Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 13, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 13, 2019

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

Monday, June 3 - New Marcher Camp
Monday, June 3 - New Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, June 4 - New Marcher Camp
Wednesday, June 5 - New Marcher Camp

Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance

**BAND CAMP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED** Thank you to those folks who have already contacted me to volunteer for all or part of band camp! We can't do this without you! We are still in need of chaperones and BOTH truck drivers and truck crew. I currently have only one band dad who is, so far, only available for a portion of the week (Sunday-Wednesday). Please consider taking a week (or partial week) vacation from work to volunteer for August 4 - 9, 2019. Although not a relaxing beach vacation, I have found it to be a week in which great friendships and priceless memories are made. Our child's time in band goes by quickly. Away Band Camp is a great and rare opportunity to support our kids in a way that they truly appreciate and will never forget! Contact Andrea Ward at with your availability!
Andrea Ward
Cell# 412-505-3803

As many of you know, we have been seeking someone to fill the Treasurer position on our Executive Board. Karren Wood has been nominated to do so. This leaves a vacancy in the Concessions Committee Co-Chair position. Heidi Anderson has been nominated to fill the position. If you are interested or wish to nominate someone else for these positions please let Andrea Ward know ASAP via email at Please plan to attend June's Band Parent meeting. If we have a quorum, we will vote for these two positions. This will allow us to have a complete transition in July as scheduled.

Our last fundraiser of the season is J&J Enterprises hoagie and pepperoni roll sale.  Order form are available on line HERE and in the band room.  Please, note that some prices have changed.  Order forms and payments are due on May 14.  Delivery will be on May 22.

All parents of Band students have the unique opportunity to earn money for their students by working games and events at Heinz Field. All necessary training can be done from home on your own time, and you can get started right away. The money you earn can be used for Away Band Camp, uniform expenses, and any upcoming band trips. Plus it’s a great way to meet your fellow Band Parents! To learn more about this program please contact Heather Park at

Our next Grand Slam training will be on May 15th from 4:45-9pm. Everyone will enter through 24 hr security/employee entrance for this where Chris Zema will be with clipboards to have them sign in on.
Aramark will be holding a RAMP alcohol training class on May 14th at PNC from 6-9pm for people who would prefer to take it in person rather than online.
The link to take this online is below but everyone must attend Grand Slam to work as it is required by the Pirates.
-This training is renewed every 2 years. If you chose to take the course online, there is a fee of $10.
-When asked for the LID # please enter 48228 and send us a copy of your CERTIFICATE when training course is completed.

Please email Chris Zema at  for more information or to get started.

The Band Stand Concession Stand is in need of a new propane gas grill. If you are replacing yours this spring or summer and the one you are replacing is in great working condition, please consider donating your grill to the Band Stand. We will pick it up from your house. Thank you!
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.

Anyone (hint, hint Seniors!) wishing to sell their unused formal wear (gowns, tuxes: packages or by the piece) may contact Heather Park at to provide item details. In the fall when formal wear ordering takes place, the Re-sale List can be checked on the band website (Documents section) to see if anything is available in a student's size before purchasing new items. Transactions will be handled strictly between the buyer and seller.

 It’s time to place our annual order!  Ordering information is being sent out the Week of May 13th to newly eligible students.  If you do not receive one, and you think you should have, or you would simply like to make an order and have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at  It is STRONGLY recommended a parent be present for the fitting if there are questions on how the jacket will fit.  Students are also being given the opportunity to purchase Varsity Patches only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  Once mailed out to eligible students, Order Forms will be placed on the website at  The DUE DATE for payment is Tuesday, June 4th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township.   *** 

 UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2019 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

FITTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  Immediate Need.  The fitting crew fits our band members to a pre-determined uniform.  They then make notations of what may need to be altered.  Training will be provided. Must be available during Music Camp (June 10-12th).  Availability during Pre-Camps (July 23rd-25th) will also be needed and greatly appreciated.

HEMMING CREW – Immediate Need.  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, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than mid-August due to the timing of our first Football game.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 10-12th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. 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 is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures on your machine. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed by late September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! 

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, competitions, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and Hemming Crew help are the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Maria Sacherich before this school year ends at (412) 716-2537 for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the others. Your help is appreciated more than you know!!! Thank you!

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. 


Scrip gift card orders will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, May 16th. Contact if you have any questions.  
HERE for information on joining our SCRIP program.

Please see flyer.  RSVP as soon as possible (adults only!).  A limited number of tickets are available.  $25 per person.
First come-first served!!
RSVP to:
Checks made payable to:  Moon Area Band Alumni Association
Mail payment to:  Sherri Von Stein, 215 Oak Highland Drive, Moon Township, PA  15108
(You will receive your entry ticket when payment is received.)
This private event is open to Band Parent Alumni and members of the MABPO.  Hope to see you there!

