Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 2, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 2, 2018

Saturday, April 7 – Winter Guard Championships at KISKI HS
Thursday, April 12 – Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, April 15 – Band Spaghetti Dinner

Monday, May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert
Friday, May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert 7PM
Monday, May 14 - Concert & Symphonic Bands Concert

Sunday, May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet

Instrumental Music Banquet, May 20th, 5PM – 10PM at The Fez, Aliquippa.  Invitations will be sent the week of April 2.

The annual spaghetti dinner is just around the corner on Sunday, April 15.  Many small groups will be performing during the event.  We will need many parents and students to help make this event successful.  Students can earn money for their student accounts by working shifts at the dinner.  Sign-up sheets will be posted in the band room after Spring Break.  The flyer for the spaghetti dinner is available HERE.  Everyone is encouraged to print out a copy and take to their church, workplace, etc. to advertise.

HERE is a sign-up genius link to volunteer your time or to donate items.  Please contact for more information.

Congratulations to Tammy Yurkovich the Spring Fling basket winner!
A special thank you to everyone who donated gift cards!

Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraiser delivery will be on Wednesday, April 4, from 4-5:30 in the high school cafeteria.

If you have any questions, please contact

If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at  This is a great time to build up your students' accounts before Band Camp and in anticipation of future expenses.  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules. Please consider joining us!

The MABPO is selling large red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  If you’d like to buy an umbrella, please contact Sherri directly at 

Please mark your calendar for April 12th.  We will be *voting on the new 2018/2019 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.
We will also be *voting on future MABPO Membership.  Please click
HERE to read more about this subject.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 

Thank you to all of the parents who provided pictures of their senior students!  These photos will be utilized in their personal Memory Book and the year-end video.  

As a reminder, if you are interested in being a part of the Memory Book Committee, please contact - the more the merrier!

The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 12th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Letters were mailed out to all eligible Seniors on Monday 19th with information on how to apply.
Application packets are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Congratulations to our indoor Winter Color Guard for placing 1st at East Allegheny during their fourth Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (TRWEA) competition this season.  Championships are April 7th at Kiski.  For more information, visit  Come on out and support our Color Guard!! 

Don’t forget the next Scrip gift card order is due Friday, April 6th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, April 12th.

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

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.

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

TRWEA Winter Guard Championships - Saturday - April 7 - MAHS Winter Color Guard
On Saturday 4/7, the Winter Color Guard will travel to Kiski Area H.S. to compete in the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Championships.  The Guard is classified in the Scholastic Regional A and will perform at 6:10PM.  GOOD LUCK!

Spring Concert Rehearsals
Concert Band and Percussionists who perform with Concert Band
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 6PM-8:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 9 - 2:30 - 4PM - MAHS Band Room

Symphonic Band and Percussionists who perform with Symphonic Band
     - Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 - 9:00PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Wednesday, May 2 - 2:30 - 4:30PM - MAHS Band Room
     - Thursday, May 10 - 6:00 - 8:30PM - MAHS Band Room

MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert - Friday, May 11 - Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Ralph Lalama
- The MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert will be Friday, May 11 beginning at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium.  We will feature guest jazz saxophonist, Mr. Ralph Lalama with Jazz Band 1.

The Percussion Ensemble will still perform on Monday, May 7 at 7PM in the H.S. Auditorium.

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
Mon. April 2 - Winterguard Rehearsal - MAMS Aux Gym - 6pm-9pm
Tue. April 3 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - MAHS Band Room
Thu. April 5 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal
Fri. April 6 - Winterguard Rehearsal - MAMS Aux Gym - 
6:00 - 10pm
Sat. April 7 - TRWEA Championships - Kiski Area H.S. – 6:10 PERFORM
Tue. April 10 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Thu. April 12 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00PM
Sun. April 15 - Spaghetti Dinner
Tue. April 17 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4PM
Wed. April 18 - PMEA All-State - Depart at 10:30 AM for Lancaster, PA
Thu. April 19 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4PM
                          PMEA All-State
Fri. April 20 - PMEA -All-State
Sat. April 21 - PMEA All-State


Future Dates
May 7 - Small Ensemble Concert - 7pm (Jazz Bands & Percussion Ensembles)
May 11 – MAHS Jazz Ensemble Concert

May 14 - Band Concerts - 7pm - Concert & Symphonic Bands
May 20 - Instrumental Music Banquet
May 28 - Memorial Day Parade - Sewickley only AM
June 8 - MAHS Graduation - All Instrumentalists perform

 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 ~ April 2, 2018

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