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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 15, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 15, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, April 15 Fundraiser Meeting 7PM
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, April 27 – For the Love of Music Concert 7PM
Sunday, May 5 – Mattress Sale
Monday, May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Friday, May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Monday, May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7PM
Thursday, May 16 - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 19 – Instrumental Music Banquet
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance


SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

SAVE THE DATE
Instrumental Music Banquet, May 19th, 5PM – 10PM at The Fez, Aliquippa.  Invitations were mailed.  If you have not received yours by Monday 04/08, please contact Shea Corsetti secretary@moonband.org.

FUNDRAISING
Mark your calendars for our first ever Mattress Sale on Sunday, May 5.  This is an excellent way to earn funds for your student's account to pay for band camp and/or the 2020 trip.  Please see the flyer for more information. 
Parents, you should have received a letter in the mail requesting your attendance at the mattress sale fundraiser meeting on 4/15. Please plan to attend. We will keep the meeting under an hour and, just for attending, your child will receive a credit in their student account to kick off the fundraiser! (details are in the letter which was mailed out on Friday). We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraiser is underway.  Brochures and order forms, and master sheets are available here and in the band room.  Orders and payments are due on April 30.  Delivery will be on May 9.

The Sarris Candies and NewMe's Pies fundraisers will be delivered on April 16.

SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 13th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

BAND CAMP VOLUNTEERS
"Believe it or not, "Away" Band Camp at W&J College is only 4 months away!!! The success of this camp depends heavily on parent volunteers! We need folks to spend the week (for the full week or even for a few days/nights at a time). We need folks to help during the day to keep the kids safe, fed, and hydrated; we need folks to help for evening activities; and we need folks to load/unload and drive the trailers not only to and from W&J but throughout the week while we are there as well.
Please consider volunteering in any way possible. I can confidently state that the memories you make supporting your child during band season will be among your fondest and it all comes to an end too quickly! Please consider using some of your vacation time to show your support and to spend time with your child and other band parents that you wouldn't otherwise. 
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Andrea Ward

President@moonband.org
Cell# 412-505-3803"

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working the Garth Brooks Concert at Heinz Field, now is the time to sign up. You can complete the RAMP Training by going to THIS LINK.  The concert is on Saturday, May 18th and the report time is 3:30. The payout will be $125!  This is a great way to get some money into your band student’s account before this summer’s Band Camp!  Please email Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com for more information or to get started.

APRIL PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for April 25th.  We will be *voting on the new 2019/2020 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 
The position of Treasurer is
still open.  If interested, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

CONCESSIONS
The Band Stand Concession Stand is in need of a new propane gas grill. If you are replacing yours this spring or summer and the one you are replacing is in great working condition, please consider donating your grill to the Band Stand. We will pick it up from your house. Thank you!
Karren and Ginny are looking for volunteers to manage the concession stand for the 2020 marching band season. Anyone interested should contact Karren or Ginny. Ideally two people should co-manage the stand. Those interested would shadow Karren and Ginny this fall.

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, April 19th by 3PM for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, April 25th.  Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions.  
Click
HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
April Calendar is available on Skyward and on the www.moonband.org web-site under the Director's Tab

Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 27 – Coraopolis Parade
The MAHS Marching Band will be marching in the Coraopolis Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27.  The parade begins at 1:30pm.  Report time will be around 11AM.  This is a graded performance for all marching band students.

Elementary Faculty Basketball Pep Band - Wednesday, April 17 - MAHS Gym - 6-8pm
H.S. Band members can be a part of the Elementary Faculty Basketball Pep Band on 4/17 from 6-8pm at the H.S. Gym.  This will include students in 4th grade band, M.S. Band as well as H.S.  Sign-up sheet is on the wall in the H.S. Band Room.

Mattress Sale
 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - Monday, April 15 at 7:00PM in the H.S. Band Room.  This fundraiser is replacing the Spaghetti dinner.  Open to all students in band, including incoming 9th graders.  A great way to earn money toward upcoming trips and events.


SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND

Rehearsal #1 – Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 3 - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the www.moonband.org web-site (HERE) as well as on the Skyward class site.

