Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 29, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 29, 2019

Monday, July 29 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM - arrive early to drop off forms!
July 29 - August 2 – Home Band Camp
August 4 – 9 – Away Band Camp
Tuesday, August 13 – Band Pictures
Thursday, August 15 – Symphonic Band Tux & Gown Fittings
Tuesday, August 20 – Teacher In-Service Performance

Thursday, August 22 Band Parents Meeting
Saturday, August 24 – Auxiliary Car Wash

Brief Away Band Camp Chaperone Huddle - July 29th Immediately Following Parent Meeting  
If you have volunteered to chaperone during Away Band Camp at W&J College I'd like to meet very briefly immediately following the parent meeting next Monday to go over some basic details prior to camp. Hope to see you there! - Andrea 

It's that time of year again! We need your donations for Away Band Camp to help us keep the kids energized and hydrated while they are hard at work that week. Please review the sign up genius HERE and commit to contributing what you can. You will need to deliver your donated item(s) to the student entrance when dropping off your child in the morning before we leave for camp. These items are provided during breaks throughout the day and evening and are very much appreciated by all the kids! Thanks in advance for your generosity and support!

Away Band Camp Chaperone Volunteers - If you plan on volunteering during away band camp as a chaperone or truck crew/drive and haven't already done so, PLEASE complete the online sign-up ASAP either via the QR code or link provided by Mr. Barthen in the packet that was sent home with your child during "mini camp". Remember to briefly indicate when you are available to join us in the comments area provided if you don't plan on staying the entire week. This will help immensely in reserving rooms and ensuring that we have enough chaperone coverage to span the entire 24 hours of each day. If you've contact Andrea Ward about chaperoning, either via phone, email, or text but haven't signed up electronically, please do so to assist in keeping information in a centralized location.

We will need 6 or 8 parent chaperones (we must have your clearances) to ride the buses with the kids to W&J College on Sunday, August 4th. You will be driven directly back to the high school immediately after the kids exit the buses at W&J. Please contact Andrea Ward if you are willing to volunteer in this capacity at or via text message at 412-505-3803.


MABPO is trying something a little different this year.  To purchase apparel, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!


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:

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, August 30, 2019
A Celebration for our 2020 Band Graduates and their families is just around the corner!  Please consider helping out with food, drinks or your time.  All are greatly appreciated!  SIGN UP HERE
Invitations were sent out July 26th and are available online HERE.  Parents of Seniors and Senior students are required to RSVP to this event with the form HERE.  This will be a great celebration!  See you there!

Student accounts have been updated to include Aramark events through July 5. Thanks to the Aramark parents for their patience!  

Once again our Auxiliary Carwash was  a success due to the participation and generosity of our band families and community! Thank you for your time and support. It was greatly appreciated. 
Please, mark your calendars for the event in August:
                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.

 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! 

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.

Please contact Maria Sacherich 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.

If you are interested in working games at Heinz Field this season to build up your student’s account, please send in your paperwork ASAP! 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.

August Calendar is available online.
Couple important reminders regarding home camp.
 - Everyone must eat breakfast before attending camp.
 - Shoe Fittings are on Monday after rehearsal in choir room (3pm) bring forms and money
 - Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate
 - All forms are due on Thursday, August 1.

 - Band Handbook
 - Band Camp Bill/Student Account Statement
 - Band Shoe Order Form
 - Band Camp Self Medication Form
 - Band Medical Form

Please be on the look-out for these forms!

MASD School Board and Administration has implemented a new hold harmless agreement to be utilized when a parent would pick-up their own child from an event, such as after away band camp.
The Hold Harmless Release can be found in the band handbook, which your child will receive during the week of 7/22.  Along with this form, the School District is requiring proof of automobile insurance be included onto this form.

Please return this form with a copy of your automobile insurance declaration by August 1 to the band office.
This will be the band's copy of this form and will be kept on file for the entire school year.  You will/may need to complete the same form for the Athletic Department and other activities.

Away Band Camp Room Sign-ups

Rooming sign-up cards will be distributed tomorrow 7.29 at home band camp and will be due on Tuesday, 7/30 by 4:00pm. Following guidelines will apply for sign-ups
Please make sure you have the correct card, girls are the pink cards, boys are the blue card.
     - Students should communicate with friends to ensure they are not listed on two cards. COMMUNICATE!
     - Duplicate names will be assigned a room on the first card in stack.
     - Each room must have 6 students for boys and 4 students for girls
     - Open or Blank spots on the cards will be filled.
     - Students not signed up for a room will be assigned at random.
     - After cards are submitted, NO CHANGES!!
     - CARDS DUE Tues. July 30 BY 4PM to Mr. Barthen

Students will need to memorize all music in which the marching band will perform for either halftime or pregame; This includes all of the Competition Show Music (Mvt. 1, 2 & 3), Carry On MyWayward Son, Shake, Atomic Dog, High HopesAlma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, and Fight Song.  Students will be tested on these selections beginning early September, (9/7 - 9/11),  Each student will be given a testing date and will be paired up into a small ensemble with like and unlike instruments.  Students are encouraged and will be more successful if they START NOW memorizing music rather than cramming at the last minute.  Memorizing methods include breaking sections down to be memorized, repetition, closing your eyes and playing the selection, only using your music as a helpful tool, etc.  PARENTS: Please implore that your child start memorizing their music NOW, it will reduce the stress, tears, and will keep you from hearing the Fight Song at 4AM before the day of their test.

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:
As of July 29, we only have 28 chaperones signed up, DATES STILL IN NEED ARE 9/13; 9/14; 9/28.

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.  Deadline is Monday, July 29.


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.

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!
UPDATE 7/29 - Competition Opener and Ballad, Sound files to practice to are uploaded; 4 out of 4 football selections and summer mailings documents are uploaded to the Student's Tab.

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.

MASD Central Office Administration has asked the marching band to kick-off the teacher school year with a brief performance at MAHS Auditorium on Tuesday, August 20.  If you are in town and are available, please make every effort to attend.  Additional information will be released closer to the date.

The MAHS Color Guard will be holding one final car wash this summer. The next wash will be on 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.

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. 

Symphonic Band Tux & Gown Fittings - Thursday, August 15 - 4PM

Tux and Gown fitting for new members or those students who need an new tux/gown.  Paperwork will be e-mailed to those new members and can be found on in the Director's Folder.

The marching band will be traveling to Virginia Beach in April of 2020 to perform.  Numerous fundraisers are available to off-set the costs of this trip.  Please start now in order to alleviate some of the financial burden of this trip.

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)  (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
August 15 – Symphonic Band Tux & Gown Fitting

August 17 – Production Rehearsal - 8AM-4PM
August 20 - Marching Band In-Service Day Performance - 8AM-9:30AM - MAHS

Week of August 19 - Regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule - 5pm-9pm (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
Week of 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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