Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 21, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ September 21, 2020

Saturday, September 26th – Band 1 & Band 2 Performance (Senior Rec)
Saturday, October 10th – Football vs. Peters Township H.S. (Band 2)

Thursday, October 15th – Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, November 19th – Band Parents Meeting

Senior parents:  if you have not already filled out the BIO FORM, please make sure the bio form is filler out ASAP. This is what will be read during senior recognition night.

Parents of 2021 Seniors, a Senior Recognition Celebration for parents and seniors is planned for the evening of September 26th after the band performance.  Invitations were emailed last week.  Please, RSVP.

VOLUNTEERS – Cutting and Sewing
Thank you so much to everyone who helped cut at sew last Monday night!  We had a great turnout and got a lot done!  Special thank you to Tina Foremsky and Heather Park who helped me come up with a pattern and design for the bags!
This Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm in the band room, we will be sewing saxophone bags.  If you have a sewing machine and can help – we would appreciate it!  We also need to hand sew 2 scrunchies onto each bag for the arm holes.  This is not hard to do and I can teach anyone who would like to help.  We also have a few things that need done if you want to help and cannot sew.  Email if you can help.

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 St. Johnsbury Candle fundraiser beg
an on Tuesday, September 15.  Fall and holiday themed candle scents are available in 14-oz. jars and in candle melt sizes.  Orders and payments are due by October 8.  Delivery will be in early November.  The color brochures are in the mail and will be available at the end of practices once they arrive.  Digital flyers are available HERE.

The NewMe's Pies Fundraiser will begin on Tuesday, September 29.  Look for the information in the next newsletter.

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

Any questions, email Ralph at

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

Itinerary for September 26, 2020.
Parent e-mail from September 18, 2020 -  LINK
We will be holding our MAHS Band Night and Senior Recognition on Saturday, September 26 in our MAHS Tiger Stadium.  With the stadium capacity at 250 people, regardless of role (performers, spectators, staff, etc.), we will be holding three, full band performances and have assigned spectators a performance time to view the performance based on their student’s last name.  The performances will begin at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, and 8:00pm, with ten minutes of passing in between the show to clear the stadium.  Underclassmen parents will receive three tickets to an assigned performance. Senior parents will receive four tickets to their 8:00pm performance, which will include the on-field Senior Recognition Ceremonies.  If parents have multiple students in band, they will only receive one set of tickets based on their oldest child grade. (ie. senior and a junior student in band will receive 4 tickets for the 8pm performance; junior and sophomore in band will receive 3 tickets for the performance associated with their student’s last name).  Tickets will be distributed at the Tuesday 9.22 rehearsal in a white MASD envelope to the oldest student in the family. Below is the breakdown of the assigned viewings: 

 - HOT PINK TICKET - 7:00 PM Performance 
          Spectators will consist of families of underclassmen students with the last name that begin with A – McCartney. 
 - SKY BLUE TICKET – 7:30PM Performance 
          Spectators will consist of families of underclassmen students with the last name that begin with McCormick – Z. 
          Spectators will consist of families of senior band members. 

 - Tickets are NOT transferable to different shows times other than the time printed on the ticket. 
 - If you are not utilizing your allotted amount of tickets, I would encourage you to give your ticket(s) to someone who would use it for that performance. 
 - All spectators must wear a mask/face covering and adhere to social/physical distance protocols at this event! 

With the changes in guidelines, we have been given the go ahead to rehearse and perform with the Full Ensemble for non-sporting events.  We are going to hold a MAHS Band Night on Saturday, September 26 in our MAHS Tiger Stadium.   

We are also going to be honoring our Senior Band Members during our MAHS Band Night on September 26.  Additional details will be provided to Seniors and Senior parents.

CHANGES IN REHEARSAL SCHEDULE - September 22 and September 24 – Full Band 
To prepare for the 9.26 performance, we will be holding Full Band rehearsals on Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 from 6pm-9pm.  Both members in Bands #1 and Band #2 should be in attendance for both rehearsals.  We will be able to continue the Physical Distancing methods which have been established by the design of the marching band show.  Students will need to complete the Self Health Check Form including the temperature check, wear face coverings and bring water to rehearsal.  Upon arrival, students should place their items on their “Side” of the field in which they perform.  Weather will play a huge factor in the success of these rehearsal.  If heavy rain or thunderstorms are pending, there may need to switch back to our original split rehearsal plan.  These updates will occur, if necessary, through TEAMS, REMIND, and e-mail.   Additional information will be made available as soon as it is known! 

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. 22 – Full Band Rehearsal - Band #1 &  Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Sept. 24 - Full Band Rehearsal - Band #1 &  Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Sat. Sept. 26
MAHS Band Night Report at 3PM to MAHS Tiger Stadium; 7:00PMm 7:30PM, 8:00PM Shows at MAHS Tiger Stadium
Tue. Sept. 29 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm
Thu. Oct. 1 - Band #2 Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm

Tue. Oct. 6 - Band #1 Rehearsal - 6pm-8pm
Thu. Oct. 8 - Band #2 Reheasal - 6pm-8pm
Sat. Oct. 10 - Band #2 Varsity Football Game - Report 5:15pm


 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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