Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 8, 2021

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 8, 2021

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, March 18th – Band Parents Meeting
Saturday, March 20th – WGI Regional
Thursday, April 22nd – Band Parent’s 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 26th - Spring Jazz Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium
Saturday, June 5th - MAHS Graduation - 1pm - ALL INSTRUMENTAL STUDENTS PERFORM


FUNDRAISING
RMU dine to donate – Takeout with a Twist - fundraiser is underway!  Order your gourmet meal HERE.  Menu is HERE.  Deadline to order is 3PM on March 18.  Pickup is at RMU on March 25th.  Instructions will be sent to your email after you order.  Share the link with your friends and family!

Popcorn!  Our Pittsburgh Popcorn is underway. Orders and payments are due on Tuesday, March 23.  Delivery will be on Thursday, April 15.  Order forms and brochures are available here:

Menu
Order Sheet
Master Order Sheet

Reminder:  Sarris Candies and NewMe's Pies fundraisers will be delivered on Thursday, March 25.  Pick-up times are from 4-5:30 pm in the Moon High School Cafeteria.

GOLF OUTING
This year, the Moon Area Band Parent Organization is hosting a golf outing! If you are interested in joining in the fun, please click on the link HERE register. Send completed registration to moonbandgolfouting@gmail.com

In addition to registering to golf, we are also offering families and local businesses the opportunity to show their support for the band (or a favorite band or colorguard member). For each $100.00 donation, you can have a personal message or company logo posted on a sign at one of the tee boxes on the course. Please see the form HERE for details and contact information.

RAFFLE BASKETS – donations needed

In preparation for our upcoming golf outing , we are putting together baskets to be raffled off as one of the extra event components. We would like to respectfully request our families consider selecting an item or two from the attached sign-up genius to donate, helping to build some amazing baskets and hopefully raise more money for our organization as a result! 
LINK TO SIGNUP GENIUS


SENIOR PARENTS
Every year MABPO gifts our seniors with a Memory Book of photos from their years in band.   We also put together a slideshow of photos to be shown at the Band Banquet in May.  Please send 12-15 cute, funny, or meaningful photos of your senior (ranging from infant to teen) to be used in both of these.   You do not need to send photos from the SmugMug site.  We have already collected those.  Please send the photos in .jpeg form to pictures@moonband.org.  Please contact pictures@moonband.org if you have any questions.

SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS
It's that time of year to begin working on the Senior Memory Books.  MAPBO gives each senior a personalized memory photo book commemorating their years in the Moon Band.  This year we have 30 seniors!  If you are interested in helping with the books or just learning more about them,  please contact 
fundraising@moonband.org with any questions.

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

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
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
Nova Chemicals
Calgon Carbon


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

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.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
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 

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
The Nominations Committee will be accepting in February nominations for the 2020/2021 Executive Board Committee.  If you are interested in running for a position in April, please send your name and desired position to  nominations@moonband.org  before the March meeting.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of candidates. The Executive Board Committee includes the following positions:

President

Vice President **
Treasurer
Secretary
VP of Communications

VP of Concessions**
VP of Corporate Partnership
VP of Fundraising
VP of Publicity

**While we do have nominees for most other positions, we are in need of a candidate for Vice President and for the concessions position(s). The concessions can be co-chair friends who would like to tackle the concessions together. 


BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
March is Music In Our School's Month - All-District Music Concert Virtual Celebration
National Association of Music Education (NAfME) recognizes and celebrates March as the thirty-sixth annual Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®). Since 1985, MIOSM has been observed as a yearly month-long celebration when schools and communities celebrate music in their local schools and the educators who dedicate themselves to bringing music into the lives of students every day.

With this year being a different year, MASD will be celebrating virtually, by releasing videos of ensembles throughout MASD making music, whether it being together or distant.  Please look on the MASD website and other school-affiliated social media platforms for the release of these virtual recordings to celebrate MIOSM.

LINK to Performances  

SPRING CONCERTS
- 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 26 - Spring Jazz Band Concert - 7:00pm - MAHS Auditorium

Winter Color Guard FULL In-Person Rehearsals the week of March 8

Full Rehearsals this week
     - Monday, March 8 - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
     - Friday, March 12 - 6:30pm-10pm – HIGH SCHOOL Main Gym
        – Recording/Parents run at 9:40PM; Enter Natatorium

Jazz Band Rehearsals Week of March 8
Jazz Band #1 will rehearse on Tuesday, March 9 from 2:30-3:50pm
Jazz Band #2 will rehearse on Thursday, March 11 from 2:30 - 3:45pm. 

REMINDER
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.  
   
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


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

SATURDAY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
     - Saturday, September 18 - PIMBA Show at Norwin HS
     - Saturday, September 25 - Bands of America Regional - Columbus, Ohio - Fortress Obetz
     - Saturday, October 9 - PIMBA Show at Moon Area HS
     - Saturday, October 23 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


REHEARSALS/EVENTS/PERFORMANCES
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Mon. March 8 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Tue. March 9 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. March 10 - Rehearsal for Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical - 6:30-8:30pm - MAHS Band Room

Thu. March 11 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:45pm - HS Band Room

Fri. March 12 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm – HIGH SCHOOL Main Gym - RECORDING FOR WGI REGIONAL!
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Mon. March 15 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Tue. March 16 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. March 17 - Rehearsal for Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical - 6:30-8:30pm - MAHS Band Room

Thu. March 18 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:45pm - HS Band Room

Fri. March 19 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm - MS Main Gym - RECORDING FOR WGI REGIONAL!
Sat. March 20 - Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal - 9AM-2PM - MAHS Auditorium
                          WGI REGIONAL
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Mon. March 22 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6pm-9pm - MS Main Gym
Tue. March 23 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. March 24 - Rehearsal for Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical - 6:30-8:30pm - MAHS Band Room

Thu. March 25 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:45pm - HS Band Room

Fri. March 26 - Winter Guard Rehearsal - 6:30pm-10pm - MS Main Gym
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March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Saturday, March 20 - Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal – 9am-2pm - 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 26 - 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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Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

 

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ March 8, 2021

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