Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 20, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 20, 2020

Thursday, May 14 – Band Parents Meeting ONLINE 7PM

Due to the District closure all other events are postponed or cancelled, refer to the District Website for more information

Thanks and congratulations to your new 2020/2021 Executive Board. Their term begins on July 1st, 2020.
President - Amy Patterson
Vice President - Laurie Crow
Secretary - Amy Clark
Treasurer - Ralph Canterbury
VP of Fundraising - Georganna Palmer
VP of Publicity - Beckie Tobin
VP of Communications - Sarah Schmitz
VP of Corporate Partnership - Maria Johnston
Co-VP's of Concessions - Heidi Anderson and Karen Pritchard

The Board is the foundation of MABPO and each role is essential in its contributions to the organization and to the band but they can't do it alone. They need your support through volunteering and fundraising to make everything happen for the kids. Please consider stepping up to volunteer in some capacity this year. As I've said a hundred times, you won't regret it!

Due to the closure for the remainder of the school year, the MABPO will not be allowed to have the band banquet on the scheduled May17th date.  We are considering moving the banquet to a summer date, but the location and date has yet to be determined.  If you have not yet sent in your banquet response you can wait until the new date is determined. If you have already sent the response with payment we can either hold your check or return it to you.  Please contact Shea at and let her know which option. 

The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 14th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Packets were mailed out to Eligible Seniors on Friday April 3.  Eligible Seniors can also find information on how to apply on the band website.  Application packets are available HERE.
In light of the fact that we are under a stay-at-home order, please feel free to email the letter of recommendation form to the people from whom you are seeking a recommendation. They can fill it out, scan it, and then email it back to, or they can mail it
A digital copy of the letter of recommendation is on the website  HERE. Any questions can be directed to the scholarship committee at
Additionally, email submission of the scholarship application and essay is also acceptable.  The deadline is still April 22, 2020.If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Please contact Georganna with any fundraising 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. As of right now, the Kenny Chesney concert on May 30th is still scheduled to happen. The Rolling Stones Concert in June, however, has been cancelled. Concerts 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 begin 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.

Scrip ordering is still available.  Please mail payment to Moon Area Banda Alumni 4002 Turnwood Lane, Moon Township, PA 15108.  Giftcards will be mailed to you.
Click HERE for the 2020 Season Scrip Schedule.
For information on how to order Scrip, please click HERE.

Student accounts have been updated to reflect the Sarris and NewMe Pies fundraisers.  Thank you!‚Äč

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.

Symphonic Band Auditions -  Audition music will be distributed via Skyward to audition for the Honors Symphonic Band on Monday, April 27.  The audition will be done as it has been in previous years.  Students will practice the repertoire and submit a video/audio recording.  Videos will be due on Friday, May 8. 
2020/2021 Color Guard Auditions – Information pertaining to Color Guard Auditions will be launched on Monday, May 4.  Please stay tuned for additional details.

School Year Concerts and Performances -  With the closure of schools for the remainder of the academic year, the remaining performances and events are cancelled until June 6, 2020.   The Summer Marching Band schedule for the 2020/2021 season will be evaluated at a later date and changes released accordingly.  Please visit Skyward and for all updated/changes information.

Mr. Barthen's "Official" Office Hours will be on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 10AM-11AM.  You can reach me by e-mail, then we can go from which format we can utilize.  I will be available via e-mail everyday, if you need something, please do not hesitate to contact.

On-Line Learning for Band - High School Elective time is on Wednesday's.  Please have your students check Skyward on Wednesday's for assignments.  These assignments will be due on Monday morning of each week at 8AM.

Virginia Band/Orchestra Spring Trip – Cancelled
Please refer to the letter posted on Skyward as well as regarding trip cancellations and refund.

Trip Insurance Claim will need to be initiated by Monday, April 20 at 11:59pm.  Please refer to the e-mails/attachments from Thursday 4/16 and Friday 4/17 for details.
Visit and click on claims.  Also please refer to the e-mails/attachments from Thursday 4/16 and Friday 4/17 for details.
Please refer to the e-mails/attachments from Thursday 4/16 and Friday 4/17 for details.

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.

 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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