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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 11, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 11, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
June 18-20 - Full Rehearsal for 2018/2019 Marching Band at MAHS – 5pm-9pm
Saturday, June 23 – Aux Car Wash @ Autozone
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium

July 17-19 - Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19 -Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19 -Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27 - Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED
Thursday, August 23 - Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM

DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL SHOW - June 28, 2018
Parents and students - we need your help!!!
Please come and volunteer your time on Thursday, June 28th
, as the MABPO, Gateway Band Boosters, and Staff host the upcoming DCI "Innovations In Brass" show to be held at Tiger Stadium.  (Due to the stadium construction at Gateway High School, the GBBs are unable to host this annual show as they originally planned.)  Please
click HERE to volunteer (note specific assignments for Parents and Students).  If you have any questions, contact president@moonband.org  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Unfamiliar with DCI?  Click 
HERE to view their website, purchase tickets, and share the information with your friends and family!  

AUXILIARY CAR WASH
It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There is an upcoming concert at Heinz Field on Saturday, June 30th.  The report time will be 2:30 PM and the payout will be $120.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

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

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current including the last hoagie sale. They also include Pirate games worked through May 20. I have also applied the $100 winter guard dues to the winter guard accounts.

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

UNIFORMS
Attention Band Members:

We will be trying on, fitting and altering uniforms as necessary during the early practices of summer. In order to fit you properly, please wear appropriate clothing such as what you would typically wear under your uniform.  Cargo or denim shorts are not allowed under the uniform as they may compromise the fabric, and if worn will delay the process. Thank you!

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 


CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
MAHS MARCHING BAND REHEASAL – June 18-20- 5pm-9pm
FULL MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL FOR THE 2018 Season starts onMonday, June 18 from 5pm-9pm, and runs June 19 and June 20 from 5pm-9pm.  ALL members (percussion, Color Guard and All WINDS) who are in town should attend.  If you are on vacation, send Mr. Barthen an e-mail stating your absence.  The music for the football show will be main focus, as well as implementing our visual program for the 2018 season.  IF YOU ARE IN TOWN, YOU NEED TO BE AT REHEASAL!!  Proper footwear is required!!!

Color Guard Car Wash
The MAHS Color Guard will be holding 2 car washes over the summer,Saturday, June 23 from 9AM – 1:30PM at AutoZone on University Boulevard, and Saturday, August 25 from 9AM – 1:30PM at Clearview FCU on University Boulevard.  All color guard members are encouraged to attend to work in order to help earn money toward their student account for band camp.

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

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

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

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

Calendar of Events -

________
June 11-15 – Off
________
June 18 – 20       Full Rehearsal for 2018/2019 Marching Band at MAHS – 5pm-9pm

________
June 25 – 30 – Off
________
July 2 – 6 – Off
________
July 9 – 14 – Off
________

Future Dates
June 18 – 20    Full Marching Band Rehearsal – 5PM -9PM
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

August 23       Full Marching Band Rehearsal 5 PM – 9PM

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz 
Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. HERE is a list of private lesson teachers in the area. 
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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 Laura Wall
Suite 12, PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

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

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

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

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

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

 

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 4, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 4, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform
Friday, June 8 – Band Jacket orders due
Saturday, June 23 – Aux Car Wash @ Autozone
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium

July 17-19 - Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19 -Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19 -Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27 - Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day
Saturday, August 18 - PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED

DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL SHOW - June 28, 2018
Parents and students - we need your help!!!
Please come and volunteer your time on Thursday, June 28th
, as the MABPO, Gateway Band Boosters, and Staff host the upcoming DCI "Innovations In Brass" show to be held at Tiger Stadium.  (Due to the stadium construction at Gateway High School, the GBBs are unable to host this annual show as they originally planned.)  Please
click HERE to volunteer (note specific assignments for Parents and Students).  If you have any questions, contact president@moonband.org  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Unfamiliar with DCI?  Click 
HERE to view their website, purchase tickets, and share the information with your friends and family!  

