Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 9, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ April 9, 2018

Thursday, April 12 – Parent Meeting 7PM
Sunday, April 15 – Instrumental Music 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
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform

Instrumental Music Banquet, May 20th, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., at The Fez, in Aliquippa.  
Invitations to attend the banquet have been mailed home - if you have not received your invitation, please contact


This coming Sunday, April 15, is our Annual Spaghetti Dinner, from 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m., in the High School cafeteria.  We need YOU to help make the dinner a success.  Please visit HERE to sign-up to volunteer and/or help with supplies and dessert (reminder:  desserts may be store bought).  

Sign-Up Sheets for students to work shifts have been posted in the classroom.  Also, several student ensembles will be performing throughout the afternoon.  Please remind your student to sign up for a shift when they are not performing:

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Orchestra 1
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Jazz Band 2
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Orchestra 2
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m - Jazz Band 1

Payment for the spaghetti dinner tickets and all unsold tickets are due to the classroom mailbox by Thursday, April 12.  Student Accounts will be charged for any unsold tickets that are not returned to the mailbox by the deadline.  

Please contact with any questions.

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). 

All student accounts are current with the proceeds from the second Sarris, second Newme pie, Chocolate Boutique, and Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraisers.

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 12th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Award application packets are available HERE.  All essays must be postmarked by April 16, 2018.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Scrip gift card orders will be delivered 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.

This past Saturday, Moon Area High School Winter Guard traveled to Kiski Area High School for the final and championship show of the season.  The guard placed third out of eight groups participating in the Scholastic Regional A classification for the championship show.  Thanks and Congrats to all the members and parents on a fantastic winter guard season!

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

Spaghetti Dinner Ensemble Performing Times
 - Jazz Band 2 - 1:45 - 2:15
 - Jazz Band 1 - 3:15 - 4:00pm

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
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

Tue. April 24
 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4pm
Wed. April 25 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 6:30 - 9PM
Thu. April 26 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 
Fri. April 27 - Masterclass with Dr. Weller - During school day. - All ensembles

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 HERE
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 9, 2018

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