Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 8, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8 – No School
Tuesday, October 9 - PIMBA Forms are due
Friday, October 12 – Football Game vs. Upper St. Clair (A)
Saturday, October 13 - BOA Competition at Canton, OH.

Thursday, October 18 – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Friday, October 19 – Football vs. Woodland Hills (H)

Saturday, October 20 - PIMBA Competition at Deer Lakes
Wednesday, October 24 – Halloween Parade at Moon Park
Thursday, October 25 – Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 26 – Football vs. West Allegheny (H) – Senior Recognition Night
Saturday, October 27 - PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S.

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, October 26, 2018
A Celebration for our 2018 Band Graduates and their families is just around the corner!  Please consider helping out with food, drinks or your time.  All are greatly appreciated!  SIGN UP HERE
Please contact Wendy Bloom with any questions. 

Senior Recognition Invitations were sent out last week.  If a Band Senior parent has not received an invitation, please contact Wendy Bloom.

PIMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS Competition ~ Saturday, October 27, 2018
Click HERE to volunteer on a committee at our PIMBA Competition.
We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Andrea @

PIMBA Program - "Dedication Ads" & "Band Notes" & “Program Ads” 
Show your support for your favorite Moon Area Marching Band member by purchasing a "Dedication Ad" or a "Band Note" in the 2018 PIMBA Program.
Our 2018 PIMBA Programs will be available to you and hundreds of other spectators on Saturday, October 27, 2018, as we host our annual PIMBA Championship Competition at Tiger Stadium.
Please share the ad information with your student, family, and friends. 
Click HERE
to print the "Dedication Ad" instructions
Click HERE
to print the "Band Note" instructions
PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for both ads has been extended to Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  
DON'T DELAY! Contact Andrea @ if you have any questions

Own a business or know someone who does? Support our band and place an ad for all to see!  Click HERE
to print the “Program Ad” for business.  Program ads are due by October 9, 2018.

PIMBA Championship Candy Grams and T-Shirts
Order a Candy Gram for your favorite marching band and colorguard member!  A thoughtful way to send appreciation for a job well done!
Order forms are available
HERE for the PIMBA Championship T-Shirts. 
PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for both T-shirts and Candy-Grams has been extended to Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  
Forms can be dropped in the band room mailbox or mailed.

The 2018 Tour Shirts are ready!  Support the Moon Area Marching Band this season by wearing a shirt featuring this year's competition theme, A Time for Everything, during games and competitions.  In keeping with this year's theme, the shirts are black and come in a variety of sizes* - please click HERE for size and ordering details. Tour shirts are available to purchase on a first come-first serve basis. 

We are in need of volunteers for Friday night 10/19 concession stand.

Friday 10/26 is a special night for Senior Parents!  We are in need of parents of underclassment to help in the concession stand so our Senior parents can have the night off.
Our customers LOVE homemade food!! If you are unable to help in the stand, please consider donating a tray of pierogis of halushki!!

Please click on the link below to sign up-
Friday nights Sign up HERE.

Help is needed from 3PM – 10PM in the concession stand for PIMBA Championships, Saturday 10/27/18.  Breaks will be given throughout that time.  Click HERE to sign up.

Orders and payments for the Chestnut Hill Candle Company fundraiser are due on Tuesday, October 9.  Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your order.  Both copies of the order form must be turned in.  Delivery will be on Thursday, November 15.

Our NewMe's Pies fundraiser is underway!  The delicious fruit pies are $13.50 each, savory chicken pot pies are $5.00 each, and yummy Canadian butter tart 4-packs are $12.00 each.  All products arrive frozen and keep well in your freezer, so stock up for the holidays.  Information sheets and order forms are HERE and there will be some available in the band room for those who cannot print from home.  Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 23.  Delivery will be on Thursday, November 15.

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 a Pitt game on Saturday, October 27th with a report time TBD.  There will also be a Steelers Game on Sunday, October 28th with a 9:30 report time and 1:00 start time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at to get started.

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.

