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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 10, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 10, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Tuesday, December 11Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm
Thursday, January 17 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, February 9 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Norwin
Thursday, February 21 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, February 23 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Penn Trafford
Saturday, March 2 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Allegheny HS
Tuesday, March 19 – All-District Music Concert – 7pm
Saturday, March 23 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Penn Trafford
Thursday, March 28 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, March 30 – Winterguard TRWEA Championships


FUNDRAISING
The Sarris fundraiser pick up will be this Wednesday, December 12 from 4-5:30PM, in the high school cafeteria.  Please be prompt.  My high schoolers have a performance that evening and I will leave on time. 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to bake cookies, to work at the breakfast, to perform, and/or to donate items for the Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk! We received several compliments about our event and our students.  One woman who was patiently waiting for the cookie walk to begin commented that she never misses the band's cookie walk because it is her favorite one.  It is truly a special event. 

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Sunday, December 16th with a 1:00 report time and a 4:25 kickoff.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

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


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes will be available for pick-up at the Concert on December 20th.  If you have not yet paid for your Note, please contact Andrea at  president@moonband.org  THANKS!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the Lottery Fundraiser, the Chestnut Hill Candle Fundraiser, and the NewMe Pie Fundraiser. They include all Aramark games worked through October 7th, 2018. 

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

The next order of Scrip has been rescheduled just in time for the Holiday!!  Scrip gift cards make the perfect stocking stuffer!  Orders are due by Monday, December 10th and will be delivered at the concert on Thursday, December 20th. Order online at shopwithscrip.com or visit the Alumni table at the Pancake breakfast.
Contact 
alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Click HERE if you are looking for some holiday stocking stuffer ideas for your band student.
WINTER CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT

CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

MAHS Jazz Band Audition Material and Auditions – Thursday, December 13
Audition excerpts can be found on Skyward and moonband.org as well as in the band room on the “Table of Knowledge”.  Auditions will be scheduled on Thursday, December 13.  Students will sign-up for a FIVE minute time slot when we return from Thanksgiving break.

MAHS Small Groups Performing in December
     - Wednesday, December 12 – Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 6pm-8pm

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. 12/10 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/11 – Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS
                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
Wed. 12/12 – MAHS Small Ensembles to perform at Market District in Robinson – 6pm-8pm
Thu. 12/13 – MAHS Jazz Auditions – Individual 5 minute time slots
Fri. 12/14 –  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6:30 – 10:00pm
____
Mon. 12/17 - Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS

                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
                        Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/18 -  MAHS Choir Concert
Wed. 12/19 – MAHS Orchestra Concert
Thu. 12/20 – MAHS Band Concert
Fri. 12/21 – Symphonic Band perform for school – AM
____
December 24-January 2 – Winter Break!

Fri. Jan. 4 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6:30-10:00pm
____
Mon. Jan. 7 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym.
Tue. Jan. 8 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Thu. Jan. 10 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. Jan. 11 – Winter Color Guard Rehearsal – 6:30 – 10:00PM – M.S. Aux Gym


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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm
March 19 – All-District Music Concert – 7pm
May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform)


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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 3, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 3, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday,
December 11Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

FUNDRAISING
The Suburban Greenery fundraiser delivery will be on December 5, and the Sarris Candies fundraiser delivery will be on December 12.  Time for both deliveries will be from 4-5:45 PM,  in the high school cafeteria.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – HELP NEEDED
Our 8th annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk is just around the corner on Sunday, December 9.  This a beloved community event which includes the pancake breakfast, musical performances, Santa Claus, and a cookie walk.  Tickets are $8.00 pre-order and $9.00 at the door.  Children 2 and under can eat for free.  The Cookie Walk is $10.00 per large container.  Tickets were mailed to you.  Students will receive $2.00 per ticket sold into their student accounts.  Pre-sale ticket money must be turned in by Thursday, December 6.  Please read the information sheet included with your tickets for more information.  If you haven't already done so, please sign up to bake cookies and to volunteer at the breakfast.  We need many parent and student volunteers to make this event successful.  Student sign-ups are available in the band room.

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups

Flyers for the pancake breakfast are online.  Please, print a flyer to post around the area at local churches and businesses to spread the word!

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is a Steelers game on Sunday, December 16th with a 1:00 report time and a 4:25 kickoff.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

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


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes will be available for pick-up at the Parent Meeting on December 5th.  If you have not yet paid for your Note, please contact Andrea at  president@moonband.org  THANKS!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the Lottery Fundraiser, the Chestnut Hill Candle Fundraiser, and the NewMe Pie Fundraiser. They include all Aramark games worked through October 7th, 2018. 