AUXILIARY CAR WASH
It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There will be a Grand Slam Training on Tuesday, June 12th at 5:00 PM for anyone interested in this opportunity.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

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

YEAR END DVD (ORDER DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 8th)
The Moon Area High School 2017-2018 Instrumental Program Year-End DVD is now available for order. This DVD showcases multiple performances and concept videos highlighting the ensembles of the instrumental music department. This video will allow you and your student to re-live memories from the 2017-2018 school year and is the perfect gift for out-of-town friends and family. The cost for each DVD is $20, and orders are due no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
 
Please click
HERE to view the order form and follow the instructions for how to order your copy. 

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Student accounts are current including the last hoagie sale. They also include Pirate games worked through May 20. I have also applied the $100 winter guard dues to the winter guard accounts. I will be checking the band room mail box for payments again on Monday evening. Thank you.

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

BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDERS DUE THIS FRIDAY!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Both
Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 


CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

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


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

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
      - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
Report Time:  6:00 PM – USE Natatorium Entrance ONLY!! – All other entrances will be locked.
          - Rehearsal begins at 6PM, please plan for traffic/walking, etc.
          - Ceremony begins at 7:30PM
          - Commencement should end approximately 9:30 PM

Attire: Dress Clothes – Ceremonial Appropriate! 
                Men – Shirt and Tie, dress pants, dress shoes and matching socks.
                Women – Dress, skirt, pants, blouse, dressy flip-flops, sandals
NO jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, etc.

IMPORTANT
          -
Students driving will enter the Beaver Grade Road Entrance and park at the middle school, in the back-parking lot along Beaver Grade Road.   Students must have obtained a PARKING PASS from their respective ensemble teachers PRIOR to graduation and must be displayed in your vehicle!
          -
Parents dropping students off must enter the Beaver Grade Road Entrance and drop off students at the Middle School Parking Lot.  Students will walk, SAFELY, to the High School Natatorium Entrance!

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

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

Calendar of Events -

________
Mon. June 4 – New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
                                 New Parent Meeting – 6PM – MAHS Band Room
Tue. June 5 –   New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                       Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 6 - New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
June 7              Color Guard Auditions – 5:30 – MAHS
June 8              Graduation – All MAHS Instrumentalists Perform – 6PM report – Dress up; shirt tie, etc.
________
June 11-15 – Off
________
June 18 – 20       Full Rehearsal for 2018/2019 Marching Band at MAHS – 5pm-9pm

________

Future Dates
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day
August 18        PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED


ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz 
GRADUATION ITINERARY
Report Time: 6:00 PM - Natatorium Entrance ONLY!! – All other entrances will be locked.
Rehearsal begins at 6PM, please plan for traffic/walking, etc.
Commencement should end between 9:15 & 9:30 PM

Attire:  Dress Clothes – Ceremonial Appropriate! NO JEANS, NO TENNIS SHOES, NO SHORTS!
                Men 
– Shirt & Tie, dress pants, dress shoes and matching socks
                Ladies – Dress, skirt, dress pants, blouse, dressy sandals

*Information regarding parking and drop-off will be sent out next week*

Graduation Music can be found on the Moon Learning Center (MLC) section of Skyward under Student Access. Please be practicing your music and preparing! 

You are excused from graduation if you are marked with an “X” on Skyward. If you have not contacted me, Graduation is a MANDATORY Performance and will be graded. 

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BRAVO to the MAHS Orchestras, the Spring Concert was a success! I am proud of your performance and all of your hardwork. Congratulations on another successful year of orchestra performances! Jim Rodgers was thrilled with the entire concert and very grateful for the experience of performing with the Honors Orchestra. Please, if any parents have pictures from the performance, especially with Jim Rodgers, please send them to me ASAP. Thank you!
Thank you to all of the students who helped me to tune the elementary orchestras this year, especially the Spring Concerts! The students were excited to see you and it was a great help.  
Congrats to the Honors Orchestra students who performed for the MAHS Honors Night held the evening of May 10th, 2018. We received many compliments from faculty, staff, and parents who expressed their apprecation for your performance. 

