Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 19, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 19, 2018

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

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

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

Pancake Sign-up Genius

Cookie Baker Sign-ups

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

Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  There has been a time change for the next event to work at Heinz Field.  The Steelers game on Sunday, December 2nd will now begin at 8:20, so the report time will be 5:00.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at to get started.

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

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

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

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. 


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

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

Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30PM-9:15PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 7:30PM – 9:15PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

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

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

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

Calendar of Events
Mon 11/19 – Winter Guard Meeting – 7PM – H.S. Band Room

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

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

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

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

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


 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
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 for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
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 if you have any questions.

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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 19, 2018

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