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	Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 13, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 13, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Thursday, Aug 16 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM

Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED
Wednesday, Aug 22 – MASD Teacher In-Service Band Performance 8:15 AM
Thursday, August 23 -         Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
Thursday, August 23 – Symphonic Band Fittings 4PM – 6PM
Friday, August 24 – Football vs. Montour (H)
Saturday, August 25 – Aux Car Wash – Clearview FCU
Friday, August 31 – Football vs. Mars (A)
Friday, Sept. 7 – Football vs. Pine Richland (H)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 - PARENT MEETING

There is a Parent Meeting scheduled in the High Band Room on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.   
Also, be on the lookout for a new sign-up genius requesting specific snacks for our kids to have for football games and competitions.

CONCESSIONS - Help Needed
Saturday, August 18:
We need your help for lunch on Saturday, August 18! We will be feeding the band and staff lunch. Please take a look at the LINK to see how you can help. Thank you!!

Band Stand:
The Band Stand needs your help to make it run smoothly! We are asking each family to volunteer to work at least one home football game this season. You are welcome to work more if you choose. There are many jobs that need to be filled. Remember... it's always warm and dry in the Band Stand!  Sign up HERE.

We are asking for parent volunteers to help set up the Band Stand the night before the Friday night home games.  This includes things such as putting ice in coolers, preparing the drink bins, and removing equipment and supplies from the storage shed to the Band Stand and setting it up. Sign up HERE

FUNDRAISING
Our kick-off fundraiser will be the sale of raffle tickets.  Winners will be based on the 7 PM, 3-digit PA Daily Number each evening during the month of September.  Tickets and information sheets were distributed at the band parent meeting on Monday, July 23 or mailed directly to you if you were not able to attend.  Students will receive 85% of the profit into their band accounts per each individual ticket sold.  A summary of the fall and winter fundraisers will also be included in this packet.  Ticket stubs and payment will be due on August 30, in order for the tickets to be valid for the daily drawings.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

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 will be a Steelers pre-season game on August 25th with 12:30 report time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  There is also one more Grand Slam Training to work at PNC Park on August 29th at 5:00.  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  If you’d like to buy an umbrella, please contact Andrea directly at president@moonband.org. 

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


UNIFORMS
Symphonic Band Fittings are on Thursday, August 23rd 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Information is available
HERE.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the July 11th Aramark game. The cost of band camp is also included. Therefore, if you have a zero balance, your student's account is paid in full. Thank you.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, August 16th. 
Click
HERE for the schedule for monthly order and delivery dates.
Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Marching Band Pictures – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 8AM – 12PM
The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. Complete times and order forms were handed out at the Thursday, 8/9 rehearsal.

Production Rehearsal with Austin Greene - Visual Designer - Saturday, August 18 - 8AM-4PM
We will be holding a Production rehearsal with our Visual Designer, Austin Green from Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, August 18 from 8AM-4PM at the High School.  Students will be learning the pre-show, and other changes to the Ballad and Opener Drill.  MABPO will be serving lunch on campus.  Parents are invited to attend the last hour of the afternoon rehearsal in the stadium.  This rehearsal is crucial to our fall success and is MANDATORY!

Wind Music Memorization Schedule.
Wind and percussion musicians must memorize all marching band music.  This includes 3 selections for pre-game (Alma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, MAHS Fight Song), Football Halftime Show (Anyway You Want It, Africa, Final Countdown), and all 3 movements of the competitions show.  Memorization tests will be done in groups of 8-10 instruments after school during the week of September 3 and finish September 12.  This playing test is a weighted class grade on the first nine-weeks report cards.  The schedule will be distributed at the conclusion on the August 14 rehearsal.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BEGINS TO MEMORIZE THEIR MUSIC NOW!

