Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 27, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 27, 2019

Sunday, June 2 – Alumni Fundraiser
Monday, June 3 - New Marcher Camp
Monday, June 3 - New Parent Meeting 6PM
Tuesday, June 4 - New Marcher Camp
Wednesday, June 5 - New Marcher Camp

Wednesday, June 5 – Band Parent Board Transition Meeting (Executive Board ONLY)
Friday, June 7 – Graduation Performance

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp
Thursday, June 13 – Cedar Point Trip
Saturday, June 15 – Auxiliary Car Wash

As we near the end of the school year, please consider volunteering at band camp from August 4 - August 9. We need drivers for the trailers, truck crew, as well as chaperones. I promise that you will be glad to have shared in this special time with these amazing kids! Please contact me if you are interested or have questions via email at
Andrea Ward
Cell# 412-505-3803

Student accounts are current through April 25, 2019 for Aramark. Sarris and Popcorn sales are also included. The money for working the mattress fund raiser has also been entered. I do not have the amounts for mattress sales yet. I will enter those as soon as I have them. Thank you.

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

The link to take the RAMP training 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.

It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes!  Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have three car washes scheduled for the summer of 2019, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at True Value,1011 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at True Value,1011 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

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.

We are looking for veteran concession stand workers to work the August 30 home game. It is Senior Rec Night. In the past Senior Parents do not work this night so that they can enjoy their time with their Senior.
If you volunteer to work this game please know that you will not be able to see your child perform the pregame or half time show. These times are our busiest times at the concession stand.
A sign up Genius will be posted later in the summer.

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 was sent out last week to eligible students.  Order Forms for anyone wishing to place an order are HERE and on the website at  If you 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 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.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are 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. 

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:  INFORMATION HIDDEN
(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!

The staff is seeking suggestions for musical selections for the 2019 MB Football show.
Please read directions on the front page of the survey and complete.
Survey will be closed on 5/29/19

Field Commander Auditions
 - May 29 beginning at 3:00pm

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

School Physicals - June 3, 2019 
All Marching Band students must have a school completed for the 2019 Marching Band Season.  The school physical date is June 3.  Students must register with the Athletic Department on pa8to18 and complete the Physical forms indicated.   
-NEW- Students who wish to have their physical completed at school on June 3 must book an appointment time at

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 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

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 
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 27, 2019

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