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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. HERE is a list of private lesson teachers in the area. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 28, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 28, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, May 30 – Field Commander Auditions
Monday, June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions

Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium


AUXILIARY CAR WASH
It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There will be a Grand Slam Training on Tuesday, June 12th at 5:00 PM for anyone interested in this opportunity.  I am also looking for volunteers for the game on Thursday, June 7th.  The report time is 10:00 AM and the payout will be $85.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

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

YEAR END DVD
The Moon Area High School 2017-2018 Instrumental Program Year-End DVD is now available for order. This DVD showcases multiple performances and concept videos highlighting the ensembles of the instrumental music department. This video will allow you and your student to re-live memories from the 2017-2018 school year and is the perfect gift for out-of-town friends and family. The cost for each DVD is $20, and orders are due no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
 
Please click
HERE to view the order form and follow the instructions for how to order your copy. 

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the hoagies. 

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

BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDER TIME!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Both Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.


Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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
- May
________
Tue. May 29 – New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. May 30 – Field Commander Auditions – 3:30pm – H.S. Band Room
                          New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Thu. May 31 – Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS Band Room
                           New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
________
Mon. June 4 – New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm

                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
                                 New Parent Meeting – 6PM – MAHS Band Room
Tue. June 5 –   New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                       Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 6 - New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
June 7              Color Guard Auditions – 5:30 – MAHS
June 8              Graduation – All MAHS Instrumentalists Perform – 6PM report – Dress up; shirt tie, etc.

Future Dates
June 18 – 20    Full Marching Band Rehearsal – 5PM -9PM
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. We have a list of private lesson teachers in the area, if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Martz. 


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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 21, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 21, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30 – Field Commander Auditions
Monday, June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions

Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium


FUNDRAISING
We have completed our fundraising efforts for the year.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraising initiatives to raise money for both their Student Accounts and the General Fund.

AUXILIARY CAR WASH
It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  I am looking for volunteers for the game on Friday, May 25th.  The report time is 5:30 pm and the payout will be $115!  I am also taking volunteers for the upcoming Kenny Chesney Concert at Heinz Field on June 2nd.  The report time is 2:30 and the payout is $120.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

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

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC BANQUET
A wonderful night was had by all who attended last night's Instrumental Music Banquet. Thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes to make our annual event possible.  Congratulations to our Class of 2018!  Good luck to our 46 graduating seniors!
Congratulations to Kiera Wood and Christina Von Stein, the 2018 recipients of the 12th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards.   

YEAR END DVD
The Moon Area High School 2017-2018 Instrumental Program Year-End DVD is now available for order. This DVD showcases multiple performances and concept videos highlighting the ensembles of the instrumental music department. This video will allow you and your student to re-live memories from the 2017-2018 school year and is the perfect gift for out-of-town friends and family. The cost for each DVD is $20, and orders are due no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
 
Please click HERE to view the order form and follow the instructions for how to order your copy.
 

MABPO MEMBERSHIP
The motion to amend the MABPO, Inc. By-Laws to remove the MAHS Orchestra from the groups supported by the MABPO was displayed in the April 12, 2018 Minutes.  The vote to amend the by-laws passed at the May 17, 2018 Meeting.  This membership update will commence on July 1, 2018.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the hoagies. 

ALUMNI NEWS:
Congratulations to Max Keppel, the 2018 recipient of the Moon Area Band Alumni Association, Paul Von Stein Memorial Scholarship.
Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.


BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDER TIME!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Order forms were sent out to these students the Week of May 7th. Students will have the opportunity to try on jackets on Memorial Day before departing for the Sewickley Parade.  It is STRONGLY recommended a parent be present for the fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit.  Recommendations will be made on size, but it is ultimately the student and parent's decision on what size to order.  Jacket sizing is unisex.  Both Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.


Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event. Itinerary can be found on Skyward as well as the moonband.org documents page.