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

Scrip gift cards ordered on 11/16 will be delivered at the Band Parent Meeting on Wednesday, December 5th.  
The next order has been rescheduled just in time for the Holiday!!  Scrip gift cards make the perfect stocking stuffer!  Orders are due by Monday, December 10th and will be delivered at the concert on Thursday, December 20th. Order online at 
shopwithscrip.com or visit the Alumni table at the Pancake breakfast.
Contact 
alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the “Craft and Sip” if you plan to attend. Email alumni@moonband.org if you are attending. 

See details HERE

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Click HERE if you are looking for some holiday stocking stuffer ideas for your band student.
WINTER CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT

CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

FLUTE CHOIR REHEARSAL – Thursday, December 6 – 2:20-3:30pm
Flute choir rehearsal from 2:20-3:30 on Thursday, December 6.  ALL FLAUTISTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
 
Winter Color Guard Rehearsal
The first winter guard rehearsal will be Monday, December 3 from 6-9pm at the MAMS Middle School Auxiliary Gym.  Please enter via the baseball field/gym entrance and go directly upstairs to the gym.  Do not wander in the hallways. 

MAHS Jazz Band Audition Material and Auditions – Thursday, December 13
Audition excerpts can be found on Skyward and moonband.org as well as in the band room on the “Table of Knowledge”.  Auditions will be scheduled on Thursday, December 13.  Students will sign-up for a FIVE minute time slot when we return from Thanksgiving break.

MAHS Small Groups Performing in December
     - Thursday, December 6 – 8th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert – Brass Quintet
     - Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 8AM-12PM
     - Wednesday, December 12 – Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 6pm-8pm

MAHS Band Cookie Walk Shift Sign-ups are now available on the band room wall.  This is a great opportunity for your student to earn money toward their band account.

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

Calendar of Events
-
NOVEMBER CALENDAR
________ 
Mon. 12/3 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm

Thu. 12/6 – Flute Choir Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – MAHS Band Room
Sun. 12/9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – 8AM – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to perform throughout the day.
____
Mon. 12/10 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/11 – Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS
                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
Wed. 12/12 – MAHS Small Ensembles to perform at Market District in Robinson – 6pm-8pm
Thu. 12/13 – MAHS Jazz Auditions – Individual 5 minute time slots
Fri. 12/14 –  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6:30 – 10:00pm
____
Mon. 12/17 - Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS

                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
                        Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/18 -  MAHS Choir Concert
Wed. 12/19 – MAHS Orchestra Concert
Thu. 12/20 – MAHS Band Concert
Fri. 12/21 – Symphonic Band perform for school – AM
____

Future Dates
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 26, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 26, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday,
December 11Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

FUNDRAISING
Thank you to everyone who helped sort the pie fundraiser!  Many hands made light work and you all were much appreciated!
The Suburban Greenery fundraiser delivery will be on December 5, and the Sarris Candies fundraiser delivery will be on December 12.  Time for both deliveries will be from 4-5:45 PM,  in the high school cafeteria.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Our 8th annual Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk is just around the corner on Sunday, December 9.  This a beloved community event which includes the pancake breakfast, musical performances, Santa Claus, and a cookie walk.  Tickets are $8.00 pre-order and $9.00 at the door.  Children 2 and under can eat for free.  The Cookie Walk is $10.00 per large container.  Tickets were mailed to you.  Students will receive $2.00 per ticket sold into their student accounts.  Pre-sale ticket money must be turned in by Thursday, December 6.  Please read the information sheet included with your tickets for more information.  If you haven't already done so, please sign up to bake cookies and to volunteer at the breakfast.  We need many parent and student volunteers to make this event successful.  Student sign-ups will be available this week in the band room.

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups

Flyers for the pancake breakfast are online.  Please, print a flyer to post around the area at local churches and businesses to spread the word!

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 has been a time change for the next event to work at Heinz Field.  The Steelers game on Sunday, December 2nd will now begin at 8:20, so the report time will be 5:00.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

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


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes will be available for pick-up at the Parent Meeting on December 5th.  If you have not yet paid for your Note, please contact Andrea at  president@moonband.org  THANKS!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the Lottery Fundraiser, the Chestnut Hill Candle Fundraiser, and the NewMe Pie Fundraiser. They include all Aramark games worked through October 7th, 2018. 