Important Summer Dates  
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule (5-9PM)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM

PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

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. April 15 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - 7PM - H.S.
Tue. April 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 19 -  No School

________
Tue. April 23 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Thu. April 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal
                          Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30-8:30pm
Fri. April 26 - Benefit Concert Dress Rehearsal - 4pm-10pm
Sat. April 27 - Benefit Concert - 7PM

________
Tue. April 30 – Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30-4:30
Wed. May 1 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00
Thu. May 2 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00
Sun. May 5 – MAHS Band Mattress Sale

________
Mon. May 6 – MAHS Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM – MAHS Auditorium

Tue. May 7 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00
Wed. May 8 – Concert Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:30
Thu. May 9 –    Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:30
            Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00
Fri. May 10 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM – MAHS Auditorium

________

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #1
April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #1

May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #2
May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #2

May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform)

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 Band Newsletter ~ April 8, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 8, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, April 27 – For the Love of Music Concert 7PM
Sunday, May 5 – Mattress Sale
Monday, May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Friday, May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Monday, May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7PM
Thursday, May 16 - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 19 – Instrumental Music Banquet
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance


SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

SAVE THE DATE
Instrumental Music Banquet, May 19th, 5PM – 10PM at The Fez, Aliquippa.  Invitations were mailed.  If you have not received yours by Monday 04/08, please contact Shea Corsetti secretary@moonband.org.

FUNDRAISING
Mark your calendars for our first ever Mattress Sale on Sunday, May 5.  This is an excellent way to earn funds for your student's account to pay for band camp and/or the 2020 trip.  Please see the flyer for more information. 
Parents, you should have received a letter in the mail requesting your attendance at the mattress sale fundraiser meeting on 4/15. Please plan to attend. We will keep the meeting under an hour and, just for attending, your child will receive a credit in their student account to kick off the fundraiser! (details are in the letter which was mailed out on Friday). We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraiser begins on Tuesday, April 9.  Brochures and order forms, and master sheets are available here and in the band room.  Orders and payments are due on April 30.  Delivery will be on May 9.

The Sarris Candies and NewMe's Pies fundraisers will be delivered on April 16.

SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 13th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

BAND CAMP VOLUNTEERS
"Believe it or not, "Away" Band Camp at W&J College is only 4 months away!!! The success of this camp depends heavily on parent volunteers! We need folks to spend the week (for the full week or even for a few days/nights at a time). We need folks to help during the day to keep the kids safe, fed, and hydrated; we need folks to help for evening activities; and we need folks to load/unload and drive the trailers not only to and from W&J but throughout the week while we are there as well.
Please consider volunteering in any way possible. I can confidently state that the memories you make supporting your child during band season will be among your fondest and it all comes to an end too quickly! Please consider using some of your vacation time to show your support and to spend time with your child and other band parents that you wouldn't otherwise. 
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Andrea Ward

President@moonband.org
Cell# 412-505-3803"

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working the Garth Brooks Concert at Heinz Field, now is the time to sign up. You can complete the RAMP Training by going to THIS LINK.  The concert is on Saturday, May 18th and the report time is 3:30. The payout will be $125!  This is a great way to get some money into your band student’s account before this summer’s Band Camp!  Please email Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com for more information or to get started.

APRIL PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for April 25th.  We will be *voting on the new 2019/2020 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 
The position of Treasurer is
still open.  If interested, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

CONCESSIONS
The Band Stand Concession Stand is in need of a new propane gas grill. If you are replacing yours this spring or summer and the one you are replacing is in great working condition, please consider donating your grill to the Band Stand. We will pick it up from your house. Thank you!
Karren and Ginny are looking for volunteers to manage the concession stand for the 2020 marching band season. Anyone interested should contact Karren or Ginny. Ideally two people should co-manage the stand. Those interested would shadow Karren and Ginny this fall.

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, April 19th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, April 25th.  Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions.  
Click
HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
April Calendar is available on Skyward and on the www.moonband.org web-site under the Director's Tab

Mattress Sale - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - Monday, April 15 at 7:00PM in the H.S. Band Room.  This fundraiser is replacing the Spaghetti dinner.  Open to all students in band, including incoming 9th graders.  A great way to earn money toward upcoming trips and events.

Elementary Faculty Basketball Pep Band - Wednesday, April 17 - MAHS Gym - 6-8pm
H.S. Band members can be a part of the Elementary Faculty Basketball Pep Band on 4/17 from 6-8pm at the H.S. Gym.  This will include students in 4th grade band, M.S. Band as well as H.S.  Sign-up sheet is on the wall in the H.S. Band Room.

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND

Rehearsal #1 – Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 3 - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm


Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the www.moonband.org web-site (HERE) as well as on the Skyward class site.

