Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 10, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 10, 2018

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

ALUMNI NEWS:

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

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

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

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


Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

3. Submit the required information

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

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

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

3. Register on website

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

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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 10, 2018

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