Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 28, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 28, 2017

Friday, Sept 1 - Football Game @ Armstrong H.S. – Report time 4:00PM
Wednesday, Sept 6 – Open House Orchestra Performance – Report time 5:15 PM
Friday, Sept 8 - Football Game vs. Upper St. Clair - Report time 5:30pm
Saturday, September 9 - PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S.

PIMBA Program - "Dedication Ads" & "Band Notes" 
Show your support for your favorite Moon Area Marching Band member by purchasing a "Dedication Ad" or a "Band Note" in the 2017 PIMBA Program.
Our 2017 PIMBA Programs will be available to you and hundreds of other spectators on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as we host our annual PIMBA Competition at Tiger Stadium.
Please share the ad information with your student, family, and friends. 

HERE to print the "Dedication Ad" instructions
HERE to print the "Band Note" instructions

PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for both ads is Thursday, September 7, 2017.  
DON'T DELAY! Contact Sherri @ if you have any questions.


To pick up your Parent Apparel and Decal Orders, please see Grace Cap outside of the Natatorium Entrance at the end of practice on either Tuesday night, or Thursday night.  If you're unable to pick it up then, contact Grace at 412-956-0827 to make other arrangements.
Unfortunately, Student Apparel orders will not be available for approximately one more week. 

PIMBA Competition ~ Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Moon Area Marching Band, together with the MABPO, will be hosting their Annual PIMBA Competition at Tiger Stadium.  Hosting a PIMBA Competition can be very beneficial for our community, school, organization, and students.

It takes several committees working behind the scenes to host a successful competition, and our hope is to involve all parents in this event.   Please consider participating to help make this event a success.  Sign-ups will be published in the near future.
The Committees are as follows:
- Program Committee (secure ad space from local businesses/coordinate student ads/program layout/coordinate printing)
- Parking Committee (preparing campus with signage, tents, and overseeing campus parking)
- Band Stand Committee (work at Band Stand during competition)
- Bake Sale Committee (coordinate & sell baked goods during competition)
- Judges Hospitality Committee (assist competition judges and visiting band directors with meeting room/dinner)
- Guest Band Host Committee (assist guest bands up until their performance)
- Ticket Committee (admission ticket takers/50-50 raffle/program sales)
- Welcome/Hospitality Committee (assist spectators with questions and transport/coordinate student runners-helpers)
- Candy Gram Committee (coordinate & sell candy grams)
- Clean-Up Committee (all are asked to assist with clean-up afterwards, if able)
If you have any questions, contact Sherri @

It's that time of year again where we ask for snack donations - please consider donating snacks for the Moon Area Marching Band.  We need snacks for 150 for halftime at all football games and also for competition meals.  Buy bulk from Costco and Sam's!  Please click HERE to sign up for specific requested snacks.
Please bring your donation to the High School Band Room.  THANK YOU in advance for your donation! 

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.

Thank you to everyone who helped last week with the concession stand!
We had a great crew that set-up the stand on Thursday night, which made start-up a breeze on Friday!  A special thanks to Shari Ruppel for organizing the set-up crew! It was great to see some new faces at both set-up and working the stand Friday night.  We also were thankful for some seasoned veterans working in the stand to make things run smoothly! A special thanks to Jenn Daugherty for stopping by to make sure we were OK!!  Thanks to all who helped out!  We hope you will volunteer again soon!!
The next home game is Friday Sept 8. 
We will need help to set-up Thursday night from 7:00-9:00pm. 
We will prep and then load the stand once soccer is over. Please sign up 
 If you would like to volunteer to work Friday night during the football game 5:30-10pm, please sign up HERE
Thanks so much for volunteering!


The September lottery raffle ticket stubs and payments are due this Thursday, August 31.  Tickets will only be valid if they are submitted by this date.

"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 online.

Our hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser is underway.  We are selling delicious 16-inch hoagies and 6-inch pepperoni rolls from J&J Enterprises.  Order forms and payments are due on September 7.  Information sheets and
order forms will be available on the band website or in the band room.

The Chestnut Hill Candle fundraiser begins Tuesday, August 29.  Each 10-ounce, double-wick, soy candle burns for approximately 70 hours.  These candles make wonderful holiday gifts. 
Order forms and instructions available on-line or in the band room.  Order forms and payments are due on September 19. 