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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 -
May
_____
Tue. May 22    Orchestral Wind Rehearsal w/full Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wed. May 23   Orchestra Concert – 7:00 PM
________
Mon. May 28 – Memorial Day Parade – Report at 8AM – No hats or gloves; Black socks, black band shoes, jacket, pants, and gauntlets; FIX HAIR
Tue. May 29 – New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. May 30 – Field Commander Auditions – 3:30pm – H.S. Band Room
                          New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Thu. May 31 – Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS Band Room
                           New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
________
Mon. June 4 – New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm

                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
                                 New Parent Meeting – 6PM – MAHS Band Room
Tue. June 5 –   New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                       Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 6 - New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
June 7              Color Guard Auditions – 5:30 – MAHS
June 8              Graduation – All MAHS Instrumentalists Perform – 6PM report – Dress up; shirt tie, etc.



Future Dates
June 18 – 20    Full Marching Band Rehearsal – 5PM -9PM
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day



ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Spring Concert Rehearsals and Concert
HONORS ORCHESTRA
       - Rehearsal #2 – May 21st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

STRING ENSEMBLE

     - Rehearsal #2 – May 22nd from - 2:30 – 3:45PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

ALL COMBINED ORCHESTRAS
INCLUDING Band Members who perform with orchestra

     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report time 6:30

Orchestra students have several upcoming performances in the next few weeks:

- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performance and will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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The Honors Chamber Strings Ensemble will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor, with James Rodgers at our Spring Concert. I have included his bio HERE. After the winter concert, he was so taken by the Corelli Christmas Concerto performance that he asked if he could perform with our students in the Spring. James is a wonderful advocate for music education and is thrilled to be working with our students here at Moon. 
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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. We have a list of private lesson teachers in the area, if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Martz.
 


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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 14, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 14, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, May 17 – Instrumental Parents Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Instrumental Music Concert 7PM
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30 – Field Commander Auditions
Monday, June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions

Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform

FUNDRAISING
HOAGIES
The delivery date for J&J Enterprises Hoagies and Pepperoni Roll is Wednesday, May 16.  Please contact fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com.  There will be a Training Session on May 23rd at 5 PM at PNC Park.  Let Heather know if you’d like to attend.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  Heather is now taking volunteers for the upcoming Kenny Chesney Concert at Heinz Field on June 2nd.  The report time is 2:30 and the payout is $120.  Please consider joining us and please contact Heather with any questions!

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

MAY PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for May 17th.  We will be *voting on future MABPO Membership. 
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 

Please stay informed and keep up to date with your organization.  As always, monthly Meeting Minutes are posted on www.moonband.org

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the spaghetti dinner. 

ALUMNI NEWS:
Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 17th.  Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at alumni@moonband.org

BAND/ORCHESTRA JACKET ORDER TIME!
Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Order forms were sent out to these students the Week of May 7th. Students will have the opportunity to try on jackets on Memorial Day before departing for the Sewickley Parade.  It is STRONGLY recommended a parent be present for the fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit.  Recommendations will be made on size, but it is ultimately the student and parent's decision on what size to order.  Jacket sizing is unisex.  Both Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at moonband.org (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

FORMAL WEAR
It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at uniforms@moonband.org to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  

*** HELP NEEDED***

 
UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – 
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The fitting crew fits our band members to a predetermined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available Must be available during Music Camp (June 18th—20th).

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at uniforms@moonband.org or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at denisewolf13@gmail.com for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.


Memorial Day Parade – 5/28/18
The MAHS Marching Band will be performing in the Sewickley Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  Student report time is 8AM.  We will return back to school by 12pm.  This is a graded event.

Symphonic Band Auditions – DUE 5/18
Audition music is available on Skyward or on the “Table of Knowledge” in the Band Room.  Students should record excerpts and submit to Mr. Barthen by 5/18.  Specific details can be found on the audition music.  If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Barthen.

