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Moon Area Band ~ July 22, 2024

Moon Area Band ~ July 22, 2024

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
July 22-26 – Home Band Camp for All Students
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Saturday, August 17th – Production Rehearsal for all students 8AM-4PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, September 17th – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, September 21st – Competition at Norwin HS
Saturday, October 12th – Competition at Mt. Lebanon HS
Thursday, October 17th - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 19th – BOA Delaware
Saturday, October 26th – PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS
AWAY BAND CAMP Overnight Chaperones
Away Band Camp Day Volunteers
Away Football Game Volunteers
Home Football Game Volunteers
Competition Volunteers - BOA listed separately
Competition Volunteers - BOA Delaware


AWAY CAMP DONATIONS
Band camp donations sign up genius will be sent out shortly!

AWAY CAMP CANDYGRAMS
Candygrams will once again be available for purchase for band camp.  Be on the lookout for an informational email.

FUNDRAISING
HERE is a list of some of the opportunities for fundraising this year. 

Also, we are kicking off our first fundraiser, hoagies and pepperoni rolls from J and J! 
Forms can be found HERE and attached to this email.

As always if you have any questions please email Hope at fundraising@moonband.org

BAND COMMUNITY
You can also follow the band organization on the following social channels!
PRIVATE Band Family Facebook Group - Join
HERE
Please answer the questions and be sure to choose the ... to manage your notifications so you don't miss any announcements. 
PUBLIC Moon Area Band Community Facebook Page
HERE
This page is where we share public facing events, awards, programs, and announcements that would interest the community. Your role here is to interact with the content shared here. 
PUBLIC @Moonareabands Instagram Account
HERE
This account is used to share public facing events, awards, programs, and announcements. And also is used to share fun things the band is doing like practice images, candid photos of the band sharing a day in a life as a band kid. 
The kids love seeing and sharing photos shared in Instagram stories and we do encourage them to follow these accounts if they wish to do so. 
BAND WEBSITE:  moonband.org


CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS INFORMATION
Do you work or know someone that would be interested in making a donation to help support the Moon Area Marching Band? This year we have a tiered plan for donations. Some of the options are a shout out during a home football game and or a company logo on the back of one of our trailers to all away events.  Please reach out to Stephanie Haas VP of Corporate Sponsorships or forward the LETTER onto your contact person.  The letter is also attached to this email.

BAND JACKETS – Orders Due Wenesday
The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches is WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the order HERE  in Presto for ordering information.  If you need help figuring out what size to order, or have any questions, please contact Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org.

SENIOR MEMORIES

Parents of 2025 seniors, send childhood photos of your senior to pictures@moonband.org

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO HELP:
If you can help capture photo/video for the band this year, reach out to Ted Merklin pictures@moonband.org

FUNDRAISING – ARAMARK – PNC/Acrisure/PPG 
AUGUST Calendar HERE.  Contact Hoda @ aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org or HapHoda2@Aol.com if you are interested in working at PPG Paints Arena or PNC Park or Acrisure Stadium.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Contact Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org

TIGER PRIDE YARD SIGNS
Parents and families - the cheer boosters are selling yard signs to show your tiger pride for cheer, football, band, and colorguard. members This year, a portion of the sales will be donated back to MABPO for any band or colorguard signs ordered. Please see the sign below to complete your order and payment. Orders due before August 5th!  HERE

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS
:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Summer Email #2
Summer email #2 was sent Wednesday, July 10.  This email contained information and links to important documents and information.  
LINK TO WELCOME LETTER

SUMMER EMAIL #3 will be sent on Friday, July 26, this will have the final away band camp times.

SENIOR POSTER PICTURES
The senior poster pictures will be taken on Friday, July 26 at 7:30AM.  This will be taken in uniform.  Students should make sure their hair is appropriate.  Seniors will still need to attend the Band Picture Day on 8/14.

MANILLA ENVELOPE 
At the July 16 rehearsal, an 8”x 12” manilla envelope containing forms will be distributed to students. Please make sure parents and students familiarize themselves with the material inside the packet. Please reference the table below to understand what is in the envelope.


DIETARY/ALLERGY FORM
Please complete the Microsoft Form with your child's Allergies and or dietary restrictions.  We will use this for the entire season in order to plan food, snacks, etc.
LINK

BAND HANDBOOK  - 
LINK
The band handbook is available for download on the Presto website in the Presto Files Area as well as linked in the MABPO Newsletter. The band handbook outlines the procedures and protocols that the band and its members follow throughout the entire school year.  The Handbook Acknowledgment form and Field Trip Permission Form can be signed electronically.  Please click on Forms in Presto to sign

BAND PICTURE DAY
Band Picture Day is Wednesday, August 14, from 8AM-10AM (before freshman orientation) at MAHS.