Important Summer Dates  
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule (5-9PM)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM

PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

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
-
__________
Tue. April 9 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Thu. April 11 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm

________
Mon. April 15 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - 7PM - H.S.
Tue. April 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 19 -  No School

________
Tue. April 23 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Thu. April 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal
                          Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30-8:30pm
Fri. April 26 - Benefit Concert Dress Rehearsal - 4pm-10pm
Sat. April 27 - Benefit Concert - 7PM

________

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #1
April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #1

May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #2
May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #2

May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform)

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 Band Newsletter ~ April 1, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 1, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, April 27 – For the Love of Music Concert 7PM
Sunday, May 5 – Mattress Sale
Monday, May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Friday, May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Monday, May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7PM
Thursday, May 16 - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 19 – Instrumental Music Banquet
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance


SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

SAVE THE DATE
Instrumental Music Banquet, May 19th, 5PM – 10PM at The Fez, Aliquippa.  Invitations will be mailed shortly.

FUNDRAISING
Delivery dates for both the NewMe's Pies and Sarris Candies are on April 16.

Our last 3 fundraiser of the school year will be a Pittsburgh Popcorn sale (April 9-30), a mattress sale (Sunday, May 5), and hoagie/pepperoni roll sale April 23-May14).  More information will follow.


SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 13th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

BAND CAMP VOLUNTEERS
"Believe it or not, "Away" Band Camp at W&J College is only 4 months away!!! The success of this camp depends heavily on parent volunteers! We need folks to spend the week (for the full week or even for a few days/nights at a time). We need folks to help during the day to keep the kids safe, fed, and hydrated; we need folks to help for evening activities; and we need folks to load/unload and drive the trailers not only to and from W&J but throughout the week while we are there as well.
Please consider volunteering in any way possible. I can confidently state that the memories you make supporting your child during band season will be among your fondest and it all comes to an end too quickly! Please consider using some of your vacation time to show your support and to spend time with your child and other band parents that you wouldn't otherwise. 
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Andrea Ward
President@moonband.org
Cell# 412-505-3803"

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
Thank you to all of the parents who provided pictures of their senior students!  These photos will be utilized in their personal Memory Book and the year-end video.  
Senior parents, this is the final opportunity to send 8 to 10 childhood/baby photos of your child to us for the year-end video and memory book.   We ask that you please provide photos of your child no later than April 1, 2019
 to ensure ample time for their inclusion in year-end materials.
If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books or have any questions, please contact Grace Cap or Georganna Palmer at 
memorybooks@moonband.org.
Thank you!

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working the Garth Brooks Concert at Heinz Field, now is the time to sign up. You can complete the RAMP Training by going to THIS LINK.  The concert is on Saturday, May 18th and the report time is 3:30. The payout will be $125!  This is a great way to get some money into your band student’s account before this summer’s Band Camp!  Please email Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com for more information or to get started.

APRIL PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for April 25th.  We will be *voting on the new 2019/2020 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 
The positions of Treasurer and
VP of Corporate Partnership are still open.  If interested, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

CONCESSIONS
Karren and Ginny are looking for volunteers to manage the concession stand for the 2020 marching band season. Anyone interested should contact Karren or Ginny. Ideally two people should co-manage the stand. Those interested would shadow Karren and Ginny this fall.

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, April 19th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, April 25th.  Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions.  
Click
HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
April Calendar is available on Skyward and on the www.moonband.org web-site under the Director's Tab

CONGRATULATIONS to the MAHS Winter Colorguard for taking the Bronze Medal in the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Championships competition (TRWEA) on Saturday at Norwin High School.  The group took third place out of nine groups in their classification.  Congrats on a great season!

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND

Rehearsal #1 – Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 3 - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the www.moonband.org web-site (HERE) as well as on the Skyward class site.

Important Summer Dates  
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule (5-9PM)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM

PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

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

Calendar of Events -

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Tue. April 2 -  NO SCHOOL
Wed. April 3 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Thu. April 4 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 5 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Sat. April 6 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

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Tue. April 9 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Thu. April 11 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm

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Mon. April 15 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - 7PM - H.S.
Tue. April 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 19 -  No School

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Tue. April 23 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Thu. April 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal
                          Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30-8:30pm
Fri. April 26 - Benefit Concert Dress Rehearsal - 4pm-10pm
Sat. April 27 - Benefit Concert - 7PM

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #1
April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #1

May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #2
May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #2

May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform)

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal

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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
WINTERGUARD 3rd place TRWEA Championships

WINTERGUARD 3rd place TRWEA Championships

Congratulations to the Moon Area high school Winterguard for their final performance this year. Moon placed 3rd in a field of nine...