August 22 – MASD Teacher In-Service Band Performance
We have been asked to perform at the Opening Teacher In-Service Ceremonies for the school year on Wednesday, August 22 at 8:45AM.  Report time will be 8:15AM and students will be done promptly at 9AM.  I understand this is last minute, but we would like all to attend who are in town and available.  Dress for this performance will be RED Moon Area Shirts and dark shorts, tennis shoes, etc.  Students will report to the high school band room, warm-up outside of the Natatorium Entrance, then process into the Auditorium to perform, then process out.  Pit and Color Guard will be on the stage performing while the winds and battery will be in the aisles.  Please make every effort for student participation. ITINERARY


MOONBAND.ORG WEB-SITE STUDENT ACCESS
Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of www.moonband.org on Monday, 6/18.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

UPDATE - JULY 9 - Updated Movement 1 parts were uploaded to the web-site for ALL SECTIONS Monday (7.9) PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - JULY 16 - Movement 2 parts were uploaded to the web-site Monday (7.16) as well as for ALL instruments.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - AUGUST 6 - Movement 3 WIND parts will be uploaded to the site Monday 8.6. - PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium –October 13, 2018 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 and 2017 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Chicago vs Baltimore on 8/2 this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 2PM-4PM.  Times will be solidified in late August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 9AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.


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 -

________ 
Mon. Aug. 13 – Perc & CG Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
 - Learn Ballad Drill
Tue. Aug. 14 – BAND PICTURE DAY – 8AM-12PM – MAHS
                               Wind Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
 - Learn Ballad Drill
Thu. Aug. 16 – Full Band Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS  - Learn and Ensemble Ballad Drill
Sat. Aug. 18 -  Production Rehearsal with Drill Designer – 8AM-4PM – MAHS – Lunch Provided; 1-4 in stadium
____
Mon. Aug. 20 - Perc & CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug 21 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Wed. Aug 22 – MASD Teacher In-Service Band Performance 8:15 AM
Thu. Aug 23 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM
Fri. Aug 24 - Football vs. Montour - Home - Report time 5:30PM - Kick-off - 7PM
Sat. Aug 25 – Auxiliary Car Wash 9 AM
_____
Mon. Aug. 27 - Perc. & CG Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 28 -  Wind Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug. 30 - Full Band Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Aug 31 - Football at Mars H.S. - 7PM Kick-off
_____


Future Dates
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

August 23      Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
August 24        Football Game vs. Montour - Home - Kick-off 7PM - 5:30PM Report time
August 25        Color Guard Car Wash at Clearview FCU - 
August 28        First Day of School
August 31       Football Game at Mars - Kick-off - 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 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 ~ August 6, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 6, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Wednesday, August 8 -Apparel Orders due
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Thursday, Aug 16 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM

Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED
Thursday, August 23 -         Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
Thursday, August 23 – Symphonic Band Fittings 4PM – 6PM
Friday, August 24 – Football vs. Montour (H)
Saturday, August 25 – Aux Car Wash – Clearview FCU
Friday, August 31 – Football vs. Mars (A)
Friday, Sept. 7 – Football vs. Pine Richland (H)


AWAY BAND CAMP – THANK YOU
Thank you to all those who gave so generously of your time at Away Band Camp last week: 
Our one-man Truck Crew, Tom Pelkington, for being our muscle for the week and for repairing and improving the trailers; 
Our Drivers: TJ Bloom for getting the kids' luggage and supplies to W & J College and to Mike Howell for making multiple trips to bring both the pit and horn trailers to and from band camp; 
Our Chaperones: Amy Clark, Ginny Kotok, Shea Corsetti, Aimee Platt, Deana Zema, Carla Collier, Denise Wolf, Patty Colangelo, Heather Park, Becky Ellerbusch, and Maria Sacherich; 
Our Nurse/Medical Crew: Corinne Conte and Dianne Pelkington for checking all medical forms and medications the kids were bringing with them and to Ed Reynolds of Allegheny Medical Transport for donating the use of a medical professional daily and Renee Cunningham for being our nurse in the evenings;  
Our Photographers: Matt Kotok, Georganna Palmer, Grace Cap, Lori Kemp, John Platt, Ginny Kotok, Maria Sacherich,
Lynne Vandenbosche and Sarah Schmitz.
Thank you, also, to those of you who helped with luggage checks and loaded luggage and supplies onto the trucks as well as those who donated, fruit, Gatorade, and snacks so that we were able to keep the kids and staff hydrated and fed! 

None of what The MABPO does can be accomplished without your willingness to volunteer, donate, and participate! You helped to make away band camp safe, fun, and running smoothly for everyone! 


