Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 7, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 7, 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. (Band 2)
Saturday, September 26th – Band 1 & Band 2 Performance

Friday, October 9th - Football vs. Peters Township H.S.

Football Itinerary - Due to capacity restrictions there will not be any chaperones allowed to accompany the band at football games.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 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!

The September raffle is ongoing throughout the month. Winners will be determined by the 7 p.m. 3 digit Pennsylvania daily lottery number. Winners will be notified via phone call. 

The candle fundraiser that is due to start this week will be postponed temporarily. We are still awaiting the delivery of the candle brochures.  As soon as they arrive, an email will go out and the brochures will be available at the end of each practice. Sale dates and delivery date will be adjusted accordingly.

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

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

Football Game Procedure and Performance Updates - NEW!
I sent an e-mail to Parents on 9.7 at 3:45PM detailing new procedures for the Varsity Football Games.  This can be also found on the Skyward class page as well as the Marching Band TEAMS pages.  Please read!

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

Our performances have been modified, as soon as I know the details for the remaining performances, I will forward.

The first MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 11 with Band #1.  An itinerary will be sent home.
The second MAHS Football performance will be on Friday, September 25 with Band #2.  An itinerary will be sent home.

A performance on MAHS Campus is being planned for Saturday, September 26.  Report time for students will be 3:00PM.  This will include both Band #1 performers and Band #2 performers.   Additional information will be distributed once plans are solidified later in the week.

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. 

Weekly Band Schedule  
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 5:15pm 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

Tue. Sept. 22 - Band #1 Rehearsal (possibly Band #2 also) - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 24 - Band #2 Rehearsal (possibly Band #1 also) - 6pm-9pm
Fri. Sept. 25 - Football vs. Fox Chapel H.S. - Report time is 5:15pm at MAHS
Sat. Sept. 26 - Band #1 & Band #2 Performance - 3pm Report;  Performance early evening


 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 ~ September 7, 2020

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