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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 12, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 12, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
Monday, November 19 – Winterguard informational meeting
Tuesday, November 20 - Collage Auditions
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday,
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

FUNDRAISING
The Sarris Candies fundraiser orders and payments are due on Tuesday, November 13. 

Tickets for the Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser were mailed last week.  We will raffle off a basket filled with area gift cards valued at over $300.  Tickets and information sheets will be mailed to you. Payment and ticket stubs will do due on Tuesday, November 20.  The drawing will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily number on Friday, November 23.   If you do not receive them by the weekend, please contact fundraising@moonband.org
Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the basket
HERE.
Please, consider supporting the Moon Band Alumni Scrip program for your gift card donation.  See the Alumni section below for details.


The NewMe's Pies fundraiser delivery will be on Thursday, November 15, in the high school cafeteria from 4-5:45 PM.  Please be prompt as these items are perishable and can not be stored at the high school.  Chestnut Hill candle orders can also be picked up at this time if you have not already done so.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
It is time to start planning for our 8th annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk.  This a beloved community event which includes the pancake breakfast, musical performances, Santa Claus, and a cookie walk.  Tickets are $8.00 pre-order and $9.00 at the door.  Children 2 and under can eat for free.  The Cookie Walk is $10.00 per large container.  Tickets will be mailed to you this week.  Students will receive $2.00 per ticket sold into their student accounts.  Pre-sale ticket money must be turned in by Thursday, December 6.  Please read the information sheet included with your tickets for more information.
Please visit the Sign-up Genius links to volunteer to help at the breakfast, to donate supplies, and/or to help bake cookies.  Student can also earn funds for their student accounts by volunteering to work shifts at the breakfast.  The student sign-ups will be available in the band room after the Thanksgiving break.

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups


HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Sunday, December 2nd with a 9:30 AM report time and a 1:00 start time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

TOUR SHIRTS
Tour shirts are still available in select sizes. Please email, text, or call Andrea to check sizes needed, or just flag her down as they are in her car.


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes are up! Please consider purchasing your child's note to be distributed after marching season ends. The price is $18.00 and payment should made to MABPO and can be dropped in the MABPO mailbox in the band room.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the Lottery Fundraiser, the Chestnut Hill Candle Fundraiser, and the NewMe Pie Fundraiser. They include all Aramark games worked through October 7th, 2018.  Also, this season's glove money was given to me at the November 8th band parent meeting. Some of the checks are from August. They will be deposited this week.

CONCESSIONS -
And so we close on another successful Bandstand season!
Special thanks to all who came and helped through the heat, humidity, rain and cold. 
We couldn't have done it without you!
Karren and Ginny
#bandisfamily


COMMUNICATIONS
Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted.  It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parent Organization”.  You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them.  This is especially important as we begin the season. 

ALUMNI NEWS:

Don’t forget to order your Scrip gift cards for the Bountiful Basket Raffle. Sign up on the signup genius and then place the order online at shopwithscrip.com or contact me to order. Either way let me know what cards are for the raffle. Orders are due Friday, November 16th. Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
WINTER CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

SYMPHONIC BAND (Period 3)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30PM-9:15PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 7:30PM – 9:15PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

Winter Color Guard Meeting – Monday, November 19 – 7:00PM – H.S. Band Room
Organizational Meeting for parents and students regarding the 2018/2019 edition of the MAHS Winter Color Guard.  Winter guard is open to students who performed in the 2018 fall marching band color guard.

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

Calendar of Events
-
NOVEMBER CALENDAR
________ 
Mon. 11/12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Band Auditions at North Allegheny H.S. – Van Departs at 2:30pm

Sat. 11/17 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal at North Hills M.S – 9AM-5PM
Sun. 11/18 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal and Concert at North Hills M.S.
_____
Mon 11/19 – Winter Guard Meeting – 7PM – H.S. Band Room
Tue. 11/20 – Collage Auditions – 2:30PM – H.S. Band Room
Thu. 11/22 – Happy Thanksgiving!
_____
Mon. 11/26 – No School

Wed. 11/28 – Flute Choir Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – MAHS Band Room
Thu. 11/29 – Moon Township Light Up Night – Small Ensembles to Perform – 6PM – Moon Twp Public Saftey Building

_____ 
Mon. 12/3 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Sun. 12/9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – 8AM – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to perform throughout the day.
____

Future Dates
November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 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.or

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 5, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 5, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, November 8 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Thursday, November 8 – Prospective Music Major Program – 7PM
Monday, November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
Monday, November 19 – Collage
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday,
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

CONCESSIONS -
Miss all your band friends on Friday nights?? Miss the Friday Night Lights? We have the answer to help you with “band season withdrawal”!
We are hosting a playoff game Friday, November 9 and we need help in the concession stand for both set up on Thursday night and the game Friday.
Volunteering to help would be greatly appreciated!! 
Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius links below.
Thursday Night Sign Up
HERE
Friday Night Sign Up HERE 

FUNDRAISING
Our Suburban Landscape greenery and poinsettia fundraiser is underway.  Items include wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Order forms can be found HERE.  Orders and payments are due on November 7.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, December 5. 

