Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 31, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ December 31, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, January 17 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Wednesday, January 23 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, January 30 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 6 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
February 9 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Norwin
Wednesday, February 13 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 20 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Thursday, February 21 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, February 23 – Winterguard TRWEA Show Penn Trafford
Wednesday, February 27 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20Saturday,
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 Joe Corbi Fundraiser has begun.  Items to choose from include gourmet pizza, cookie dough, desserts, and pretzels.  Order forms and information sheets are only available in the band room.  Orders are due on January 8, 2019.  As a group, we must sell a minimum of 100 items in order to place this order.

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.  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
If you have not yet paid for your Senior Pole Note, please drop your payment in the box in the band room.  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:

Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, January 17th. 
Click
HERE for the schedule for monthly order and delivery dates.
Contact 
alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
Jazz Band will begin on Tuesday, January 8.  Band personnel list will be posted when we return from Winter Break

Symphonic Band Sectional Dates and Times
Wednesday, January 23 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, January 30 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 6 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 13 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 20 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
Wednesday, February 27 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20

Please plan accordingly for these graded events.

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 - JANUARY

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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
                           PMEA District Orchestra at North Allegheny HS
Fri. Jan. 11 – Winter Color Guard Rehearsal – 6:30 – 10:00PM – M.S. Aux Gym – 1st Fee Due
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Mon. Jan. 14 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 15 – WACA Rehearsal at South Fayette H.S. – 8AM-5PM
                          Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Jan. 16 – WACA Rehearsal and Concert at South Fayette H.S. - 8AM-9PM
Thu. Jan. 17 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. Jan 18 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm
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Mon. Jan. 21 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 22 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Jan. 23 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional - 2:20-3:30
Thu. Jan. 24 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
                         PMEA District Band at Cornell H.S.
Fri. Jan 25 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm
                       PMEA District Band at Cornell H.S.
Sat. Jan 26 - PMEA District Band at Cornell H.S.
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
January 23 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
January 30 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
February 6 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
February 13 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
February 20 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional – 2:20-3:20pm
February 27 – Symphonic Band Woodwind Sectional – 2:20-3:20
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 31, 2018

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