Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 27, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 27, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, May 4 – Color Guard Auditions launch
Friday, May 8 – Symphonic Band Audition due
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

BAND BANQUET
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 secretary@moonband.org and let her know which option. 

COLOR GUARD UNIFORMS: 
Being that this is my last season with the band I was looking for someone who is interested in shadowing me for the 2020-2021 season for the colorguard uniforms. You can contact me at kathy.m.hunter@comcast.net 
Thank you Kathy Hunter 


FUNDRAISING
Please contact Georganna fundraising@moonband.org with any fundraising questions

HEINZ FIELD
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 hburakow@yahoo.com to sign up or get more information..

PNC PARK
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 moonbandaramark@gmail.com, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

ALUMNI
Don’t forget to order your gift cards for your favorite graduates!!  This is your last opportunity to order for the school year. Thank you for your support!
  Please mail payment to Moon Area Banda Alumni 4002 Turnwood Lane, Moon Township, PA 15108.  Giftcards will be mailed to you.
For information on how to order Scrip, please click HERE.

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

APPAREL
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!

COMMUNICATIONS
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.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families,
As hard as it has been adjusting to life without students at the high school, I am sure it has been equally, if not more, difficult for you to adjust to having your kids at home, quarantined, 24/7
Janice and I would GLADLY do a kid swap for a few hours……teenagers for a 5 and soon to be 2 year old……as you ponder this, you probably are thinking back, NO WAY!
I wanted to reach out and let you know that as discussions begin as to how prepare for the future, I am actively working with our administration team to develop solutions that will ensure student safety but also minimize the impact to our band program.
There will be changes. There will be adjustments. But there will also be MUSIC. 
As more specific information becomes available, I will reach back out and share it with you. In the meantime, please know that I am thinking of, and thankful for all you do for the Moon Band Family!
Hang in there and I will have your students out from under your feet and back making music as soon as I can.

Sincerely, 
Nick Barthen

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.


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.  In addition, students should check-into Skyward Discussion section for daily class attendance between 8AM – 12PM on Elective Day, which is Wednesdays.

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 moonband.org. .
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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.

SUMMER MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – ALL REHEARSALS ARE 5PM-9PM at MAHS
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.


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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
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 http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov 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 secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 27, 2020

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