AWAY BAND CAMP MEDICATION
As of September 2023, if your child will be taking Prescription Medication while at Away Band (either self-medicating or having the Nurse dispense medication) a LICENSED PRESCRIBER ORDER FORM must be signed by the prescriber of the medication, completed and filed to Mr. Barthen for Away Band Camp.  We cannot use forms from the previous school year.  The form can be found at this Link.  Please start early on completing this requirement.  As we discovered in February for the Florida Trip, medical offices became cranky when numerous parents requested these signatures with little turnaround time.  
FORM

PRESTO-ASSISTANT
The band is utilizing a NEW database management system, Presto-Assistant.  Every student/parent has an account set up.  You will receive a welcome email to the address this email has been sent to set up a PARENT Account.  DO NOT SET-UP YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT, their information is already set-up into the system.  After you set up your parent account, you will be able to access the site at this web address: https://app.presto-assistant.com/
 
This site will be used for News, the band calendar, files and handouts for the year, student band financial account information, etc.  The calendar is updated frequently and can be synced to your Google/i-cal.   Your student's band account will be updated over the next few weeks.  Please be patient while we get the system up and running. 

FORM CHECKLIST

  1. MAHS Band First Letter - Presto/E-mail #2 - LINK - Nothing Due/Informational
  2. Letter from Band Parent President - Presto – LINK - Nothing Due/Informational
  3. Marching Band Fee Form - Presto & Hard Copy will be provided - LINK - Due 7/22
  4. Physical Examination Information - Presto & MASD Athletic Website -LINK - Due to ATHLETIC OFFICE BY 7/22
  5. Chaperone Document - How to volunteer, expectations and clearances needed - LINK - Due 8/5
  6. Link to Dietary/Allergies - Microsoft Form - LINK - DUE ASAP!!
  7. Band and Color Guard Shoe Order Form - Presto & Hard Copy will be provided - LINK - Due Monday, July 22
  8. Band Handbook - LINK
  9. Band Handbook Agreement Form and Field Trip Permission Form Hard Copy OR Electronic Submission in PRESTO FORMS TAB - DUE Thursday, July 25
  10. MAHS BAND Medical Form – completed and signed both sides – Hard Copy Only – will be provided on 7/16 - DUE Thursday, July 25
  11. MAHS BAND OTC Self Medication Form – Hard Copy Only – will be provided on 7/16 - DUE Thursday, July 25
  12. PRESCRIBED MEDICATION FORM - Presto and Hard Copy – will be provided on 7/16 - LINK - DUE Sunday, July 28
  13. MASD Participation Waiver - Presto & Hard Copy – will be provided on 7/16 - LINK - DUE Thursday, July 25
  14. MASD Transportation Waiver - Presto & Hard Copy – will be provided on 7/16 - LINK - Due Thursday, July 25


ADVICE FOR REHEARSAL SHOES FOR MARCHING BAND 
The second thing I suggest is to purchase a good pair of shoes.  Whatever brand you favor, make sure they are supportive, have a cushion, and have some sort of arch.  Converse Chuck Taylor’s or a shoe that does not support the arch or have a cushion is not going to be favorable for how we ask your students to perform.  Here is a link to the top 10 favorable marching rehearsal shoes from the Marching Health people.  
https://www.marchinghealth.com/uncategorized/marching-healths-top-shoes-for-drum-corps-in-2024/ And most importantly, make sure they wear the shoe to break them in before coming to their first rehearsal. 
 
EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING REHEARSAL 
If a student must miss a rehearsal, an e-mail or written note from THE PARENT is required.  Microsoft Teams chats or student e-mails are not valid forms of excuses. 
  
MARCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS 
These videos will cover the basics of marching, please have your child review these videos.  If your child is absent at the June 3-5 rehearsals, they should learn the content on this page.   
 
Click the Link for the Table of Contents of Videos  - 
LINK 

Marching Band Microsoft TEAMS 
Every member of the Marching Band has been invited into a Microsoft Team.  Winds (Brass/Woodwinds), Color Guard, and Percussion have their separate TEAM.  These Teams will be utilized to send music and student reminders during the season.  Please have your child check their MS TEAMS and turn notifications ON.  We will be uploading additional music throughout the month of June and July.  If your child has not received a notification to join, please e-mail Mr. Barthen (winds & color guard) or Mr. Fear (percussion).  


24/25 MARCHING BAND PHYSICAL
As per MASD Policy, marching band members must have a complete athletic physical on file with the Athletic Department to participate in the Marching Band.  Information is below for scheduling a physical through the school district.  The form that the district uses is LINKED HERE

As per the PIAA, sports physicals are now permitted to be completed on or after May 1st. Students must bring Sections 5 & 6 to their sports physical.

Students can also choose to complete their sports physical with their own PCP or an urgent care center.