Scholastic Regional A

78.09 Blackhawk
79.98 Jeannette 
80.19 Gateway
85.22 Kiski
85.48 Hampton
85.55 Greater Latrobe
87.48 Moon
91.48 Hempfield 
93.21 Norwin

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 25, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 25, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, March 28 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, March 30 – Winterguard TRWEA Championships
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, April 27 – For the Love of Music Concert 7PM
Sunday, May 5 – Mattress Sale
Monday, May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Friday, May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Monday, May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7PM
Thursday, May 16 - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 19 – Instrumental Music Banquet
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance


SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department - PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!


FUNDRAISING
Our Spring Fling Basket raffle is underway.  Ticket stubs and payments will be due on March 28.  The drawing will be on March 31 for over $300 in gift cards. 
Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle
HERE.

Delivery dates for both the NewMe's Pies and Sarris Candies are on April 16.

Our last 3 fundraiser of the school year will be a Pittsburgh Popcorn sale (April 9-30), a mattress sale (Sunday, May 5), and hoagie/pepperoni roll sale April 23-May14).  More information will follow.


SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 13th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
Senior parents, please send 8 to 10 childhood/baby photos of your child to us for the year-end video and memory book. The best and most efficient way to provide your photos is to scan your photos and:
1) Put the digital copies of the photos you’d like to use in a folder on your computer labeled with your student’s name. 
2) Right click on the folder. 
3) Send to Compressed (zipped) folder. Note:
Current message size limit for our email is 20 MB, so you will need to send multiple emails if your files exceed that.
4) The result should be “Student name.zip”. 
5) Email the “Student name.zip” folder to 
memorybooks@moonband.org.

We ask that you please provide photos of your child no later than April 1, 2019
 to ensure ample time for their inclusion in year-end materials.
If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books or have any questions, please contact Grace Cap or Georganna Palmer at 
memorybooks@moonband.org.
Thank you!

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming season, now is the time to sign up for Grand Slam Training.  Currently there are no scheduled training sessions before the baseball season begins, but there will be upcoming dates in April. This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year's trip.  Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips.  There will also be an opportunity to volunteer for the Garth Brooks Concert at Heinz Field on May 18th.  All you need is a RAMP certification which can be done at your convenience.  Contact Heather (hburakow@yahoo.com) to get this done.  I am also looking for one more person to be a Co-Coordinator for the Aramark Fundraising Program.  It's fun and easy and a great way to get involved in the Band Parent Organization.  Please contact Heather to sign up for these opportunities or to answer any questions.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
T
he Nominations Committee are accepting nominations for the 2019/2020 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


Descriptions for each position can be found in our by-laws but it's always best to speak with those who have been doing it!  Feel free to reach out and ask questions!   Contact information is on the band website. The Officer Responsibilities (job descriptions) for Executive Board committee members are also on the website under the Info Tab - Parent Organization. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Students accounts now include the money for shifts worked for the pancake breakfast as well as for tickets sold.  They also include events worked for Aramark through January 8, 2019.

CONCESSIONS
Karren and Ginny are looking for volunteers to manage the concession stand for the 2020 marching band season. Anyone interested should contact Karren or Ginny. Ideally two people should co-manage the stand. Those interested would shadow Karren and Ginny this fall.

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 card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, March 28th.  Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions.  
Click
HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
April Calendar is available on Skyward and on the www.moonband.org web-site under the Director's Tab

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 3 - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the www.moonband.org web-site (HERE) as well as on the Skyward class site.

Important Summer Dates  
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule (5-9PM)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM

PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department - PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!


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. March 25 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6PM-9PM - M.S. Aux Gym
Tue. March 26 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm

Thu. March 28  – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. March 29 -  Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm - M.S. Aux Gym

Sat. March 30 – Winter Guard TRWEA Championships at Norwin H.S. – Arrive at 11:45AM; Floor Crew at 1:15PM; Perform at 5:27PM
________

Tue. April 2 -  NO SCHOOL
Wed. April 3 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Thu. April 4 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 5 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Sat. April 6 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

________
Tue. April 9 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Thu. April 11 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm

________
Mon. April 15 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - 7PM - H.S.
Tue. April 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 19 -  No School
________

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #1
April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #1
May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #2
May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #2
May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform)

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal

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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

Upcoming Events

View Event Calendar

Color Guard Audition Rehearsal

Color Guard Audition Rehearsal

Orchestra Concert

Color Guard Auditions

Memorial Day Parade Coraopolis

Field Commander Auditions

Alumni fundraiser tentative

New Parent Meeting

New Marcher Camp

New Marcher Camp