Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 17, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 17, 2017

Monday, July 24th - Parent Meeting
Wednesday, August 9 - Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 15 - Band Picture Day at MAHS - 8AM-12PM
Saturday, August 19 - REHEARSAL DAY at MAHS - 8AM-4PM

SUMMER MARCHING BAND MAILER WAS SENT ON MONDAY, JUNE 12.  If you do not receive this mailing, please contact Mr. Barthen to rectify the problem.
You may submit your completed Membership, Communication, and Volunteer forms as soon as possible - no need to wait until the Parent Meeting on July 24th.  The forms may be placed in the classroom mailbox or mailed to the MABPO.  If you have any questions, please contact

As stated in the Summer Mailer you received at home, there is a Parent Meeting scheduled in the HS Auditorium on Monday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m.   
 * Visit Treasurer, Vicki Hricz, to submit your membership fee (Top of Tan Form) and make payment for any outstanding fees you owe for Away Band Camp;
 * Visit VP of Communications, Sarah Schmitz, to submit your Communication Form (Bottom of Tan Form);
 * Visit Secretary, Laura Wall, for Chaperone Clearances;
 * Visit VP of Fundraising, Georganna Palmer, for the Fall Fundraising Outline and FAQs, and our Aramark Representative, Heather Park (Heinz Field);
 * Visit medical professional, Ed Reynolds, to turn in required medical forms. **Note that we need a PHOTOCOPY OF your student's INSURANCE CARD**;
 * Visit Grace Cap (Publicity) at the Parent Apparel Table to view apparel and decals for purchase (Band, Orchestra, & Auxiliary).
 * Visit the Miscellaneous Table for:
     -- Submitting your Volunteer Form (Blue Form);
     -- Submitting the Band Handbook Agreement (White Form) & Field Trip Consent Form (due 7/27 but may be handed in early)
 * And to meet with:
     -- Denise Wolf to have all your sewing questions answered about uniforms, flags, etc.
     -- Kathy Keppel (Band Stand) and Mike Connors (Corporate Partnership)
     -- Visit the Alumni Table to learn more about membership and the "Shop with Scrip" program.

If you have already completed certain forms and turned them in, THERE'S NO NEED TO WAIT IN THAT LINE at that Table!!!
ARRIVE EARLY to be seated in the Auditorium and promptly begin the 7:00 P.M. Meeting.
THANK YOU!  See you on July 24th!

A very special THANK YOU to those parents of graduating seniors who have completed their final year as an Executive Board Member:
Joe DeNardo - even though Joe will be stepping down as Treasurer, he and Chris plan to become active Alumni members.  We want to thank Joe for many successful years as our Treasurer.  During his time on the Executive Board, he assisted in gaining 501c3 compliance for our organization, successfully passed several audits, and continued to keep us in the black.  Joe has transitioned Treasurer responsibilities to Vicki Hricz.  Thank you, Joe, for all your hard work and dedication to the MABPO!
Jenn Daugherty - Jenn served as VP of Concessions, and during that time, she brought new life to our concession stand, re-naming it, the "Band Stand."  Jenn & husband, "Sysco" Joe, brought their restaurant management and food service expertise to the Band Stand for the last 2 years.  They tirelessly provided great food and drink for every home event, and coordinated feeding our band, staff, and chaperones at every competition and parade.  Jenn has transitioned VP of Concessions responsibility to Kathy Keppel.  Thank you, Jenn & Joe, for your high energy and commitment to our organization.  

Jamie Zelazny - The Nurse is not an official Executive Board position; however, our Nurse is critical to the physical success and wellbeing of our Marching Band.  Jamie has been present at every football game, competition, parade, band camp, and Disney trip for the last 6 years.  Just about every time our students boarded a bus, Jamie boarded that same fleet of buses to tend to our students' needs.  Jamie has transitioned "Nurse" responsibility to Ed Reynolds.  Thank you, Jamie, for being passionate about our Marching Band and Winter Guard.  Your willingness to always be present for our students is beyond measure.

