Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 3, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 3, 2018

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.
Saturday, October 13 - BOA Competition at Canton, OH.

Thursday, October 18 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 20 - PIMBA Competition at Deer Lakes
Saturday, October 20 - PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S..

Decals, Parent Apparel and Student Apparel Orders Have Arrived!
Please pick up your order after practice on Tuesday 09/04 or Thursday 09/06 night.  I will be parked at the Natatorium entrance.  
If you're not able to pick up your order then, please text or email me and we'll work out another arrangement.
Thank you!  Grace Cap
412-956-0827 or

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 you are assisting us this weekend.  Report time is 5:30 PM for the game on Friday.  Report time is 12:30 PM for the PIMBA competition.   For questions, please contact Andrea Ward at

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped with the concession stand for the Montour game.  Concession stand needs a few more helpers on Friday Night for the game. No experience necessary!  Sign up for both activities through Sign Up Genius here:

 Friday night Sign up HERE.

Senior Pole Notes are up! 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.

Our J&J Hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser is underway.  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 2 events to work at Heinz Field are a Pitt game on Saturday, September 15th with a 9 AM report time and a Steelers game on Sunday, September 16th with a 9:30 AM 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 

Student accounts are up to date through August 5th Aramark game.

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 Parent Organization”.  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. 

9/7 - Football Game vs. Pine Richland – Home – Report time is 5:30PM; 7PM Kick-off
Itinerary can be found in the Director folder on and on Skyward

9/8 – PIMBA COMPEITION at KISKI AREA H.S. – Report time is 12:30pm
Itinerary can be found in the Directors folder on and on Skyward

Parents’ Guide to a Marching Band Competition can also be found in the Director’s Folder on and on Skyward.  PARENTS, PLEASE READ!

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.
PLEASE NOTE: MAHS Marching Band will be departing Kiski H.S. after we perform, then load the equipment back onto the trailers.  The band WILL NOT be taking part in the “recognition ceremony” at the conclusion of the show.  This was discussed and decided upon in order to curtail the cost of transportation in regard to driver’s hours.  I will tweet our departure and arrival.

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.

PSAT on October 13 – The MAHS Guidance counselors and Mr. Barthen are working out a plausible solution to the conflict with the PSAT and the Canton BOA.  We are waiting for approval from a neighboring school district for band students to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11 during school hours at a neighboring school.  Registration for BOA Regional competitions opened in January 2018, the College Board released testing dates in late April of 2018.  If a student takes the PSAT at MAHS on Saturday, October 13, they will not be finished with the test in time to take the bus.  Details will be released regarding the decision of the neighboring school district as soon as it is known.

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. 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
Wed. 9/12 –  Volunteer small group of band students to perform at MASD Elementary Instrumental Parent Meeting – 7:00PM – MAHS Auditorium
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– Report time 4:30 for Pit; 5:00 for everyone else.

Mon. 9/24 – Perc & Color Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Tue. 9/25 – Wind Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS

Thu. 9/27 – Homecoming Parade at MAHS – Report time 5pm in Middle School Parking Lot – Wear red! – Parade is from middle school to stadium.
                    FULL Band Rehearsal – After Parade until 9PM
Fri. 9/28 – Football Game vs. Bethel Park – Homecoming – 5:30 Report time; 7:00PM kick-off

Sat. 9/29 – Homecoming Dance!

Future Dates
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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