Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 3, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 3, 2020

Thursday, August 20th – Band Parents Meeting

In the past at band competitions parents and friends would send “Candy Grams” to our band children. Due to the present situation our parent organization would like to do this for our children on the last day of band camp. The Form can be found HERE.  Form and money is due Wednesday August 5 and Candy Grams will be distributed on Friday August 7. I realize this is a bit last minute but we are trying to make the best Band Camp possible considering all the changes.

Candy Grams are candy with a message given to your child. Simply fill out the form and return with payment. We handle the rest.

Parents: Please don't forget to fill out the communication and volunteer form HERE. This information was in the July 7th email from Mr. Barthen. The contact information at the top of the form will be used to send out email blasts and other important information.

For some basics about registering on the website, reviewing your child’s account balance and viewing photos on SmugMug can be found:
HERE for registering as a new user.
HERE for instructions on viewing photos.

Fundraising is an easy way to add funds to your child's student account.
Our first fundraisers of the year are a Moon Tigers Apparel Sale and a Raffle based on the PA 7:00 PM Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Show your Tiger Pride with Moon Tigers apparel.  'Moon Tigers' sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and gaiters are available.  Please see the attached forms for photos and more information.

Master order sheets and payments are due by August 20.  Item delivery will be mid-September.
Tickets and instruction sheets for our Annual September Lottery Raffle were mailed to you.  Winning numbers will be based on the 7 PM PA Daily Number Drawing each day in September.
Ticket stubs and payments are due on Thursday, August 27.  Student account profit will be based on the number of tickets sales minus the prize money awarded.

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year.  More solid dates will be announced as the year progresses. 

It’s time to place our annual order! Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form HERE for information on ordering.  This year we will not be having the opportunity to try on jackets.  If you need help figuring out what size you need, or have questions, please contact Maria Sacherich at (412) 716-2537 or email her at

Students may also purchase Varsity Letters only (for a fee of $7) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity/sport.  The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches are Wednesday, August 5th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Payment can be placed in the Band Room Parent Mailbox, or mailed along with the order form to MABPO, Suite 12, PMB 174, 5990 University Blvd., Moon Township. 

The refund checks from the cancelled band banquet will be going out in the mail this week. Any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at

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!


IN ADDITION students/parents are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Prescreen form before attending EVERY REHEARSAL!  Students/staff who do not complete the form prior to rehearsal will need to do so with Mr. Barthen.  Here is the LINK
On the Pre-Screen Form, Question #4 is pertaining to Travel outside the State of Pennsylvania.
 -​ If your travels are classified as High Risk, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends people who will return to a large group environment or interact with the public, quarantine for 14 days after returning. Travelers may also consider getting tested upon their return due to potential exposure. To determine if your travels are high risk, please visit this 
LINK to the Allegheny County Health Department page.  Additional information can be seen at this LINK, which will take you to the PA DOH Travelers Page.

***Please contact Mr. Barthen/Mr. Fear if your travels will make you quarantine and miss rehearsals/camps to work out a virtual plan to keep up with the group while you are out.

FairShare Payment is due on July 27.  Please read document explaining included in the July 7 e-mail.  If you do not pay then entire $75 on July 27 and split the payment into 2, the 2nd payment is on August 24

Please watch KDKA Morning Show Tuesday, August 4, the MAHS Marching Band will be featured on the Back to School Segment.  KDKA Reporter and Moon Band Alumni Chris Hoffman interviewed and took footage of the morning session on Monday, August 3.

BAND CAMP WEEK #2 SENIOR LUNCHEON - FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 – 11:30-12:30 – MAHS Student Entrance 

Keeping with tradition, the Senior Band Camp meal will be a luncheon on Friday, August 7 from 11:30AM-12:30AM at the Student Entrance. Individual Box Lunches will be provided from DiBella’s. ALL SENIOR MARCHING BAND MEMBERS SHOULD ATTEND. The senior picture will be taken at this time. This is a senior student only event. 

As relayed from the Senior Class: 
Monday – USA Day 
Tuesday – Tie dye Tuesday 
Wednesday – Chris Shirts/Orange Out 
Thursday – Hawaiian Day 
Friday – Freshman – White Shirts 
Sophomores – Gray Shirts 
Juniors – Black Shirts 
Seniors – Senior Shirts 


The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) has been updated and attached to this e-mail. We will be rehearsing one day a week with each band. Tuesday will be Band #1 and Thursday will be Band #2 from 6PM-9PM. We will stay with this rotation until we are able to rehearse with the full ensemble. It is imperative that students attend their one rehearsal each week. These performance groupings will include the Color Guard. 

The PIAA/WPIAL has delayed the start of the Football season until September 11. Also, the PIAA has placed limits (250) on the number of participants (football players, coaches, cheerleaders, band, medical) who can be in the stadium at a given time. We will be staying with our rotating split ensembles (Band #1, Band #2) for performances until otherwise told. 

We will be performing with our split ensembles starting on September 11 with Band #1 at Moon Stadium vs. West Allegheny H.S. The bands participation in Away Football games has not been determined at this time. The PIMBA Festival tentatively scheduled for September 26 is still tentative. As soon as I learn know of information, I will update parents and students. 

Marching Band Uniforms will be fitted starting August 11. Due to the limited rehearsal time, students will not be fitted during their rehearsal times. Students in Band #1 who rehearse on Tuesdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Thursdays from 6-9pm. Students in Band #2 who rehearse on Thursdays will need to make an appointment to fit on Tuesdays from 6-9pm. I will send a link to an on-line scheduler to schedule  appointments later this week. We should be able to fit the entire band in 2 weeks. Please be on the look-out for additional information. 

If your student is going to be absent from a marching band rehearsal, please communicate with either Mr. Barthen (winds/guard) or Mr. Fear (pit/battery percussion). This will aid us in planning and structure of rehearsal. Our e-mail addresses can be found at the bottom of this document. 

The Compression Shirt Order Form has NOT been distributed at this time. When additional guidance is released for the upcoming fall performance season, we will then decide if the Compression shirts are needed. 

Students and Parents are encouraged to sign-up for the REMIND App. Please make sure you are signing up for the correct section. REMIND has a limit of 150 users per section, if the Brass/Woodwind Section is full, please use the Percussion/Guard section. See the parent e-mails or band handbook on how to join.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Summer Information will be handled the following ways:
STUDENTSMain line of communication, music, videos, will be distributed through the Microsoft Band TEAMS Channel which students were invited to through their school e-mail in early June.  Please have students check the Microsoft TEAM throughout the summer. It would be a good idea to have them turn notifications ON for this TEAM!

PARENTS:  E-mails to this address, which was on Skyward, e-mail blasts from, and REMIND APP.  First e-mail was sent out Tuesday, June 2.  Also, please check the band website for information updates..

 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 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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