2024 Marching Band Fall Performance Schedule
Friday Football Performances

  • Fri. August 23 - Home vs. Trinity HS
  • Fri. August 30 - Home vs. Aliquippa HS
  • Fri. Sept. 6 - Away vs Penn-Trafford HS
  • Fri. Sept. 13 - Home vs. West Allegheny HS
  • Fri. Sept. 20 - Away vs. Seneca Valley HS
  • Fri. Sept. 27 - Away vs. Bethel Park HS
  • Fri. Oct. 4 - Home vs. Peters Twp HS - Homecoming
  • Fri. Oct. 11 - Away vs. Baldwin HS
  • Fri. Oct. 18 - Away vs. USC HS
  • Fri. Oct. 25 - Home vs. South Fayette HS - Senior Recognition Night

Saturday Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 21 - Local Band Competition at Norwin HS
  • Saturday, October 12 - Local Band Competition at Mt. Lebanon
  • Saturday, October 19 - BOA Delaware
  • Saturday, October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


BOA Delaware - 10/19-20/2024
The Marching Band will be traveling to the University of Delaware to compete in the Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional on October 19-20, 2024.  This will be an overnight trip.  Please mark your calendars.


Important Upcoming Dates
July 22-26 - Home Band Camp for All
July 28 - August 2 - Away Band Camp at W&J
August 17 - Production Rehearsal for All - 8AM-4PM


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CLEARANCES
MABPO has no connection to MASD's Applitrack, therefore a digital or physical copy of the clearance needs to be submitted the MABPO secretary.  Clearances can be emailed to: Kelli Bookbinder - secretary@moonband.org
Note:  If the child's last name differs from the parent sending the clearances, please point that out in the email.

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: 
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
 use service code 1KG6XN

Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions about clearances.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org
 

Moon Area Band ~ July 15, 2024

Moon Area Band ~ July 15, 2024

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, July 22nd – Mandatory Band Parent Meeting for 2024-2025
July 22-26 – Home Band Camp for All Students
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Saturday, August 17th – Production Rehearsal for all students 8AM-4PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, September 17th – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, September 21st – Competition at Norwin HS
Saturday, October 12th – Competition at Mt. Lebanon HS
Thursday, October 17th - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 19th – BOA Delaware
Saturday, October 26th – PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


Band Parents Meeting
There is a mandatory Band parent Meeting for the parents of 2024-2025 marching band members on July 22nd at 6:30PM.


UNIFORM FITTINGS
Marching Band Uniform Fitting Appointment Sign-upLINK ONLY - SIGN-UP ASAP

TIGER PRIDE YARD SIGNS
Parents and families - once again the cheer boosters are selling yard signs to show your tiger pride for cheer, football, band, and colorguard. members This year, a portion of the sales will be donated back to MABPO for any band or colorguard signs ordered. These are not just signs for seniors, so join in celebrating our amazing kids!
Please see the sign below to complete your order and payment. Orders due before August 5th! 
HERE

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS INFORMATION

Do you work or know someone that would be interested in making a donation to help support the Moon Area Marching Band? This year we have a tiered plan for donations. Some of the options are a shout out during a home football game and or a company logo on the back of one of our trailers to all away events.  Please reach out to Stephanie Haas VP of Corporate Sponsorships or forward the LETTER onto your contact person.  The letter is also attached to this email.

BAND JACKETS – Time to Order!
It’s BAND JACKET AND VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME!  Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form attached to this email or HERE  in Presto for ordering information.  If you need help figuring out what size to order, or have any questions, please contact Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org.
Students may also purchase varsity letters only (for a fee of $8) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity or sport. The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches is WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Uniform Fittings - Help Needed!
We are looking for help with uniform fittings. 
Monday July 22nd 7 – 8 am, 11 am – noon, 3 – 4 pm
Please text/call Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org if you can help!

SENIOR MEMORIES

Parents of 2025 seniors, send childhood photos of your senior to pictures@moonband.org

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO HELP:
If you can help capture photo/video for the band this year, reach out to Ted Merklin pictures@moonband.org

FUNDRAISING – ARAMARK – PNC/Acrisure/PPG 
JUNE Calendar HERE.  Contact Hoda @ aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org or HapHoda2@Aol.com if you are interested in working at PPG Paints Arena or PNC Park or Acrisure Stadium.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Contact Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
Summer Email #2
Summer email #2 was sent Wednesday, July 10.  This email contained information and links to important documents and information.  
LINK TO WELCOME LETTER

LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – Thursday, July 18, 2PM-5PM at MAHS - CORRECTED TIME
All MAHS Band students are invited to attend this Leadership Training Seminar on Thursday, July 18 at MAHS Auditorium from 2:00PM-5:00PM. This is free of charge for MAHS Band Students.
This seminar will be led by three BOA (Bands of America) clinicians Fran Kick, Frank Crockett, and Bill Galvin, speaking about leadership, team building, culture, and personal development.
Yes, this is a music/band seminar, but these presenters hold training for many Universities/Colleges and large companies around the world (good to put on college applications). Students from outside MAHS will attend this seminar.
All MAHS Band students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend!