KENNYWOOD
We are still seeking a few chaperones for Kennywood this Wednesday, August 8th. This is a perfect opportunity to get a small and very easy sample of what chaperoning is like. BONUS: your admission to Kennywood is FREE since you're arriving with the band! If you are available and willing, please contact Andrea Ward as soon as possible at president@moonband.org . Come out and spend the day with us!

STUDENT APPAREL, PARENT APPAREL AND WINDOW DECAL ORDERS
Apparel and Decals are available for order now!  All order forms should be turned into the band mailbox by Kennywood Day (Wednesday August 8th).  If you have any questions contact Grace Cap at 412-956-0827 or publicity@moonband.org.
Student Apparel Order Form
Parent Apparel Order Form
Decal Order Form

CONCESSIONS - Help Needed
Saturday, August 18:
A Lead Volunteer is needed to coordinate the lunch for our band kids while they are at the rehearsal.  Please, contact Ginny Kotok or Karren Wood at
concessions@moonband.org  if you can help.

CO-CHAIR VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT!
We are looking for assistance with the planning and execution of the Senior Rec Night festivities which will occur on 10/26/2018!  Wendy Bloom has graciously offered to participate, but this event works best when there are co-chairs.  Please contact Grace Cap is you’re interested in working as a co-chair and in discussing what Senior Rec Night is all about.  412-956-0827 or grace_cap@verizon.net
We’d love to have your help!

FUNDRAISING
Our kick-off fundraiser will be the sale of raffle tickets.  Winners will be based on the 7 PM, 3-digit PA Daily Number each evening during the month of September.  Tickets and information sheets were distributed at the band parent meeting on Monday, July 23 or mailed directly to you if you were not able to attend.  Students will receive 85% of the profit into their band accounts per each individual ticket sold.  A summary of the fall and winter fundraisers will also be included in this packet.  Ticket stubs and payment will be due on August 30, in order for the tickets to be valid for the daily drawings.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

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 will be a Steelers pre-season game on August 25th with a 12:30 report time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Those wishing to complete their training in person can sign up for the next session at Heinz Field on August 13th at 5:45.  There is also one more Grand Slam Training to work at PNC Park on August 29th at 5:00.  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  If you’d like to buy an umbrella, please contact Andrea directly at president@moonband.org. 

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


UNIFORMS
Symphonic Band Fittings are on Thursday, August 23rd 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Information is available HERE.


STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the July 11th Aramark game. The cost of band camp is also included. Therefore, if you have a zero balance, your student's account is paid in full. Thank you.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Order your Back to School gift cards!! Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, August 11th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, August 16, 2018
Click HERE for the order form.
Contact 
alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
THANK YOU! 
Thanks to all parents who volunteered, donated, or assisted in any way at away band camp last week at W&J.  It takes everyone to be involved to make this organization great.  If you would like to be involved or have any special talents the band would need, please contact the Band Parent President, Andrea Ward to volunteer.

Kennywood Parade Information
Itineraries were distributed at check-out of Away Band Camp.  Student report time is 10AM
 at the High School.  The Parade begins at 8PM.
  MAHS Band has Pavilion #10 reserved for the students as a meeting place/rest place, and storage location.  A copy of the itinerary can be found onwww.moonband.org under the Director's documents.

Marching Band Pictures – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 8AM – 12PM
The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. Complete times and order forms will be available after the Thursday, 8/9 rehearsal.

Production Rehearsal with Austin Greene - Visual Designer - Saturday, August 18 - 8AM-4PM
We will be holding a Production rehearsal with our Visual Designer, Austin Green from Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, August 18 from 8AM-4PM at the High School.  Students will be learning the pre-show, and other changes to the Ballad and Opener Drill.  MABPO will be serving lunch on campus.  Parents are invited to attend the last hour of the afternoon rehearsal in the stadium.  This rehearsal is crucial to our fall success and is MANDATORY!

MOONBAND.ORG WEB-SITE STUDENT ACCESS
Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of www.moonband.org on Monday, 6/18.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

UPDATE - JULY 9 - Updated Movement 1 parts were uploaded to the web-site for ALL SECTIONS Monday (7.9) PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - JULY 16 - Movement 2 parts were uploaded to the web-site Monday (7.16) as well as for ALL instruments.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - AUGUST 6 - Movement 3 WIND parts will be uploaded to the site Monday 8.6. - PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC

Marching Band Chaperone On-line Sign-up
In the summer mailer, a link to volunteer to chaperone our performance events was listed.  We need at least 8 chaperones for each event.  Please take a minute to complete the Microsoft form and volunteer for our events.  The link can be also found on the main page of moonband.org.  Chaperone form LINK

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium –October 13, 2018 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 and 2017 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Chicago vs Baltimore on 8/2 this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 2PM-4PM.  Times will be solidified in late August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 9AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.


