Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 6, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ July 6, 2020

Saturday, July 25th Mattress Sale Fundraiser
Monday, July 27th – Band Parents Meeting 7PM

Earlier this week we were notified by our tour company that they were able to secure a full refund of monies paid for those that were scheduled to attend the Virginia Beach trip back in April. A letter will be sent to those affected. You should receive this letter, along with any refund due for money paid out of pocket, by July 15th. For anyone that purchased the trip insurance,you do not need to continue with the claim to receive this refund.

It is with regret that we must inform you that, following several conversations with and per school district administration directives, we must cancel our scheduled July 19th Band Banquet. Though we were given clearance at the end of May to schedule and hold the event, circumstances surrounding our current state during the pandemic have changed. As such, all school organizations have been asked to cancel their celebrations. 

With that being said, the underclassmen banquet is canceled in its entirety. Refunds for monies paid will be mailed back to families/ parents of those students who were scheduled to attend. Please allow a few weeks for this refund to be processed.  2020 Graduates are asked to stop by to pick up their awards between 5PM and 6PM on July 19th at Moon Park Rotary Pavillion.

Again, we are disappointed to not be able to celebrate the accomplishments of this group of talented young people and our seniors, specifically. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this time. Please email me if you have any questions

Mattress Sale – Save the Date
The band parents will be holding their second annual mattress sale on Saturday, July 25th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., in the high school auxiliary gym. This is a fantastic way to start earning fundraiser money for your child's student account.  See Referral Flyer HERE.
See Press Release HERE
Students can also earn money for their student accounts by signing up to work a shift at the mattress sale. There will be a Sign Up Genius posted in early July with time slots to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact fundraising at

The Moon Area Band Parent Organization is excited to announce a new EASY fundraising opportunity to help our general fund.  The best part? It doesn’t cost you anything but a minute to set it up!

For those of you who shop with Amazon, the MABPO is now signed up to receive donations  from Amazon through the Amazon Smile program.

The way it works: you choose MABPO as your charity of choice on Amazon or the app. Then, as you purchase items like you normally would, the band parent organization will receive a 0.5% donation on the purchase of eligible items. It does not cost you anything extra. It is not an extra donation. Plus, it can still be used with Amazon Prime!!

You can use it on your phone and computer 

To set up In the Amazon app on your phone, follow THESE STEPS.
To set up Amazon Smile on your iPad, follow

We are in need of coffee makers that are used for large gatherings/banquets. If anyone is able to donate one or knows of a business that is getting rid of one please let Heidi and Karen know. Contact

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 
Thank you Kathy Hunter 

Becky is looking for a co-chair for senior recognition night.   This is her last year doing it because Grace will be a senior the year after.  It’s a great spot to get your foot in the door!  And not a lot of time required.  Contact her at if you are interested.  Thank you!!! 

If you are interested in learning more about fundraising for your band student by working at Heinz Field, please contact Karen Pritchard at Currently there are no scheduled events to sign up for, but stay tuned for the upcoming football season. 

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 Cindy at, with your contact information.  Also, if you are a Veteran of PNC Park and plan to continue, please confirm with an email.

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!

Color Guard Virtual Sectionals
Weapons – Monday, July 6 at 7pm – Check the TEAMS Page for log-in details.
ALL – Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm – Check the TEAMS Page for log-in details.
PARENT Information E-mail which was proposed to be sent on July 1 will now be sent on Tuesday, July 7.

MASD requires all band students to receive a sports physical for marching band.  Parents of Marching Band Students MUST register their child on the MAHS Athletic site for completion of the physical.
The address of the site it
Concussion Testing will only be completed for the Color Guard Members of the Marching Band.  Color Guard members will be notified individual of how and when to set-up an appointment to have these completed.
IMPORTANT FIVE OUT OF THE SIX required Physical Forms are automated and on-line at the address above.  These forms can be signed electronically and submitted through this site.  ALL PARENTS MUST REGISTER TO SUBMIT THESE FORMS.  ONLY THE PHYSICAL FORM (SECTION 5 & 6) WILL BE REQUIRED IN HARDCOPY WITH DOCTOR AND PARENTS SIGNATURE. When making an appointment with your family doctor, please take the physical form to the authorized medical examiner and have him/her fill out Section 5 & 6 of the evaluation.  Please fill the paperwork out completely including correct signatures in the appropriate places.  ONLY THE PIAA CIPPE FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Completed Physical Form with Doctors/Physician signature are due to the Athletic Office by 7/27/20.
     - To be eligible to participate in Marching band for the 2020-2021 school year, the CIPPE Physical form must be completed no EARLIER than JUNE 1, 2020. 
     - Any CIPPE physical turned in after that date will be valid for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  This comprehensive evaluation can be performed at your family physician’s office or with our school doctor. 

All registrations for sports are done on-line at  All forms are completed on line with the exception of sections 5 and 6 of the physical form.  These two pages must be printed out and section 5 needs to be completed and taken with you to your physical along with section 6 which the doctor will complete.  Upon completing your physical, sections 5 & 6 must be turned in to the athletic office prior to 8/3/20
There will be two dates for physicals at the school, Tuesday, July 21st from 5-9 PM and Saturday, August 1st from 8 AM-noon.  The cost for the physical is $20 and checks can be made out to AHN.  If paying with cash, please bring exactly $20.  To sign up for physicals, please go the link below to reserve your spot:

The school district form MUST be used for this examination, no substitutes will be accepted.


 IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTS:  E-mails to their school account, and the Microsoft Band Team that they were invited to, through the school e-mail.  Please have them check these two locations throughout the summer.
PARENTS:  E-mails to the address which is listed on Skyward, e-mail blasts from  First e-mail will be sent out Tuesday, June 2.

Please check the band web-site for information updates.  The summer mailing with forms and information will be sent via e-mail on Tuesday, July 7.  If you have not received the packet of information by July 8, please e-mail Mr. Barthen.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to W&J College cancelling all summer camps, away band camp will be on campus at Moon Area High School this year.  We will begin camp on Monday, August 3 at 8AM.  More details will follow in the summer letter.  This is still a mandatory part of MAHS Marching Band.  Preliminary planning has us running 3 rehearsal blocks, 8AM-12PM; 1PM-4PM, and 6PM-9PM.  This is the same schedule we hold at Away Camp at W&J.   We are waiting from published guidance from the Allegheny Health Department and the School District to plan for lunch and dinner.

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 .

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 –Moon Area H.S.  - Mandatory attendance to be in MAHS Marching Band
August 2 – August 7

8AM-12PM – 1st Block;  1PM-4PM – 2nd Block; 6PM-9PM – Third Block in stadium 

12PM-1PM – Lunch;  4PM-6PM – Dinner

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


 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
c/o Amy Clark
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 Band Newsletter ~ July 6, 2020

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