Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 27, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ August 27, 2018

Friday, August 31 – Football vs. Mars (A)
Friday, Sept. 7 – Football vs. Pine Richland (H)
Saturday, Sept. 8 – PIMBA Competition at KISKI AREA H.S.
Friday, Sept. 14 – Football vs. Baldwin (H)
Thursday, Sept. 20 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, Sept. 21 – Football vs. Chartiers Valley (A)
Friday, Sept. 28 – Football vs. Bethel Park (H)
Friday, October 5 – Football vs. Peters Township (A)

Saturday, October 6 - PIMBA Competition at Norwin H.S.

Thank you to all the chaperones, medical, and equipment crew who assisted with Friday night's football game. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. Please check this week's schedule to see if your are assisting us this weekend.  Report time is 4:15 PM.   For questions, please contact Andrea Ward at

Thank you to everyone who helped last week with the concession stand!
We had a great crew that set-up the stand on Thursday night, which made start-up a breeze on Friday!

The Band Stand needs your help to make it run smoothly! There are many jobs that need to be filled. Remember... it's always warm and dry in the Band Stand!  Sign up HERE.

There are still a few slots to fill to help set up the Band Stand the night before the Friday night home games.  Sign up HERE

Senior Pole Notes were hung last week just in time for the first game. Please consider purchasing your child's note to be distributed after marching season ends. The price is $18.00 and payment should made to MABPO and can be dropped in the MABPO mailbox in the band room.

There are just a few days left to sell tickets for the September lottery raffle.  Ticket stubs and payments are due by Thursday, August 30.  Payment must be received by this date in order for tickets to be valid.  Winners will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily lottery during the month of September.  Good luck!

Our J&J Hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser begins on Tuesday, August 28.  Each delicious 16-inch hoagie is made on a Mancini's hoagie roll.  Order forms are available on-line.  There will be a few forms available in the band room for those who cannot print them from home.  Orders and payment will be due on Tuesday, September 18.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, September 26, from 4-5:30 PM, in the high school cafeteria.

We still have "Moon Band" light up bands available for purchase.  The bands have on/off switches and will last for approximately 15 hours.  The batteries can be replaced.  Bands can be purchased in the band stand at football games or you can contact  Each band is $5.00.  Profit benefits the general fund.  See photo HERE.

A summary of MABPO fundraisers can be found HERE.  Please contact with any questions

Fundraising through Heinz Field and PNC Park Concessions is a great way to earn money to pay for all of your child’s future band expenses.  Many parents who participate pay nothing out of pocket for Away Band Camp, Disney Trips, and uniform needs.  The next event to work at Heinz Field is the Pitt/Penn State Game on Saturday, September 8th with a 4:30 report time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at to get started.

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 Andrea directly at 

Thank you to all who came out and supported the Guard.  Thank you to Clearview Federal Credit Union for the use of their facility!

Students will be able to purchase gloves before games or competitions as needed.  Cash or checks (made payable to MABPO) are accepted.

Student accounts are current through the July 11th Aramark game. The cost of band camp is also included. Therefore, if you have a zero balance, your student's account is paid in full. Thank you.

Moon Band Parent Organization has a private Facebook group where events are posted.  It is a closed group and you can request access to “Moon Area Band Parents”.  You will be prompted to identify your moon band student and the year they graduate.
As a reminder, please do not post videos on social media where the general public can view them.  This is especially important as we begin the season. 


Scrip gift card orders are due Friday, September 14th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, September 20th. 
Click HERE for the schedule for monthly order and delivery dates.
Contact if you have any questions. 

8/31/18 - Football Game vs. Mars H.S. – Away – Report time is 4:15PM; Departure 4:50PM - 7PM Kick-off
Itinerary can be found HERE in the Director folder on

Marching Band Rehearsals for 8/27 are as follows:
Percussion – 5PM-8PM
Guard – 6PM-9PM
All of the remaining weekday rehearsals are from 6PM-9PM unless otherwise noted.

Students will need their instruments in class for the first day of school.  Students can come into the band room before 1st period, drop their instruments in their locker.

Rehearsals for the Week of September 3-7
Due to Labor Day, we will have Full Band rehearsals on both Tuesday 9/4 and Thursday 9/6.  NO REHEARSAL ON Monday 9/3.