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
-

________ 
Mon. Aug. 6 - CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
 - Parade/Opener/Football Show
Tue. Aug. 7 – Percussion & Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS -  CHANGE FOR PERCUSSION FOR THIS WEEK ONLY! - Parade/Opener/Football Show
Wed. Aug. 8 - Kennywood Day - ALL DAY  - Report time 10AM; Parade at 8PM - Opener/Football Show (ensemble)
Thu. Aug. 9 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
_____
Mon. Aug. 13 – Perc & CG Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS  - Learn Ballad Drill
Tue. Aug. 14 – BAND PICTURE DAY – 8AM-12PM – MAHS
                               Wind Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
 - Learn Ballad Drill
Thu. Aug. 16 – Full Band Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS  - Learn and Ensemble Ballad Drill
Sat. Aug. 18 -  Production Rehearsal with Drill Designer – 8AM-4PM – MAHS – Lunch Provided; 1-4 in stadium
____
Mon. Aug. 20 - Perc & CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug 21 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug 23 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM
Fri. Aug 24 - Football vs. Montour - Home - Report time 5:30PM - Kick-off - 7PM
Sat. Aug 25 – Auxiliary Car Wash 9 AM
_____
Mon. Aug. 27 - Perc. & CG Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 28 -  Wind Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug. 30 - Full Band Rehearsal - 
6PM-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Aug 31 - Football at Mars H.S. - 7PM Kick-off
_____


Future Dates
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

August 23      Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
August 24        Football Game vs. Montour - Home - Kick-off 7PM - 5:30PM Report time
August 25        Color Guard Car Wash at Clearview FCU - 
August 28        First Day of School
August 31       Football Game at Mars - Kick-off - 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 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 ~ July 30, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 30, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Friday, August 3 – Away Band Camp Parents Show 6:00 PM
August 4 & 5 – MAHS Hosts Seattle cascade Drum and Bugle Corp 6-9PM

Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED
Thursday, August 23 -         Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
Saturday, August 25 – Aux Car Wash – Clearview FCU


AWAY BAND CAMP PARENTS SHOW
The Away Band Camp Parents Show held at Cameron Stadium will start at 6PM on Friday, August 3.  Please consult the last page of the handbook for details.  Parking can be found in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium.

STUDENT APPAREL, PARENT APPAREL AND WINDOW DECAL ORDERS
Apparel and Decals are available for order now!  All order forms should be turned into the band mailbox by Kennywood Day (Wednesday August 8th).  If you have any questions contact Grace Cap at 412-956-0827 or publicity@moonband.org.
Student Apparel Order Form
Parent Apparel Order Form
Decal Order Form

CONCESSIONS - Help Needed
Saturday, August 18:
A Lead Volunteer is needed to coordinate the lunch for our band kids while they are at the rehearsal.  Please, contact Ginny Kotok or Karren Wood at
concessions@moonband.org  if you can help.

CO-CHAIR VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT!
We are looking for assistance with the planning and execution of the Senior Rec Night festivities which will occur on 10/26/2018!  Wendy Bloom has graciously offered to participate, but this event works best when there are co-chairs.  Please contact Grace Cap is you’re interested in working as a co-chair and in discussing what Senior Rec Night is all about.  412-956-0827 or grace_cap@verizon.net
We’d love to have your help!

FUNDRAISING
Our kick-off fundraiser will be the sale of raffle tickets.  Winners will be based on the 7 PM, 3-digit PA Daily Number each evening during the month of September.  Tickets and information sheets were distributed at the band parent meeting on Monday, July 23 or mailed directly to you if you were not able to attend.  Students will receive 85% of the profit into their band accounts per each individual ticket sold.  A summary of the fall and winter fundraisers will also be included in this packet.  Ticket stubs and payment will be due on August 30, in order for the tickets to be valid for the daily drawings.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

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.  There is an upcoming Taylor Swift Concert at Heinz Field on Tuesday, August 7th.  The report time is 3:30 and the payout is $120.  The next event after that will be a Steelers pre-season game on August 25th with a 12:30 report time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.  