May_Calendar is available on Skyward and on the web-site under the Director's Tab

Color Guard Audition Information
New Member Audition Rehearsal - May 14, May 15, and May 16 from 6:30 - 8:30
All Member Audition Rehearsal - May 20, May 21, May 22, May 23 from 6-8pm
Auditions - Friday, May 24 beginning at 5:30pm
 - All rehearsals and auditions will take place at the High School.

Field Commander Auditions
Informational Meeting
 - May 15 from 2:30 - 3:00pm
Auditions - May 29 beginning at 3:00pm

New Marcher Camp 
June 3 - June 5 - 6pm-8pm

Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 27 – Coraopolis Parade
The MAHS Marching Band will be marching in the Coraopolis Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27.  The parade begins at 1:30pm.  Report time will be around 11AM.  This is a graded performance for all marching band students.

MAHS GRADUATION - Friday, June 7, 2019

All MAHS Instrumentalist are required to perform at the H.S. Graduation Ceremonies on Friday, June 7.  This is a graded event.

Students are to report to MAHS at 6:00PM to rehearse with the bands & Orchestra.  After a brief break, the ceremony begins at 7:30 and will conclude approximately at 9:30pm.

Attire for this event is dressy ceremonial.

Band Cedar Point Trip - Thursday, June 13
The band's voluntary, fun, Cedar Point trip is scheduled for Thursday, June 13.  We will depart MAHS at 8AM and return around 11:30pm.  Cost of the trip will be around $65.  This includes cost of admission and motorcoach transportation.  This is a fun trip, we will not be performing at Cedar Point.  We will open this trip up to friends who are not in band once we have ensured all band students who would like to attend are secured a spot.  INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AND DISTRIBUTED LATER THIS WEEK. 

Summer 2019 Band Schedule – UPDATE!!
The completed summer band schedule can be found and downloaded on the 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

2019 Fall Saturday Performances
Saturday, September 14 - PIMBA at Norwin
Saturday, September 28 - BOA at COLUMBUS, OHIO - 
Saturday, October 12 - PIMBA at Moon Area H.S.
Saturday, October 26 - PIMBA at Gateway H.S.

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

Mon. May 13 - Spring Band Concert - 7PM – Report 6:15
Tue. May 14 -  Orchestral Wind Rehearsal - 2:30-3:30
                           New Member Color Guard Camp - 6:30-8:30
Wed. May 15 - Field Commander Audition Meeting - 2:30
                           New Member Color Guard Camp - 6:30-8:30

Thu. May 16 -  New Member Color Guard Camp - 6:30-8:30
Sun. May 19 - Band Banquet at The Fez, Hopewell - 5:00pm

Mon. May 20 - Orchestral Wind Rehearsal - 2:30 - 3:00pm
                            Color Guard Audition Rehearsal - 6-8pm
Tue. May 21      Color Guard Audition Rehearsal - 6-8pm
Wed. May 22 - Orchestral Wind Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:30pm
                           Color Guard Audition Rehearsal - 6-8pm
Thu. May 23 - Orchestra COncert - 7:00pm
                          Color Guard Audition Rehearsal - 6-8pm
Fri. May 24 - Color Guard Auditions - 5:30pm

Mon. May 27 - Memorial Day Parade in Coraopolis - 1:30 parade start - 11:00 report time
Tue. May 28 - Marching Band Percussion Auditions at MAHS - Sign-up for time in band room
Wed. May 29 - Field Commander Audition Rehearsals - 3:00pm
Mon. June 3 - New Marcher Camp - 6pm-8pm
                          New Parent Meeting - 6:00PM - H.S. Band Room
Tue. June 4 - New Marcher Camp - 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 5 - New Marcher Camp - 6pm-8pm
Fri. June 7 - Graduation - ALL BANDS AND ORCHESTRA PERFORM - Report time is 6:00pm - Graded Event

June 10 - 2019 Full Band Rehearsal - 5pm-9pm
June 11 - 2019 Full Band Rehearsal - 5pm-9pm

June 12 - 2019 Full Band Rehearsal - 5pm-9pm

June 13 - Voluntary Cedar Point Trip

  • See you July 23

May 13 – Spring Band Concert – 7pm
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade – Coraopolis Afternoon

June 3,4,5 - New Marcher Camp - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
June 7 – Graduation Performance (All Ensembles Perform) – Graded Event
June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp - 5pm-9pm at MAHS
June 13 – Cedar Point Voluntary Trip

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 - 5pm-9pm (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
August 17 – Production Rehearsal
August 19 - Regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule - 5pm-9pm (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
August 26 - Regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule - 
6PM-9PM (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
Oct. 1 - Full Band Rehearsal Tuesdays and Thursdays - 6 PM-9PM


 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
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 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 if you have any questions.

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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 13, 2019

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