Our Sarris Chocolates and Candies fundraiser is also underway.  Now is the time to order all of your holiday candy for gifts and stocking stuffers.  Brochures and order forms are available in the band room.  Information sheets are be found in the band room and HERE.  Orders and payments are due on November 13.  Deliver will be on December 12.

Tickets for the Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser were mailed last week.  We will raffle off a basket filled with area gift cards valued at over $300.  Tickets and information sheets will be mailed to you. Payment and ticket stubs will do due on Tuesday, November 20.  The drawing will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily number on Friday, November 23.   If you do not receive them by the weekend, please contact fundraising@moonband.org
Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the basket
HERE.

NewMe's Pies will be delivered on Thursday, November 15.


HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Sunday, December 2nd with a 9:30 AM report time and a 1:00 start time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

TOUR SHIRTS
Tour shirts are still available in select sizes. Please email, text, or call Andrea to check sizes needed, or just flag her down as they are in her car.


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes are up! Please consider purchasing your child's note to be distributed after marching season ends. The price is $18.00 and payment should made to MABPO and can be dropped in the MABPO mailbox in the band room.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the September 30th payouts for Aramark. 

COMMUNICATIONS
Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted.  It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parent Organization”.  You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them.  This is especially important as we begin the season. 

ALUMNI NEWS:

Reminder- Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday evening, November 8th. 
Click HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
WINTER CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

SYMPHONIC BAND (Period 3)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30PM-9:15PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 7:30PM – 9:15PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

So You Want to Be a Music Major - Thursday, November 8 - 7PM - Moon Area Middle School LGI
MASD Music Department will be hosting a discussion centered around students who wish to study music in college.  We will have two guest speakers from Seton Hill University and literature from colleges/universities specifically from music departments.  This seminar is open to students in grades 8-12 both in and outside of Moon Area School District.  For further information, contact Mr. Barthen.

Winter Color Guard Meeting – Monday, November 19 – 7:00PM – H.S. Band Room
Organizational Meeting for parents and students regarding the 2018/2019 edition of the MAHS Winter Color Guard.  Winter guard is open to students who performed in the 2018 fall marching band color guard.

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

Calendar of Events
-
NOVEMBER CALENDAR
________ 
Thu. 11/8 - Prospective Music Major Program at MAHS - 7PM - Middle School LGI
Sat. 11/10 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal at North Hills M.S – 1PM-6PM
______
Mon. 11/12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Band Auditions at North Allegheny H.S. – Van Departs at 2:30pm
Sat. 11/17 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal at North Hills M.S – 9AM-5PM
Sun. 11/18 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal and Concert at North Hills M.S.
_____
Mon 11/19 – Winter Guard Meeting – 7PM – H.S. Band Room
Tue. 11/20 – Collage Auditions – 2:30PM – H.S. Band Room
Thu. 11/22 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Future Dates
November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 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 ~ October 29, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 29, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, November 8 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Thursday, November 8Prospective Music Major Program at MAMS - 7PM 
Monday, November 19 – Collage
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – Pancake Breakfast

Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

PIMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS Competition ~ THANK YOU
Thanks to each and every one of our volunteers for helping make PIMBA Championships as successful as it was!  This was an "all hands on deck" and very fluid situation and you all rose to the occasion like the amazing folks you are!  The event would have never happened without you!  We cannot find the appropriate words to express our gratitude.  This has been a fun and crazy and interesting and trying season for us all but we persevered and exceeded all expectations!  Thanks a million and enjoy the down time... until we go into full Pancake Breakfast/Cookie Walk mode!

SENIOR REC NIGHT ~ THANK YOU
Despite the incessant sideways rain and cool temps, Senor Recognition went perfectly thanks to Wendy Bloom, Beckie Tobin, Shea Corsetti and their awesome crew!!  Well done band parents and the best wishes to our seniors and their parents!

CONCESSIONS ~ THANK YOU 
Thank you to all the volunteers who made this season a success!
A humungous THANKYOU to all who helped make the concession stand a success for PIMBA championships!
To the cooks - your homemade food was a huge hit and our biggest seller - thank you for donating!
To the veteran concession stand workers - thank you - it was absolutely awesome that you were there - it was so reassuring to look over and see everything humming along.  Thank you for showing the student volunteers and thenew parents the ropes.