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  If you’d like to buy an umbrella, please contact Andrea directly at president@moonband.org. 

NOTE TO 2018 SENIORS
We hope that you have proudly displayed your Band/Orchestra Yard Note in your front yard since the Fall of 2017.
Please remember that all Notes need to be returned to the MABPO - we recycle each note for the following year's graduating seniors.  Therefore, mark your calendar on or before Saturday, August 4, 2018, to make arrangements to return your note to Sherri Von Stein at 215 Oak Highland Drive. (Please do not drop off your Note at the school.)  
A very special "thank you" to all seniors and their parents who have already taken the time to deliver their notes to Sherri.  If you have any questions, please email Andrea at 
president@moonband.org

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


STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the July 11th Aramark game. The cost of band camp is also included. Therefore, if you have a zero balance, your student's account is paid in full. Thank you.

ALUMNI NEWS:
Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
AWAY BAND CAMP PARENTS SHOW
The Away Band Camp Parents Show held at Cameron Stadium will start at 6PM on Friday, August 3.  Please consult the last page of the handbook for details.  Parking can be found in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium.

MAHS BAND HOSTING DRUM CORP - Saturday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5.
MAHS Band will be hosting The Seattle Cascade Drum and Bugle Corp from Seattle, WA all day Saturday and Sunday.  Stop out and watch a World Class Drum and Bugle Corps rehearse at our facilities.  Rehearsal blocks are similar to ours, full ensemble rehearsal is usually 6-9pm.  They will be rehearsing in our stadium.

CHAPERONES STILL NEEDED
Chaperones are needed for ALL EVENTS/ACTIVITIES for the marching band season. Please click the link below to sign-up.
We need at least 8 chaperones for each event.  Please take a minute to complete the Microsoft form and volunteer for our events.  The link can be also found on the main page ofmoonband.org.  Chaperone form
LINK

MOONBAND.ORG WEB-SITE STUDENT ACCESS
Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of www.moonband.org on Monday, 6/18.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

UPDATE - JULY 9 - Updated Movement 1 parts were uploaded to the web-site for ALL SECTIONS Monday (7.9) PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - JULY 16 - Movement 2 parts were uploaded to the web-site Monday (7.16) as well as for ALL instruments.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium –October 13, 2018 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 and 2017 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Chicago vs Baltimore on 8/2 this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 2PM-4PM.  Times will be solidified in late August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 9AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.


KENNYWOOD PERFORMANCE - Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Kennywood Itineraries will be distributed on Friday, August 3 when checking out from Away Band Camp.  Itinerary will be post shortly after.  Kennywood is Wednesday, August 8.

Marching Band Pictures – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 8AM – 12PM
The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. 

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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Mon - Thu - July 30 - August 2 - Away Camp at W&J

Fri. August 3 - Away Camp at W&J
                          Parent's Show at Cameron Stadium - 6PM
                          Away Camp Concluded - 8PM
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Mon. Aug. 6 - Perc & CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 7 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Wed. Aug. 8 - Kennywood Day - ALL DAY
Thu. Aug. 9 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
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Mon. Aug. 13 – Perc & CG Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 14 – BAND PICTURE DAY – 8AM-12PM – MAHS
                               Wind Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS

Thu. Aug. 16 – Full Band Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Sat. Aug. 18 -  Production Rehearsal with Drill Designer – 8AM-4PM – MAHS – Lunch Provided
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Mon. Aug. 20 - Perc & CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug 21 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug 23 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM
Fri. Aug 24 - Football vs. Montour - Home - Report time 5:30PM - Kick-off - 7PM
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Future Dates
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

August 23      Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
August 24        Football Game vs. Montour - Home - Kick-off 7PM - 5:30PM Report time
August 25        Color Guard Car Wash at Clearview FCU - 
August 28        First Day of School
August 31       Football Game at Mars - Kick-off - 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 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

Away Band Camp Information

Away Band Camp Information

AWAY BAND CAMP INFORMATION
Final information on away band camp was distributed at the end of practice today.  The flyer is available HERE.  See you Sunday!

