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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 29, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 29, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, February 5 – Mandatory Florida Parent Meeting 7PM MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7 – FL Marching Band Rehearsal 6-9 PM MAHS
Saturday, February 10 – Winter Guard Competition at Norwin HS
Monday, February 12 – Florida Luggage Check-in
Tuesday, February 13 – FL Trip Depart MAHS – 6PM
Monday, February 19 – FL students arrive MAHS


FUNDRAISING

The Chocolate Boutique delivery date will be Wednesday, February 7, from 4:00-5:30 PM in the high school cafeteria.

The Sarris Spring and Easter Candy Fundraiser begins on Tuesday, January 30, and runs until Thursday, February 22.  Orders will be delivered on Tuesday, March 27.  Just in time for Easter!
Catalogs and Order forms are available in the band room.  Information sheets and order forms are available on the band website.  Digital catalogs are available at HERE 
If you have any questions, please contact fundraising@moonband.org.

Our Spring NewMe's Pies:  Order forms and information can be found in the band room or on-line.  Orders will be due on Thursday, February 8.  Delivery will be on Tuesday, March 27 - just in time for Easter!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
Student accounts are current with all payments received by Thursday, January 18th. Aramark checks are included through the 12/31/17 game. The accounts also include credit earned if your student worked the pancake breakfast. The Joe Corbi fundraiser is also included. If you have a negative balance, that is what you owe. If your student is going on the Florida trip in February, or if you are chaperoning the Florida trip, that amount is due immediately. If you worked a Steeler game after 12/31/17, that amount will be credited to your student's account as soon as I receive the check from Aramark and can be used toward the Florida trip. 
All money due must be turned in by February 5th or your student will not be going to Florida. Thank you.


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Beginning in February, the Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations for the 2018/2019 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  nominations@moonband.org  before the March meeting.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

President
Treasurer
Secretary
VP of Communications
VP of Concessions
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity

The Nominations Committee should consist of 3-5 volunteers.  
We are currently in need of a few more parents to assist on this committee.  If you are interested, please contact Sherri @ 
president@moonband.org
Thank you!

FLORIDA TRIP
Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to assist with the Florida Trip departure.  We are still in need of 5 parent volunteers from both BAND & ORCHESTRA to assist at the High School on February 12 & 13, prior to departure:

Monday, February 12, 2018
We still need 1 more Dad to check luggage on Monday
 evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Thanks to all the parents who have signed up so far!
Please contact Sherri at  president@moonband.org if you can help.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We still need 1 more parent to help check Carry-On luggage Tuesday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. before departing.
Lastly for Tuesday, we still need 2-3 more Dads to load buses - outside (please dress for the elements!).

Please contact Sherri at  president@moonband.org if you can help.

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
We will have a Senior Memory Book meeting on Tuesday, January 30, at 6:30 PM, at Georganna Palmer's house.  Please come if you'd like to be involved in making the memory books or if you'd just like more information. Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions or to RSVP.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

A big thank you to all of the parents who participated in our very successful season raising money for our band and orchestra students at Heinz Field!  I am happy to announce that we have been invited to work for Aramark at PNC Park for the upcoming baseball season.  This is a great opportunity for any parent to raise some or all of the money needed for your individual band or orchestra student throughout their time in the organization.  I hope lots of parents take advantage of this offer because it benefits both you as an individual and the entire organization.  Information about training and schedules will be forthcoming.  If you have any interest in learning more about this program, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.

ALUMNI NEWS:
The Scrip gift card order for February has been canceled. The next order will be placed in March. Orders are due Friday, March 2nd for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, March 8th. 

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

UNIFORMS
The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
FINANCIAL UPDATE - Band Florida Performance Tour - 1/29/18
I have been informed by the MABPO Treasurer that there is over $2,532of outstanding student payments for the Florida Trip. PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENTS ASAP!!!  If there are financial issues that is delaying you in making the last payment, please contact Mrs. Vicki Hricz, MABPO Treasurer (treasurer@moonband.org) to make arrangements.  Students will not be permitted to board the bus without full payment or a payment plan signed and notarized.   

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

Florida Luggage Check-In - Monday, February 12 - SAVE THE DATE
To alleviate the hustle of departure on 2/13, we will handle luggage check-ins on Monday, February 12.  Students specific time are listed below.  These times will start at 6:00PM and run through 9PM.  Someone who is related to the luggage must be present while the luggage is being inspected.  
LAST NAMES THAT BEGIN WITH:
A - CONNORS – 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
COOPER – GUDURU – 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
HABERMAN - MANASTERSKI – 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MARCAVAGE – PERRETT – 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
RANKIN - STERN – 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
TESSMER - ZILIONIS – 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm


TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change.  A final itinerary will be released on February 5 at the Florida Parent Trip Meeting.

