Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 11, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 11, 2019

Monday, November 11 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions
Thursday, November 14 – Who Wants to be a Music Major Seminar – 7:00 PM
Monday, November 18 – Winterguard Meeting 7PM
Thursday, November 21 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Thursday, December 12 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Sunday, December 15 – Pancake Breakfast
Monday, December 16 – Orchestra Concert 7:00PM
Tuesday, December 17 – Winter Concert 7:30PM

REMINDER:  The senior pole notes currently hanging along Tiger Trail will be taken down as soon as football is over. If you haven't already done so, you may purchase yours for $17.00. Please indicate on your check and/envelope that it is for the senior pole note and place your payment in the band room mailbox. Questions? Contact Andrea Ward at

The Pancake Breakfast Flyer can be found HERE.  Please, print and advertise to your friends and family.

The Sarris Holiday Candy Sale forms and payments are due on Tuesday, November 12.  Order forms can be found in the band room or on-line
BROCHURE HEREMASTER SHEET HERE .  Information sheets can be found HERE.  Delivery will be on December 11 - just in time for Christmas!

The Black Friday Bountiful Basket Gift Card Raffle tickets and information sheets have been mailed.  This is a mandatory fundraiser that benefits the Band's General Fund.  All Band students benefit from the General Fund.  Ticket stubs and payments are due on Tuesday, November 26.  The winning ticket is based on the 7:00 pm, PA Daily Number drawing on Friday, November 29, 2019. Information can be found HERE.

Also, Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle.  Please visit our gift card sign-up genius HERE Gift cards can be purchased from your favorite retailer or from our Band Alumni group through their Scripts program  HERE.    

The Chestnut Hill Candle orders have been delivered early!  If you are interested in picking up your candle order earlier than November 21, please contact If you are interested, I can bring your order to the November 14 Band Parent Meeting.

The Moon Area Band Alumni Association's membership drive has been extended through the end of November - there have been several parents who have expressed an interest, but have yet to enroll.   You know who you are!  Please take the time to enroll and join this great extension of the MABPO!
HERE to join or renew your membership.  We are looking forward to a fun year ahead!
Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders are due this Friday, November 15th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, November 21st. Purchase your gift cards for the Bountiful Basket through the Scrip program!

Click HERE for the 2019/2020 season Scrip Schedule. 
For information on how to order Scrip, please click 

The next events to work at Heinz Field will be a Pitt game on Saturday, November 30th with a report time TBD and a Steelers game on Sunday, December 1st with a 1:00 report time. If you’d like to work these games 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!

Student accounts have been updated to include the September 28th and October 6th Aramark events and VAB trip payments for those using student account funds.  For the upcoming payments, please let me know in writing if you would like them deducted from your account.  You can either put a note in the band mailbox or send an email to Thank you!

The Bandstand concession stand is in need of managers for the 2020 marching band season.  Anyone interested should contact Ginny Kotok or Heidi Anderson.  They will be happy to help you learn the ropes!!

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.   Also, car decal order forms can be found HERE

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.

November Calendar
Marching Band – The MAHS Football team was defeated on Friday 11/8, hence we are out of the WPIAL play-offs and marching band is done.  There will not be rehearsals or other performances for Marching Band until April.  Thanks for a great season!

Who Wants To Be A Music Major Seminar – Moon Area School District Music Department is holding their annual, “So You Want To Be A Music Major” on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00pm in the Middle School LGI.  Students in grades 7-12 interested in being a music major in college are invited to attend.  This seminar will include a mixture of topics geared towards students wishing to further their studies in music beyond High School.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Travis Weller from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.

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.  Forms will be distributed Tuesday, October 8 after evening rehearsal explaining the payment process and the Commitment Form.  Forms are due, October 17 and the first payment is due October 24.  
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION!  The forms will also be posted to Skyward and

Daily Events
Mon. 11/11 - PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at Pine Richland H.S. - Depart 2:30pm

Thu. 11/14 - Who Wants to Be A Music Major Seminar - MAMS LGI - 7:00pm
Mon. Nov. 18 - Winter Guard Meeting - MAHS Band Room - 7:00PM

Wed. Nov. 20 - 2nd Virginia Trip Payment Due!
Wed. Nov. 27 - Flute Choir Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm
Thu. Nov. 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Wed. Dec. 4 - Flute Choir Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Thu. Dec. 5 - Moon Township Light Up Night - Small Ensembles to perform - Moon Park - 6pm-9pm


December 15 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – Small Ensembles to Perform 8AM – 12PM
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 ~ November 11, 2019

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