Senior Orchestra/Marching Band Notes
Thank you to all of the seniors who have delivered their notes!  As a reminder, please return your note to:
     Sherri Von Stein
     215 Oak Highland Drive
     Moon Township, (Woodland Ridge plan off of Thorn Run Road)
*please do not return your note to the high school - thank you*

We are in need of snack/drink donations for Away Band Camp at W&J.  Even though every student eats 3 meals each day, we ask for drink donations for their breaks during practice, donations of healthy snacks during breaks, and snacks for evening events.  
Please click
HERE and sign up to make your donation.  We will be collecting all donated items the morning of July 30th prior to departure.  Thank you in advance!
Auxiliary Car Washes
Thank you so much to all who came to support the Moon Area Color Guard on June 17th!  Please mark your calendar for the final Color Guard Car Wash:
                 Saturday, August 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.

Year-End DVD
If you wanted to order the 2016-2017 year-end DVD but missed the deadline, now is your chance to order this awesome keepsake!  Please contact  if interested.  DVDs are $25.

NewMe Pies are at the Moon Township farmer's market every Wednesday from 3-6:00, at the Municipal Building.  So, if you are hungry for delicious fruit pies, please stop by.
Our first two fundraisers are just around the corner.  In August, we will be selling raffle tickets with winnings based on the September Pennsylvania 7 PM Daily Number, and we will also be selling "Moon Area Tigers" light-up wrist bands.  Raffle tickets and wrist bands, as well as samples of potential future fundraisers will be available at the July 24, MABPO meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events at Heinz Field
If you are interested in working any games this season, you must complete ServSafe training online.  Here is the link to the online ServSafe Training Video.  You must also fill out the Aramark volunteer forms and return to Heather Park.  If your TEAM or RAMP Alcohol Training is more than 3 years old, you need to either complete online training for a $10 fee by going to this link or attend one of the training sessions at Heinz Field.  They will be held July 27th, August 10th, and August 16th all starting at 5:00 PM.  To sign up or to get more information about this Fundraising opportunity, contact Heather at

Alumni News:
Don't forget Scrip gift card orders are due tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Monday, July 24th. 
Get a jump on your back to school needs!!
Summer Scrip gift card order due Tuesday, July 18th.  Orders will be delivered at the
Band Parent meeting on Monday, July 24th.
Click here for
"What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at

Band Director’s Comments, Mr. Nick Barthen
Compression Shirt orders are due on Tuesday, July 18, 2017!!!

Band Camp Invoice Statements were sent via USPS Mail on Friday, July 14.  If you did not receive an invoice, please contact Mrs. Vicki Hricz at

Handbooks and other additional forms will be distributed throughout the week of July 17.  Please watch for these forms.  Additional forms can be found in the band room on the white "Table of Knowledge".
Forms will include:

- Band Handbook (Band Agreement form and Field Trip Permission Form found on the last page of the handbook.)
- Band Shoe Order Form - Yellow Form
- Band Medical Form - Blue Form

- Band Camp Self Medication Form - Salmon Form


Summer Marching Band Prep - PLEASE READ!!!
To aide in each student's success in the Summer Marching Band rehearsals, students must start a physical training regimen to endure the hot summer weather.  Students have been 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 wiffle 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.  
In addition, please begin to organize the items they will need.  A cross-trainer type of tennis shoe.  Sandals, slip on shoes, Converse Chuck Taylors, 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 their lips is a great extremely important for these rehearsals as well.  Students should find a back-pack, drawstring bag to store all of this stuff 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.

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium - September 16, 2017 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Arizona vs Dallas this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 12:30pm to 2:30pm.  Times will be solidified in early August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 7AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Fall Testing Dates
October 7 - SAT - Band is off that weekend
October 14 - PSAT - Band has a competition at Deer Lakes H.S. - Students will still be able to take the test and participate in all Marching Band activities.
October 28 - ACT - Band is off that weekend.