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

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

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

Calendar of Events
-
January - February
_______
FLORIDA MARCHING BAND MEMORIZATION TESTING THIS WEEK
Mon. Jan. 29 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                        
Tue. Jan. 30 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        PIt Orchestra - Brass Sectional - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. Jan. 31 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Feb 1 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Feb 2 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym

______
Mon. Feb. 5 - FLORIDA TRIP MEETING FOR PARENTS - 7PM - MAHS AUDITORIUM
                       - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
Tue. Feb. 6 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                   - FULL Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. Feb. 7 - Florida Marching Band Rehearsal - 6-9PM
Thu. Feb. 8 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
Fri. Feb. 9 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10:00PM - MAMS Aux Gym
Sat. Feb. 10 - Winter Guard Competition at Norwin H.S.
____
Mon. Feb. 12 - Florida Luggage Check - 6-9pm.  See above for student assigned times.
Tue. Feb. 13 - Depart for Florida - Students arrive at 4PM.  Carry-on and Medication check; 
Feb. 13 - Feb. 19 - In Florida
_____

Mon. Feb. 19 - Returning from Florida
Tue. Feb. 20 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                         Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Wed. Feb. 21 - Region Band at Plum H.S.
Thu. Feb. 22 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                         Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - FULL ENSEMBLE - 6-9pm
Fri. Feb. 23 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - MAMS Aux Gym - 6:30 - 10PM
Sat. Feb. 24 - Winter Guard Competition at Penn-Trafford H.S.
____

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

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

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information

4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number

4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website

4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 22, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 22, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, February 5 – Mandatory Florida Parent Meeting 7PM MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7 – FL Marching Band Rehearsal 6-9 PM MAHS
Saturday, February 10 – Winter Guard Competition at Norwin HS
Monday, February 12 – Florida Luggage Check-in
Tuesday, February 13 – FL Trip Depart MAHS – 6PM


FUNDRAISING

The Chocolate Boutique fundraiser orders and payment are due on Thursday, January 25.  Checks should be made out to MABPO.  No late orders please.  The delivery date will be Wednesday, February 7, from 4:00-5:30 PM in the high school cafeteria.
Chocolate Boutique Flyer
Order Form
Master Order Form

Our Spring NewMe's Pies fundraiser begins on Tuesday, January 23Order forms and information can be found in the band room or on-line.  Orders will be due on Thursday, February 8.  Delivery will be on Tuesday, March 27 - just in time for Easter!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS:
Student accounts are current with all payments received by Thursday, January 18th. Aramark checks are included through the 12/31/17 game. The accounts also include credit earned if your student worked the pancake breakfast. The Joe Corbi fundraiser is also included. If you have a negative balance, that is what you owe. If your student is going on the Florida trip in February, or if you are chaperoning the Florida trip, that amount is due immediately. If you worked a Steeler game after 12/31/17, that amount will be credited to your student's account as soon as I receive the check from Aramark and can be used toward the Florida trip. 
All money due must be turned in by February 5th or your student will not be going to Florida. Thank you.


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Beginning in February, the Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations for the 2018/2019 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  nominations@moonband.org  before the March meeting.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

President
Treasurer
Secretary
VP of Communications
VP of Concessions
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity

The Nominations Committee should consist of 3-5 volunteers.  
We are currently in need of a few more parents to assist on this committee.  If you are interested, please contact Sherri @ president@moonband.org
Thank you!

FLORIDA TRIP
We are in need of parent volunteers to assist at the High School on February 12 & 13, prior to departure:

Monday, February 12, 2018
We still need 3 Dads to check luggage on Monday
 evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Thanks to all the Moms who have signed up to check the girls' bags!
Please contact Sherri at  president@moonband.org if you can help.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
We need a few more parent helpers to check Carry-On luggage Tuesday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. before departing.
Lastly, we need 2-3 more good men to load buses - outside (please dress for the elements!).
Please contact Sherri at  president@moonband.org if you can help.

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
We will have a Senior Memory Book meeting on Tuesday, January 30, at 6:30 PM, at Georganna Palmer's house.  Please come if you'd like to be involved in making the memory books or if you'd just like more information. Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions or to RSVP.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

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

ALUMNI NEWS:
The Scrip gift card order for February has been canceled. The next order will be placed in March. Orders are due Friday, March 2nd for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, March 8th

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

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

The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
FINANCIAL UPDATE - Band Florida Performance Tour - 1/22/18
I have been informed by the MABPO Treasurer that there is over $7,500 of outstanding student payments for the Florida Trip.  MABPO cannot cover the last payment on the trip with this large amount of money outstanding.  PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENTS ASAP!!!  The last payment is still holding up the the WDW Park Tickets and WDW Meal Tickets.  If there are financial issues that is delaying you in making the last payment, please contact Mrs. Vicki Hricz, MABPO Treasurer (treasurer@moonband.org) to make arrangements.

