Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 31, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ July 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 9 - Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 15 - Band Picture Day at MAHS - 8AM-12PM
Saturday, August 19 - REHEARSAL DAY at MAHS - 8AM-4PM
Friday, August 25 - Football Game vs. Ambridge H.S. - Home - Report time 5:30; Kick-off - 7PM

2017 Tour Shirts
By popular demand, the 2017 Tour Shirts have been designed and are ready for orders!  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme, Bloom, during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and come in a variety of sizes* - please click HERE for size and ordering details.

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.

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 fundraiser is underway.  We are selling raffle tickets with winnings based on the September Pennsylvania 7 PM Daily Number.  Sales run through the month of August.  
Tickets that were not picked up at the July Parent Meeting were mailed.  If you have any questions or did not receive your tickets, please contact

"Moon Area Tigers" light-up bracelets are available for purchase.  Each band is $5.00.  Profits benefit the general fund which benefits all band and orchestra students.  Order forms are available in the band room or online.  A photo of the bracelets is also available here.

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 by August 9th.  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 August 10th and August 16th both starting at 5:00 PM.  The first game to work will be on Sunday August 20th with a report time of 12:30.   To sign up or to get more information about this Fundraising opportunity, contact Heather at

The next gift card order is due Friday, August 11th for delivery at the Parent meeting on Thursday, August 17th
Don’t forget to check out the back-to school bonuses – they will expire on Aug. 4th!.

Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for 2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Click here for "Back to school bonuses"
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at

The MAHS Marching Band will be performing at the August 25 HOME football game at 7PM vs. Ambridge H.S.  Originally this was a scrimmage game, which turned into the first regular season exhibition game.  The band will perform pre-game and halftime.  Students will report at 5:30pm.  Please make this change into your marching band schedule.  

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018
The Marching Band and Symphonic Band will be traveling to Florida in February 2018 to perform in the Walt Disney World, Florida resort.  The band will depart on Tuesday, February 13, after school and depart Orlando on Sunday, February 18, returning to MAHS on February 19.  The band's preliminary performance day is Thursday, February 15 at the Magic Kingdom (time is unknown).  The Symphonic Band performance date is not confirmed at this time.   The cost of the trip is estimated at $975, this includes all transportation, hotel, tickets to 3 Disney Parks, and a duel admission to Universal Studios (Island of Adventure and Universal), as well as all meals while in Florida, (the only meals that are not covered are meals while en route to FL or PA).  There are numerous opportunities to fundraise a portion or all of this trip throughout the fall/winter.  Please take advantage of these fundraisers to offset the cost of this trip.

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
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
Mon. Aug 21 - Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 22 - Wind Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug 24 - Full Rehearsal - 5PM-9PM
Fri. Aug 25 - Football Game vs. Ambridge - Home - Report time5:30; Kick-off 7PM


Formal Wear Fittings for Orchestra Students will take place on Thursday, August 31st from 5-7pm in the Orchestra Room ‚Äč. 

Orchestra students, please TRY ON your Orchestra Attire to be sure that all of your pieces fit properly. If something does not fit, you MUST attend the attire fitting. Please contact Mrs. Wolf to let her know that you will be in attendance
All INCOMING Orchestra Students must attend the fitting on August 31st from 5-7 pm to be fitted for concert attire. Concert attire helps us to be uniform, to present a professional appearance while performing, and is a mandatory part of participating in the high school orchestras.

If you have another commitment at that time or if you have questions or concerns, please contact Denise Wolf at 412-580-3147 or ASAP to schedule another time.  We place one order for the entire group to save on taxes and decrease shipping expenses to each individual person, therefore, fittings must be done in a timely fashion.  Thank you!


The forms for Apparel and Window Decals that the Band Parent Organization will be selling for the upcoming season are available online.  You will find the order forms at the "Info" tab on the homepage under "Forms".  At the "Order" section you find each of the forms.
Or follow the links:

2017 Moon Parent Apparel Order Form   -   2017 Moon Band Parents Apparel Photos
2017 Moon Window Decals Order Form
Also *New This Year* - We will now be offering High School Band Students the opportunity to purchase their own gear!  We will have long and short sleeved T-shirts, and Hoodie and Full-Zip Sweatshirts in either Red or Black available for order.  The Shield Logo and "Moon Area High School Band" will be screen printed on either the Left Chest or on the Center Front of the shirts!  2017 Moon HS Band Student Apparel Order Form
All orders are due to be returned (with payment) to the Band Mailbox by Wednesday August 9th (Kennywood Day).
If you have any questions, contact Grace Cap at 

 Printed copies of clearances can be either 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 31, 2017

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