Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ January 28, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ January 28, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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 – 2:20-3:20
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
Our first ever School Spirit Coffee fundraiser is here!  High quality ground or whole bean coffees, loose leaf teas, K-cups, instant drinks, chocolate, and dry-rubs are available.  Information sheets and glossy order forms are available in the band room or you can print your own HERE.  Profit will be approximately 40-45% based on total band sales.  A photo of the special coffee packing is available online.    Order forms are available HERE. Order forms and payments are due on February 12.  Delivery will be on March 6.

The Chocolate Boutique fundraiser began just in time for Valentine's Day!  Items include amazing candy apples, chocolate pretzels, Oreos, and popcorn.  Information flyers and order sheets are available HERE or in the band room.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, January 29.  Delivery will be on Tuesday, February 12.

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in raising money for you Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming season, now is the time to sign up for Grand Slam Training.  The first available session will be on Wednesday, March 6th from 5-9 PM.  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year's trip.  Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips.  I am also looking for one more person to be a Co-Coordinator for the Aramark Fundraising Program.  It's fun and easy and a great way to get involved in the Band Parent Organization.  Please contact Heather Park (hburakow@yahoo.com) to sign up for the training or answer any questions.

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
Students accounts have been updated to include money for shifts worked for the pancake breakfast. I have received the checks for the pancake breakfast tickets at our meeting and they will be deposited this week. I have not received the information on tickets sold by student for the pancake breakfast. Once I receive that information, I will update the students accounts accordingly. Thank you.

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:

Don’t forget the next Scrip gift card order is due February 15th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on the February 21st. Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
Winter Color Guard Chaperones
Parents of Winter Color Guard members wishing to chaperone, please fill out the linked Microsoft form HERE.  You will be notified of the schedule. 

Summer 2019 Band Schedule
Summer Marching Band Schedule will be published very shortly.  We are still waiting on confirmation regarding away band camp at W&J.
 
For planning purposes, below are 2 options of dates for summer band.
 
Option #1
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
August 12 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal
 
Option #2
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
July 16,17,18  – Mini Camps
July 22 - 26 – Home Band Camp
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp
August 5 – Begin regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule
August 17 – Production Rehearsal
 
Again, the above schedule is for planning purposes only, we will forward the schedule once we receive confirmation from W&J on their availability.

MAHS BAND INCLEMENT POLICY
If case of Inclement Weather, and MASD calls one of the scenarios below, this will be the response that the MAHS Band will follow regarding Band Rehearsals before and after school.
 - 2-Hour Delay - After School/Evening rehearsals will still occur. Morning (before school) rehearsals will be canceled.
 - School Day Cancellation  - All after school and evening rehearsals are canceled.
 - Evening Activities Cancellation - All after school and evening rehearsals are canceled.

Please note:  In our ever changing weather in western PA, there may be a sudden burst of snow minutes before rehearsal begins, use your best judgment and communicate with Mr. Barthen.  It is better to miss a portion of rehearsal to wait while the roads are treated than miss the entire rehearsal.

REHEARSAL CANCELLATIONS OR OTHER SPECIAL MESSAGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED ON THE MAHS BAND TWITTER FEED, Skyward CLASS PAGES AS WELL AS THE MAHS BAND WEBPAGEwww.moonband.org.


Symphonic Band Sectional Dates and Times
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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Mon. Jan. 28 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Jan. 29 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Jan. 30 – Symphonic Band WOODWIND Sectional - 2:20-3:30
Thu. Jan. 31 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. Feb. 1 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm
                      PMEA Honors Jazz Festival at North Allegheny H.S.
Sat. Feb. 2 - PMEA Honors Jazz Festival at North Allegheny H.S.
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Mon. Feb. 4 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym

Tue. Feb. 5 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Feb. 6 – Symphonic Band Brass Sectional - 2:20-3:30
Thu. Feb. 7 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. Feb. 8 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm
Sat. Feb. 9 – Winter Guard First TRWEA Show at Norwin H.S. – Perform at 5:42pm;  Students arrive at MAHS 12:45pm
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Mon. Feb. 11 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. Feb. 12 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Feb. 13 – Symphonic Band WOODWIND Sectional - 2:20-3:30
Thu. Feb. 14 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
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Mon. Feb. 18 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
                          NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENTS DAY
Tue. Feb. 19 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wed. Feb. 20 – Symphonic Band WOODWIND Sectional - 2:20-3:30
Thu. Feb. 21 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. Feb. 22 -  Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm
Sat. Feb. 23 – Winter Guard Show at Penn-Trafford
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
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 Band Newsletter ~ January 28, 2019

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