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

Florida Luggage Check-In - Monday, February 12 - SAVE THE DATE
To alleviate the hustle of departure on 2/13, we will handle luggage check-ins on Monday, February 12.  Students specific time are listed below.  These times will start at 6:00PM and run through 9PM.  Someone who is related to the luggage must be present while the luggage is being inspected.  
LAST NAMES THAT BEGIN WITH:
A - CONNORS – 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
COOPER – GUDURU – 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
HABERMAN - MANASTERSKI – 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MARCAVAGE – PERRETT – 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
RANKIN - STERN – 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
TESSMER - ZILIONIS – 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm


TENTATIVE FLORIDA ITINERARY
BELOW IS A TENTATIVE FLORIDA TRIP ITINERARY
Please DO NOT make reservations based on this itinerary, it is subject to change.  A final itinerary will be released on February 5 at the Florida Parent Trip Meeting.

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

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

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

Calendar of Events -
January
_______
Mon. Jan. 22 - NO SCHOOL
                    WACA Rehearsal at Carlynton H.S. - 8AM - 5PM                          
                    Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                          
Tue. Jan. 23 - WACA Rehearsal and Concert at Carlynton H.S. - Rehearsal 8AM - 4PM; Concert at 7PM
Wed. Jan. 24 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Fri. Jan. 26 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
_______
FLORIDA MARCHING BAND MEMORIZATION TESTING THIS WEEK
Mon. Jan. 29 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym                        
Tue. Jan. 30 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        PIt Orchestra - Brass Sectional - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. Jan. 31 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Feb 1 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Feb 2 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym

______
Mon. Feb. 5 - FLORIDA TRIP MEETING FOR PARENTS - 7PM - MAHS AUDITORIUM
                       - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
Tue. Feb. 6 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                   - FULL Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. Feb. 7 - Florida Marching Band Rehearsal - 6-9PM
Thu. Feb. 8 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
Fri. Feb. 9 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10:00PM - MAMS Aux Gym
Sat. Feb. 10 - Winter Guard Competition at Norwin H.S.
____
Mon. Feb. 12 - Florida Luggage Check - 6-9pm.  See above for student assigned times.
Tue. Feb. 13 - Depart for Florida - Students arrive at 4PM.  Carry-on and Medication check; 
Feb. 13 - Feb. 19 - In Florida
_____


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

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

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information

4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number

4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website

4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 15, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 15, 2018

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


FUNDRAISING

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

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

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

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

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

The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

______


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


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

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

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

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information

4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number

4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website

4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 8, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 8, 2018

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


FUNDRAISING

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

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

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


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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

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

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

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the order form.
Click here for 2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org


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

The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account
3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)
3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years
3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 1, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ January 1, 2018

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


FUNDRAISING

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HEINZ FIELD

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

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

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for
2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at 
alumni@moonband.org

UNIFORMS
The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar of Events -
January
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Mon. Jan. 1 - No School
Tue. Jan 2 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
Thu. Jan. 4 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Fri. Jan 5. - Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30pm-10pm
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Mon. Jan. 8 - Winter Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00pm - Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 9 -  Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:15PM
                       Full Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 - 8:00PM
Wed. Jan. 10 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - 3:00-9:00PM
Thu. Jan. 11 - PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day
Fri. Jan. 12 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm
                       PMEA District Band Festival at Mt. Lebanon - All Day - Concert at 7:30PM

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Mon. Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL
                          Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
                          Florida Chaperone's Meeting - 7PM - MAHS Band Room
Tue. Jan. 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
                        Pit Orchestra Brass Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Wed. Jan. 17 - Pit Orchestra Woodwind/String Sectional - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Jan. 18 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. Jan. 19 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00pm - MS Aux Gym
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ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Rehearsals with combined orchestra  (ALL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS)
-Jan 10 & 17  (2:30 - 3:45 PM in the HS Orchestra Room)

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

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

CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
c/o Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Per the updated MASD policy, Clearances are valid for 5 years
Under PA Law Act 153, The State of Pennsylvania is requiring all adults who volunteer in any capacity within the school to obtain background checks. This will include parents who volunteer to chaperone the MAHS Marching Band at football games, parades, band camps, and trips. Chaperones are required to complete the PA State Police Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse History, and FBI Fingerprints. The FBI Fingerprint is only if the volunteer has not been a state of PA resident for at least 10 years. Please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
Child Abuse Clearance click HERE 
1. Cost: Free
2. Create the account

3. Submit the required information
4. Print certificate and submit to MABPO Secretary
PA Criminal Background Check click HERE
1. Cost: Free
2. Click on "NEW RECORD CHECK" (Volunteers Only)

3. After the record check is complete, click on the blue control number
4. To view the certificate, click on the blue words "Certification Form"
5. Print the certificate and submit to the MABPO Secretary
FBI Fingerprinting click HERE
1. Cost: $27.50
2. Required for volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the last 10 years

3. Register on website
4. Take form to UPS Store or other Cogent Fingerprinting location
5. Receive clearance and contact MABPO Secretary to arrange for original to be copied.
Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

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