Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 25, 2019

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ November 25, 2019

Saturday, November 30 – Pittsburgh Aviary Performance for Small Ensembles
Thursday, December 5 – Moon Township Light Up Night! 6PM

Monday, December 9 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 10 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 2:30-4:00pm
Wednesday, December 11 – Small Ensembles - at Elemenary Concert at MAHS 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 12 - Concert Band and Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsals - 6-9:30pm

Thursday, December 12 – Band Parents Meeting 7PM
Friday, December 13Four Twelve Project Restaurant Small Ensemble Performance – 6PM – 9PM
Sunday, December 15Pancake Breakfast/Cookie Walk – 8AM – 12PM
Monday, December 16 – Orchestra Concert 7:00PM
Tuesday, December 17Winter Concert 7:30PM
Wednesday, December 18 – Small Ensembles - at Elementary Concert at MAHS 6:30 PM
Friday, December 20 – School Day Concert at MAHS

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

After considering many factors we are NOT opening the concession stand in Friday November 29. Thank you to all who volunteered!

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!!

The Black Friday Bountiful Basket Gift Card Raffle 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.  Tickets stubs and payments must be submitted by Tuesday, in order for the winning ticket to be valid.  Information can be found HERE.

The Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk is on Sunday, December 15, from 8 AM - noon.  As a bonus, students will earn $2.00 for their student accounts per ticket sold.  Payments must be received by Thursday, December 12, in order to receive this bonus.  This is our most popular fundraiser and community event, but we need parent and student help to make it successful.  Please see the 2 sign-ups (here) to volunteer your time and to donate items and COOKIES!  Students, please look for volunteer sign-up sheets that will be posted in the band room after the Thanksgiving break.  Students will also earn money for their student accounts when they work a shift.  
Parent Volunteers/Donations
sign up HERE.
Cookie Walk Cookie Donations
sign up HERE

Please contact for more information.

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

The Sarris Holiday Candy Sale delivery will be on December 11.

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!
Just in time for the Holiday- gift cards make perfect stocking stuffers. Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders are due on Friday, December 6th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, December 12th. 
Click HERE for the 2019/2020 season Scrip Schedule. 
For information on how to order Scrip, please click 

Save the date - the annual Craft & Sip wreath decorating fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, December 13th. Details are available on the Alumni FB page. 

The next event to work at Heinz Field will be a Steelers game on Sunday, December 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!

Student accounts have been updated to include the October 28th Aramark event 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!

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.

          Rehearsal #1 – Monday, December 9 – 2:30-4:00pm
          Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, December 12 – 6:00-7:30pm
          Concert – Tuesday, December 17 – 7:30pm

          Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 10 – 2:30-4:00pm

          Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, December 12 – 7:30–9:30pm
          Concert – Tuesday, December 17 – 7:30pm

Concert Attire:

As discussed with your students in class, the attire for the ensembles are as follows:

Symphonic Band & Percussionist who perform with Symphonic Band - Tux/Gown, dress shoes, socks.  Minimum jewelry, hair pulled out of face.

Concert Band & Percussionist who perform with Concert Band - Dress clothes 
Men: Dress Shirt & Tie - Colorful shirts, white O.K. as well.  Black, Gray, or Blue Pants, (NO KAHKI'S) Matching socks, shoes, belt.
Ladies: Skirt, Pants, Dress, etc.  Be mindful of the length of the dress, students cannot cross their legs while performing,  Blouse, etc, dress shoes, Minimum Jewelry, hair pulled out of face.

2020 MAHS Marching Band Summer Rehearsal Schedule
Below is the Summer Rehearsal Schedule.  The entire Summer/Fall Rehearsal Schedule is available on Skyward or the Director's Tab of  Performances will be filled in sometime in February.

