Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 2, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 2, 2020

Saturday, March 14 – TRWEA Show Top Hats at Hempfield
Monday, March 16 to 21 – Spring Musical
March 24 – All-District Music Concert
Thursday, March 26 to 28 – PMEA Region Band Festival
Thursday, March 26 – Band Parent Meeting
Saturday, March 28 – TRWEA Championships
Thursday, April 16 – Band Parents Meeting - Elections
April 23 – 26 – Virginia Trip
Monday, May 11 – Percussion Ensemble Concert
Thursday, May 14 – Band Parents Meeting
Friday, May 15 – Jazz Ensemble Concert
Sunday, May 17 – Band Banquet
Wednesday, May 20 – Spring Band Concert
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, June 6 – Graduation Performance

Be on the lookout for a sign up genius to volunteer to help with region band. Keep in mind that the more volunteers we have the shorter our shifts will be. If you don't work during the day, please consider taking earlier shifts so that those whose schedules don't allow for them to help during those times still have an opportunity to do some in the evening.

An amendment to the bylaws was presented at the February MABPO meeting.  The amendment proposes to add the position of Vice President.  The amendment is posted HERE and will be voted on at the next regular scheduled meeting on March 26.

Beginning in February, the Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations for the 2020/2021 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  before the March meeting.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

VP of Communications
VP of Concessions
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity

The Nominations Committee should consist of 3-5 volunteers.  
We are currently in need of a few more parents to assist on this committee.  If you are interested, please contact Andrea @

If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books that are presented at the band banquet, please contact

Student accounts have been updated to deduct final trip payments for those with available funds.  Don't hesitate to contact Karren if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!​

Orders and payments for the NewMe's Pies are due on Tuesday, March 3.  The delivery date is Thursday, April 2, just in time for Easter and Mother's Day!  Information and order forms can be found here.   Late orders will not be accepted.  Information and order forms can be found HERE

**Please note that both the NewMe's Pies and the Sarris Candies fundraiser delivery date is Thursday, April 2, from 4-5:30 pm, in the high school cafeteria.

Be looking for your Spring Fling Bountiful basket raffle tickets in the mail.  This mandatory fundraiser benefits the General Fund.  The General Fund benefits all band students. The drawing for over $300 in gift cards for area businesses will be held on March 31, 2020.  Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle.  The gift card donation Sign-up Genius can be found
HERE. Consider purchasing your gift cards from the Alumni Association Scrip program!

Please contact with any questions

Anyone interested in raising money for their Band student by working for Aramark at Heinz Field MUST let me know BY MAY 11TH. All paperwork will be sent out to you to be completed digitally. There will be 2 summer concerts this year: Kenny Chesney on May 30th and The Rolling Stones on June 23rd. These are usually good events to work because the payouts are higher and the workload tends to be lighter. This would be a great way to pay for the upcoming Away Band Camp without having to spend any of your own money! Please email Heather Park at to sign up or get more information.

If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

REMINDER:  The senior pole notes may be purchased for $17.00. Place your payment in the band room mailbox. Questions? Contact Andrea Ward at

We are still looking for at least two people to manage the concession stand next year.  If interested please contact Ginny Kotok or Heidi

Spring is just around the corner!  Order your scrip gift cards by Friday, March 20th for delivery at the band parent meeting on Thursday, March 26th. 

HERE for the 2020 Season Scrip Schedule.
For information on how to order Scrip, please click 


Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

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.

2020 Fall Band Competition Saturday Schedule
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - PIMBA Show at Burell H.S.
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - BOA Regional at Columbus, Ohio (Fortress Obetz) - ALL DAY! - THE S.A.T. NOT AVAILABLE THIS DATE - PLAN NOW!
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - PIMBA Competition at Norwin H.S.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.

Volunteers needed to assist with the 4th Grade All-Star Band.  Sign-up and details are listed in the band room.

Pep-Band needed for the Elementary Basketball Game on Wednesday, April 1 - Details are listed in the band room.

Virginia Spring Band Trip FINAL PAYMENT INVOICES

Final invoices were distributed in class today 2/24 to students.

Overview of Trip (Information below is approximate, if personally traveling, do not schedule your events around the timeline below)
Thursday, April 23 - Depart 7AM; Check-in Hotel; Dinner Cruise
Friday, April 24 - Performances for all groups and Tours
Saturday, April 25 - Check-out Hotel, Busch Gardens, Depart for Home (pm)
Sunday, April 26 - Arrive at MAHS - 6AM

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 .

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

Bands of America Ohio Regional  - Columbus - Saturday, October 3, 2020

The BOA Regional is the same date as the October SAT.  Please make arrangements to take either the August 29, December 5, or March  13 SAT TESTING.


SPRING 2020 BAND TRIP – 4th Payment due February 28 , 2020   - 
Final invoices were distributed in class on 2/24 to students.
The marching band will be traveling to Virginia Beach in April of 2020 to perform.  Numerous fundraisers are available to offset the costs of this trip.  Please start now in order to alleviate some of the financial burden of this trip.  Forms were distributed Tuesday, October 8 after evening rehearsal explaining the payment process and the Commitment Form.   PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION!  The forms will also be posted to Skyward and
4th Trip Payment Due – February 28

 - 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).

Daily Events.
Mon. March 2 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Gym
Tue. March 3 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
                           Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-8:30pm
Wed. March 4 - Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. March 5 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4:00pm
Fri. March 6 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10pm
Mon. March 9 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Gym
                             Pit Orchestra w/ Cast - 2:30 - 5:30
Tue. March 10 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
                           Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-8:00pm
                             4th Grade All-Star Band Rehearsal - 6-7:30 - MAHS Band Room
Wed. March 11 - Pit Orchestra w/ Cast - 2:30 - 5:30
Thu. March 12 - Pit Orchestra w/ Cast - 2:30 - 5:30
                             PMEA Region Orchestra Festival at North Allegheny H.S
Fri. March 13 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10pm
                           PMEA Region Orchestra Festival at North Allegheny H.S
Sat. March 14 - Winter Color Guard Show at Hempfield H.S. 
                             PMEA Region Orchestra Festival at North Allegheny H.S
Sun. March 15 - Spring Musical Tech Rehearsal w/ Pit Orchestra - 12pm-10pm
Mon. March 16 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MAMS Gym
                             Pit Orchestra w/ Cast - 6pm-10pm
Tue. March 17 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
                           Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 6pm-10pm
Wed. March 18 - Pit Orchestra w/ Cast - 6-10pm
Thu. March 19 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm
                            Spring Musical Show #1
Fri. March 20 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-10pm
                           Spring Musical Show #2
Sat. March 21 - Spring Musical Show #3
Sun. March 22 - Spring Musical Show #4
Mon. March 23 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm
Tue. March 24 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00
                             All-District Concert - Symphonic Band - 7pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thu. March 26 - PMEA Region Band at MAHS
Fri. March 27 - PMEA Region Band at MAHS
                           Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm
Sat. March 28 - PMEA Region Band at MAHS
                            TRWEA Championships at Kiski Area H.S.

March 24 – All-District Music Concert
April 23-26 – Virginia Trip
May 11 – Percussion Ensemble Concert
May 15 – Jazz Ensemble Concert
May 17 – Band Banquet
May 20 – Spring Band Concert
May 25 – Memorial Day Parades
Saturday, June 6 – Graduation Performances

 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 ~ March 2, 2020

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