Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 29, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ October 29, 2018

Thursday, November 8 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Thursday, November 8Prospective Music Major Program at MAMS - 7PM 
Monday, November 19 – Collage
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – Pancake Breakfast

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

Thanks to each and every one of our volunteers for helping make PIMBA Championships as successful as it was!  This was an "all hands on deck" and very fluid situation and you all rose to the occasion like the amazing folks you are!  The event would have never happened without you!  We cannot find the appropriate words to express our gratitude.  This has been a fun and crazy and interesting and trying season for us all but we persevered and exceeded all expectations!  Thanks a million and enjoy the down time... until we go into full Pancake Breakfast/Cookie Walk mode!

Despite the incessant sideways rain and cool temps, Senor Recognition went perfectly thanks to Wendy Bloom, Beckie Tobin, Shea Corsetti and their awesome crew!!  Well done band parents and the best wishes to our seniors and their parents!

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this season a success!
A humungous THANKYOU to all who helped make the concession stand a success for PIMBA championships!
To the cooks - your homemade food was a huge hit and our biggest seller - thank you for donating!
To the veteran concession stand workers - thank you - it was absolutely awesome that you were there - it was so reassuring to look over and see everything humming along.  Thank you for showing the student volunteers and thenew parents the ropes.

To the new parent volunteers - thank you for volunteering for such a huge event.  Your patience and willingness to learn was awesome.
To the floaters - thank you for stopping in to see if anything needed done and then doing it.
And...weren't you glad you said YES to concession stand duty?! It was warm and dry! LOL
Karren and Ginny couldn't have accomplished what we did without your help.  Many thanks again.

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

Our Sarris Chocolates and Candies fundraiser is also underway.  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.

Our Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser will begin this week.  We will raffle off a basket filled with area gift cards valued at over $300.  Tickets and information sheets will be mailed to you.  Payment and ticket stubs will be due on Tuesday, November 20.  The drawing will be based on the 7:00 PM PA daily number on Friday, November 23.  If you do not receive them by the weekend, please contact

NewMe's Pies will be delivered on Thursday, November 15.

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. 


Don't forget Scrip gift cards orders are due this Friday, November 2nd for delivery at the Band Parent meeting next Thursday, November 8th.
HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact if you have any questions. 

On behalf ot the students and staff of the MAHS Marching Band, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who have made the MAHS Marching Band season a success.  From chaperoneing to volunteering foot, to pushing equipment to performances, to taking care of our uniforms, we could not have been as successfull as we were without you.  Also, many thanks to all those who volunteered  to make PIMBA Championships a successful show.  We represented MAHS Marching Band as hosts for championships with the same professionalism and attention to detail as your students perform with on the field.  Now, we can all dry-out and take a well-deserved break!  Thank you!!

So You Want to Be a Music Major - Thursday, November 8 - 7PM - Moon Area Middle School LGI
MASD Music Department will be hosting a discussion centered around students who wish to study music in college.  We will have two guest speakers from Seton Hill University and literature from colleges/universities specifically from music departments.  This seminar is open to students in grades 8-12 both in and outside of Moon Area School District.  For further information, contact Mr. Barthen.

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

Thu. 11/8 - Prospective Music Major Program at MAHS - 7PM - Middle School LGI

Future Dates
November 13 - PMEA Honor Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny 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 29, 2018

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