Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 31, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ August 31, 2020

Friday, September 11th - Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. (Band 1)
Thursday, September 17th – Band Parents Meeting
Friday, September 25th -
Football vs. Fox Chapel H.S.
Friday, October 9th - Football vs. Peters Township H.S.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  - TShirt and Jug sorting 9/1
The Band t-shirts arrived over the weekend! Volunteers  are needed to help sort them for distribution at rehearsal this week. 
We will be sorting them in the band room at 6pm on Tuesday 9/1. The temperature check form must be submitted to help. Please email Laurie Crow at with questions regarding the sorting and distribution. 

– cutting and sewing

Calling anyone interested in helping cut fabric or sew- We are looking for volunteers to help in the process to create bell and instrument covers for the wind Instrument students in grades 5-12. If you can help cut fabric or have any sewing experience, please let us know. We will be trying to complete these in the next month or so. Email if you can help. Thank you in advance!

Please see the attached form for a TENTATIVE fundraiser schedule for the school year HERE

One way our organization strives to reach its financial goals is by seeking corporate partners. Are you a business owner? Do you work for a local organization with opportunities for community outreach? If so, please consider filling out THIS FORM or passing it along to the relevant person at your place of work. If you have any questions please email

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

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) was due on August 24.

With Allegheny County DOH modifying their large group outside gatherings to 100 on Friday, 8.28, there will be some slight modifications to the band schedule.  This will be sent home via e-mail as soon as Mr. Barthen meets with the MASD Administration and Athletic Director on Monday 8/31.  

The rehearsal schedule will still be the same, Band #1 meeting on Tuesdays, and Band #2 on Thursday from 6pm-9pm.  Our performance obligations will be modified.

The first MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 11 with Band #1.  An itinerary will be sent home next week.

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. 

Please be on the lookout for that e-mail on Tuesday, 9/1.

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: With the start of school, the method of communicating marching band activities will change, slightly
Parents WHO HAVE a child enrolled in a band class:  Information will be placed in the Skyward Message Center.  All e-mails will originate from Skyward.
Parents who DO NOT have a child enrolled in a band class:  Information will be e-mailed home via the MAHS Band Parents Organization Weekly Newsletter, mailed on Mondays of each week.  This is also accessible if you go to, click on the News and Events Tab, then scroll down.  I have a space in the newsletter for information.
Communications to the students regarding marching band will be done through their TEAMS Channel.

Weekly Band Schedule  
Mon. Aug. 31 – Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 1 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 3 - Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 8 – Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm

Thu. Sept. 10 – Band #2 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Fri. Sept. 11 – Football vs. West Allegheny H.S. – Report time is 5:30pm at MAHS
Mon. Sept. 14 - Full Percussion Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Tue. Sept. 15 - Band #1 (including Color Guard) Rehearsal – 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 17 - 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 31, 2020

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