Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 2, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 2, 2017

Monday, October 2 – PMEA Honor Band Auditions – 4PM
Tuesday, October 3 – Formal Attire pickup
Friday, October 6 – Football Game vs. Chartiers Valley H.S. – Report 4:45PM
Friday, October 13 - Football Game @ Woodland Hills H.S. - Report time 4:00pm
Saturday Oct 14 - PIMBA Competition @ Deer Lakes H.S. - Report time is 1:00PM

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, October 27, 2017
A Celebration for our 2018 Band Graduates and their families is just around the corner!  Please consider helping out with food, drinks or your time.  All are greatly appreciated!  SIGN UP HERE
Please contact Denise Wolf with any questions. 

Senior Recognition Invitations were sent out last week.  If a Band Senior parent has not received an invitation, please contact Grace Cap at 412-956-0827.

Our order of formal wear for Symphonic Band and Orchestra has just arrived.   Students should plan on picking up their attire on Tuesday, October 3rd.   Symphonic Band Students will be fitted between 4-5:45.  Orchestra Students will be fitted between 5:45-7:30.  Trousers and gowns come UNHEMMED from the manufacturer, and parents are responsible for the hemming.  If you are interested, we have a few band moms who will be available on the 3rd to help you with it for a $15 fee.  There are only 30 days to exchange  items assuming they remain in ORIGINAL PACKAGING and TAGS ARE STILL ATTACHED.  It is important that students try on their formal wear asap!  Please let Denise Wolf know if you have a conflict with the time above at 412-580-3147 or  Thank you!

2017 Tour Shirts
The 2017 BLOOM Tour Shirts are still available for purchase.  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are kelly green and are still available in Small and X-Large sizes. - please click HERE for size and ordering details.

Back by popular demand, the band parent organization will once again be selling red and white umbrellas.  If you missed the parent meeting last Thursday and you’re interested in purchasing an umbrella, contact Sherri at . Umbrellas are $15.

"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 5 Generations/Jenny Lee Swirl Breads fundraiser order forms and payments are due on Tuesday, October3.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, October 18, in the high school cafeteria.

It's time for our fall NewMe's Pie fundraiser!  The 9- inch pie varieties include apple, apple cranberry, peach, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin, and Minamyer surprise.  4-inch chicken pot pies are also available.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 24.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, November 15Information sheets and order forms are available online and in the band room. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the Concession Stand on Friday night and those who helped with set-up Thursday night!  We had our busiest football game yet!  Look in next weeks’ newsletter for signups for the upcoming home games.

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!  The next event to work at Heinz Field is the Pitt game on Saturday, October 14th. The report time is still TBA.  Please email Heather if you are interested.

Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, October 13th for delivery at the Band Parent Meeting on October 19th.
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

Music Memorization Testing Schedule
Make-ups for Music Memorization testing are in full swing.  Skyward contains parts that the student did not pass.  Students have until October 6, 2017 to retake this test and receive full points.  Students should make and appointment with Mr. Barthen for re-testing.

Band Florida Performance Tour February 13 - February 19, 2018 – Updated 10/2/17
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.

Florida Commitment Forms were mailed (USPS) on Friday, 9/29.  These forms are due by 10/27/17.  Please contact Mr. Barthen if you did not receive this information in the mail.  

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.

US Army Field Band and Soldiers Choir - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7PM - MAHS Auditorium
The MAHS Music Department will be hosting the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Choir on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7PM in the MAHS Auditorium.  Tickets are free, and will be distributed at a later date.  Watch the web-site and Skyward for additional details and how to reserve tickets.  

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!

Halloween Parade at Moon Park 10/25 - Moon Twp. Park & Rec. is holding a Halloween event on Wednesday, 10/25.  This is a voluntary event, but we need to have at least 20-30 students attend.  Students should arrive at Moon Park at 3:30 PM at the Amphitheater, and activities will conclude at6:30PM.  Students are encouraged to dress in costume, we will be marching a mini-parade using fight song, stand cheers, etc.

 – This has become a tradition to decorate parent’s vehicles and pass out candy to the kid’s ala trick-or treating around the neighborhoods/cars.  Students will dress-up for rehearsal, and trunk-or treat.  This will begin around 8:00PM.  
Check for additional details and pictures from previous years events.  To make candy plans, we have 120 students in the marching band!

2017 Fall Saturday Important Dates
Sat. Oct 14          PIMBA Show at Deer Lakes H.S. – Report time is 1PM
Sat. Oct 21          PIMBA Championship at Gateway H.S. – Report time TBD on Rank after 10/14 show

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 - October
Mon. Oct. 2 - PMEA Honors Band Auditions - 4PM - South Fayette High School
Tue. Oct. 3 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm – Finish tag, add body
Thu. Oct. 5 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm – Finish tag, add body
Fri. Oct. 6 - Football Game @ Chartiers Valley H.S. – Report time 4:45 PM
Sat. Oct 7 – OFF
Mon. Oct. 9 - No School - Parent Teacher Conference Day
Tue. Oct. 10 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm - ADD and Clean Body
Thu. Oct. 12 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6-9pm - Add and Clean Body
Fri. Oct. 13 - Football Game @ Woodland Hills H.S. - Report time 4:00pm
Sat. Oct 14 - PIMBA Competition @ Deer Lakes H.S. - Report time is 1:00PM; Performance is 7:45PM\

Tue. Oct. 17 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6pm-9pm - BODY & Clean
Thu. Oct. 19 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6pm-9pm - BODY & CLEAN
Fri. Oct. 20 - Football Game vs. Baldwin - Report time 5:30pm



The following positions are available for Job Shadow:

BAND UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of band uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments, coordinate shoe order (including guard), uniform cleaning (done by professional cleaners) coordinate the chaperoning of uniforms (including guard) before/after any event requiring a uniform (football games, competitions, parades, concerts, etc.). Coordinate Band, C/G & Orchestra Jacket orders.  Works as a team with Color Guard Uniform Coordinator and Formal Wear Coordinator.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD UNIFORM COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW: Responsible for all aspects of uniform care and fitting.  Will coordinate uniform fittings and alterations during summer months, record keeping, uniform assignments,  uniform cleaning (done at home).  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator and Flag Sewing Coordinator.

FORMAL WEAR COORDINATOR JOB SHADOW:  Responsible for fitting and placing order of formal wear order for Symphonic Band and Orchestra.  Coordinate alterations with sewing parents when appropriate.  Works as a team with Band Uniform Coordinator.

Please contact Denise Wolf at or 412-580-3147 with any questions.  Job Shadowing will begin in the Summer of 2018.

 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 ~ October 2, 2017

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