Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 3, 2021

Moon Area Band Newsletter ~ May 3, 2021

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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 – ONLY INVITED STUDENTS PERFORM


FUNDRAISING
DiBella's Subs fundraiser delivery will be on Wednesday, May 12, from 4 - 5:30 pm, in the high school cafeteria.
Please be prompt.  Orders are perishable and can not be refrigerated at the school.

GOLF OUTING VOLUNTEER VACANCIES
We are still in need of several volunteers for the day of the golf outing. Specifically, we are in need of beer cart drivers (21+) and hole-in-one observers (18+). Please consider joining in the fun and helping out the organization and the kids for a few hours!  Sign Up HERE!

GOLF OUTING VOLUNTEERS
Please do not forget to submit your T-shirt size. 

GOLF OUTING FOOD AND BEVERAGE DONATIONS
All donations will be collected from 6-7 pm next Tuesday night, May 11th, in the high school parking lot by the main entrance. You may also drop off your donations prior to this day and time at 503 Blue Ridge Drive. Thank you again for your generosity!


PUBLICITY
Moms day out- 
AR Workshop
May 23 at 3:30 

https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=robinson&ev=234868
Password is March

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

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
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
MAEF 5K - WALK-A THON - FRIDAY, MAY 7 - VARIOUS BAND/PEP BAND ENSEMBLES PERFORMING

STAGE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 
5:00     HS Percussion Ensemble 
5:30     Recognition of MAEF Scholarship winners 
6:00     HS Strings 
6:30     MS Strings 
7:00     MS Choir 
7:30     HS Choir 
8:00     Vocality 
8:30     HS Jazz Ensemble  
 
STAGE PERFORMERS – BE READY WITH YOUR INSTRUMENT 20 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TIME 
 
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE ARRIVE AT 3:45PM 
 
PEP BAND PERFORMER – ARRIVE AT THE STAGE AREA WITH YOUR INSTRUMENTS AT 6:15PM 

STUDENTS SHOULD SIGN-UP FOR A PEP-BAND BY COMPLETING
THIS LINK  

ATTIRE: Comfortable seasonal, school-appropriate attire! 
 
PARKING: Performers and Spectators may park in any lot, EXCEPT for the upper lot between the practice field and stadium.  Please be aware and careful of the runners upon entering/exiting campus! 
 
Parents are invited to bring their chairs and listen to the performances at the stage, which will be located on the grass practice field by University Boulevard 

BAND/ORCHESTRA AT MAHS GRADUATION CEREMONIES - JUNE 5
We will be performing at the MAHS Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 5.  The ensemble will be limited to a small number of students due to capacity constraints.  Your student will receive an invite from Mr. Barthen/Mrs. Finkelstein/Mr. Fear if we would like them to perform at Graduation

Musical Rehearsal for Graduation will be Wednesday, June 2 from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the HS Auditorium.

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS AND CONCERTGraded 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

Parents will receive 2 tickets per student for each concert.  The concerts will also be live-streamed via MASD YouTube Channel.

Jazz Band Rehearsals Week of May 3
Jazz Band 1 - Tuesday, May 4 - 2:30 - 3:50pm
Jazz Band 2 - Thursday, May 6 - 2:30-3:50pm

Color Guard Auditions and Rehearsal
New Student Audition Rehearsals - May 18, May 19, May 20 - 6:00pm-8:30pm - MAHS Student Entrance
All Students - Audition Rehearsal - May 24, May 25, May 26, May 27 - 6:00pm-8:30pm - MAHS Student Entrance
     - Students will record themselves and submit for audition
     - Auditions are due by 6:00pm on Friday, May 28


Moon Area HS Band Golf Outing - 15 WORKERS NEEDED FOR MORNING - 2 HOURS ONLY!
-  Saturday, May 15 - 7:00AM-9:00AM
-  Shadow Lakes Golf Club - 2000 Beaver Lakes Blvd.  Aliquippa, PA. 15001
Student volunteers are needed to Greet the golfers, take the bags from their cars to their carts, and show the golfers to their golf carts before the golf outing begins.  Students should dress in their red band t-shirt from the 2020 season.  If you do not have your band shirt, contact Mr. Barthen.   Students will be completed with their duties by 9:00AM and should be picked up from the course at that time.
 - Sign-up HERE!


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
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)
                   Symphonic Band Audition Material Published
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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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Mon. May 17 - Percussion Ensemble Concert - 7pm
Tue. May 18 - Jazz Band 1 Rehearsal - 2:30-3:50pm
Wed. May 19 - Dress Rehearsal for Concert/Symphonic Band 
Thu. May 20 - Band Concert - 7:00pm

Fri. May 21 - Symphonic Band Auditions Due
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Mon. May 24 - Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm
Tue. May 25 - BOTH Jazz Band #1 & Jazz Band #2 - Soundcheck - 2:30-4pm
Wed. May 26 - Jazz Band Concert - 7:00pm
Fri. May 28 - Field Commander Auditions Due
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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 - 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 ~ May 3, 2021

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