Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 10, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 10, 2018

Friday, Sept. 14 – Football vs. Baldwin (H)
Thursday, Sept. 20 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, Sept. 21 – Football vs. Chartiers Valley (A)
Thursday, Sept. 27 – Homecoming Parade 5:00PM
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Band Note and Jacket Distribution 8:40PM
Friday, Sept. 28 – Football vs. Bethel Park (H)
Monday, October 1 – PMEA Honors Band Auditions
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.

Anyone who has not yet picked up their apparel orders can do so Tuesday 9/11 after practice at the Natatorium entrance.  I will be parked there at 9pm.
If you are awaiting the corrected "Color Guard" shirts, I will be in touch with you individually to arrange getting those shirts to you as I hope to have them back by Tuesday 9/11/18.

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. A great big thank you to everyone who helped to prep for, chaperone, and deliver equipment for Saturday's PIMBA Competition at Kiski. Despite several changes in plans due to the weather and Moon's own campus craziness a great job was done by all! 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.  For questions, please contact Andrea Ward at

A volunteer(s) is needed to assume the role of Raffle Basket Chairperson. It's not a difficult task as most baskets are provided by the band parents, band sections, and local businesses. There are only three events in which baskets are needed: PIMBA Championships at the end of October, the Pancake Breakfast/Cookie Walk in December and our event in the spring. If interested or if you would just like to know more information before deciding, please contact Andrea Ward at for details.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped with the concession stand for the Pine Richland game.  We are still in need of volunteers for the September 14 game against Baldwin for both Thursday night prep and Friday's game. Remember- it's always warm (ok... maybe a little hot) and dry in the concession stand!
 Friday night Sign up HERE.
Thursday Nigh Set-up Sign up HERE

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Thursday night prep, concession stand Friday night and hoagie prep Saturday morning!!

Mike Connors- thank you for helping Paul with the ice.  Lori Kemp, Tammy Yurkovich
A special thank you to Shari and Paul Ruppel for their help prepping the stand Thursday night- they took on the Herculean task of organizing a triple order of our beverages. 


John Broderick, Jason Corsetti, Joneatra Florence , Jon Hunter, Brenda Messner, Shari Ruppel, Paul Ruppel, Linda Siemons, Adrian and Cami Sirbu
Karen Pritchard- thanks for the awesome tray of halushki!

– Thank you!
Julie Bookser, Amy Clark, Carla Collier, Shea Corsetti, Vicki Hricz, Lori Kemp, Linda Konley, Sherry Presutti, Cheryl Sayre, Sarah Schmitz, Lynne Vanderbosche

We are truly blessed with such a great group of parents who are willing to help the band!!  If we missed anyone who helped, we apologize but know that your efforts were much appreciated!!

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.

NewMe Pies are at the Moon Township farmer's market every Wednesday from 3-6:00, at the Municipal Building.  So, if you are hungry for delicious fruit pies, please stop by. 

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 has approximately 20 red & white paneled golf umbrellas with “Moon Area” and the tiger logo printed on one panel.   Umbrellas are $15.00 each.  Andrea will have them with her in her car in the parking lot at Tuesday night’s rehearsal.  Or 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. 

9/14 - Football Game vs. Baldwin – Home – Report time is 5:30PM; 7PM Kick-off
Itinerary can be found in the Director folder on and on Skyward

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!

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 – Band students who wish to take the October 13 PSAT at Moon Area High School will do so on Saturday,
October 13, 2018 beginning at 6:15AM. THIS IS EARLIER THAN THE NORMAL TESTING TIME, AND ONLY RESERVED FOR MARCHING BAND STUDENTS. This will permit band students to take the PSAT and be able to ride the band bus to Canton, Ohio for the Bands of America Regional preliminary performance.  $25 cash (CASH ONLY) to Mrs. Wilhelm in room 140 by Monday, September 10 by 2:30. 
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.  Students who do not perform in the preliminary BOA competition WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE to perform in the finals competition, if the band qualifies.

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. 9/10 – Perc & Color Guard Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS – Closer Dots

Tue. 9/11 – Wind Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS – Closer Dots
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 – Choreo, Closer Dots, and Pre-show
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
                 - Jacket and Senior Note distribution at 8:40pm
Fri. 9/28 – Football Game vs. Bethel Park – Homecoming – 5:30 Report time; 7:00PM kick-off
Sat. 9/29 – Homecoming Dance!
Mon. 10/1 – PMEA Honors Band Auditions at South Fayette H.S. - Van departs at 2:30PM
Tue. 10/2 – Full Band Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Thu. 10/4 - Full Band Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Fri. 10/5 – Football Game @ Peters Township H.S. – Report time TBD
Sat. 10/6 – PIMBA Show at Norwin H.S. - Report time is 1PM; Performance time – TBA

Future Dates
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 ~ September 10, 2018

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