Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 1, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 1, 2017

Next Parent Meeting is Thursday, May 11th
Banquet RSVPs were due last Friday

Our final fundraiser of the school year is underway.  The hoagie and pepperoni roll sale runs from April 25th to May 11th. The delivery date will be on May 24th.  Information and order forms are available online or in the classroom. The correct prices are $9.00 per hoagie and $3.50 per pepperoni roll. *Georganna Palmer has collected many containers left behind at either the pancake breakfast or the spaghetti dinner. If you are missing a container, contact her at or come to the May 11th Parent meeting as she will bring them to the meeting.

2017 Instrumental Music Banquet at the Fez
We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Instrumental Music Banquet on May 21st.  Thank you to everyone who RSVP'd. We will see you there!

Thanks to all seniors who submitted scholarship applications and essays.  Scholarship winners will be announced at the banquet. Good luck, seniors!

Help Needed ~ Upcoming Concerts
Parent volunteers are needed to accept donations at the door for the following concerts:
Symphonic Band & Concert Band Spring Concert, Monday, May 8th (6 volunteers) - Please contact Sherri at if you are able to volunteer from 6:00PM-7:00PM. 
Orchestra Concert, Thursday, May 18th (4 volunteers) - Please contact Sherri at if you are able to volunteer from 6:00PM-7:00PM.
Formal Wear
In the event that your child will not be wearing their formal wear next school year, you may wish to consider listing it on our Formal Wear Re-Sale List. In early September, all parents purchasing formal wear for their students will be made aware of it.  If you’re interested in taking advantage of the Listing, please contact Denise Wolf at or phone her at 412-580-3147.

Summer Help Needed!
We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2017-18 marching band season:
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 during Music Camp (6/19/17 - 6/21/17).

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 zigzag stitch on a sewing machine, and provide sewing machine.  Hemming is done at home after signing out each uniform – they are then returned upon completion.  All hemming must be completed by the end of July due to away band camp and the Kennywood Parade.  Hemming can start with the June fittings over Music Camp (6/19-6/21).
Cutting Crew: No Experience Needed!  Training will be provided.  The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts together for our flag sewing crew.  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 are required! 
Help in these areas is most urgent at this time.  Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at or 412-580-3147. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank You!

Upcoming Events at Heinz Field
**The only summer event this year will be the U2 concert on June 7th. ServSafe will not be mandatory for the summer concert- only a valid TEAM or RAMP training. ** If you are interested, you can complete the RAMP training online at . The fee to complete the class online is $10. If you are interested in volunteering for the U2 concert. Please email Heather Park for more information at

Alumni News
Reminder – Don’t forget your Graduates - Gift Cards are the perfect gift!!  Orders are due by Friday, May 5th for delivery at the Band Parent Meeting on May 11th.  This will be the last order before graduation. Click HERE to access Scrip order form. Contact Cindy if you have questions at or text her at 724-494-4038.

The Moon Area Band Alumni Association will be sponsoring a “Picnic in the Park” on Sunday, June 4th at Moon Park (Apollo Pavilion) in conjunction with the Moon Area Music Departments “Concert in the”.  More details to follow. Visit us on Facebook:

Band Director’s Comments, Mr. Nick Barthen
May Calendar Click HERE
Dress rehearsals for the spring concerts have been scheduled with the following ensembles:
Concert Band and Percussionists who perform with Concert Band
Rehearsal - Wednesday, May 3 - 2:30 - 4:30PM
Concert - Monday, May 8 - 7PM

Symphonic Band and Percussionists who perform with Symphonic Band
Rehearsal #1 - May 2 - 6PM-8PM
Sunday, June 4 - Concert in the Park - Moon Township Park Amphitheater
On Sunday, June 4, the MAHS Music Department will be hosting their Concert in the Park.  The Concert will begin at 5:30PM with the Symphonic Band and Choirs performing. More information will be distributed as we get closer to the date.

The 2017 Summer Rehearsal Schedule has been posted on the site as well as the Ed-Line Class Pages.
Important Dates

Tues. May 2         Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal – 6-8:00PM
Wed. May 3
         Concert Band Rehearsal with Percussionists – 2:30 – 4:30PM
Mon. May 8
          Spring Band Concert - Symphonic Band & Concert Band - 7PM
Wed. May 10
       Field Commander Audition Meeting - 2:30PM - MAHS Band Room

Tues. May 16       New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Wed. May 17       New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM
Thu. May 18
         New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Sun. May 21         Band Banquet at the Fez in Hopewell Township

Mon. May 22        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for All - 6:30 - 8:30PM
Tues. May 23
        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for All - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Wed. May 24        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for All - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Thu. May 25          Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for All - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Fri. May 26            Color Guard Auditions - 5PM – MAHS

Mon. May 29        Memorial Day Parade - Coraopolis
Tues. May 30
        New Band Student Pre-Camp - 6:30 - 8:30PM
    New Parent Meeting - 6:30PM - MAHS Band Room

Wed. May 31       Field Commander Auditions - 3:30PM
       New Band Student Pre-Camp - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Thu. June 1          Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 3:30
          New Band Student Pre-Camp - 6:30 - 8:30PM
          Marching Percussion Auditions - 6PM - MAHS Band Room

Sun. June 4          Concert in the Parks - 5:30PM - Moon Township Park Amphitheater - Symphonic Band and Choir

Fri. June 9            Graduation - All Instrumental Students Perform - 6PM
Tues. June 13
       Voluntary Fun Trip to Cedar Point
2017 Fall Saturday Schedule
Wed. Aug 9          Kennywood Parade
Sat. Sept 16
          BOA at Canton Hall of Fame Stadium
Sat. Sept
23          Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Show
Sat. Oct 14
           PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S.
Sat. Oct 21
           PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.

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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 1, 2017

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