Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 4, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 4, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday, March 8 – PMEA Regional Band at New Castle HS
Saturday, March 9 – PMEA Regional Band at New Castle 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
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM


FUNDRAISING
The NewMe's Pies order forms and payments are due on Tuesday, March 5. Order forms and information sheets are available HERE and in the band room.  Delivery dates for both the NewMe's Pies and Sarris Candies will remain on April 16.

Our Spring Fling Basket raffle begins this week.  You should receive the tickets in the mail by the end of this week.  Ticket stubs and payments will be due on March 28.  The drawing will be on March 31 for over $300 in gift cards.  Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle HERE.

Our last 3 fundraiser of the school year will be a Pittsburgh Popcorn sale (April 9-30), a mattress sale (Sunday, May 5), and hoagie/pepperoni roll sale April 23-May14).  More information will follow.


SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
Senior parents, please start gathering 8 to 10 childhood/baby photos of your child to share with us for the year-end video and memory book. Expect a letter from the memory book committee this week with instructions on how to submit the photos and the due date to ensure ample time for their inclusion in year-end materials.

If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books that are presented at the band banquet, please contact 
fundraising@moonband.org with any questions or to RSVP

SENIORS
You will be asked to update your Senior Profile in the next week so that it is up to date for the band banquet.  Please, return the forms as soon as possible.

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.  There are available trainings on the following days: March 12th, March 14th, and March 26th.  All of them begin at 4:45 and last until approximately 9:00.  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.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Beginning in February, the Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations for the 2019/2020 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  nominations@moonband.org  before the March meeting.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

President
Treasurer
Secretary
VP of Communications
VP of Concessions
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity


Descriptions for each position can be found in our by-laws but it's always best to speak with those who have been doing it!  Feel free to reach out and ask questions!   Contact information is on the band website. The Officer Responsibilities (job descriptions) for Executive Board committee members are also on the website under the Info Tab - Parent Organization. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

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 now include the money for shifts worked for the pancake breakfast as well as for tickets sold.  They also include events worked for Aramark through January 8, 2019.

CONCESSIONS
Karren and Ginny are looking for volunteers to manage the concession stand for the 2020 marching band season. Anyone interested should contact Karren or Ginny. Ideally two people should co-manage the stand. Those interested would shadow Karren and Ginny this fall.

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 Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, February 21st.  Contact alumni@moonband.org if you have any questions. 
Click HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen 
Jazz Band 2 is cancelled this (3/7) week.  Mr. Barthen must attend the PMEA Region Band Festival at New Castle H.S. after school on 3/7.

Congratulations to the MAHS WInter Color Guard last weekend for placing 3rd at Hempfield H.S. in a tight line-up of competition in the Scholastic Regional A Classification.  The guard will take a two week hiatus due to the spring musical and return to competition on March 23 at East Allegheny High School for their last regular season competition.  TRWEA Championships will be held on March 30 at Kiski Area H.S.

Symphonic Band and Symphonic Band Percussionists -  All-District Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 7PM.  Symphonic Band will perform for this event.  Please make appropriate plans.

All-District Music Concert - Tuesday, March 19, 7:00PM at MAHS Auditorium - Free Concert' Tickets are NOT required.

The MASD Music Department will be holding the 12th Annual District Music Concert.  This will feature ensembles from grades 4-12, representing all school buildings in a continuous musical extravaganza.  The concert coincides with the National Association for Music Education declaring March as Music In Our Schools Month.  Hope to see you there.

Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the www.moonband.org web-site (HERE) as well as on the Skyward class site.

Important Summer Dates  
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 (5-9PM)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM

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. March 4 – Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – Middle School Aux Gym
Tue. March 5 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Thu. March 7 – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
CANCELLED
                            PMEA Region Band at New Castle H.S.
Fri. March 8 -  PMEA Region Band at New Castle H.S.
Sat. March 9 – PMEA Region Band at New Castle H.S.
Sun. March 10 - Musical Tech Day 

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Mon. March 11 - Musical Rehearsal
Tue. March 12 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
                              Musical Rehearsal
Wed. March 13 - Musical Rehearsal
Thu. March 14  – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
                               Musical Show #1
Fri. March 15 -  Musical Show #2
Sat. March 16 – Musical Show #3
Sun. March 17 - Musical Show #4
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Mon. March 18 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6PM-9PM - M.S. Aux Gym
Tue. March 19 – All-District Music Concert - 7PM - H.S. Auditorium
Thu. March 21  – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. March 22 -  Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm - M.S. Aux Gym
Sat. March 23 – Winter Guard Show at Penn-Trafford (again) for Golden Triangles
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Mon. March 25 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6PM-9PM - M.S. Aux Gym
Tue. March 26 – Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm

Thu. March 28  – Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Fri. March 29 -  Winter Guard Rehearsal – 6:30-10:00pm - M.S. Aux Gym

Sat. March 30 – Winter Guard TRWEA Championships at Kiski Area H.S. 
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
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)

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

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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 ~ March 4, 2019

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