Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 9, 2017

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 9, 2017

Friday, Oct. 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

Thursday, Oct. 19 – Parent Meeting 7:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 20 - Football Game vs. Baldwin - Report time 5:30pm
Friday, Oct. 27 – Florida Commitment Forms due

Special Thanks - Jacket & Note Ceremony
A special "thank you" to Tom & Dianne Pelkington for hosting the Note Painting Party at their home in September, and a "thank you" to their painting team.  The Pelkington's worked many hours behind the scenes to prepare and repair, or build, new notes that were paint-ready for the team.  A total of 46 notes were painted and assembled for our Instrumental Music students.  Thank you again, Tom & Dianne!!
A special "thank you" to Denise Wolf for all the behind-the-scenes coordination in preparing the band jackets for distribution at the band jacket ceremony, and "thank you" to all who assisted.  Denise and her team made themselves available to all band and orchestra jacket-eligible students at the end of last school year for jacket fittings, orders, and pick-up.  We appreciate the time and effort Denise puts into this process every year for our students.

We have a home football game coming up on Friday 10/20

Please sign up to help setup the Concession Stand on Thursday 10/19
We will stop in time to attend the Parent Meeting at 7 pm.  To help set up Thursday, Sign up  HERE
Please sign up to help work the Concession Stand on Friday 10/20 5:30-10pm.  Sign up HERE
Thanks for Volunteering!

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. 

If a Band Senior parent has not received an invitation, please contact Grace Cap at 412-956-0827.

2017 BLOOM Tour Shirts
We still have a small supply of BLOOM T-Shirts in sizes Small and X-Large for $15 each.  Consider purchasing a BLOOM shirt to wear at the remaining upcoming competitions and show your support for our Moon Area Marching Band!  Please click HERE for the order form, or contact Sherri directly at

Back by popular demand!!  The MABPO is selling red and white umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the Tiger logo printed on one panel.  Umbrellas are $15.  If you are interested in purchasing an umbrella, please contact Sherri at .


"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.

** Extra, Extra!**  The 5 Generations/Jenny Lee fundraiser delivery will be on Wednesday, October 18, in the high school cafeteria, from 4:00 - 5:45 PM.  There will be extra loaves of Cinnamon, Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Walnut, Chocolate Chip, and Parmesan breads.  If you would like to purchase these please let me know.  Your student will get credit for his or her band account.  It will be first come, first served!

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. ** Bonus!  The Minamyers have added the Canadian Butter tarts to the sale!  These mini-pies come in a 4-pack for $12.00 each pack.  You can add these on to your regular order form or print one of the new forms.

The Holiday Greenery Sale begins on 
Tuesday, October 10.  Holiday wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias from Suburban Landscapes will be available.  Orders are due on October 31.  Delivery will be on December 6 - just in time to decorate for the holidays!  Information sheets and order form will be available online or 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 Steeler's game on Sunday, October 22nd.  The report time will be 9:30 AM.   Please email Heather if you are interested.

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.

There is still time to order your Scrip gift cards!!  Orders are due Friday, October 13th for delivery at the Band Parent Meeting on Thursday, 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


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 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 are available by visiting web-site, click view all news, then opening the press release contained in the news area.  In the press release, there is a direct link to the Army Field Band site, where you are able to select number of tickets, and print the tickets.  Another option is to call 412-264-9440 ext 2007, leaving a message for number of tickets.  These will be available at the will-call window the night of the concert.

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.

TRUNK OR TREAT – 10/26 – 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. 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

Tue. Oct. 24 - NO REHEARSAL
Wed. Oct. 25 - Moon Township Halloween Spooktular - 4:30 - Moon Township Park
Thu. Oct. 26 - FULL BAND REHEARSAL - 6pm-7pm
Trunk-or-Treat - 7PM - Location TBD (somewhere on MAHS/MAMS Campus)
Fri. Oct. 27 - Football Game vs. West Allegheny - Report time 5:30pm
Thu. Nov. 2 - US Army Field Band Concert - 7:30pm - MAHS Auditorium

 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 9, 2017

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