Music and Information Download
Music and information will begin to appear on the  web-site.  Please reference the letter you received in the mail regarding how to download this music and information.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band
Students/Parents are reminded that ALL students who participate in marching band are required to obtain a physical.  Students/Parents must also register on-line at  to fill out the five pages of the physical form. The sixth page can be printed out and taken to the physical or personal Doctor/Physician for completion. All physicals must be completed by Monday, July 24.  Physicals are to be turned into the ATHLETIC OFFICE. Lastly, Physicals must have been taken place AFTER June 1, 2017.  See the Band Physical Requirements which can be found in the forms section of the web-site.

2017 Marching Band Schedule has been posted on ed-line as well as the site in the forms/document section.

2017 Fall Saturday Schedule
Wed. Aug 9         Kennywood Parade
Sat. Aug 19          Marching Band Rehearsal 8AM-4PM – Drill Designer in town to stage the ballad
Sat. Sept 16         BOA at Canton Hall of Fame Stadium
Sat. Sept 23         Moon Area H.S. PIMBA Show
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S.
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S.

Private Instrumental Lessons
Private Instrumental lessons is a great way to excel on your instrument. Not only will you learn specific techniques on your instrument, from a teacher who is an expert on your instrument, but also it will open doors to new repertoire, solo, ensemble, etc. Private lessons will also provide confidence when performing in an ensemble or auditioning for any PMEA festival. Contact Mr. Barthen for a complete list of private instructors in the area.

Important Dates & Itineraries
Tue. July 18 - Perc. Mini Camp - 8AM - 3PM
                           Color Guard Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM
                           Wind Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM

Wed. July 19 - Perc. Mini Camp - 8AM - 3PM
                             Color Guard Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM
                             Wind Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM

Thu. July 20 - Perc. Mini Camp - 8AM - 3PM
                           Color Guard Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM
                           Wind Mini Camp - 5PM-9PM

Mon. July 24 - Home Band Camp for Winds/Perc - 8AM - 3PM(Lunch 11AM-12PM on own)
                           Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM - 9PM
                           Shoe Day orders for All Marching Band Members - Forms available in band room (Yellow Form)

Tue. July 25 - Home Band Camp for Winds/Perc - 8AM - 3PM(Lunch 11AM-12PM on own)
                         Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM - 9PM

Wed. July 26 - Home Band Camp for Winds/Perc - 8AM - 3PM(Lunch 11AM-12PM on own)
                           Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM - 9PM

Thu. July 27 - Home Band Camp for Winds/Perc - 8AM - 3PM(Lunch 11AM-12PM on own)
                         Home Band Camp for Color Guard - 5PM - 9PM

Fri. July 28 - Home Band Camp for ALL (Winds, Perc. & Color Guard) - 8AM-3PM

Sun. July 30 - Away Band Camp - Report approx. 11AM - Final details will be distributed on Fri 7/28
Mon. July 31 - Away Band Camp at W&J
Tue. Aug. 1 - Away Band Camp at W&J
Wed. Aug. 2 - Away Band Camp at W&J
Thu. Aug. 3 - Away Band Camp at W&J
Fri. Aug. 4 - Away Band Camp at W&J - Parent show at W&J -6PM
Mon. Aug 7 - Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM  MAHS
Tue. Aug. 8 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM  MAHS
Wed. Aug 9 - Kennywood Day and Performances - 9AM - ?
Thu. Aug 10 - Full Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM

Mon. Aug 14 - Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 15 - BAND PICTURE DAY - 8AM - 12PM – MAHS
                          Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug 17 - Full Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM

Summer Help Needed!
We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2017-18 marching band season:
Cutting Crew:
No Experience Needed! Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts together for our flag sewing crew.  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 are required! Help in these areas is most urgent at this time.

Sewing Crew:  Must have a sewing machine. There will be a "group sewing review class" for those who need reminded on the basics. We will be using straight and zigzag stitches. Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. 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 mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
Your help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! Volunteers may contact Denise Wolf at for more information.  Work in these areas will start around early August!  Thank you!

 Printed copies of clearances can be submitted to Laura Wall at the July 24th parent meeting.  After July 24th, printed copies should either be dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
c/o Laura Wall
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 UPS Store or other 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 Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 17, 2017

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