9/8/18 – PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area High School – Report – 12:30pm; Depart 4:00pm; Perform – 7:45pm

Our first competition will be held on September 8.  Report time is 12:45pm. The band will rehearse before departing.  MABPO will feed the students dinner on the bus en-route to the show. Our performance time is 7:45pm at Kiski Area H.S., in Vandergrift, PA.

The Stadium IS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.  NEW STADIUM!! – 240 Hyde Park Road; Vandergrift, PA  15690.

Wind Music Memorization Schedule.
Wind and percussion musicians must memorize all marching band music.  This includes 3 selections for pre-game (Alma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, MAHS Fight Song), Football Halftime Show (Anyway You Want It, Africa, Final Countdown), and all 3 movements of the competitions show.  Memorization tests will be done in groups of 8-10 instruments after school during the week of September 3 and finish September 12.  This playing test is a weighted class grade on the first nine-weeks report cards.  The schedule will be distributed at the conclusion on the August 14 rehearsal.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BEGINS TO MEMORIZE THEIR MUSIC NOW!

Distribution of access codes to the secure portion of on Monday, 6/18.  There are various secure folders with information located under the documents section.  Music and information will begin to appear on the web-site.  You must login, (similar to log-in for student account balances), after successful log-in, go to the top right of the page and select Member.  On the next page select Student underneath the list of folders.  A page will open up containing folders of all of the music, which was posted.  Open the folders and select your part to print.  Check back frequently, music will be uploaded once it has been completed.  If there are questions regarding parts, wind players e-mail Mr. Barthen at, and percussion players e-mail Mr. Fear at  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!

UPDATE - JULY 9 - Updated Movement 1 parts were uploaded to the web-site for ALL SECTIONS Monday (7.9) PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - JULY 16 - Movement 2 parts were uploaded to the web-site Monday (7.16) as well as for ALL instruments.  PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC!!

UPDATE - AUGUST 6 - Movement 3 WIND parts will be uploaded to the site Monday 8.6. - PRACTICE YOUR MUSIC

Bands of America Regional at The Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium –October 13, 2018 - IMPORTANT 
The MAHS Marching Band will be defending its 2016 and 2017 AA title at the BOA Regional held at Canton, Ohio Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium.  (Yes, this is the same stadium where the Hall of Fame game is played, Chicago vs Baltimore on 8/2 this year).
As of now, we are slated to perform between 2PM-4PM.  Times will be solidified in late August.  Students will be reporting to the H.S. around 9AM, departing on three motor coaches, arriving, warming-up, performance in the preliminary competition, and either watching the finals performance, or performing in the finals performance, which begins around 7:00pm.  Logistics are being worked out now, this will be an extremely long day for all involved, please plan accordingly.

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. Aug. 27 - Perc. 5PM-9PM  CG Rehearsal - 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. Aug. 28 -  Wind Rehearsal - 
Thu. Aug. 30 - Full Band Rehearsal - 
Fri. Aug 31 - Football at Mars H.S. - 7PM Kick-off, Report time 4:15 PM

Mon. 9/3 – Labor Day – No School/No Rehearsal
Tue. 9/4 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM
Wed. 9/5 – MAHS Open House
Thu. 9/6 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM
Fri. 9/7 – Football Game vs. Pine Richland – Home – Report time 5:30; Kick-off7pm
Sat. 9/8 – PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S. – Report time 12:30PM –performance time is 7:45 PM.
Mon. 9/10 – Perc & Color Guard Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS

Tue. 9/11 – Wind Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. 9/13 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – Rocco In

Fri. 9/14 – Football vs. Baldwin – Home – Report time – 5:30pm – Kick-off – 7PM
Mon. 9/17 – Perc & Color Guard Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Tue. 9/18 – Wind Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. 9/20 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – Rocco In
Fri. 9/21 – Football @ Chartiers Valley H.S. – Away


Future Dates
August 28        First Day of School
August 31       Football Game at Mars - Kick-off - 7PM
Sept. 8            PIMBA Competition at Kiski Area H.S.
October 6       PIMBA Competition at Norwin H.S.
October 13     BOA at Canton, OH
October 20     PIMBA Competition at Deer Lakes
October 27     PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S.


 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
c/o Shea Corsetti
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 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 ~ August 27, 2018

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