Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ December 14, 2020

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ December 14, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, February 4th – Band Concert 7PM

SAVE THE DATE – GOLF OUTING
As announced at last week's general membership meeting, the Moon Area Band Parents Organization is planning to host a golf outing this spring! The outing is being planned to be held at the Club at Shadow Lakes in Aliquippa, on Saturday, May 15th. More details to come about the outing and volunteer opportunities! 

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
New Exclusive Partnership opportunities have been created to give our sponsors more visibility within our community. Please take a moment to review the form HERE.

Also, if you work at any of these local businesses or could refer me to someone who is responsible for Community Outreach there, please email me at corporatepartnership@moonband.org:
FedEx
Michael Baker
Nova Chemicals
Calgon Carbon

For all other inquiries, the Corporate Sponsorship Form is available HERE.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
The Student Balances on the website
have been updated to reflect all of the recent fundraisers and are up to date as of 12/14/2020. Any questions, email Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org.

FUNDRAISING
Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or helped with fundraisers this fall.  Our next fundraiser will be Chocolate Boutique Valentine chocolates.  The flyer and information sheet will be available at the beginning of January.
 
AMAZON SMILE

Here is THE LINK that you can use to sign up on Amazon Smile.  It will lead you through the sign up process to sign up to help the band.  It's easy and it doesn't cost you anything.  Amazon donates money to us every time you buy something. Thank you. 

COLOR GUARD UNIFORMS

Since this is my last year, we are still in need of someone to handle the Color Guard uniforms. If interested, you can shadow me during Winter Guard season.  No experience necessary. Please contact me with any questions. Thank you, Kathy Hunter kathy.m.hunter@comcast.net 

PUBLICITY
If anyone is interested in helping to organize some outside PARENT activities-please reach out to Beckie
Publicity@moonband.org

APPAREL
Check out the available gear, click HERE.  There is a great assortment of items to show your Moon Area Band pride!   Check it out!

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Jazz Band Auditions - Due NOW
Audition material and directions can be found in the Class TEAMS page.

Small Ensembles (Flute Choir, Brass Quintet, Saxophone Choir)
All Small Ensemble gigs are cancelled.


NEW!‚Äč- Ask your student about the Winter Music Project all the MAHS Instrumental classes are undertaking over the next two weeks.

Winter Concerts 2020 Postponement
With the surge of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County and the holidays quickly approaching, the MAHS December Winter Concerts and rehearsal have been postponed.

The MAHS Winter Band Concert will be tentatively held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00pm in the MAHS Auditorium.  Full group rehearsals for the concerts will be scheduled after winter break.
Upon our return from Winter Break, we will evaluate and continue to rehearse for a winter performance in order to showcase our student's hard work and dedication over the past four months.


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.

Weekly Band Schedule  
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Tue. Dec. 28 – January 1 - Winter Break
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Wed. Jan. 6 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Fri. Jan. 8 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30-9:30pm - MS Main Gym

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Jazz Ensemble Rehearsals will start the week of January 11

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Thu. February 4 - Band Concert – 7:00PM – MAHS Auditorium

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CLEARANCES 
 Printed copies of clearances can be either dropped in the band room box or mailed to:
MABPO, Inc.
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 http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information.
OR follow the steps below: 
All necessary instructions and links to apply for these certifications can be found 
HERE
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 secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions.

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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ December 14, 2020

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