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 23, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 23, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
July 23-27 - Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED
Thursday, August 23 -         Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
Saturday, August 25 – Aux Car Wash – Clearview FCU


****REMINDER - PARENT MEETING TONIGHT 07/23/18****
ARRIVE EARLY in order to be seated in the Auditorium and promptly begin the 7:00 p.m. meeting.  THANK YOU! 
Do not be afraid to fill out the blue volunteer form for any category you are interested in, may be interested in, or are interested in learning more about. We understand that you may not understand what the details or responsibility of each item are but if you don't check an item off, we won't know to contact you to further discuss. Your help is needed and your time is valued. We want to be sure that categories and volunteers are a good match.

2018 Away Band Camp - Moon Area Marching Band
Thank you to everyone for their tremendous response to our call for donations for Away Band Camp and advise that there are still some items needed  - Please click HERE to donate - Thank you!

Marching Band Chaperone On-line Sign-up
We would love to have a few more overnight chaperones (entire week/partial week), truck drivers (drive the trailers between campus and the field for practices throughout the day), truck crew (to assist Tom Pelkington in loading/offloading the trailers, shuttling Gatorade/Water jugs from field house to field for kids to stay hydrated, and providing the extra "muscle" we need to make this a successful band camp). Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to show your child and all the band kids your support, it is a lot of fun and some great memories and friendships are made with the other parents.
Link for chaperone form: LINK
Anyone wanting to volunteer that needs to get clearances turned in to please do so.   Clearances from 2013 will be expiring this year and those will need to be updated. 

CONCESSIONS - Help Needed
Saturday, August 18:
A Lead Volunteer is needed to coordinate the lunch for our band kids while they are at the rehearsal.  Please, contact Ginny Kotok or Karren Wood at
concessions@moonband.org  if you can help.

CO-CHAIR VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT!
We are looking for assistance with the planning and execution of the Senior Rec Night festivities which will occur on 10/26/2018!  Wendy Bloom has graciously offered to participate, but this event works best when there are co-chairs.  Please contact Grace Cap is you’re interested in working as a co-chair and in discussing what Senior Rec Night is all about.  412-956-0827 or grace_cap@verizon.net
We’d love to have your help!

FUNDRAISING
Our kick-off fundraiser will be the sale of raffle tickets.  Winners will be based on the 7 PM, 3-digit PA Daily Number each evening during the month of September.  Tickets and information sheets will be distributed at the band parent meeting on Monday, July 23.  Students will receive 85% of the profit into their band accounts per each individual ticket sold.  A summary of the fall and winter fundraisers will also be included in this packet.  Ticket stubs and payment will be due on August 30, in order for the tickets to be valid for the daily drawings.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

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.  There is an upcoming Taylor Swift Concert at Heinz Field on Tuesday, August 7th.  The report time is 3:30 and the payout is $120.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.  

UMBRELLAS
The MABPO is selling large red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  If you’d like to buy an umbrella, please contact Sherri directly at president@moonband.org. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD THANK-YOU'S
A very special THANK YOU to those parents of graduating seniors who have completed their final year as an Executive Board Member:
 
Sherri Von Stein - even though Sherri will be stepping down as President, she plans to become an active Alumni members.  We want to thank Sherri for many successful years as our President, as well as the other roles she has served.  Sherri has transitioned President responsibilities to Andrea Ward.  Thank you, Sherri, for all your hard work and dedication to the MABPO!

Kathy Keppel - Kathy served as VP of Concessions, and during that time, she brought success to our concession stand.  Kathy & husband, Andrew, brought their management expertise to the Band Stand last year.  They tirelessly provided great food and drink for every home event, and coordinated feeding our band, staff, and chaperones at every competition and parade.  Kathy has transitioned VP of Concessions responsibility to Ginny Kotok and Karren Wood.  Thank you, Kathy & Andrew, for your high energy and commitment to our organization.  

Laura Wall – Laura served as Secretary of MABPO and has been taking meeting minutes for all the meetings.  She has also volunteered at football games, competitions, parades and band camp.  Laura has transitioned Secretary to Shea Corsetti.  Thank you, Laura, for being passionate about our Marching Band and Winter Guard.


