Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 4, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ June 4, 2018

Thursday, June 7 – Color Guard Auditions
Friday, June 8 – MAHS Graduation – All Instrumentalists perform
Friday, June 8 – Band Jacket orders due
Saturday, June 23 – Aux Car Wash @ Autozone
Thursday, June 28 – DCI Show @ Tiger Stadium

July 17-19 - Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19 -Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19 -Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27 - Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Wednesday, August 8 -Kennywood Day
Tuesday, August 14 - Band Picture Day

Parents and students - we need your help!!!
Please come and volunteer your time on Thursday, June 28th
, as the MABPO, Gateway Band Boosters, and Staff host the upcoming DCI "Innovations In Brass" show to be held at Tiger Stadium.  (Due to the stadium construction at Gateway High School, the GBBs are unable to host this annual show as they originally planned.)  Please
click HERE to volunteer (note specific assignments for Parents and Students).  If you have any questions, contact  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Unfamiliar with DCI?  Click 
HERE to view their website, purchase tickets, and share the information with your friends and family!  

It's that time of year again when the Color Guard will be holding their summer car washes! Please come out and support your Moon Color Guard by getting your cars, pick-up trucks, and SUV's washed. We have two car washes scheduled for the summer of 2018, so please mark your calendar:
                 Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at AutoZone, 6052 University Blvd., Moon Twp.
                 Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Blvd., Moon Twp.


If you are interested in working Concessions at PNC Park to raise money for your Band student, please contact Heather Park at  PNC Park offers a wider variety of days and times to work, so it better fits many parents' schedules.  There will be a Grand Slam Training on Tuesday, June 12th at 5:00 PM for anyone interested in this opportunity.  Please consider joining us and please contact me with any questions!

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 

The Moon Area High School 2017-2018 Instrumental Program Year-End DVD is now available for order. This DVD showcases multiple performances and concept videos highlighting the ensembles of the instrumental music department. This video will allow you and your student to re-live memories from the 2017-2018 school year and is the perfect gift for out-of-town friends and family. The cost for each DVD is $20, and orders are due no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
Please click
HERE to view the order form and follow the instructions for how to order your copy. 

Student accounts are current including the last hoagie sale. They also include Pirate games worked through May 20. I have also applied the $100 winter guard dues to the winter guard accounts. I will be checking the band room mail box for payments again on Monday evening. Thank you.

Graduating Senior band members and band parents for information on membership see the Alumni page.  To join, complete the ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

Eligible students who have completed one year of band or orchestra are eligible to place an order.  Both
Band and Orchestra Order Forms have been placed on the website at (Info/Forms/Order).  The DUE DATE for payment is Friday, June 8th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  If you have any questions, contact Denise Wolf at or call at (412) 580-3147.   Payment can be placed in the Band/Orchestra Room Parent Mailbox or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd. Moon Township, PA 15108.

It is suggested that current Symphonic Band and Orchestra students should check the fit on their formal wear in the event they will need a different size in the fall.  Anyone wishing to sell their used formal wear (graduating seniors!!!) may contact Denise Wolf at to provide item details.  These items will go on the Re-Sale List in the fall when students are buying items for the new school year.  


UNIFORM/FLAG HELP FOR MARCHING BAND - We are in need of help in the following areas for the upcoming 2018 marching band season!  WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ANYONE WHO CAN HELP HEM UNIFORMS! 

HEMMING CREW – Must be able to hand stitch a hem using a “whipstitch” or “over/under” (depending on what you call it). Training will be provided to explain how to read the hemming instructions for each uniform.  You should also be able to sew a straight and zigazg stitch on a sewing machine, as well as provide sewing machine. Hemming is done at home after signing out uniforms - then they are returned upon completion. All hemming must be completed no later than August due to the timing of away band camp and Kennywood.  Hemming can start with the Music Camp over June 18-20th. 

CUTTING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. The cutting crew cuts the individual pieces of flags out then puts the sewing kits together for our flag sewers. Must be available select evenings in August after away band camp. We cut in the art room at the high school.  Good scissors that cut fabric and a good sense of fun are all that is required! 

SEWING CREW – Must have a sewing machine.  There will be a “group review class” for those who need reminded on the basics.  We will be using straight and zigzag stitches.  Flags are usually sewn at home with detailed directions and provide own sewing machine. Flags are sewn at home with detailed sewing instructions and pictures. However, help is available for anyone who needs it.  Trusted family members or friends are welcome to sew with us as well! (A trusted family member/friend is defined as someone who will accurately sew a flag and return it on time.) Flag sewing takes place during the months of August and September with the final flags being completed mid-September. This is a vital area of need and your help is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Please contact Denise Wolf before the school year ends at or 412-580-3147.

CLEANING CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. Periodically through the year, the uniforms are sent to the dry cleaners for cleaning. When they are returned, the jackets are separate from the pants. The cleaning crew puts the uniforms back together and returns them to the uniform room. Must be available a handful of select evenings throughout the year. 

CHAPERONE CREW – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Training will be provided. After a performance, the students are required to hang their uniforms back in the uniform room neatly. The chaperone crew quickly checks that they have hung their uniform back on the hanger neatly and accurately. This extends the life of our uniforms and keeps them looking crisp. Must be available select evenings before/after football games, concerts, parades, etc. A schedule will be developed assigning responsibility to each performance.

