Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ January 11, 2021

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ January 11, 2021

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, January 21st Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, February 4th – Band Concert 7PM
Thursday, February 18th – Band Parents Meeting
Saturday, May 15th – MABPO Golf Outing
Monday, May 17th - Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thursday, May 20th - Spring Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Monday, May 24th - Spring Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 25th - Spring Jazz Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Saturday, June 5th - MAHS Graduation - 1pm - ALL INSTRUMENTAL STUDENTS PERFORM


FUNDRAISING
The Chocolate Boutique fundraiser order forms and payments are due on Tuesday, January 26.  These treats of chocolate apples, pretzels, Oreos, and popcorn are perfect gifts for your favorite Valentines.  Delivery will be on Thursday, February 11.  The Chocolate Boutique brochure and order forms are available in the band room and at the following links: 
Chocolate Boutique Brochure
Chocolate Boutique Order Form
Chocolate Boutique Master Order Form  .


SAVE THE DATE – GOLF OUTING
The MABPO Golf Outing is currently being planned for May 15th, 2021. If you are interested in helping that day or to plan for the event, please let us know!

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.

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

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
February Winter Concerts
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 as follows:

Concert Band: Wednesday, February 3 - 2:30pm-4:00pm
Symphonic Band: Wednesday, February 3 - 6:30pm-8:00pm

At this time, the concert will be a live streamed only event.  Spectators/audience members will not be permitted to attend the performance.  A YouTube link will be provided and shared


Winter Color Guard to Resume FULL In-Person Rehearsals January 11.
Full Rehearsals this week
Monday - 1.11 - 6-9pm - MS Main Gym
Wednesday - 1.13 - 6-9pm - MS Main Gym

Jazz Band Rehearsals will begin the Week of January 11
Jazz Band Rehearsals will begin the week of January 11

Jazz Band #1 will rehearse on Tuesday, January 12 from 2:30-3:45
Jazz Band #2 will rehearse on Thursday, January 14 from 2:30-3:45

The personnel list was distributed via TEAMS, students who are participating in Jazz Band have been invited to a TEAMS Page

Instrument Bell Covers/Bags and FACEMASKS
Due to the mask mandate in Allegheny County, we are going to ask students who play a wind instrument to supply an extra mask that may be kept in their instrument case.
  Below you will find a link to a short video explaining how to cut a small slit (enough to fit their mouthpiece through) to wear during class. This extra precaution accompanies the instrument bags or bell covers they have been using while in band classes since the start of the school year.  
   
How to Cut a Slit in A Mask for Band Class: https://bit.ly/39427MY   
   
There are also several websites selling “instrumentalist masks”.  These may be purchased if you would like, but a disposable mask or a spare fabric mask at home will work fine as well. We will begin playing in class starting Monday, January 11th so we would ask students to be prepared with a second mask upon entering the music rooms.  

In addition, 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.

MAHS MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
To aid in vacation and summer planning below is the summer marching band schedule.  This schedule has been also posted on Skyward and on the 
moonband.org site under the Directors tab. LINK

MOON AREA HIGH SCHOOL BAND 
2021 SUMMER/FALL MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE - As of 12.8.20 
 
WIND, PERCUSSION AND AUXILIARY PRE-CAMPS - If you are in town, and not on vacation, you are expected to attend. 
July 20, 21, 22               8:00 AM – 3:00 PM                    Percussion Pre-Camp at MAHS 
July 20, 21, 22               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Wind Pre-Camp at MAHS 
July 20, 21, 22               5:00 PM – 9:00 PM                    Color Guard Pre-Camp at MAHS 
 
HOME BAND CAMP – Week #1 at Moon Area H.S. - Mandatory to be in the MAHS Marching Band 
July 26 – July 30            8:00 AM – 3:00PM                    Home Full Band Camp at MAHS  
July 26 – July 29            5:00 PM – 9:00PM                    Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units 
July 30                           8:00 AM – 3:00PM                     Home Band Camp for Auxiliary Units 
 
AWAY OR HOME BAND CAMP Week #2 at Location TBD - Mandatory attendance to be in MAHS Marching Band 
August 1 – August 6 – FULL BAND - 8:00AM – 9:00PM - Rehearsal 
 
*As of the writing of this schedule, we are still working out and waiting for information regarding traveling to Away Band Camp at W&J College.  The dates and times listed are when we will hold our camps/rehearsals regardless of location. * 

SUMMER MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – ALL REHEARSALS ARE 5PM-9PM at MAHS 
8/9 – P&A         8/16 – P&A                    
8/10 – W           8/17 – W                                   
8/12 – FULL     8/19 - FULL                    
  
SATURDAY, PRODUCTION REHEARSAL – Learn Drill, clinicians and drill writer in with MAHS Band.  

ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!!!! 
Saturday, August 14 – 8AM – 4:00PM 
 
MARCHING BAND FALL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – 6PM-9PM 
8/23 – P&A       8/30 – P&A       9/6 – NO          9/13 – P&A       9/20 – P&A       9/27 – P&A       10/5 – FULL       
8/24 – W           8/31 – W           9/7 – FULL      9/14 – W           9/21 – W           9/28 – W           10/7 – FULL       
8/26 – FULL      9/2 – FULL       9/9 – FULL      9/16 – FULL      9/23 – FULL     9/30 - FULL 
 
10/12 – FULL    10/19 – FULL    10/26 - NO     10/14 – FULL    10/21 – FULL    10/28 – FULL

Weekly Band Schedule  
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Mon. Jan. 11 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Tue. Jan. 12 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. Jan. 13 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Thu. Jan. 14 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room

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Mon. Jan. 18 - No School
Tue. Jan. 19 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. Jan. 20 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Thu. Jan. 21 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Fri. Jan. 22 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10:00pm - MS Main Gym

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Mon. Jan. 25 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Tue. Jan. 26 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room

Wed. Jan. 27 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Thu. Jan. 28 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Thu. February 4 - Band Concert – 7:00PM – MAHS Auditorium
Monday, May 17 - Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thursday, May 20 - Spring Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Monday, May 24 - Spring Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 25 - Spring Jazz Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Saturday, June 5 - MAHS Graduation - 1pm - ALL INSTRUMENTAL STUDENTS PERFORM


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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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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ January 11, 2021

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