - Report time 6:30PM - Concert Starts at 7:00PM

Honors Chamber Strings
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


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 ~ December 11, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 11, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, December 13 - Fundraising delivery - Sarris Candies pick-up!
Wednesday, December 13 – Hoagie Pick-up
Wednesday, December 13 – Scrip Order Pick-up
Friday, December 15 - Third Florida Payment Due
Wednesday, December 20 - Winter Instrumental Music Concert
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Parent Meeting


FUNDRAISING
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk a success. We received many compliments throughout the morning about the tasty breakfast, the variety of cookies, and especially about the talented musicians!  It was lovely to see so many veteran band and orchestra parents as well as new parents helping.  THANK YOU!

JOE CORBI FUNDRAISER
Our final fundraiser of 2017 is underway.  We are selling Joe Corbi pizza kits, cookie dough, and desserts.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, December 19.  Delivery will be on January 10, 2018.  Catalogs and order forms will be available in the band room.

FUNDRAISER PICKUPS
REMINDERS:
Both the Sarris candies fundraiser and hoagie fundraiser deliveries will be on Wednesday, December 13, in the high school cafeteria from 4-5:45 PM.  Please be prompt and courteous in picking up your orders.  There is no refrigerator available to store items that do not get picked up. 


SENIOR POLE NOTES
The remaining Senior Pole Notes will be distributed at the December 20th Winter Concert.  Please make it a point to retrieve your senior's note.  Thank you!

UMBRELLAS
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 president@moonband.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD
There are only 2 regular season games left to work at Heinz Field this year.  There will likely be at least 1 playoff game in January as well.  These are the last opportunities to get large amounts of money into your student's band account, so please consider working at least one of these games. The next event to work is the Steelers game on Sunday, December 17th with a report time of 1:00 PM (kickoff at 4:25).  The last game of the season will be Sunday, December 31st with a 9:30 AM report time.  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at hburakow@yahoo.com.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
The following fundraiser funds have been deposited in the student accounts:
Candles
Pies
Greenery
Bread
Sarris
Aramark is up to date through the 11/26/17 game.  

The first two charges for the Florida trip have been applied to the accounts. Therefore, if your student's account is $0 or above, you do not owe anything for the first two Florida deposits. If it is negative, that is the amount that you owe toward the first two Florida deposits and it is due immediately. If it is above $0, that amount can be applied to the $225 due on December 15th for the 3rd Florida deposit.  There will be one final deposit for Florida due on January 8th. You will receive a letter with the amount your student owes.


ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift cards will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at the Sarris candy pickup from 4-4:45 in the HS cafeteria and Dec. 20th at the concert. For those of you who missed the Scrip deadline, I will be placing another order before Christmas!! You must either order online or contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org (NO PAPER ORDER FORMS). Orders due Thursday, Dec. 14th (no exceptions) delivered Dec. 20th at the concert.
A limited number of $10 gift cards (Arby’s and Eat’n Park) 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 
alumni@moonband.org

Check out the pictures from the 3rd Annual Craft and Sip last Friday.– see Facebook

The Moon Area Band Alumni Association is sponsoring a Holiday Dinner at Mario's Family Italian Restaurant. All are welcome – Spread the word!!
Click here for the 
flyer.  RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT ARE DUE BYDECEMBER 29, 2017 (and can be made at the concert on December 20th)

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.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
MAHS Jazz Band Auditions - Thursday, December 14 - 2:30-4:30
Jazz Ensemble Auditions will be held on Thursday, December 14 from 2:30 - 4:30pm.  Students will sign-up for a 5 minute time slot in the band room.  Audition music can be found in the band room.  No one will be cut from an ensemble, only placed into an ensemble that is on par with their level of musicianship.  Jazz Band instrumentation include, Alto sax, Tenor sax, Bari sax, Trumpets, Trombones, Piano, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drum set.  Rehearsals will start in January 2018.  Jazz Band 1 rehearses on Tuesdays and Jazz Band 2 rehearses on Thursdays; both groups rehearse from 2:30 - 4:00PM.

FLORIDA PARK TICKETS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY - DUE DECEMBER 18, 2017 at 3:00PM!
Our travel company has extended the group discounted Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Tickets to family of MAHS Band/Orchestra students.  The order form can be found on the band web-site.  Please read directions and ticket descriptions carefully.  No refunds or exchanges of tickets after December 18, 2017.  Tickets purchased through our group are only valid from February 11-February 18, 2018.  Checks should be made payable to the Moon Area Band Parents Organization and placed in the Band Parent Mailbox found in the band room.  Ticket orders are due on December 18, 2017 at 3:00pm.  Late orders will be returned.

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 -
December
_______
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
Thu. Dec. 14 - MAHS Jazz Band Auditions - 2:30 - 4:30pm

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
____
Mon. Jan. 1 - No School
Tue. Jan 2 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
Thu. Jan. 4 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Fri. Jan 5. - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-10pm
____

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
DRESS REHEARSAL DATES FOR WINTER CONCERT:
String Orchestra
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


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.

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