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
     - New members wishing to audition: May 29, May 30,  May 31 – 6pm-8:30pm
     - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Marching Band Percussion Auditions – May 31, 2018 – Sign-up for a time with Mr. Fear
Marching Band Field Commander Auditions
     - Audition Meeting – May 16 – 2:30-2:45 – MAHS Band Room
     - Audition – May 30 – 3:30pm – MAHS Band Room

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
All MAHS Band students are required to perform at the Graduation Ceremony on June 8, 2018.  Report time is 6PM, ceremony begins at 7:30.

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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May
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Mon. May 14   Band Concert – 7pm – MAHS Auditorium
Tue. May 15    No School
Wed. May 16   Field Commander Audition Meeting – 2:30 – 2:45PM
                        Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Thu. May 17    Wind Players Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 3:30 – H.S. Band Room
Fri. May 18      Symphonic Band Auditions Tapes Due – 2:30pm
Sun. May 20    Instrumental Banquet
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Tue. May 22    Orchestral Wind Rehearsal w/full Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm
Wed. May 23   Orchestra Concert
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Mon. May 28 – Memorial Day Parade – Report at 8AM
Tue. May 29 – New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. May 30 – Field Commander Auditions – 3:30pm – H.S. Band Room
                          New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Thu. May 31 – Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS Band Room
                           New Member Color Guard Audition Rehearsal – 6pm-8:30pm

Future Dates
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 4 – New Marching Band Parent Meeting – 6PM
June 7 – Color Guard Auditions
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

ORCHESTRA COMMENTS:  Mrs. Martz
Spring Concert Rehearsals and Concert
HONORS ORCHESTRA
     - Rehearsal #1 – May 16th from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Rehearsal #2 – May 21st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM (with Jim Rodgers)
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

STRING ENSEMBLE

     - Rehearsal #2 – May 22st from - 2:30 – 3:45PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report Time 6:30 PM

ALL COMBINED ORCHESTRAS
INCLUDING Band Members who perform with orchestra

     - May 17th 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
     - Concert May 23rd – 7:00 PM – Report time 6:30

Congrats to the Honors Orchestra students who performed for the MAHS Honors Night held the evening of May 10th, 2018. We received many compliments from faculty, staff, and parents who expressed their appreciation for your performance. 

On April 27th, Dr. Weller from Messiah College was at Moon Area High School and did masterclasses with both orchestra classes. He gave excellent feedback about their playing and invited students to attend the Messiah College Music Camps this summer. If you are interested, please see me for an informational card or visit the Messiah College website for more information!   

Orchestra students have several upcoming performances in the next few weeks:


- Spring Concert is on May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This is a MANDATORY performance and will be graded for ALL Orchestra Students. Report time for all is 6:30 PM to the Orchestra Room. Students will be required to sit in the auditorium to watch the performance. Performance attire is Tux and Gown.

Many students ask for service opportunities and the 4th grade string players would love the help! All of the elementary concerts are listed below, if you child would like to help tune and warm-up with the 4th graders before their concert, they will receive service hour credit. This is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for me and the students during elementary spring concerts. Please let Mrs. Martz know if you are interested – report at 6:15PM to the elementary school, concerts begin at 6:30 PM should end by 7:20 PM. 

May 16th – Broooks
May 17th – Allard
May 21st – Bon Meade
May 22nd – McCormick
May 24th – Hyde 
 
Graduation (Seniors, it is almost here!) is on June 8th, 2018. All orchestra students are required to perform at graduation. Some students have mentioned to me going out of town for conferences, music camps and mission work. Please make sure that you are EMAILING me if there is a conflict for graduation. The students that have contacted me are already excused (X) in the grade book. All students are responsible for learning graduation music (including seniors) even if you will not be in attendance. 


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The Honors Chamber Strings Ensemble will be performing the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor, with James Rodgers at our Spring Concert. I have included his bio HERE. After the winter concert, he was so taken by the Corelli Christmas Concerto performance that he asked if he could perform with our students in the Spring. James is a wonderful advocate for music education and is thrilled to be working with our students here at Moon. 
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Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. We have a list of private lesson teachers in the area, if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Martz.
 


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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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