Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 1, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 1, 2019

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, April 25 Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, April 27 – For the Love of Music Concert 7PM
Sunday, May 5 – Mattress Sale
Monday, May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Friday, May 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7PM
Monday, May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7PM
Thursday, May 16 - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, May 19 – Instrumental Music Banquet
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance


SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

SAVE THE DATE
Instrumental Music Banquet, May 19th, 5PM – 10PM at The Fez, Aliquippa.  Invitations will be mailed shortly.

FUNDRAISING
Delivery dates for both the NewMe's Pies and Sarris Candies are on April 16.

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.


SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 13th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

BAND CAMP VOLUNTEERS
"Believe it or not, "Away" Band Camp at W&J College is only 4 months away!!! The success of this camp depends heavily on parent volunteers! We need folks to spend the week (for the full week or even for a few days/nights at a time). We need folks to help during the day to keep the kids safe, fed, and hydrated; we need folks to help for evening activities; and we need folks to load/unload and drive the trailers not only to and from W&J but throughout the week while we are there as well.
Please consider volunteering in any way possible. I can confidently state that the memories you make supporting your child during band season will be among your fondest and it all comes to an end too quickly! Please consider using some of your vacation time to show your support and to spend time with your child and other band parents that you wouldn't otherwise. 
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Andrea Ward
President@moonband.org
Cell# 412-505-3803"

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
Thank you to all of the parents who provided pictures of their senior students!  These photos will be utilized in their personal Memory Book and the year-end video.  
Senior parents, this is the final opportunity to send 8 to 10 childhood/baby photos of your child to us for the year-end video and memory book.   We ask that you please provide photos of your child no later than April 1, 2019
 to ensure ample time for their inclusion in year-end materials.
If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books or have any questions, please contact Grace Cap or Georganna Palmer at 
memorybooks@moonband.org.
Thank you!

HEINZ FIELD/PNC PARK
If you are interested in working the Garth Brooks Concert at Heinz Field, now is the time to sign up. You can complete the RAMP Training by going to THIS LINK.  The concert is on Saturday, May 18th and the report time is 3:30. The payout will be $125!  This is a great way to get some money into your band student’s account before this summer’s Band Camp!  Please email Heather Park at hburakow@yahoo.com for more information or to get started.

APRIL PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for April 25th.  We will be *voting on the new 2019/2020 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 
The positions of Treasurer and
VP of Corporate Partnership are still open.  If interested, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org. 
Additionally, if you would like to job shadow the current MABPO president, please contact Andrea at president@moonband.org.

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 Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, April 19th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, April 25th.  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 
April Calendar is available on Skyward and on the www.moonband.org web-site under the Director's Tab

CONGRATULATIONS to the MAHS Winter Colorguard for taking the Bronze Medal in the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Championships competition (TRWEA) on Saturday at Norwin High School.  The group took third place out of nine groups in their classification.  Congrats on a great season!

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT
CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND

Rehearsal #1 – Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 3 - INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm
Concert – Monday, May 13 – 7:00pm

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

PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27 - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC - MAHS AUDITORIUM
Benefit Concert for the MAHS Music Department.  Proceeds go directly to the MAHS Music Department -
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!

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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Tue. April 2 -  NO SCHOOL
Wed. April 3 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Thu. April 4 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
                       Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 5 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Sat. April 6 - PMEA All-State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

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Tue. April 9 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Thu. April 11 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm

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Mon. April 15 - Mattress Sale Fundraising Meeting - 7PM - H.S.
Tue. April 16 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Fri. April 19 -  No School

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Tue. April 23 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal
Thu. April 25 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal
                          Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30-8:30pm
Fri. April 26 - Benefit Concert Dress Rehearsal - 4pm-10pm
Sat. April 27 - Benefit Concert - 7PM

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
April 25 – 6:30-8:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #1
April 30 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #1

May 6 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7pm
May 8 – 2:30-4:30pm - Concert Band Rehearsal #2
May 9 – 2:30-4:30pm - Symphonic Band Rehearsal #2

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 ~ April 1, 2019

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