Fitting and hemming help is the most urgent at the present time. Please contact Denise Wolf before this school year ends at for those two areas, but anytime over the summer for the other areas. Your help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

2018/2019 Fall Sports Physicals for Marching Band Students.
MASD requires all students who participate in Marching Band to obtain a Physical Examination from either their personal physician or the school physician.  All students/parents must register on the PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and select band as the fall sport.  Parents must fill out the on-line portion of the physical examination, then print out the physician/doctor portion to take with them to the examination. 
The school will be sponsoring physical examination on Wednesday July 25 at the High School Athletic Office from 5PM-7PM.  The cost is $20.
All band students must have completed their registration on PA 8 to 18 Athletic site and obtain a physical prior to departing for away band camp on July 29.

Color Guard Members, ONLY , will be scheduled for a Baseline Concussion Test throughout the summer months.  Your appointment time will be communicated during the June 18-20 rehearsals.

Marching Band Color Guard Auditions
MAHS Marching Band will be holding open auditions for the 2018/2019 season. 

Rehearsal dates/times are as follows:
      - ALL members wishing to audition (both vets and new): June 4, June 5, June 6 – 6pm-8pm
     - Audition: June 7 – 5:30PM

Graduation Ceremony – June 8, 2018 – Report at 6PM
Report Time:  6:00 PM – USE Natatorium Entrance ONLY!! – All other entrances will be locked.
          - Rehearsal begins at 6PM, please plan for traffic/walking, etc.
          - Ceremony begins at 7:30PM
          - Commencement should end approximately 9:30 PM

Attire: Dress Clothes – Ceremonial Appropriate! 
                Men – Shirt and Tie, dress pants, dress shoes and matching socks.
                Women – Dress, skirt, pants, blouse, dressy flip-flops, sandals
NO jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, etc.

Students driving will enter the Beaver Grade Road Entrance and park at the middle school, in the back-parking lot along Beaver Grade Road.   Students must have obtained a PARKING PASS from their respective ensemble teachers PRIOR to graduation and must be displayed in your vehicle!
Parents dropping students off must enter the Beaver Grade Road Entrance and drop off students at the Middle School Parking Lot.  Students will walk, SAFELY, to the High School Natatorium Entrance!

Marching Band Pictures – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 8AM – 12PM
The official marching band picture day has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 14 beginning at 8AM at the High School.  Groups to be photographed will included, classes (freshman, sophomores, etc.) sections, and large group.  Pictures can be purchases, additional information will be distributed in the summer.  Students should make every effort to be in attendance for pictures. 

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. June 4 – New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
                                 New Parent Meeting – 6PM – MAHS Band Room
Tue. June 5 –   New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                       Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
Wed. June 6 - New Member Marcher Camp – 6pm-8pm
                        Color Guard Audition Rehearsal for ALL – 6pm-8pm
June 7              Color Guard Auditions – 5:30 – MAHS
June 8              Graduation – All MAHS Instrumentalists Perform – 6PM report – Dress up; shirt tie, etc.
June 11-15 – Off
June 18 – 20       Full Rehearsal for 2018/2019 Marching Band at MAHS – 5pm-9pm


Future Dates
July 17-19        Percussion Camp – 8AM – 2PM
July 17-19        Wind Min-Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 17-19        Color Guard Camp – 5pm-9pm
July 23-27        Home Band Camp – 8AM-3PM; CG 5PM-9PM
July 29-August 3 – Away Band Camp at W&J
August 8          Kennywood Day
August 14        Band Picture Day

Report Time: 6:00 PM - Natatorium Entrance ONLY!! – All other entrances will be locked.
Rehearsal begins at 6PM, please plan for traffic/walking, etc.
Commencement should end between 9:15 & 9:30 PM

Attire:  Dress Clothes – Ceremonial Appropriate! NO JEANS, NO TENNIS SHOES, NO SHORTS!
– Shirt & Tie, dress pants, dress shoes and matching socks
                Ladies – Dress, skirt, dress pants, blouse, dressy sandals

*Information regarding parking and drop-off will be sent out next week*

Graduation Music can be found on the Moon Learning Center (MLC) section of Skyward under Student Access. Please be practicing your music and preparing! 

You are excused from graduation if you are marked with an “X” on Skyward. If you have not contacted me, Graduation is a MANDATORY Performance and will be graded. 

BRAVO to the MAHS Orchestras, the Spring Concert was a success! I am proud of your performance and all of your hardwork. Congratulations on another successful year of orchestra performances! Jim Rodgers was thrilled with the entire concert and very grateful for the experience of performing with the Honors Orchestra. Please, if any parents have pictures from the performance, especially with Jim Rodgers, please send them to me ASAP. Thank you!
Thank you to all of the students who helped me to tune the elementary orchestras this year, especially the Spring Concerts! The students were excited to see you and it was a great help.  
Congrats to the Honors Orchestra students who performed for the MAHS Honors Night held the evening of May 10th, 2018. We received many compliments from faculty, staff, and parents who expressed their apprecation for your performance. 

Private lessons are a great way to enhance a student’s personal skill set. HERE is a list of private lesson teachers in the area. 

 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 ~ June 4, 2018

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