Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 5, 2018

Moon Area Instrumental Newsletter ~ November 5, 2018

Thursday, November 8 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Thursday, November 8 – Prospective Music Major Program – 7PM
Monday, November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
Monday, November 19 – Collage
Wednesday, December 5 – Band Parent Meeting – 7PM
Sunday, December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk - Pancake Breakfast
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Monday, December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
Thursday, December 20 - MAHS Band Winter Concert - 7pm

Miss all your band friends on Friday nights?? Miss the Friday Night Lights? We have the answer to help you with “band season withdrawal”!
We are hosting a playoff game Friday, November 9 and we need help in the concession stand for both set up on Thursday night and the game Friday.
Volunteering to help would be greatly appreciated!! 
Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius links below.
Thursday Night Sign Up
Friday Night Sign Up HERE 

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

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.

Tickets for the Black Friday Bountiful Basket Raffle fundraiser were mailed last 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 do 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
Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the basket

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 Sunday, December 2nd with a 9:30 AM report time and a 1:00 start time.  All necessary training can be done from home!  Please contact Heather Park at to get started.

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.

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. 


Reminder- Scrip gift cards will be delivered at the Band Parent meeting on Thursday evening, November 8th. 
Click HERE for the schedule for monthly Scrip order and delivery dates.
Contact if you have any questions. 

CONCERT BAND (Period 1, 4A, 5A)
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 6:00PM-7:30PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, December 11 – 7:30PM-9:15PM
Rehearsal #2 – Monday, December 17 – 7:30PM – 9:15PM
Concert – Thursday, December 20 – 7:00PM

Please plan now for these graded rehearsals!

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.

Winter Color Guard Meeting – Monday, November 19 – 7:00PM – H.S. Band Room
Organizational Meeting for parents and students regarding the 2018/2019 edition of the MAHS Winter Color Guard.  Winter guard is open to students who performed in the 2018 fall marching band color guard.

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
Sat. 11/10 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal at North Hills M.S – 1PM-6PM
Mon. 11/12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Band Auditions at North Allegheny H.S. – Van Departs at 2:30pm
Sat. 11/17 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal at North Hills M.S – 9AM-5PM
Sun. 11/18 – PMEA Honors Band Rehearsal and Concert at North Hills M.S.
Mon 11/19 – Winter Guard Meeting – 7PM – H.S. Band Room
Tue. 11/20 – Collage Auditions – 2:30PM – H.S. Band Room
Thu. 11/22 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Future Dates
November 12 – PMEA Honors Jazz Auditions at North Allegheny H.S.
December 9 – MAHS Band Cookie Walk – MAHS Cafeteria – Small Groups to play
December 11 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
December 17 – Concert Band and Symphonic Band Concert Rehearsal
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 ~ November 5, 2018

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