Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 22, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 22, 2018

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.

Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

PIMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS Competition ~ Saturday, October 27, 2018
Volunteers are still needed for the PIMBA Competition on Saturday, October 27.  Click HERE to volunteer. We need your help! If you have any questions, contact Andrea @

Positions still needed:
14 - Parking Committee
9 – Guest Band Chaperones
1 - Band Stand Grillers
1 – Band Stand Cashiers
3 – Band Stand Food Tent
1 – Band Stand Floater

Thank you!

PIMBA FLYERS are available for download.  Print out copies and help promote the event!

PIMBA Competition FANS!
Want to show your support for the Moon Area Marching Band during upcoming PIMBA shows? Keeping with this year’s show theme “A TIME FOR EVERYTING”, the MABPO is selling Light Up Fans. Help us to light up the stands with Tiger fans as the band takes the field. Fans are available for $5.00 each. The PIMBA Championship is coming up this Sat, October 27. Buy a couple of fans now and light them up Saturday to show your support!  You can pick them up after practice on Thursday 10/25.  Exact change only or checks made payable to MABPO.  See order form HERE.

SENIOR RECOGNITION NIGHT – Friday, October 26, 2018

Seniors and their parents should arrive at the high school cafeteria between 4:45-5:15 PM to be photographed.  After photos, you will be escorted to the stadium.  During halftime presentation, you will accompany your senior band member onto the field.  Dinner for senior band members and their parents is after the football game. 
Please contact Wendy Bloom with any questions. 

Tour shirts are still available in select sizes. Please email, text, or call Andrea to check sizes needed, or just flag her down as they are in her car.

We are still in need of volunteers for both Friday 10/26 and Saturday 10/27 to help with the concession stand.
Please go to the Sign Up Genius and sign up to help. Thanks!

Click HERE to help Friday Night!
Click HERE to be a volunteer Saturday Night!

NewMe's Pies fundraiser orders and payments are due on Tuesday, October 23.  Delivery will be on Thursday, November 15, from 4:00-5:30 PM, in the high school cafeteria.

Our Suburban Landscape greenery and poinsettia fundraiser is underway.  Items include wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Order forms can be found HERE.  Orders are due by Wednesday, November 7.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, December 5. 

Our Sarris Chocolates and Candies fundraiser begins on Tuesday, October 23.  Now is the time to order all of your holiday candy for gifts and stocking stuffers.  Brochures and order forms are available in the band room.  Information sheets are be found in the band room and HERE.  Orders and payments are due on November 13.  Deliver will be on December 12.

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.

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 Steelers game on Thursday, November 8th with a 5:00 report time and an 8:20 start time.  There will also be a Pitt Game on Saturday, November 10th with a report time TBD.  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.

Student accounts are current through the September 30th payouts for Aramark. 

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. 


Click HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact if you have any questions. 

10/26 - Football Game vs. West Allegheny  – HOME – Report time: 5:30pm
10/27 – PIMBA Champs - – Report time: 1:00pm
     - ADMISSION: $9.00 – Adults; $5.00 for students and Senior Citizens; Gates open at 3pm with      Opening Ceremonies start at 4:00PM.
     - Schedule of Bands can be found at
     - Meals:
     - The MAHS Alumni Band Parents Organization will be serving the students a sit-down dinner in the cafeteria at 4PM. Please plan accordingly if you will need additional food. STUDENTS MUST STAY AT SCHOOL FOR THE DURATION OF THE DAY.  STUDENTS CANNOT LEAVE CAMPUS FOR ANY REASON.

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

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

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 1:00PM; Performance time 8:45PM.

Future Dates
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 22, 2018

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