COLOR GUARD, PERCUSSION AND WIND MINI-CAMP – July 16-18
 If you are in town, you are expected to attend!
Mini-Camps for the Color Guard, Percussion and Wind sections will be held on July 16-18. If you are in town, and not on vacation, your child should attend these camps. MEMBERS SHOULD WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING TO ALL REHEARSALS – NO FLIP-FLOPS/SANDALS - BRING WATER & SUNSCREEN

  • Percussion (pit & battery) – 8AM-3PM – July 16, 17, 18
  • Color Guard – 5PM-9PM – July 16, 17, 18
  • Winds (brass & woodwinds) – 5PM-9PM - July 16, 17, 18

MANILLA ENVELOPE 
At the July 16 rehearsal, an 8”x 12” manilla envelope containing forms will be distributed to students. Please make sure parents and students familiarize themselves with the material inside the packet. Please reference the table below to understand what is in the envelope.

DIETARY/ALLERGY FORM
Please complete the Microsoft Form with your child's Allergies and or dietary restrictions.  We will use this for the entire season in order to plan food, snacks, etc.
LINK

PERCUSSION & WIND MARCHING BAND UNIFORM FITTINGS
We will fit the marching band uniforms beginning on Tuesday, July 16. Please sign-up for an appointment via the link. Parents do not need to be present when students are being fitted for the uniform.  Students should wear tennis shoes to the fitting.  Color Guard members will be fitted at a later date.  Please ask your child if they already signed up, this link is also published on the Microsoft Teams pages.
LINK


BAND HANDBOOK 
The band handbook will be available on July 17 on the Presto website in the Presto Files Area as well as linked in the MABPO Newsletter. The band handbook outlines the procedures and protocols that the band and its members follow throughout the entire school year.

BAND PICTURE DAY
Band Picture Day is Wednesday, August 14, from 8AM-10AM (before freshman orientation) at MAHS.


AWAY BAND CAMP MEDICATION
As of September 2023, if your child will be taking Prescription Medication while at Away Band (either self-medicating or having the Nurse dispense medication) a LICENSED PRESCRIBER ORDER FORM must be signed by the prescriber of the medication, completed and filed to Mr. Barthen for Away Band Camp.  We cannot use forms from the previous school year.  The form can be found at this Link.  Please start early on completing this requirement.  As we discovered in February for the Florida Trip, medical offices became cranky when numerous parents requested these signatures with little turnaround time.  FORM

PRESTO-ASSISTANT
The band is utilizing a NEW database management system, Presto-Assistant.  Every student/parent has an account set up.  You will receive a welcome email to the address this email has been sent to set up a PARENT Account.  DO NOT SET-UP YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT, their information is already set-up into the system.  After you set up your parent account, you will be able to access the site at this web address: https://app.presto-assistant.com/
 
This site will be used for News, the band calendar, files and handouts for the year, student band financial account information, etc.  The calendar is updated frequently and can be synced to your Google/i-cal.   Your student's band account will be updated over the next few weeks.  Please be patient while we get the system up and running. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
As we move to the summer and the start of summer band, the one question I receive from parents is “What can my child do to be ready for summer band”?  My answer is always, to get them outside and acclimated to the heat.  Our activity is primarily outside.  If your son/daughter stays inside in the air conditioning all summer, then all of a sudden, we ask them to be active outside, it is not going to be a positive experience.  Encourage them to go outside and take a walk, ride their bike, whatever it may be, the more they are accustomed to the heat the less likely they will be to “wilt” once practice begins.  Remember, our practice field is an asphalt parking lot which is not as hot as a turf field, but still becomes a little toasty around 11 AM.  We do try to keep them out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, getting outside before the rehearsals begin will help them immensely.  Our friends from Marching Health have some ideas and suggestions if your child needs a more intense plan https://www.marchinghealth.com/health/10-simple-rules-to-get-in-shape-for-band/
 
ADVICE FOR REHEARSAL SHOES FOR MARCHING BAND 
The second thing I suggest is to purchase a good pair of shoes.  Whatever brand you favor, make sure they are supportive, have a cushion, and have some sort of arch.  Converse Chuck Taylor’s or a shoe that does not support the arch or have a cushion is not going to be favorable for how we ask your students to perform.  Here is a link to the top 10 favorable marching rehearsal shoes from the Marching Health people.  https://www.marchinghealth.com/uncategorized/marching-healths-top-shoes-for-drum-corps-in-2024/ And most importantly, make sure they wear the shoe to break them in before coming to their first rehearsal. 
 
EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING REHEARSAL 
If a student must miss a rehearsal, an e-mail or written note from THE PARENT is required.  Microsoft Teams chats or student e-mails are not valid forms of excuses. 
  
MARCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS 
These videos will cover the basics of marching, please have your child review these videos.  If your child is absent at the June 3-5 rehearsals, they should learn the content on this page.   
 
