Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 19, 2021

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ April 19, 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
Sunday, May 23rd – Band Banquet - Tentative
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


SENIORS – Due this week
Attention Seniors/ Senior Families - Please bring in a wallet-size copy of your favorite senior picture in an envelope and hand it to Gabe or Daniel Gayoso in the next week. Thank you!

SENIOR PARENTSDue April 20
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.


FUNDRAISING
Our DiBella's Subs Fundraiser begins on Tuesday, April 13.  This will be our last student account fundraiser of the school year.  Everyone loves subs - especially our teachers!    Information sheets and order forms are available HERE and HERE.  Orders and payments are due on Thursday, April 29.  Delivery will be on Wednesday, May 12.

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

GOLF OUTING
Registration - You can still register for the MABPO Golf outing to be held on May 15th. Click HERE to register.

The day of the golf outing cannot happen without volunteers to help pull it all together. HERE is a sign-up genius of those positions we need help filling to make this event run as smoothly and successfully as possible. All positions are for a short amount of time during the day of the outing. If you volunteer to help the day of the outing, please leave your t-shirt size in the comment section (or email it to me directly). All volunteers will be given a band shirt for the outing. 

We are also looking to get as much food and beverage donated as possible for the day of the outing. HERE is the sign-up genius


RAFFLE BASKETS
Basket Donations - All basket donations should be sent in by the end of this week. You can mail or drop them off to 503 Blue Ridge Drive, Moon, Pa. 

To check to see what you donated or to see what is still left on the list, click HERE


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


BAND BANQUET
Save the date of May 23rd for our banquets. A definite decision will be made and announced on the weekend of April 23rd. 

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
Do we have any marching band parents that work for Williams? If so, we have an opportunity to be sponsored through their Homegrown Giving program. All I need is your name and your child's name and I'll contact them.

For any other parents who work for larger, local organizations, perhaps you wouldn't mind inquiring if they have similar programs available.

Here are the links to our Corporate Partnership forms:

Corporate Sponsorship
Exclusive Partnership

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Any questions, email Ralph at 
treasurer@moonband.org.

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
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 19

Jazz Band 1 - Tuesday, April 20 - 2:30 - 3:50pm
Jazz Band 2 - Thursday, April 22 - 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
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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Mon. May 3 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 6:30pm-8:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
Tue. May 4 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30 - 3:50pm - MAHS Band Room
Wed. May 5 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 6:30pm-8:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thu. May 6 - Jazz Band 2 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:50pm - MAHS Band Room
Fri. May 7 - MAEF Walk-a-thon - BAND TO PERFORM - MAHS Campus (outside)
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Tue. May 11 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:50pm - HS Band Room
Wed. May 12 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal - 6:30-8:30pm - MAHS Auditorium
Thu. May 13 - Concert Band Rehearsal - 2:30-4:15pm - MAHS Auditorium

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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 19, 2021

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