Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 5, 2021

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 5, 2021

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Thursday, April 22nd – Band Parent’s Meeting – Board Elections
Friday, May 7th – MAEF 5K – Percussion, Bands and Jazz Bands 5PM
Thursday, May 13th – 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


APRIL PARENT MEETING
Please mark your calendar for April 22nd.  We will be *voting on the new 2021/2022 Executive Board at the April meeting.  Please make every effort to attend online.
(*must be a member in good standing to be eligible to vote). 
Candidates:
P
resident: Amy Patterson
Vice-President: Tina Foremsky
Treasurer: Ralph Canterbury
Secretary: Amy Clark
VP of Communications: Sarah Ohler-Schmitz
VP of Concessions: Jacqeline Gilstrap
VP of Corporate Partnership: Maria Johnston
VP of Fundraising: Georganna Palmer
VP of Publicity: Beckie Tobin


FUNDRAISING
Our next fundraiser will be with DiBella's Subs.  This hoagie fundraiser will begin on Tuesday, April 13.  Look for more information in the next newsletter.

The Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraiser delivery will be on Thursday, April 15.  You will receive a text when the orders are sorted with information about pick-up.


Save the date- May 1 for a car wash fundraiser at Globe!

SCHOLARSHIP
The Moon Area Band Parent Organization, Inc. is excited to announce its 15th Annual Instrumental Music Scholarship Awards. Eligible Seniors can find information on how to apply on the band website.  Application packets are available HERE.
Please feel free to email the letter of recommendation form (HERE) to the people from whom you are seeking a recommendation. They can fill it out, scan it, and then email it back to scholarship@moonband.org, or they can mail it.
Any questions can be directed to the scholarship committee at scholarship@moonband.org.
Additionally, email submission of the scholarship application and essay is also acceptable.  The deadline is still April 16, 2021. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at scholarship@moonband.org

GOLF OUTING
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

To those who have already signed up to donate something from the list, we GREATLY appreciate your generosity.  Thank you!  All donations are requested to be submitted no later than April 22nd,. You can drop off or mail (gift cards, checks made out to MABPO, etc) all donations to my home address at 503 Blue Ridge Drive., Moon, PA.  (Please let me know if you are dropping something off so I know to watch for it.)
There are still many great options on the list left to volunteer to donate.

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.  
Also, you should have received a letter in the mail detailing this request and a survey form for your senior to complete.
Photos and Senior surveys are due by April 20.

PUBLICITY

Parents night out-April 29 from 6-8 pm – LUMBERJAXES. Please RSVP. It is $35 a person. We will go to the Mt. Lebanon location. It is BYOB!  Please RSVP by April 20 to be sure we have a sufficient amount of people! Publicity@moonband.org

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.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
March/April Calendar
SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERT - Graded activities

CONCERT BAND – Periods 1, 4A, 5A 
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH CONCERT BAND 
     - Rehearsal #1 – Monday, May 3 – 6:30-8:30pm 
     - Rehearsal #2 – Thursday, May 13 – 2:30-4:30pm 
     - Rehearsal #3 – Wednesday, May 19 – 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Concert – Thursday, May 20 – 7:00pm 

SYMPHONIC BAND – Period 6 
INCLUDING PERCUSSIONISTS WHO PERFORM WITH SYMPHONIC BAND 
     -
Rehearsal #1 – Tuesday, April 27 – 6:30-8:30pm 
     - Rehearsal #2 – Wednesday, May 5 – 6:30-8:30pm 
     - Rehearsal #3 – Wednesday, May 12 – 6:30-8:30pm 
     - Rehearsal #4 – Wednesday, May 19 – 7:30-9:30pm 
Concert – Thursday, May 20 – 7:00pm 


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

MAEF 5K Event - Friday, May 7 - Various Band Ensembles Performances
We will need Band students to perform around the race route on MAHS/MAMS Campus from 6:00pm-8:30pm.
Percussion Ensemble will perform at 5pm on the stage next to the stadium.

In addition, Jazz Band 1 & Jazz Band 2 will be performing around 7:30pm on the stage next to the Stadium

Jazz Band Rehearsals Week of April 5
Jazz Band #1 will rehearse on Tuesday, April 6 from 2:30-3:50pm
Jazz Band #2 will rehearse on Thursday, April 8 from 2:30 - 3:50pm. 

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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Tue. April 6 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-4pm - HS Band Room
Wed. April 7 - Rehearsal for Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical - 6:30-8:30pm - MAHS Band Room

Thu. April 8 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:45pm - HS Band Room

Sat. April 10 - Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - 10AM-12pm
Sun. April 11 - Musical Tech Day - 12pm-10pm
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SPRING MUSICAL WEEK!
Tue. April 13 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:30pm - HS Band Room
Thu. April 15 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:30pm - HS Band Room

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Tue. April 20 - Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:30pm - HS Band Room
Thu. April 22 - Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:30pm - HS Band Room

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Tue. April 27 -  Jazz Band #1 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:50 pm - HS Band Room
                         Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - MAHS Auditorium

Thu. April 29 -  Jazz Band #2 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 3:50pm - HS Band Room

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Friday, May 7 – MAEF 5K – Percussion, Bands and Jazz Bands performing – 5PM – 9PM
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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Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 5, 2021

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