Click the Link for the Table of Contents of Videos  - LINK 

Marching Band Microsoft TEAMS 
Every member of the Marching Band has been invited into a Microsoft Team.  Winds (Brass/Woodwinds), Color Guard, and Percussion have their separate TEAM.  These Teams will be utilized to send music and student reminders during the season.  Please have your child check their MS TEAMS and turn notifications ON.  We will be uploading additional music throughout the month of June and July.  If your child has not received a notification to join, please e-mail Mr. Barthen (winds & color guard) or Mr. Fear (percussion).  


24/25 MARCHING BAND PHYSICAL
As per MASD Policy, marching band members must have a complete athletic physical on file with the Athletic Department to participate in the Marching Band.  Information is below for scheduling a physical through the school district.  The form that the district uses is LINKED HERE

As per the PIAA, sports physicals are now permitted to be completed on or after May 1st. Students must bring Sections 5 & 6 to their sports physical.

Students can also choose to complete their sports physical with their own PCP or an urgent care center.

2024 Marching Band Fall Performance Schedule
Friday Football Performances

  • Fri. August 23 - Home vs. Trinity HS
  • Fri. August 30 - Home vs. Aliquippa HS
  • Fri. Sept. 6 - Away vs Penn-Trafford HS
  • Fri. Sept. 13 - Home vs. West Allegheny HS
  • Fri. Sept. 20 - Away vs. Seneca Valley HS
  • Fri. Sept. 27 - Away vs. Bethel Park HS
  • Fri. Oct. 4 - Home vs. Peters Twp HS - Homecoming
  • Fri. Oct. 11 - Away vs. Baldwin HS
  • Fri. Oct. 18 - Away vs. USC HS
  • Fri. Oct. 25 - Home vs. South Fayette HS - Senior Recognition Night

Saturday Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 21 - Local Band Competition at Norwin HS
  • Saturday, October 12 - Local Band Competition at Mt. Lebanon
  • Saturday, October 19 - BOA Delaware
  • Saturday, October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS

BOA Delaware - 10/19-20/2024
The Marching Band will be traveling to the University of Delaware to compete in the Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional on October 19-20, 2024.  This will be an overnight trip.  Please mark your calendars.


Important Upcoming Dates
July 16-18 - Mini Camps for All Marching Band Students
July 22-26 - Home Band Camp for All
July 28 - August 2 - Away Band Camp at W&J
August 17 - Production Rehearsal for All - 8AM-4PM


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CLEARANCES
MABPO has no connection to MASD's Applitrack, therefore a digital or physical copy of the clearance needs to be submitted the MABPO secretary.  Clearances can be emailed to: Kelli Bookbinder - secretary@moonband.org
Note:  If the child's last name differs from the parent sending the clearances, please point that out in the email.

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: 
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
 use service code 1KG6XN

Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions about clearances.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact
communications@moonband.org

 

Moon Area Band ~ July 8, 2024

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, July 22nd – Mandatory Band Parent Meeting for 2024-2025
July 22-26 – Home Band Camp for All Students
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Saturday, August 17th – Production Rehearsal for all students 8AM-4PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, September 17th – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, September 21st – Competition at Norwin HS
Saturday, October 12th – Competition at Mt. Lebanon HS
Thursday, October 17th - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 19th – BOA Delaware
Saturday, October 26th – PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


Band Parents Meeting
There is a mandatory Band parent Meeting for the parents of 2024-2025 marching band members on July 22nd at 6:30PM.

CHAPERONES FOR AWAY BAND CAMP – SIGN UP HERE
We are looking for overnight chaperones for Moon Area's Away Band Camp at Washington and Jefferson College, July 28th through August 2nd.
What to expect:
Travel with the band to W and J from Sunday until Friday night. Most chaperones bring their own vehicles, but you can ride the bus if you prefer.
Chaperones typically have a private bedroom and will share a bathroom with one or two other adults in a suite setting in the dorms.
Room and meals throughout the week in the cafeteria are all covered in return for your time.
Duties to include:
Being present at all meals throughout the week.
Helping with room checks or wake up calls throughout the week.
Setting up and tearing down tents and tables used through the week.
Preparing snacks multiple times per day.
Helping to prepare snacks and/or meals for evening activities, as well as setting up a few tables for these events.
Assisting with loading and unloading of equipment trailers.
Providing support to the band during all rehearsals.

Though we have duties and responsibilities, we also have time together that has created a lot of good friendships and fun - and funny- memories.  We work hard and laugh harder.

If you are interested (even if you have already reached out), please add your name to all the dates you can come stay with us.
If you have any questions, please contact Tina at vpoperations@moonband.org.


TIGER PRIDE YARD SIGNS
Parents and families - once again the cheer boosters are selling yard signs to show your tiger pride for cheer, football, band, and colorguard. members This year, a portion of the sales will be donated back to MABPO for any band or colorguard signs ordered. These are not just signs for seniors, so join in celebrating our amazing kids!
Please see the sign below to complete your order and payment. Orders due before August 5th! 
HERE

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS INFORMATION
Do you work or know someone that would be interested in making a donation to help support the Moon Area Marching Band? This year we have a tiered plan for donations. Some of the options are a shout out during a home football game and or a company logo on the back of one of our trailers to all away events.  Please reach out to Stephanie Haas VP of Corporate Sponsorships or forward the LETTER onto your contact person.  The letter is also attached to this email.

