Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 19, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ October 19, 2020

Wednesday, October 21st - Moon Township Spooktacular at Moon Park (TBD)
Thursday, November 19th – Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, December 10th – Band Parents Meeting
Tuesday, December 22nd  - Winter Band Concert 7PM

NewMe's Pies Fundraiser order and payments are due on Thursday, October 22.  Please have your student place the orders in the MABPO mailbox in the band room or mail it to the band UPS box.  Information sheets and order forms can be found HERE.

It's time for our semi-annual Sarris Candies sale.  This is the perfect way to buy gifts for friends, neighbors, and family; and the chocolates make excellent stocking stuffers.  Orders and payments are due by Thursday, November 12.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, December 9.  Order forms and brochures can be found in the band room or online HERE.  Instruction sheets can be found 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

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!   Check it out!

Winter Concerts 2020

As stated in my Open House Videos, we will be holding a Winter Concert in some fashion.

The Concert Date is Tuesday, December 22 at 7:00pm.

We will rehearse twice to put the percussion and other ensembles together.  Those dates and times will be communicated shortly.  Tentatively we are looking at Monday, December 14 and Monday, December 21, time TBD.

Moon Park Spooktacular - Wednesday, October 21 - 4:30 - 5:30pm
Moon Township Parks and Recreations is holding their socially distant Spooktacular on Wednesday, October 21.  The band has been slated to play in the Amphitheater from 4:30-5:30pm.  There will not be an opportunity for community service hours this year.  Interested students should communicate with Mr. Barthen, Ms. Iksic, and/or Mr. Fear.

Instrument Bell Covers/Bags
As stated in my Open House Videos, bell covering, and instrument bags are required for all students performing inside/in class.  These devices SHOULD NOT BE IMMERSED IN WATER.  To clean/disinfect these bags, they can be wiped down with a Clorox Wipe and let to air dry.

Symphonic Band Tux/Gown Information
Hard copy and parent e-mail (via skyward) went home to Symphonic Band parents regarding Symphonic Band formal attire.  Please check Skyward to take care of the formal attire requirements.  This is only for new students to the ensemble, or members who need a re-fit/re-purchase.


Weekly Band Schedule  
Wed. Oct. 21 - Moon Township Spooktacular Event - Time & Logistics TBD
Tue. Nov. 3 - No Classes

Mon. Dec. 14 
     - Concert Band Rehearsal (Pd 1 Brass Class, Pd 2 Percussion Class, Pd 4 Concert Band, Period 5 Woodwinds) - Time TBD
     - Symphonic Band Rehearsal (Pd 2 Percussion Class and Pd 6 Symphonic Band) - Time TBD
Mon. Dec. 21 
     - Concert Band Rehearsal (Pd 1 Brass Class, Pd 2 Percussion Class, Pd 4 Concert Band, Period 5 Woodwinds) - Time TBD
     - Symphonic Band Rehearsal (Pd 2 Percussion Class and Pd 6 Symphonic Band) - Time TBD
Tue. Dec. 22 - Winter Band Concert - 7:00pm - 

 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 ~ October 19, 2020

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