Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 2, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 2, 2019

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
Friday, October 4 – Football vs. Peters Township
Thursday, October 10 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Friday, October 11 – Football vs. Upper St. Clair 7PM
Saturday, October 12 – PIMBA @ Moon

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped with senior recognition-those who volunteered time and/or donations. Everyone’s help made a memorable evening for the seniors and their families. 

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 who stepped and volunteered to help with  the Bandstand on Thursday August 29 and Friday August 30.  Your efforts made each event a successful one! 
Our next game is Friday September 20. It is Homecoming. Once again we will be in need of people to help set up on Thursday, September 19 and work the Bandstand on  Friday, September 20. 
Since it is Homecoming the band will be playing the Pre-game performance, a modified half time performance and if possible, the competition performance at the end of the game.
If you sign up to help to help with the football game you will only be able to see the competition performance. We will close the stand temporarily to watch the performance and then reopen it for clean up.
Please click on the links below to sign up. Thanks so much !!
Bandstand SET-UP Thursday September 19.
Friday September 20 Bandstand Concession sign up

The September Lottery raffle fundraiser is underway.  Winning numbers are based on the 7:00 pm PA lottery drawing each night in September. 

Our hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser is underway.  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, September 7th. The report time is 7:30 AM.  After that will be the first Steelers game on Sunday, September 15th with a 9:30 AM report time. 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 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). Notes are $17.

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

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

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. 

Please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 if you can help.

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
Contact if you have any questions. 

September Calendar
Tues. Sept. 3 and Thurs. Sept 5 - FULL Marching BandRehearsals 6pm-9pm 
The band will not be traveling to Pine Richland for this Friday's 9/6 football game.

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 will perform at 3:30PM.   Report time is 7AM.  This is an all day event with a tentative return time at 3AM 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. 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
– In stadium at 7:15 PM 
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 -
5pm-9pm – MAHS
                     Homecoming Parade on MAHS Campus - 5pm-6:45pm
Fri. 9/20 - Football Game vs. Chartiers Valley H.S. - HOME - Report time 5:30pm – Homecoming

Mon. 9/23 - Guard and Percussion Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Tue. 9/24 - Wind Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Thu. 9/26 - FULL Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Fri. 9/27 - Football game @ Bethel Park H.S. - Away - 7:30 - kick-off
Sat. 9/28 - BOA at Columbus, OH; Report 7AM; Perform - 3:30PM. 

September 14 - Norwin PIMBA Show; Report time is 12:15PM; 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 ~ September 2, 2019

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