BAND JACKETS – Time to Order!
It’s BAND JACKET AND VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME!  Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form attached to this email or HERE  in Presto for ordering information.  If you need help figuring out what size to order, or have any questions, please contact Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org.
Students may also purchase varsity letters only (for a fee of $8) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity or sport. The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches is WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Uniform Fittings - Help Needed!
We are looking for help with uniform fittings. 
Tuesday July 16th 3 – 5 pm
Wednesday July 17th 4 – 5 pm
Thursday July 18th  4 – 5 pm
Monday July 22nd 7 – 8 am, 11 am – noon, 3 – 4 pm
Please text/call Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email
uniforms@moonband.org if you can help!

SENIOR MEMORIES

Parents of 2025 seniors, send childhood photos of your senior to pictures@moonband.org

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO HELP:
If you can help capture photo/video for the band this year, reach out to Ted Merklin pictures@moonband.org

FUNDRAISING – ARAMARK – PNC/Acrisure/PPG 
JUNE Calendar HERE.  Contact Hoda @ aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org or HapHoda2@Aol.com if you are interested in working at PPG Paints Arena or PNC Park or Acrisure Stadium.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Contact Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
DIETARY/ALLERGY FORM
Please complete the Microsoft Form with your child's Allergies and or dietary restrictions.  We will use this for the entire season in order to plan food, snacks, etc.
LINK

PERCUSSION & WIND MARCHING BAND UNIFORM FITTINGS
We will fit the marching band uniforms beginning on Tuesday, July 16. Please sign-up for an appointment via the link. Parents do not need to be present when students are being fitted for the uniform.  Students should wear tennis shoes to the fitting.  Color Guard members will be fitted at a later date.  Please ask your child if they already signed up, this link is also published on the Microsoft Teams pages.
LINK

BAND PICTURE DAY
Band Picture Day is Wednesday, August 14, from 8AM-10AM (before freshman orientation) at MAHS.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - AWAY BAND CAMP MEDICATION
As of September 2023, if your child will be taking Prescription Medication while at Away Band (either self-medicating or having the Nurse dispense medication) a LICENSED PRESCRIBER ORDER FORM must be signed by the prescriber of the medication, completed and filed to Mr. Barthen for Away Band Camp.  We cannot use forms from the previous school year.  The form can be found at this Link.  Please start early on completing this requirement.  As we discovered in February for the Florida Trip, medical offices became cranky when numerous parents requested these signatures with little turnaround time.  
FORM

PRESTO-ASSISTANT
The band is utilizing a NEW database management system, Presto-Assistant.  Every student/parent has an account set up.  You will receive a welcome email to the address this email has been sent to set up a PARENT Account.  DO NOT SET-UP YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT, their information is already set-up into the system.  After you set up your parent account, you will be able to access the site at this web address: https://app.presto-assistant.com/
 
This site will be used for News, the band calendar, files and handouts for the year, student band financial account information, etc.  The calendar is updated frequently and can be synced to your Google/i-cal.   Your student's band account will be updated over the next few weeks.  Please be patient while we get the system up and running. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
As we move to the summer and the start of summer band, the one question I receive from parents is “What can my child do to be ready for summer band”?  My answer is always, to get them outside and acclimated to the heat.  Our activity is primarily outside.  If your son/daughter stays inside in the air conditioning all summer, then all of a sudden, we ask them to be active outside, it is not going to be a positive experience.  Encourage them to go outside and take a walk, ride their bike, whatever it may be, the more they are accustomed to the heat the less likely they will be to “wilt” once practice begins.  Remember, our practice field is an asphalt parking lot which is not as hot as a turf field, but still becomes a little toasty around 11 AM.  We do try to keep them out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, getting outside before the rehearsals begin will help them immensely.  Our friends from Marching Health have some ideas and suggestions if your child needs a more intense plan https://www.marchinghealth.com/health/10-simple-rules-to-get-in-shape-for-band/
 
ADVICE FOR REHEARSAL SHOES FOR MARCHING BAND 
The second thing I suggest is to purchase a good pair of shoes.  Whatever brand you favor, make sure they are supportive, have a cushion, and have some sort of arch.  Converse Chuck Taylor’s or a shoe that does not support the arch or have a cushion is not going to be favorable for how we ask your students to perform.  Here is a link to the top 10 favorable marching rehearsal shoes from the Marching Health people.  
https://www.marchinghealth.com/uncategorized/marching-healths-top-shoes-for-drum-corps-in-2024/ And most importantly, make sure they wear the shoe to break them in before coming to their first rehearsal. 
 
EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING REHEARSAL 
If a student must miss a rehearsal, an e-mail or written note from THE PARENT is required.  Microsoft Teams chats or student e-mails are not valid forms of excuses. 
  
MARCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS 
These videos will cover the basics of marching, please have your child review these videos.  If your child is absent at the June 3-5 rehearsals, they should learn the content on this page.   
 
Click the Link for the Table of Contents of Videos  - 
LINK 

Marching Band Microsoft TEAMS 
Every member of the Marching Band has been invited into a Microsoft Team.  Winds (Brass/Woodwinds), Color Guard, and Percussion have their separate TEAM.  These Teams will be utilized to send music and student reminders during the season.  Please have your child check their MS TEAMS and turn notifications ON.  We will be uploading additional music throughout the month of June and July.  If your child has not received a notification to join, please e-mail Mr. Barthen (winds & color guard) or Mr. Fear (percussion). 
 
ITEMS UPLOADED TO THE TEAMS 
Technique Books 

  • Flow 1,2,3 - Must Be Memorized 
  • Flex 1,2 - Must Be Memorized 
  • Be Thou My Vision - Must Be Memorized by end of September

All Pregame Music  

  • Alma Mater – Must Be Memorized
  • Star Spangled Banner - Must Be Memorized 
  • Fight Song - Must Be Memorized 

Stand Cheers  (DO NOT NEED TO BE MEMORIZED)

FOOTBALL SHOW

  • Mr. Blue Sky - Must Be Memorized 
  • Hey Ya - Must Be Memorized 
  • Party In the USA – Must Be Memorized 

ALL of the Competitive Show - Must Be Memorized – There are rehearsal tracks posted! 
 
Also, the visual videos are linked to the Teams and above as well. 
 
***PLEASE NOTE*** If you and your child have decided they are no longer participating in the Marching Band Program, PLEASE CONTACT MR. BARTHEN ASAP!  Each student in the marching band has a drill spot on the field written especially for them.  If someone quits after the show is written, then the ENTIRE band must be rewritten to close that spot.  It costs the Band Parent Organization $50/hour to have our drill writer re-write the drill to close the spot. 
 
 **CONTACT INFORMATION** 
Mr. Barthen – Band Director – nbarthen@moonarea.net 
Mrs. Finkelstein – Assistant Band Director – afinklestein@moonarea.net 
Mr. Fear – Assistant Band Director/Percussion – afear@moonarea.net 

24/25 MARCHING BAND PHYSICAL
As per MASD Policy, marching band members must have a complete athletic physical on file with the Athletic Department to participate in the Marching Band.  Information is below for scheduling a physical through the school district.  The form that the district uses is LINKED HERE

As per the PIAA, sports physicals are now permitted to be completed on or after May 1st. Students must bring Sections 5 & 6 to their sports physical.

Students can also choose to complete their sports physical with their own PCP or an urgent care center.

2024 Marching Band Fall Performance Schedule
Friday Football Performances

  • Fri. August 23 - Home vs. Trinity HS
  • Fri. August 30 - Home vs. Aliquippa HS
  • Fri. Sept. 6 - Away vs Penn-Trafford HS
  • Fri. Sept. 13 - Home vs. West Allegheny HS
  • Fri. Sept. 20 - Away vs. Seneca Valley HS
  • Fri. Sept. 27 - Away vs. Bethel Park HS
  • Fri. Oct. 4 - Home vs. Peters Twp HS - Homecoming
  • Fri. Oct. 11 - Away vs. Baldwin HS
  • Fri. Oct. 18 - Away vs. USC HS
  • Fri. Oct. 25 - Home vs. South Fayette HS - Senior Recognition Night

Saturday Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 21 - Local Band Competition at Norwin HS
  • Saturday, October 12 - Local Band Competition at Mt. Lebanon
  • Saturday, October 19 - BOA Delaware
  • Saturday, October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS

BOA Delaware - 10/19-20/2024
The Marching Band will be traveling to the University of Delaware to compete in the Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional on October 19-20, 2024.  This will be an overnight trip.  Please mark your calendars.


Important Upcoming Dates
July 16-18 - Mini Camps for All Marching Band Students
July 22-26 - Home Band Camp for All
July 28 - August 2 - Away Band Camp at W&J
August 17 - Production Rehearsal for All - 8AM-4PM


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CLEARANCES
MABPO has no connection to MASD's Applitrack, therefore a digital or physical copy of the clearance needs to be submitted the MABPO secretary.  Clearances can be emailed to: Kelli Bookbinder - secretary@moonband.org
Note:  If the child's last name differs from the parent sending the clearances, please point that out in the email.

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: 
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
 use service code 1KG6XN

Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions about clearances.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org
Moon Area Band ~ July 1, 2024

Moon Area Band ~ July 1, 2024

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, July 22nd – Mandatory Band Parent Meeting for 2024-2025
July 22-26 – Home Band Camp for All Students
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Saturday, August 17th – Production Rehearsal for all students 8AM-4PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, September 17th – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, September 21st – Competition at Norwin HS
Saturday, October 12th – Competition at Mt. Lebanon HS
Thursday, October 17th - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 19th – BOA Delaware
Saturday, October 26th – PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


Band Parents Meeting
There is a mandatory Band parent Meeting for the parents of 2024-2025 marching band members on July 22nd at 6:30PM.