NOTE TO 2018 SENIORS
We hope that you have proudly displayed your Band/Orchestra Yard Note in your front yard since the Fall of 2017.
Please remember that all Notes need to be returned to the MABPO - we recycle each note for the following year's graduating seniors.  Therefore, mark your calendar on or before Saturday, August 4, 2018, to make arrangements to return your note to Sherri Von Stein at 215 Oak Highland Drive. (Please do not drop off your Note at the school.)  
A very special "thank you" to all seniors and their parents who have already taken the time to deliver their notes to Sherri.  If you have any questions, please email Andrea at 
president@moonband.org

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


STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current through the June 30th Luke Bryan concert. The $330 cost for band camp has been deducted from each account as well. If you have a negative balance, that is the amount that you owe for band camp unless you have worked additional games/concerts after June 30th.  Please do not staples your checks. Thank you!

UNIFORMS
Just a reminder for returning band students to check their band shoes for wear and proper fit.  Students who are wearing the same pair of shoes they purchased as freshmen should be especially cognizant of wear and tear!  Shoes will be ordered on Monday, July 23rd!

ALUMNI NEWS:
Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
IMPORTANT!
MEDICAL VOLUNTEER FOR AWAY BAND CAMP

We are in need of a medical volunteer to travel with the band for away band camp.  If you are a licensed in the medical field, EMT, Paramedic, or Athletic Trainer, please consider volunteering your time to assist our students and staff with medical concerns while at away band camp.  Contact either Mr. Barthen or MABPO President Andrea Ward (president@moonband.org) to discuss.
Chaperones are needed for ALL EVENTS/ACTIVITIES for the marching band season, which includes AWAY BAND CAMP!  Please click the link below to sign-up.
We need at least 8 chaperones for each event.  Please take a minute to complete the Microsoft form and volunteer for our events.  The link can be also found on the main page of moonband.org.  Link for chaperone form: LINK

Away Band Camp Room Assignments
Student cards have been distributed to sign-up for rooms for Away Band Camps.  Students are to discuss and sign-up for whom they would like to room with at away camp.  4 students per room for the females and 5 per room for males.  1 card per room/roommates.  Students need to discuss and communicate with their roommates.  Students who are not signed up for a room will be assigned.  Students who are signed up for more than 1 room/card will be placed by the first one in the stack of cards.  ROOMMATE CARDS ARE DUE TUESDAY 7/24 BY 3PM.
 
FORMS
Following forms are due Thursday 7/26:
- White Handbook/Field Trip form
- Canary Yellow Medical form
 
Blue Self Medication Form due on Sunday, 7/29 for ALL – Even if you are NOT taking medication with you to band camp.

MOONBAND.ORG WEB-SITE STUDENT ACCESS
Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of www.moonband.org on Monday, 6/18.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the www.moonband.org web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at nbarthen@moonarea.net, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at afear@moonarea.net.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

UPDATE - JULY 9 - Updated Movement 1 parts were uploaded to the web-site for ALL SECTIONS Monday (7.9) PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - JULY 16 - Movement 2 parts were uploaded to the web-site Monday (7.16) as well as for ALL instruments.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

Marching Band Chaperone On-line Sign-up
In the summer mailer, a link to volunteer to chaperone our performance events was listed.  We need at least 8 chaperones for each event.  Please take a minute to complete the Microsoft form and volunteer for our events.  The link can be also found on the main page of moonband.org.  Chaperone form LINK

Away Band Camp Food Allergies – DUE 7/24/18 BY 3PM
To accommodate and keep every student safe while dining at Away Band Camp, please forward (via e-mail) to Mr. Barthen, any food allergies that may be needed for food prep while at Away Band Camp.  This information will be forwarded onto the chef at W&J Dining Halls.  The W&J Food Staff do a fantastic job to accommodate food needs while at camp.

SUMMER MAILER DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS AFTER WEDNESAY, JUNE 20 REHEARSAL
To save on postage, the summer mailer was distributed after the Wednesday, June 20 Rehearsal in a large manila envelope.  This contains various information pertaining to band camps, compression shirts, and other MABPO forms.  If your child was not at the Wednesday, 6/20 rehearsal, the mailer was sent via USPS on Thursday, 6/21 and should have been received on Saturday 6/23.  All of the information in the mailer will be placed on the moonband.org web-site in the student documents section.