If you are interested in working any Steelers or Pitt games at Heinz Field this season to raise funds for your band or orchestra student, you must have a valid ServSafe certification and RAMP or TEAM certification.  It is not too late to do these and they can be completed on your own time!  Please contact Heather Park to find out more about this opportunity at  This is the best way to quickly raise enough money to pay for some or all of the upcoming Disney trip!  All current volunteers (both new and old) must turn in their Aramark Volunteer Forms to Heather before they can work any games.  Here are the next two events to work at Heinz Field: Saturday, September 16th, Pitt vs Oklahoma State, report time 8:30 AM; and Sunday, September 17th, Steelers vs Vikings, report time 9:30 AM.  Please email Heather if you are interested.

Scrip gift card orders are due September 15th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, September 21st.
Click here for "What is Scrip?".
Click here for the
order form.
Click here for 2017-2018 Scrip gift card sale schedule.
Any questions contact Cindy Bartus at

Band Compression Shirts
The compression shirt order will be delivered on Tuesday, August 29.  Students will be directed to pick these items up after rehearsal on 8/29 or in school on 8/30.  This will be the shirt worn which will be the top layer (the layer that touches the uniform) for the rest of the season.

Football Game #2 @ Armstrong H.S. - 9/1
Report time for the 9/1 football game at Armstrong H.S. will be 4:00PM.  We will be departing MAHS at 4:45PM, and kick-off is at 7:00PM.  Please plan accordingly.  The band room and music wing will be open after school until departure with an adult in the music wing.  Students/parents should plan accordingly ensuring students eat dinner before departing.

Kiski Area H.S. PIMBA Show - 9/9
Our first competition will be held at Kiski Area H.S. on Saturday, 9/9.  Student report time will be approximately (earliest) 12:00pm with rehearsal before departure.  We perform 10th out of 11 bands in the show. A performance time schedule is not posted as of printing, but additional details will be made available when times are known.

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium - September 16, 2017 – UPDATED (08/28) 
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 will perform in the preliminary competition at 1:15pm. The finals performance will start at 7:15pm.  Students report at MASH at 6:45AM.  We will depart around 8AM 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 at 7:15pm.  A complete itinerary and information will be distributed on 09/05, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.

Music Memorization Testing Schedule
The music memorization schedule was distributed after the Thursday, August 10 rehearsal.  Wind and Percussion students will be tested for memorization of music.  Selections are listed on the bottom right corner of the paper.  Each student will receive a grade for this test.  For additional information, please download the information page and schedule which can be found in the student document pages of  

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.

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!

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Sept 9          PIMBA Show at Kiski Area H.S.
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.

Calendar of Events - September
Mon. Aug. 28 - Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal - 6PM-9PM – MAHS

Tue. Aug. 29 - Wind Rehearsal – 6pM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. Aug. 31 - Full Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Sept. 1 - Football Game @ Armstrong H.S. - Depart time approximately - 4:00pm
Tue. Sept. 5 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6pm-9pm
Wed. Sept. 6 - MAHS Open House
Fri. Sept 8 - Football Game vs. Upper St. Clair - Report time 5:30pm - Kick-off 7pm
Sat. Sept 9 - PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S. - Report time 1pm
Mon. Sept. 11 - Battery & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. Sept. 12 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. Sept. 14 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9PM – MAHS
Fri. Sept 15 - Football Game at Hampton H.S. - 
Sat. Sept 16 - Bands of America Regional Competition at Canton Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium – Report time 6:45AM
Mon. Sept. 18 - Percussion & Guard Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Tue. Sept. 19 - Wind Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Thu. Sept. 21 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6-9pm – MAHS
Fri. Sept 22 - Football Game @ North Hills H.S.
Sat. Sept 23 - PIMBA Competition at MAHS

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!

Open House will be on Wednesday September 6th beginning at 5:30 PM. It is tradition that the Honors Orchestra performs for this event from 5:30PM – 6:00PM. This is a MANDANTORY and GRADED performance. Please contact Mrs. Martz if there is a conflict. We will be performing the music that you will receive on the first day of school.

Location: MAHS Auditorium Lobby
Sept. 6th 5:30 PM
Students should arrive by 5:15 PM to tune in orchestra room and be seated in the Auditorium Lobby by 5:30 PM.
Students should wear all black attire. 

 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 ~ August 28, 2017

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