MUSIC CAMPS - If you are in town, and not on vacation, you are expected to attend.
June 8, 9, 10                5:00PM – 9:00 PM                    Full Percussion, Winds, and Color Guard
WIND, PERCUSSION AND AUXILIARY PRE-CAMPS - If you are in town, and not on vacation, you are expected to attend.
July 21, 22, 23               8:00 AM – 3:00 PM                    Percussion Pre-Camp at MAHS
July 21, 22, 23               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Wind Pre-Camp at MAHS
July 21, 22, 23               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Color Guard Pre-Camp at MAHS
HOME BAND CAMP - Mandatory to be in the MAHS Marching Band
July 27 – July 31            8:00 AM – 3:00PM                    Home Full Band Camp at MAHS
July 27 – July 30             5:00 PM – 9:00PM                    Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units
July 31                          8:00 AM – 3:00PM                    Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units
BAND CAMP – Washington and Jefferson College  - Mandatory attendance to be in MAHS Marching Band
August 2 – August 7

The fee for this camp is around $375 for the week.  Students live on campus for the entire week.

8/10 – P&A       8/17 – P&A                  
8/11 – W          8/18 – W                                 
8/13 – FULL      8/20 - FULL                  
- See KEY below for abbreviation meanings
SATURDAY, PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – Learn Drill, clinicians and drill writer in with MAHS Band. - ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!!!!
Saturday, August 15 – 8AM – 4:00PM

SPRING 2020 BAND TRIP – 3rd Payment due January 30

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

1st  Trip Payment Due – October 24

2nd Trip Payment Due – November 21
3rd Trip Payment Due – January 30 - $115
4th Trip Payment Due – February 27
Payments can be turned into the MABPO Box located in the band room. 
Checks can be made payable to MABPO (Moon Area Band Parent Organization).

If case of Inclement Weather, and MASD calls one of the scenarios below, this will be the response that the MAHS Band will follow regarding Band Rehearsals before and after school.

 - 2-Hour Delay - After School/Evening rehearsals will still occur. Morning (before school) rehearsals will be canceled.
 - School Day Cancellation  - All after school and evening rehearsals are canceled.

 - Evening Activities Cancellation - All after school and evening rehearsals are canceled.
Please note:  In our ever changing weather in western PA, there may be a sudden burst of snow minutes before rehearsal begins, use your best judgment and communicate with Mr. Barthen.  It is better to miss a portion of rehearsal to wait while the roads are treated than miss the entire rehearsal.

Daily Events
Wed. Nov. 27 - Flute Choir Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm
Thu. Nov. 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Sat. Nov. 30 - Pittsburgh Aviary Performance for Small Ensembles
Mon. Dec. 2 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - MAHS Band Room - 6-9pm
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

Mon. Dec. 9 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00 - MAHS Band Room
                          MAHS Winter Guard Rehearsal - MAMS Aux Gym - 6-9pm
Tue. Dec. 10 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00 - MAHS Band Room
Wed. Dec. 11 - Small Ensembles to perform at Elementary Concert at MAHS - 6:30pm
Thu. Dec. 12 - Orchestra Dress Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm - (For Winds and Percussionist who are performing with the Orchestra)
                          Concert Band Dress Rehearsal - 6:00 - 7:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
                          Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal - 7:30 - 9:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
Fri. Dec. 13 - MAHS Winter Guard Rehearsal - MAMS Aux Gym - 6:30 - 10:00pm
                        Four Twelve Project Restaurant Small Ensemble Performances - 6pm-9pm
Sun. Dec. 15 - MAHS Band Cookie Walk - 8AM-12PM - MAHS Cafeterias - Small Ensembles to Perform

Mon. Dec. 16 - MAHS Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
                           Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm - MAMS Aux Gym
Tue. Dec. 17 - MAHS Band Concert - 7:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
Wed. Dec 18 - Small Ensembles to perform at Elementary Concert at MAHS - 6:30pm
Fri. Dec 20 - School Day concert at MAHS - Symphonic Band Perform only - Dress up for concert
                      Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10:00 - MAMS Aux Gym

December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break
Fri. Jan. 3 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30 - 10:00 - MAMS Aux Gym

December 9 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00pm
December 10 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 2:30-4:00pm
December 12 - Concert Band and Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsals - 6-9:30pm

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 25, 2019

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