Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 17, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ September 17, 2018

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.

Please plan to attend the MONTHLY band parent meeting this Thursday at 7:00pm in the band room. We have many things to prepare for as October is almost here and is going to be a VERY busy but fun month! 

It's official! We are ordering "tour" shirts this week! For those new to band, each year we have someone create a t-shirt that coordinates with the theme of our competition show for the season and this year is no exception. Kaylee Priddy is our designer this year. She is a Moon Grad and talented artist and is also one of our Color Guard techs this year. Please be on the lookout for order forms later this week. We will need to have your orders quickly to ensure that we receive the shirts back in time for the competitions.

We are still in need of someone (or even a few people) to oversee the raffle baskets for PIMBA Championships, The Pancake Breakfast and Cookie Walk in December, and for our Spring event. It's not as daunting a task as it may seem but is a huge money-maker for the band! Please contact Andrea Ward at for more info. 

A big THANK YOU to all of you who helped set up and run the concession stand this past week! Your help was greatly appreciated!
We are in need of volunteers to help set up Thursday September 27 in the evening and help with the concession stand on Friday September 28. 
Please click on the links below to sign up-

 Friday night Sign up HERE.
Thursday Nigh Set-up Sign up HERE

We are looking for about 6-7 volunteers to help paint senior yard notes at the Pelkington's on Monday, September 24th. No artistic talent needed. Please contact Andrea Ward at .

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.

Orders and payments for the J&J Hoagie and pepperoni roll fundraiser are due onTuesday, September 18..  The order must be submitted on Wednesday morning, so NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, September 26, from 4-5:30 PM, in the high school cafeteria.  Order forms are available on-line. 

Our Chestnut Hill Candle Company fundraiser begins on Tuesday, September 18.  New items this year are 3-scent packs of wax melts.  Each candle or 3-pack sells for $12.00 and earns $4.25 per item for your student's account.  Brochures and Master order forms are only available in the band room.  Information sheets are available HERE and in the band room.  Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your order.  Orders and payments are due on October 9.

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 event to work at Heinz Field is a Steeler Game on Sunday, September 30th.  The report time is 5:00 PM and the game will start at 8:30 PM.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at to get started.

Student accounts are up to date through August 19th Aramark game.

There were students eligible to order Band Jackets this past May (current sophomores, freshmen who marched as 8th graders and upperclassmen who have completed one year of band) that did not do so as they already had a jacket with another sport.  If those students would like to receive their Band Varsity Letter so they can add it to their jacket, they should send Mrs. Wolf an email at  These varsity letters will be presented at the Band Jacket / Band Note Ceremony on September 27th.  Contact Mrs. Wolf at 412-580-3147 with any questions.  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 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. 


Don’t forget Scrip gift card orders will be delivered 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. 

9/21 - Football Game @ Chartiers Valley – Away – Report time: PIT 4:15; Winds/Battery 4:45PM;
Itinerary can be found in the Director folder on and on Skyward

Wind Music Memorization 
1st round of Music Memorization Testing has been completed.  If your student has a “0” in the Music Memorization grade column, they have failed a portion of the test and need to retake.  Testing needs to be completed by October 5.
Homecoming Parade – 9/27
The Homecoming parade is Thursday, September 27 at 5:30pm on the campus of MAHS.  Students will report to the M.S. Parking Lot at 5:00pm.  At 5:30pm, the parade will proceed down Tiger Trail to the Stadium.  The band will perform, other recognition will occur.  The ceremonies will conclude around 7:00PM.  We will continue our rehearsal on the M.S. Parking Lot at 7:00pm.  Rehearsal will end at 9PM.  Students should dress for the weather and try to wear something red.
Jacket & Senior Note Distribution – 9/27
The distribution of Senior Notes and Band Jackets will occur at 8:45pm on Thursday, 9/27 after rehearsal.  Parents who wish to attend this ceremony should arrive before 8:40pm.
Just a reminder that starting with the first week of October, rehearsals for the Color Guard and all of the Percussion will take place on Tuesday’s and Thursdays.  This will start on October 2 and continue for the rest of the season.

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.  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. 9/17 – Perc & Color Guard Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS

Tue. 9/18 – Wind Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM – MAHS
Thu. 9/20 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6PM-9PM
Fri. 9/21 – Football @ Chartiers Valley H.S. – Away– Report time 4:15 for PIT; 4:45 for everyone else. Departure 5:15PM; Kick-off 7PM
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 – 7:30PM
Tue. 10/9 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9PM – MAHS
Thu. 10/11 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Fri. 10/12 – Football Game @ Upper St. Clair H.S. – Report Time TBD
Sat. 10/13 – Bands of America Competition – Report time around 9AM; Performance time TBD – Do not know times from BOA yet, as soon as they are released, update will be sent.

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 17, 2018

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