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, October 12th for delivery at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday, October 18th.
Click HERE for the schedule for monthly order and delivery dates.
Contact if you have any questions. 

10/12 - Football Game @ USC  – AWAY – Report time: 4:30(Pit: 4:15)
10/13 - BOA Competition – Report 8AM at Middle School – No Access to H.S.  

Football itinerary and BOA itinerary can be found in the Director folder on and on Skyward.

NOT RIDING HOME FROM FOOTBALL GAME- If you are taking the PSAT early Saturday (10/13) and will be leaving the football game after your halftime performance obligations are completed, a note/email will be needed for Principal approval and given to Mr. Barthen no later than Thursday, October 11.  Notes presented after that time will not be honored.  As per handbook, students are not permitted to ride home with siblings, high school students, etc.  Please be exact who is picking up your child on the note.  In addition, the parent must be visibly seen by Mr. Barthen.  (NO ONE ELSE!).  Parents should find the band at USC Stadium after halftime to be dismissed, students will not be permitted to “find” you in the stadium.  Students will then need to return to the bus and change out of uniform and place instrument away, in cases, on trailer.  Students should identify someone in the band to hang-up their band uniform and raincoats upon returning to the school.

Halloween Parade at Moon Park 10/24 - Moon Twp. Park & Rec. is holding a Halloween event on Wednesday, 10/24.  This is a voluntary event, but we need to have at least 20-30 students attend.  Students should arrive at Moon Park at 4:00 PM at the Amphitheater, and activities will conclude at 6:30PM.  Students are encouraged to dress in costume, we will be marching a mini-parade using fight song, stand cheers, etc.  

KDKA Radio Interview with Rob Pratte – October 23.
Mr. Rob Pratte from KDKA radio will be interviewing Mr. Barthen regarding the upcoming PIMBA Championship show hosted by Moon Area High School.  This will be done in coordination with the Marching Band’s evening 6pm rehearsal.  Mr. Pratte will be placing the interview on his KDKA Radio Facebook and Youtube channels.  He MAY use video of the band rehearsing as the background.  If you would like your child NOT to be included in this recording/video, please let Mr. Barthen know, via e-mail, by Monday, October 22, 2018.  If there are any questions, please contact.   

TRUNK OR TREAT – 10/25 – This has become a tradition to decorate parent’s vehicles and pass out candy to the kid’s ala trick-or treating around the neighborhoods/cars.  Students will dress-up for rehearsal, and trunk-or treat.  This will begin around 9:00PM.  Check for additional details and pictures from previous years events.  To make candy plans, we have 123 students in the marching band!

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. 10/8 – No School
                       Color Guard Rehearsal – 6pm-8pm - MAHS
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 4:30 (Pit 4:15); Kick-off 7:30
Sat. 10/13 – Bands of America Competition – Report time 8:00AM at Middle School; Performance time 3:45pm
Mon. 10/15 –

Tue. 10/16 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9PM – MAHS
Thu. 10/18 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS
Fri. 10/19 – Football Game vs. Woodland Hills - Home. – Report Time 5:30; Kick-off - 7pm
Sat. 10/20 – PIMBA Competition at Deer Lakes – Report time – 12:00PM; Performance 7:00PM
Tue. 10/23 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9PM – MAHS
Wed. 10/24 – Moon Twp. Halloween Parade – 4:00 – 6:30PM

Thu. 10/25 – Full Band Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm – MAHS
            – Trunk or Treat – 9:00 PM – MAHS

Fri. 10/26 – Football Game vs. West Allegheny H.S. – Report Time 5:30; Kick-off 7:00 - Senior Recognition Night
Sat. 10/27 – PIMBA Championships at MAHS - Report Time and Performance time not known.

Future Dates
October 6       PIMBA Competition at Norwin H.S. Report time 1PM, Performance time – 7:30PM
October 13     BOA at Canton, OH
October 20     PIMBA Competition at Deer Lakes
– Performance Time – 7:00PM
October 27     PIMBA Championships at Moon Area H.S.
December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm


 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 ~ October 8, 2018

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