To the new parent volunteers - thank you for volunteering for such a huge event.  Your patience and willingness to learn was awesome.
To the floaters - thank you for stopping in to see if anything needed done and then doing it.
And...weren't you glad you said YES to concession stand duty?! It was warm and dry! LOL
Karren and Ginny couldn't have accomplished what we did without your help.  Many thanks again.


FUNDRAISING
Our Suburban Landscape greenery and poinsettia fundraiser is underway.  Items include wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Order forms can be found HERE.  Orders are due on November 7.   

Our Sarris Chocolates and Candies fundraiser is also underway.  Now is the time to order all of your holiday candy for gifts and stocking stuffers.  Brochures and order forms are available in the band room.  Information sheets are be found in the band room and HERE.  Orders and payments are due on November 13.  Deliver will be on December 12.

Our Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser will begin this week.  We will raffle off a basket filled with area gift cards valued at over $300.  Tickets and information sheets will be mailed to you.  Payment and ticket stubs will be due on Tuesday, November 20.  The drawing will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily number on Friday, November 23.  If you do not receive them by the weekend, please contact fundraising@moonband.org.

NewMe's Pies will be delivered on Thursday, November 15.


HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Thursday, November 8th with a 5:00 report time and an 8:20 start time.  There will also be a Pitt Game on Saturday, November 10th with a report time TBD.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes are up! Please consider purchasing your child's note to be distributed after marching season ends. The price is $18.00 and payment should made to MABPO and can be dropped in the MABPO mailbox in the band room.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the September 30th payouts for Aramark. 

COMMUNICATIONS
Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted.  It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parent Organization”.  You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them.  This is especially important as we begin the season. 

ALUMNI NEWS:

Don't forget Scrip gift cards orders are due this Friday, November 2nd for delivery at the Band Parent meeting next Thursday, November 8th.
Click
HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
THANK YOU!
On behalf ot the students and staff of the MAHS Marching Band, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who have made the MAHS Marching Band season a success.  From chaperoneing to volunteering foot, to pushing equipment to performances, to taking care of our uniforms, we could not have been as successfull as we were without you.  Also, many thanks to all those who volunteered  to make PIMBA Championships a successful show.  We represented MAHS Marching Band as hosts for championships with the same professionalism and attention to detail as your students perform with on the field.  Now, we can all dry-out and take a well-deserved break!  Thank you!!

So You Want to Be a Music Major - Thursday, November 8 - 7PM - Moon Area Middle School LGI
MASD Music Department will be hosting a discussion centered around students who wish to study music in college.  We will have two guest speakers from Seton Hill University and literature from colleges/universities specifically from music departments.  This seminar is open to students in grades 8-12 both in and outside of Moon Area School District.  For further information, contact Mr. Barthen.

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
-

________ 
Thu. 11/8 - Prospective Music Major Program at MAHS - 7PM - Middle School LGI
______


Future Dates
November 13 - PMEA Honor Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm


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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 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 Marching Band - PIMBA Championships Class 4A - 3rd Place

Moon Area Marching Band - PIMBA Championships Class 4A - 3rd Place

Congratulations to the Moon Area Marching Band on a spectacular season!
Moon finished 3rd in Class 4A with a score of 89.435.

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 22, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 22, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, October 24 – Halloween Parade at Moon Park
Thursday, October 25 – Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 26 – Football vs. West Allegheny (H) – Senior Recognition Night
Saturday, October 27 - PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S.

Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

PIMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS Competition ~ Saturday, October 27, 2018
Volunteers are still needed for the PIMBA Competition on Saturday, October 27.  Click HERE to volunteer. We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Andrea @ president@moonband.org

Positions still needed:
14 - Parking Committee
9 – Guest Band Chaperones
1 - Band Stand Grillers
1 – Band Stand Cashiers
3 – Band Stand Food Tent
1 – Band Stand Floater

Thank you!

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

PIMBA Competition FANS!
Want to show your support for the Moon Area Marching Band during upcoming PIMBA shows? Keeping with this year’s show theme “A TIME FOR EVERYTING”, the MABPO is selling Light Up Fans. Help us to light up the stands with Tiger fans as the band takes the field. Fans are available for $5.00 each. The PIMBA Championship is coming up this Sat, October 27. Buy a couple of fans now and light them up Saturday to show your support!  You can pick them up after practice on Thursday 10/25.  Exact change only or checks made payable to MABPO.  See order form HERE.

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, October 26, 2018

Seniors and their parents should arrive at the high school cafeteria between 4:45-5:15 PM to be photographed.  After photos, you will be escorted to the stadium.  During halftime presentation, you will accompany your senior band member onto the field.  Dinner for senior band members and their parents is after the football game. 
Please contact Wendy Bloom
seniorrec@moonband.org with any questions. 

TOUR SHIRTS
Tour shirts are still available in select sizes. Please email, text, or call Andrea to check sizes needed, or just flag her down as they are in her car.