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

Scrip gift cards ordered on 11/16 will be delivered at the Band Parent Meeting on Wednesday, December 5th.  
The next order has been rescheduled just in time for the Holiday!!  Scrip gift cards make the perfect stocking stuffer!  Orders are due by Monday, December 10th and will be delivered at the concert on Thursday, December 20th. Order online at shopwithscrip.com or visit the Alumni table at the Pancake breakfast.
Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

Join us on Friday, December 7th from 6-10 pm for our 4th Annual "Craft and Sip" Wreath Decorating Fundraiser. We'll be decorating wreaths, enjoying snacks, beverages and wonderful company. Reservations required - Space is limited.  See the Moon Area Band Alumni Association Facebook page for additional details. 


BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Click HERE if you are looking for some holiday stocking stuffer ideas for your band student.
WINTER CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT

CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

FLUTE CHOIR REHEARSAL – Wednesday, November 28 – 2:20-3:30pm
Flute choir rehearsal from 2:20-3:30 on Wednesday, November 28.  ALL FLAUTISTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
 
Winter Color Guard Rehearsal
The first winter guard rehearsal will be Monday, December 3 from 6-9pm at the MAMS Middle School Auxiliary Gym.  Please enter via the baseball field/gym entrance and go directly upstairs to the gym.  Do not wander in the hallways. 

MAHS Jazz Band Audition Material and Auditions – Thursday, December 13
Audition excerpts can be found on Skyward and moonband.org as well as in the band room on the “Table of Knowledge”.  Auditions will be scheduled on Thursday, December 13.  Students will sign-up for a FIVE minute time slot when we return from Thanksgiving break.

MAHS Small Groups Performing in December
     - Thursday, November 28 – Moon Township Light Up Night – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 6pm-8:30pm
     - Thursday, December 6 – 8th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert – Brass Quintet
     - Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 8AM-12PM
     - Wednesday, December 12 – Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson – Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Sax Quartet – 6pm-8pm


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

Calendar of Events
-
NOVEMBER CALENDAR
________ 
Mon. 11/26 – No School

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

_____ 
Mon. 12/3 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Thu. 12/6 – Flute Choir Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – MAHS Band Room
Sun. 12/9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – 8AM – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to perform throughout the day.
____
Mon. 12/10 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/11 – Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS
                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
Thu. 12/13 – MAHS Jazz Auditions – Individual 5 minute time slots
Fri. 12/14 –  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6:30 – 10:00pm
____
Mon. 12/17 - Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS

                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
                        Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Tue. 12/18 -  MAHS Choir Concert
Wed. 12/19 – MAHS Orchestra Concert
Thu. 12/20 – MAHS Band Concert
Fri. 12/21 – Symphonic Band perform for school – AM
____

Future Dates
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 19, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 19, 2018

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

FUNDRAISING
Payment and ticket stubs for the Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser are due on Tuesday, November 20.  The drawing will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily number on Friday, November 23.    Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the basket HERE.

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

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups

Flyers for the pancake breakfast are online.  Please, print a flyer to post around the area at local churches and businesses to spread the word!

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 has been a time change for the next event to work at Heinz Field.  The Steelers game on Sunday, December 2nd will now begin at 8:20, so the report time will be 5:00.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com to get started.

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


SENIOR POLE NOTES
Senior Pole Notes will be available for pick-up at the Parent Meeting on December 5th.  If you have not yet paid for your Note, please contact Andrea at  president@moonband.org  THANKS!

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts have been updated to include the Lottery Fundraiser, the Chestnut Hill Candle Fundraiser, and the NewMe Pie Fundraiser. They include all Aramark games worked through October 7th, 2018. 

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

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

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

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

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

MAHS Jazz Band Audition Material and Auditions – Thursday, December 13
Audition excerpts can be found on Skyward and moonband.org as well as in the band room on the “Table of Knowledge”.  Auditions will be scheduled on Thursday, December 13.  Students will sign-up for a FIVE minute time slot when we return from Thanksgiving break.

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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NOVEMBER CALENDAR
________ 
Mon 11/19 – Winter Guard Meeting – 7PM – H.S. Band Room

Tue. 11/20 – Collage Auditions – 2:30PM – H.S. Band Room
Thu. 11/22 – Happy Thanksgiving!
_____
Mon. 11/26 – No School

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

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Mon. 12/3 – Winter Guard Rehearsal at Middle School Aux Gym – 6pm-9pm
Thu. 12/6 – Flute Choir Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – MAHS Band Room
Sun. 12/9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – 8AM – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to perform throughout the day.
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Tue. 12/11 – Concert Band Rehearsal – 6pm-7:30pm – MAHS

                        Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 7:30pm-9:15pm – MAHS
Thu. 12/13 – MAHS Jazz Auditions – Individual 5 minute time slots
____

Future Dates
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 12, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 12, 2018

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

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

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


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

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

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups


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

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


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

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

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


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

ALUMNI NEWS:

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

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

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

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