Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ June 10, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ June 10, 2019

June 10,11,12 – Music Pre-Camp
Thursday, June 13 – Cedar Point Trip
Saturday, June 15 – Auxiliary Car Wash
July 23, 24, 25 – Mini Camps
Saturday, July 27 – Auxiliary Car Wash
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
Tuesday, August 13 – Band Pictures

Saturday, August 24 – Auxiliary Car Wash

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
Note that since you have graduated Moon Band login information will be removed after the Cedar Point trip to make room for our new members.  Please, consider joining the Moon Band Alumni Association and continue to support your favorite band!

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 May 5th for Aramark. They include the mattress sales, hours worked at the mattress sale and the last hoagie fundraiser. If you have a negative balance and plan to go to Cedar Point, your balance must be paid or you will not be able to go. Thank you.

Any parent wanting to work games and events at Heinz Field this year needs to have a current RAMP Certification and fill out the volunteer paperwork. The first game to work will be on Friday, August 9th. Here is the link to complete RAMP:
Please email Heather Park for more information at I am in need of someone to take over the job of Coordinating the Heinz Field Volunteers. It’s a job that can be done completely on your own time. It’s a good way to get involved in the Band Parent Organization. Please reach out to me to find out more!

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.

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.

Students will be fitted for their uniforms on June 10th, 11th, and 12th during music pre-camp.  Please wear shorts that you would wear under your uniforms.  We cannot fit you if you are wearing cargo or denim shorts.

 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. 

Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

Congrats to the Class of 2019!! 


FULL MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL FOR THE 2019 Season begins on Monday, June 10 from 5pm-9pm, and runs June 11 and June 12 from 5pm-9pm.  ALL members (percussion, Color Guard and All WINDS) who are in town should attend.  If you are on vacation, send Mr. Barthen an e-mail stating your absence.  The music for the football show will be main focus, as well as implementing our visual program for the 2019 season.  IF YOU ARE IN TOWN, YOU NEED TO BE AT REHEARSAL!!  Proper footwear is required!!!


Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of on Wednesday, 6/12.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

To save on postage, the summer mailer will be distributed after the Wednesday, June 12 Rehearsal.  This letter, which will be in a 8”x12” envelope, will contain various information pertaining to band camps, compression shirts, and other MABPO forms.  If your child is not at the Wednesday, 6/12 rehearsal, the mailer will be sent via USPS.  All of the information in the mailer will be placed on the web-site in the student documents section.

The compression shirt order is due by Tuesday, July 23.  Only students wind and percussion students who do not have a compression shirt or returning members who would like to purchase a new or additional shirt.  Order form was included in the summer mailer or can be found online.

To aide in each student's success during the upcoming Summer Marching Band Rehearsals, students must start a physical training regimen to endure the hot summer weather.  Students will be advised to get out of the house and become physically active.  This does not mean they need to run a mile with a 50-pound backpack, but this does mean they need to get out of the air-conditioned house, take a walk, play a pick-up game of whiffle-ball, sport, swim, etc.  This will not only acclimate them to the heat and humidity, but also build their physical stamina to endure the weather conditions.  PLEASE, encourage your child to be active in the months leading up to the July/August rehearsals.  Also, nationwide, Planet Fitness is holding their Teen Summer Challenge, which is offering free memberships to teens from 15-18 years old for the summer months.  For more information, click here.  The closest PF to Moon Township is in Bridgeville or the Beaver Valley Mall.

In addition, please begin to organize the items they will need.  A cross-trainer type of tennis shoe.  Sandals, slip on shoes, Converse Chuck Taylor's, or a shoe that CANNOT be tied or lack a good arch are NOT appropriate shoe for marching band.  Also, we also encourage students to bring a 1-gallon water jug with their name located on the jug to be brought to every rehearsal.  Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen for both their lips and body are extremely important for these rehearsals as well.  Students should find a back-pack, drawstring bag, to store all of this "stuff" in order to make it easier to organize their "field bag" for the marching band season.

Diet and hydration is also an important part of being successful in the summer months.  Student should prepare two days in advance in hydrating for marching band rehearsals.  Stay away from pop and carbonated beverages.  Students are also reminded to eat a healthy meal before rehearsals.  Breakfast is important during Home Band Camp.

These little things will go a long way in order for everyone to have a successful summer marching band season.

The MAHS Color Guard will be holding 3 car washes over the summer, Saturday, June 15 from 9AM – 1:30PM at True Value Hardware, Saturday, July 27 from 9AM – 1:30PM and at True Value Hardware, and August 24 from 9AM – 1:30PM at Clearview FCU on University Boulevard.  All color guard members are encouraged to attend to work in order to help earn money toward their student account for band camp.

MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to home band camp on Monday, July 29.

The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. 

In the summer mailer, a link to volunteer to chaperone our performance events was listed.  We need at least 8 chaperones for each event.  Please take a minute to complete the Microsoft form and volunteer for our events.  The link can be also found on the main page  Link for chaperone form:

To accommodate and keep every student safe while dining at Away Band Camp, please forward (via e-mail) to Mr. Barthen, any food allergies that may be needed for food prep while at Away Band Camp.  This information will be forwarded onto the chef at W&J Dining Halls.  The W&J Food Staff do a fantastic job to accommodate food needs while at camp.

Cedar Point Trip - Thursday, June 13 – Report time is 7:00AM

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
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 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)
Week of 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 ~ June 10, 2019

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