Summer Marching Band Prep - PLEASE READ!!!
To aide in each student's success in the Summer Marching Band rehearsals, students must start a physical training regimen to endure the hot summer weather.  Students have been advised to get out of the house and become physically active.  This does not mean they need to run a mile with a 50 pound backpack, but this does mean they need to get out of the air conditioned house, take a walk, play a pick-up game of whiffle-ball, sport, swim, etc.  This will not only acclimate them to the heat and humidity, but also build their physical stamina to endure the weather conditions.  PLEASE, encourage your child to be active in the months leading up to the July/August rehearsals.  

In addition, please begin to organize the items they will need.  A cross-trainer type of tennis shoe.  Sandals, slip on shoes, Converse Chuck Taylor's, or a shoe that CANNOT be tied or lack a good arch are NOT appropriate shoe for marching band.  Also, we also encourage students to bring a 1 gallon water jug with their name located on the jug to be brought to every rehearsal.  Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen for both their lips and body are extremely important for these rehearsals as well.  Students should find a back-pack, drawstring bag, to store all of this "stuff" to make it easier to organize their "field bag" for the marching band season.

Diet and hydration is also an important part of being successful in the summer months.  Student should prepare two days in advance in hydrating for marching band rehearsals.  Stay away from pop and carbonated beverages.  Students are also reminded to eat a healthy meal before rehearsals.  Breakfast is important during Home Band Camp.

These little things will go a long way in order for everyone to have a successful summer marching band season.


Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium –October 13, 2018 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 and 2017 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Chicago vs Baltimore on 8/2 this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 2PM-4PM.  Times will be solidified in late August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 9AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.


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

     - Color Guard Members, ONLY , will be scheduled for a Baseline Concussion Test throughout the summer months.  Your appointment time was communicated during the June 18-20 rehearsals.

Marching Band Pictures – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 8AM – 12PM
The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. 

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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Mon. July 23 - Home Band Camp for Winds & Perc - 8AM-3PM
                          Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM-9PM
                          Band & CG Shoe Fitting - 3PM - MAHS Choir Room
                          Parent Meeting - Away Band Camp - 6:30PM MAHS 
                          AWAY BAND CAMP MONEY DUE!
Tue. July 24 -  Home Band Camp for Winds & Perc - 8AM-3PM
                         Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM-9PM
Wed. July 25 - Home Band Camp for Winds & Perc - 8AM-3PM
                          Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM-9PM
Thu. July 26 -  Home Band Camp for Winds & Perc - 8AM-3PM
                         Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM-9PM
                          AWAY BAND CAMP MONEY DUE!
Fri. July 27 - Home Band Camp for ALL - 8AM-3PM
                      Lunch Provided - Compliments of Clearview FCU
Sun. July 29 - Depart for Away Band Camp - 
                         Report time 11AM – APPROX
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Mon - Thu - July 30 - August 2 - Away Camp at W&J

Fri. August 3 - Away Camp at W&J
                          Parent's Show at Cameron Stadium - 6PM
                          Away Camp Concluded - 8PM
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Mon. Aug. 6 - Perc & CG Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 7 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Wed. Aug. 8 - Kennywood Day - ALL DAY
Thu. Aug. 9 - Full Band Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
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Mon. Aug. 13 – Perc & CG Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 14 – BAND PICTURE DAY – 8AM-12PM – MAHS
                               Wind Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS

Thu. Aug. 16 – Full Band Rehearsal – 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Sat. Aug. 18 -  Production Rehearsal with Drill Designer – 8AM-4PM – MAHS – Lunch Provided
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Future Dates
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 3PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

August 23       Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM
August 24        Football Game vs. Montour - Home - Kick-off 7PM - 5:30PM Report time
August 25        Color Guard Car Wash at Clearview FCU - 
August 28        First Day of School
August 31       Football Game at Mars - Kick-off - 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 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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Winds Rehearsal

Homecoming Parade at MAHS

Full Band Rehearsal

Senior Notes/ Band Jackets

Football(H) vs. Bethel Park

Homecoming Dance

PMEA Honors Auditions South Fayette H.S.

Full Band Rehearsal

Full Band Rehearsal

Football(A) vs. Peters Township

PIMBA Competition @Norwin