Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 15, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 15, 2017

Shop with Scrip orders will be delivered on Wednesday, May 17th at Parent Meeting
Next Parent Meeting this Wednesday, May 17th - 7:00PM

Special Thanks
Thank you to the following parent volunteers who assisted the music staff in distributing programs and collecting donations at last week's Spring Concert:  Karen Chodikov, Nicole Clark, Shea Corsetti, Leslie Davis, Cindy Stathers, and Denise Wolf.  Thank you, ladies!!

2017 Instrumental Music Banquet at The Fez
If you have responded that you will be attending the banquet, but you still owe money, please make payment arrangements with Laura Wall, ASAP -  The Instrumental Music Staff, along with the Parent Organization, look forward to honoring our 2017 graduating class and paying special tribute to all of our band and orchestra students.

The hoagie and pepperoni roll delivery date will be on May 24th from 4:00 – 6:00PM in the high school cafeteria. Please be prompt as items are perishable and we have no way to refrigerate them. If you are available to help sort and distribute the hoagies, please contact *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 17th Parent meeting as she will bring all of them to the meeting.

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

Band & Orchestra Jacket Order Time
Order Forms for Band and Orchestra Jackets have been sent home to newly eligible students. This will include next year's sophomores, next year's freshmen who marched as 8th graders this year, and upper classmen who have completed one year of band or orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to try on jackets on Memorial Day before the Coraopolis Parade. It is STRONGLY recommended that a parent be present for fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit. Size recommendations will be made, but it is ultimately your decision. Jacket sizing is unisex. Both the band and orchestra order forms will be placed on the website at under Info/Forms by next week. The DUE DATE for payment is June 9, 2017. LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED! If you have any questions, please contact Denise Wolf at or by cell 412-580-3147. Payment can be placed in the band mailbox or mailed along with the order form to:  MABPO, 5990 University Blvd., Suite 12, PMB 174, Moon Township, PA  15108.
Click HERE to access Moon Orchestra Jacket Order Form
Click HERE to access Moon Band Jacket Order Form

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
Script orders will be delivered at the Band Parent Meeting on May 17th. 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 Park”.  Click HERE for event details. Visit us on Facebook:

Band Director’s Comments, Mr. Nick Barthen
May Calendar Click HERE
The 2017 Summer Rehearsal Schedule has been posted on the site as well as the Ed-Line Class Pages.
2017 Fall Saturday Schedule
Wed. Aug 9          Kennywood Parade
Sat. Aug 19          Marching Band Rehearsal 8AM-4PM – Drill Designer in town to stage the ballad
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.

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 5:30 with the Symphonic Band and Choirs performing.  More information will be distributed as we get closer to the date.
Cedar Point – June 13, 2017
The MABPO and Mr. Barthen will be sponsoring 2 buses to Cedar Point Amusement Park on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  The cost of this voluntary fun trip is $65.00.  Students will report to the high school at 7AM, departing at 7:30AM, and returning approximately at 11:30PM.  Forms are available in the High School Band Room.
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.

Important Dates & Itineraries
Memorial Day Parade Itineray - Click HERE
Graduation Itinerary - Click HERE
Concert in the Park Itinerary - Click HERE

Tues. May 16       New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM
Wed. May 17       New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM
Thur. May 18       New Student Color Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30PM
Fri. May 19
          Symphonic Band Audition Material DUE
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
Thur. 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 – Report Time is 10:00AM
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

Thur. June 1          Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 3:30PM
                               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 &Choir

Fri. June 9            Graduation - All Instrumental Students Perform – Report Time 6:00PM
Tues. June 13       Voluntary Fun Trip to Cedar Point – Report Time 7:00AM

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Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ May 15, 2017

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