Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 16, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 16, 2020

Thursday, April 16
– Band Parents Meeting
April 23 – 26 – Virginia Trip
Monday, May 11 – Percussion Ensemble Concert
Thursday, May 14 – Band Parents Meeting
Friday, May 15 – Jazz Ensemble Concert
Sunday, May 17 – Band Banquet
Wednesday, May 20 – Spring Band Concert
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, June 6 – Graduation Performance

Spring Fling Bountiful basket raffle will continue as scheduled.  Please, mail your completed ticket stubs and check for payment by March 26 to:
Suite 12 PMB 174
5990 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA  15108

Please consider donating one or more gift cards for the raffle.  The gift card donation Sign-up Genius can be found HERE. Consider purchasing your gift cards from the Alumni Association Scrip program!

Mark your calendars!  Moon Band's second annual Mattress Sale will be held on Sunday, May 3, in the high school auxiliary gym.  Student worker sign-ups will be posted in the band room in April.

Please contact with any questions

Anyone interested in raising money for their Band student by working for Aramark at Heinz Field MUST let me know BY MAY 11TH. All paperwork will be sent out to you to be completed digitally. There will be 2 summer concerts this year: Kenny Chesney on May 30th and The Rolling Stones on June 23rd. These are usually good events to work because the payouts are higher and the workload tends to be lighter. This would be a great way to pay for the upcoming Away Band Camp without having to spend any of your own money! Please email Heather Park at to sign up or get more information.

If you are interested in raising money for your Band student by working at PNC Park this upcoming 2020 baseball season, watch for Grand Slam Training coming soon!  This is a great opportunity to start filling those accounts in anticipation of next year’s trip or Band Camp. Most parents who participate pay nothing or very little for the Band Trips. If you have interest, please send an email to, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

We are still looking for at least two people to manage the concession stand next year.  If interested please contact Ginny Kotok or Heidi

Don’t forget to order your gift cards for the Spring Basket raffle through the scrip program!
Click HERE for the 2020 Season Scrip Schedule.
For information on how to order Scrip, please click HERE.

An amendment to the bylaws was presented at the February MABPO meeting.  The amendment proposes to add the position of Vice President.  The amendment is posted HERE and will be voted on at the next regular scheduled meeting.  The March meeting has been postponed until further notice.

Beginning in February, the Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations for the 2020/2021 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  before the end of March.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

VP of Communications
VP of Concessions
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity

The Nominations Committee should consist of 3-5 volunteers.  
We are currently in need of a few more parents to assist on this committee.  If you are interested, please contact Andrea @

If you are interested in helping with the senior memory books that are presented at the band banquet, please contact

Student accounts have been updated to reflect final trip payments and Winter Guard payments.  Thank you!

Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   We have recently added some new stuff with the legacy logo.  Check it out!

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.

Virginia Band/Orchestra Spring Trip - April 23-26, 2020
As of this e-mail (3.16.20, 9:30AM), there has been NO discussion to cancel the spring trip to Virginia.  I will update everyone as soon as I know information.  We will continue to move forward and plan:
Rehearsals and Meetings for Virginia Trip:
          Monday, April 13 – Orchestra Rehearsal – 2:30 – 4:00PM – MAHS
          Tuesday, April 14 – MANDATORY Parent/Student Trip Meeting – 7:00PM – MAHS Auditorium
          Saturday, April 18 – Symphonic Band Rehearsal – 11AM-2PM -  MAHS
          Monday, April 20 – Marching Band Rehearsal – 6pm-8pm – MAHS
          Wednesday, April 22 – Luggage Check – 6pm-8pm

Overview of Trip (Information below is approximate, if personally traveling, do not schedule your events around the timeline below)
Thursday, April 23 - Depart 7AM; Check-in Hotel; Dinner Cruise
Friday, April 24 - Performances for all groups and Tours
Saturday, April 25 - Check-out Hotel, Busch Gardens, Depart for Home (pm)
Sunday, April 26 - Arrive at MAHS - 6AM

Pep-Band needed for the Elementary Basketball Game on Wednesday, April 1 - Details are listed in the band room.

2020 Fall Band Competition Saturday Schedule

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - PIMBA Show at Burell H.S.
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - BOA Regional at Columbus, Ohio (Fortress Obetz) - ALL DAY! - THE S.A.T. NOT AVAILABLE THIS DATE - PLAN NOW!
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - PIMBA Competition at Norwin H.S.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway H.S.

2020 MAHS Marching Band Summer Rehearsal Schedule
Below is the Summer Rehearsal Schedule.  The entire Summer/Fall Rehearsal Schedule is available on Skyward or the Director's Tab of .
MUSIC CAMPS - If you are in town, and not on vacation, you are expected to attend.
June 8, 9, 10                5:00PM – 9:00 PM                    Full Percussion, Winds, and Color Guard
WIND, PERCUSSION AND AUXILIARY PRE-CAMPS - If you are in town, and not on vacation, you are expected to attend.
July 21, 22, 23               8:00 AM – 3:00 PM                    Percussion Pre-Camp at MAHS
July 21, 22, 23               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Wind Pre-Camp at MAHS
July 21, 22, 23               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Color Guard Pre-Camp at MAHS
HOME BAND CAMP - Mandatory to be in the MAHS Marching Band
July 27 – July 31            8:00 AM – 3:00PM                    Home Full Band Camp at MAHS
July 27 – July 30             5:00 PM – 9:00PM                    Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units
July 31                          8:00 AM – 3:00PM                    Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units
BAND CAMP – Washington and Jefferson College  - Mandatory attendance to be in MAHS Marching Band
August 2 – August 7

The fee for this camp is around $375 for the week.  Students live on campus for the entire week.

8/10 – P&A       8/17 – P&A                  
8/11 – W          8/18 – W                                 
8/13 – FULL      8/20 - FULL                  

- See KEY below for abbreviation meanings
SATURDAY, PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – Learn Drill, clinicians and drill writer in with MAHS Band. - ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!!!!
Saturday, August 15 – 8AM – 4:00PM

Bands of America Ohio Regional  - Columbus - Saturday, October 3, 2020

The BOA Regional is the same date as the October SAT.  Please make arrangements to take either the August 29, December 5, or March  13 SAT TESTING.


Daily Events.
Tue. March 31 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00
Wed. April 1 - Elementary Basketball Game Pep Band - MAHS - 6PM
Thu. April 2 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 4:00

April 23-26 – Virginia Trip
May 11 – Percussion Ensemble Concert
May 15 – Jazz Ensemble Concert
May 17 – Band Banquet
May 20 – Spring Band Concert
May 25 – Memorial Day Parades
Saturday, June 6 – Graduation Performances

 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 HERE
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 Band Newsletter ~ March 16, 2020

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