Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 26, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 26, 2019

Friday, August 30 – Football @ MAHS vs. Mars
Friday, August 30 – Senior Recognition Night
Friday, September 13 – Football @ Baldwin HS
Saturday, September 14 – PIMBA at Norwin
Tuesday, September 17 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Thursday, September 19 – Homecoming Parade at MAHS
Friday, September 20 – Football @ MAHS vs. Chartiers Valley
Friday, September 27 – Football @ Bethel Park
Saturday, September 28 – BOA Columbus – ALL DAY

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, August 30, 2019
Remember that Senior Recognition Night is Friday.  Senior parents,  please, refer to the information that was mailed for details.  

Please remember in order to volunteer with anything other than concessions we must have your clearances on file. We’d love to have you and although they may not say it, your student does like to see you involved. Child abuse clearance and Criminal background check is needed for every volunteer, and if you have lived in PA less than 10 years a FBI Fingerprint clearance is also required (this one takes a while to get). Clearances are good for 5 years. Please send copies of your clearances in an envelope into the band room mailbox with your student or email them to Shea Corsetti at

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone signed up to help with concession stand for Senior Rec Night! 
Sign up for the next home game -September 20/Homecoming will be in next week’s newsletter. 
We are still looking for people to shadow Heidi and I to learn the ropes for running the concession stand for the 2020 football season. If interested let us know! 

Thank you to all who have donated snacks for distribution during games and completions.  If you've signed-up to donate snacks for the football and competition season, you can bring them to the school. Please leave them in the band room or uniform room if one of the uniform moms are present and Andrea will retrieve them on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are still some sign-up slots available to donate snacks if you are interested in doing so. Please click HERE if you are able to donate snacks.

The September Lottery raffle fundraiser is underway.  Each student should have received 6 lottery tickets and an instruction sheet either at the band parent meeting or in the mail.  Payments and ticket stubs are due on Thursday, August 29.  Winning numbers are based on the 7:00 pm PA lottery drawing each night in September.  Please contact with any questions or for additional tickets.

Our hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser begins on Tuesday, August 27.  Order forms and information sheets can be found in the band room or HERE.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, September 17.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, September 25 from 3-4:30 pm in the high school cafeteria. 

An updated summary of our fundraisers for the year can be found HERE.  Please note that some dates may change.  Any further changes will be noted in the newsletter.

The next event to work at Heinz Field will be a Pitt game on Saturday, August 31st. The report time is 4 pm. If you’d like to work this game or get more information about earning money through Aramark Fundraising, please contact Heather Park at I am also 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.

Senior Pole notes have been ordered and will be hung along Tiger Trail for the football season. We encourage senior families to purchase their child's pole note to keep as a memento (many use them as a decoration for grad parties). I will advise of price as soon as the final amount has been provided to me but it is typically less than $20.00 so stay tuned. I will also need volunteers to help hang the notes on the light posts once they are received

An email was sent out to the chaperones for this Friday’s game.   Feel free to contact Andrea Ward at or via text/call at 412-505-3803 with any questions.

Student accounts have been updated to include payments made for compression shirts and band shoes. Aramark is current through August 3. Thank you.

Tax-Deductible CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP Opportunity.
A big thank you to our Corporate Partners so far:
Kenny Ross Toyota -
Clearview Federal Credit Union -
Padgett Business Services -
Diane Cleaners -
Be sure to frequent these businesses wherever possible!

 Do you have a local business you’d like to promote, and support a worthy cause at the same time? Perhaps you work for a Corporation that’s interested in participating in community outreach. MAHS Bands kindly asks that you consider becoming a Corporate Partner. There are several levels of sponsorship to suit all budgets. Please visit the link
HERE for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Maria Johnston at

As the summer comes to a close, we send an AWESOME “Thank You” to all the parents, students, businesses, and patrons for making our car wash season a success!!! Color guard appreciates you taking the time to stop and in turn happy to help the community. Looking forward to seeing you next year! 

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!  Squadlocker has extended our group a free shipping code.  Please use POOLPARTY3 for free shipping on your order. 

Also, car decal order forms can be found

Any student who has not paid for their Formal Wear must pay by Friday, September 6th. Payments can be placed in the MABPO mailbox in the Band Room. If there are any questions please contact Heather Park at

 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. 

Scrip gift card orders due September 11th will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Tuesday, September 17th. 
HERE for the schedule for monthly order and delivery dates.
For information on how to order Scrip from the Band Alumni click HERE.

Contact if you have any questions. 

September Calendar
Marching Band Rehearsals are 6pm-9pm on assigned days!

Football Game vs. Mars - Home - 8/30/19 - Senior Recognition Night
Band Report time is 5:30pm

Norwin PIMBA Competition - 9/14/19 - Report time 12:15PM - Perform at 6:30pm; Show concludes at 8:45PM
Norwin has moved their show earlier to accommodate for bands traveling a further distance.  The report time has been moved to 12:15.  The MABPO will feed the students dinner en-route to the show.

Homecoming Parade - Thu. 9/19 - 5pm MAHS
The annual Homecoming Parade will be held at 5PM 

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.

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!.

Bands Of America Competition at Fortress Obetz, Ohio - September 28
The BOA Mid-Eastern regional competition will be held at Fortress Obetz Athletic Complex, which is near Columbus, Ohio.  The band is slated to perform between 3:00PM - 4:15pm.  We will not know our time until closer to the competition.  This is an all day event, with the band arriving at MAHS at approximately 7AM and returning at 2AM Sunday morning.  Please plan accordingly.

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.

Daily Events
Mon. 8/26 - First Day of School
                       Percussion and Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
– Learn Closer Dots
Tue. 8/27 - Wind Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHSLearn Closer Dots
Thu. 8/29 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS – Ensemble Closer Dots
Fri. 8/30 - Football Game vs. Mars - Home - Senior Recognition Night. – Report is 5:30 PM
Mon. 9/2 - No School/No Rehearsal
– Learn Closer Dots
Thu. 9/5 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS – Learn/Ensemble Closer Dots

Mon. 9/9 - Guard and Percussion Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Tue. 9/10 - Wind Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Thu. 9/12 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAHS - 
Fri. 9/13 - Football Game @ Baldwin H.S.
Sat. 9/14 - PIMBA Show at Norwin H.S. - Report 1
2:15PM - performance time 6:30PM; Show ends at 8:45PM
Mon. 9/16 - Guard and Percussion Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. 9/17 - Wind Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Thu. 9/19 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Fri. 9/20 - Football Game vs. Chartiers Valley H.S. - HOME - Report time 5:30pm – Homecoming

Week of August 26 - Regular 2 day per week rehearsal schedule - 6PM-9PM (Mon. Guard & Perc; Tue. Winds; Thu. Full)
September 14 - Norwin PIMBA Show; Performance is 6:30PM
September 28 - BOA Columbus - ALL DAY
Week of Oct. 1
End of season - Full Band Rehearsal Tuesdays and Thursdays - 6 PM-9PM
October 12 - PIMBA Show at Moon Area
October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.
December 16 - MAHS Winter Orchestra Concert - 7:00PM

December 17 - MAHS Winter Band Concert - 


 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 ~ August 26, 2019

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