CONCESSIONS - Help Needed
We are still in need of volunteers for both Friday 10/26 and Saturday 10/27 to help with the concession stand.
Please go to the Sign Up Genius and sign up to help. Thanks!

Click HERE to help Friday Night!
Click HERE to be a volunteer Saturday Night!

FUNDRAISING
NewMe's Pies fundraiser orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 23.  Delivery will be on Thursday, November 15, from 4:00-5:30 PM, in the high school cafeteria.

Our Suburban Landscape greenery and poinsettia fundraiser is underway.  Items include wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Order forms can be found HERE.  Orders are due by Wednesday, November 7.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, December 5. 

Our Sarris Chocolates and Candies fundraiser begins on Tuesday, October 23.  Now is the time to order all of your holiday candy for gifts and stocking stuffers.  Brochures and order forms are available in the band room.  Information sheets are be found in the band room and HERE.  Orders and payments are due on November 13.  Deliver will be on December 12.

We still have "Moon Band" light up bands available for purchase.  The bands have on/off switches and will last for approximately 15 hours.  The batteries can be replaced.  Bands can be purchased in the band stand at football games or you can contact fundraising@moonband.org.  Each band is $5.00.  Profit benefits the general fund.  See photo HERE.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Thursday, November 8th with a 5:00 report time and an 8:20 start time.  There will also be a Pitt Game on Saturday, November 10th with a report time TBD.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes are up! Please consider purchasing your child's note to be distributed after marching season ends. The price is $18.00 and payment should made to MABPO and can be dropped in the MABPO mailbox in the band room.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the September 30th payouts for Aramark. 

COMMUNICATIONS
Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted.  It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parent Organization”.  You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them.  This is especially important as we begin the season. 

ALUMNI NEWS:

Click HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
10/26 - Football Game vs. West Allegheny  – HOME – Report time: 5:30pm
10/27 – PIMBA Champs - – Report time: 1:00pm
     - ADMISSION: $9.00 – Adults; $5.00 for students and Senior Citizens; Gates open at 3pm with      Opening Ceremonies start at 4:00PM.
     - Schedule of Bands can be found at www.pimba.org
     - Meals:
     - The MAHS Alumni Band Parents Organization will be serving the students a sit-down dinner in the cafeteria at 4PM. Please plan accordingly if you will need additional food. STUDENTS MUST STAY AT SCHOOL FOR THE DURATION OF THE DAY.  STUDENTS CANNOT LEAVE CAMPUS FOR ANY REASON.
     - ALL STUDENTS DRIVERS OR VOLUNTEER'S WORKING THE SHOW SHOULD PARK BEHIND THE FIELD HOUSE/STADIUM.

Football itinerary and PIMBA itinerary can be found in the Director folder on moonband.org and on Skyward.

Halloween Parade at Moon Park 10/24 - Moon Twp. Park & Rec. is holding a Halloween event on Wednesday, 10/24.  This is a voluntary event, but we need to have at least 20-30 students attend.  Students should arrive at Moon Park at 4:00 PM at the Amphitheater, and activities will conclude at 6:30PM.  Students are encouraged to dress in costume, we will be marching a mini-parade using fight song, stand cheers, etc.  

KDKA Radio Interview with Rob Pratte – October 23.
Mr. Rob Pratte from KDKA radio will be interviewing Mr. Barthen regarding the upcoming PIMBA Championship show hosted by Moon Area High School.  This will be done in coordination with the Marching Band’s evening 6pm rehearsal.  Mr. Pratte will be placing the interview on his KDKA Radio Facebook and Youtube channels.  He MAY use video of the band rehearsing as the background.  If you would like your child NOT to be included in this recording/video, please let Mr. Barthen know, via e-mail, by Monday, October 22, 2018.  If there are any questions, please contact.   

TRUNK OR TREAT – 10/25 – This has become a tradition to decorate parent’s vehicles and pass out candy to the kid’s ala trick-or treating around the neighborhoods/cars.  Students will dress-up for rehearsal, and trunk-or treat.  This will begin around 9:00PM.  Check www.moonband.org for additional details and pictures from previous years events.  To make candy plans, we have 123 students in the marching band!

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
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Tue. 10/23 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9PM – MAHS
Wed. 10/24 – Moon Twp. Halloween Parade – 4:00 – 6:30PM

Thu. 10/25 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS
            – Trunk or Treat – 9:00 PM – MAHS

Fri. 10/26 – Football Game vs. West Allegheny H.S. – Report Time 5:30; Kick-off 7:00 - Senior Recognition Night
Sat. 10/27 – PIMBA Championships at MAHS - Report Time 1:00PM; Performance time 8:45PM.
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Future Dates
October 27     PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S.
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 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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