Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 17, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 17, 2020

Thursday, August 20th – Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting

The next band parent meeting is scheduled for August 20th at 7:00 pm. The location is the grassy area between the middle school and Beaver Grade Road, same location as the July meeting. We encourage all parents to attend, bring a chair and observe appropriate social distancing guidelines.

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 HERE

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.

Any questions, email Ralph 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.

FAIR SHARE – If you broke the Fair Share Payment into 2 parts, the second portion ($37.50) is due on August 24.

The Marching Band Schedule for August (AFTER BAND CAMP WEEK #2) has been updated and emailed in week 8, 9, and 10 e-mails. 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. 

If your child has not done so already, please click the link to make an appointment to be fitted for a marching band uniform.  APPOINTMENTS SHOULD NOT OCCUR DURING YOUR CHILD’S MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL.   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.  Please wear gym shorts, t-shirt, and band shoes to the fitting.  Students in cargo shorts, jean shorts, and/or tank tops will not be fitted. 

Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you will receive once an appointment is booked.

Uniform Fittings need to be completed by the week of August 24 (August 25/27)

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..

Weekly Band Schedule  
Tue. Aug. 18 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above)
Thu. Aug. 20 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above)
Mon. Aug. 24 – First Day of School
Tue. Aug. 25 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                        Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above) LAST FITTING DAY FOR BAND #2
Thu. Aug. 27 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
                         Uniform Fitting – 5pm-8:40pm – Schedule a time (read above) LAST FITTING DAY FOR BAND #1
Tue. Sept. 1 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 3 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

 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 ~ August 17, 2020

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