CHAPERONES FOR AWAY BAND CAMP SIGN UP HERE
We are looking for overnight chaperones for Moon Area's Away Band Camp at Washington and Jefferson College, July 28th through August 2nd.
What to expect:

Travel with the band to W and J from Sunday until Friday night. Most chaperones bring their own vehicles, but you can ride the bus if you prefer.
Chaperones typically have a private bedroom and will share a bathroom with one or two other adults in a suite setting in the dorms.
Room and meals throughout the week in the cafeteria are all covered in return for your time.
Duties to include:

Being present at all meals throughout the week.
Helping with room checks or wake up calls throughout the week.
Setting up and tearing down tents and tables used through the week.
Preparing snacks multiple times per day.
Helping to prepare snacks and/or meals for evening activities, as well as setting up a few tables for these events.
Assisting with loading and unloading of equipment trailers.
Providing support to the band during all rehearsals.


Though we have duties and responsibilities, we also have time together that has created a lot of good friendships and fun - and funny- memories.  We work hard and laugh harder.

If you are interested (even if you have already reached out), please add your name to all the dates you can come stay with us.
If you have any questions, please contact Tina at vpoperations@moonband.org.


CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP/DONATIONS INFORMATION
Do you work or know someone that would be interested in making a donation to help support the Moon Area Marching Band? This year we have a tiered plan for donations. Some of the options are a shout out during a home football game and or a company logo on the back of one of our trailers to all away events.  Please reach out to Stephanie Haas VP of Corporate Sponsorships or forward the LETTER onto your contact person.  The letter is also attached to this email.

BAND JACKETS – Time to Order!
It’s BAND JACKET AND VARSITY LETTER ORDER TIME!  Anyone who has completed 1 year in marching band is eligible to purchase a jacket.  Please see the order form attached to this email or HERE  in Presto for ordering information.  If you need help figuring out what size to order, or have any questions, please contact Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org.
Students may also purchase varsity letters only (for a fee of $8) if they wish to place them on a jacket already purchased through another activity or sport. The DUE DATE for order/payment of both jackets and patches is WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Uniform Fittings - Help Needed!
We are looking for help with uniform fittings. 
Tuesday July 16th 3 – 5 pm
Wednesday July 17th 4 – 5 pm
Thursday July 18th  4 – 5 pm
Monday July 22nd 7 – 8 am, 11 am – noon, 3 – 4 pm
Please text/call Kathie Thomas at 412-600-3659 or email uniforms@moonband.org if you can help!
Also, Uniforms volunteer needs someone to shadow her next year. 

SENIOR MEMORIES
Parents of 2025 seniors, send childhood photos of your senior to pictures@moonband.org

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO HELP:
If you can help capture photo/video for the band this year, reach out to Ted Merklin pictures@moonband.org

FUNDRAISING – ARAMARK – PNC/Acrisure/PPG 
JUNE Calendar HERE.  Contact Hoda @ aramarkheinzfield@moonband.org or HapHoda2@Aol.com if you are interested in working at PPG Paints Arena or PNC Park or Acrisure Stadium.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Contact Ralph at treasurer@moonband.org

BAND DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS:  Mr. Nick Barthen
IMPORTANT REMINDER - AWAY BAND CAMP MEDICATION
As of September 2023, if your child will be taking Prescription Medication while at Away Band (either self-medicating or having the Nurse dispense medication) a LICENSED PRESCRIBER ORDER FORM must be signed by the prescriber of the medication, completed and filed to Mr. Barthen for Away Band Camp.  We cannot use forms from the previous school year.  The form can be found at this Link.  Please start early on completing this requirement.  As we discovered in February for the Florida Trip, medical offices became cranky when numerous parents requested these signatures with little turnaround time.  FORM

PRESTO-ASSISTANT
The band is utilizing a NEW database management system, Presto-Assistant.  Every student/parent has an account set up.  You will receive a welcome email to the address this email has been sent to set up a PARENT Account.  DO NOT SET-UP YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT, their information is already set-up into the system.  After you set up your parent account, you will be able to access the site at this web address: https://app.presto-assistant.com/
 
This site will be used for News, the band calendar, files and handouts for the year, student band financial account information, etc.  The calendar is updated frequently and can be synced to your Google/i-cal.   Your student's band account will be updated over the next few weeks.  Please be patient while we get the system up and running. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
As we move to the summer and the start of summer band, the one question I receive from parents is “What can my child do to be ready for summer band”?  My answer is always, to get them outside and acclimated to the heat.  Our activity is primarily outside.  If your son/daughter stays inside in the air conditioning all summer, then all of a sudden, we ask them to be active outside, it is not going to be a positive experience.  Encourage them to go outside and take a walk, ride their bike, whatever it may be, the more they are accustomed to the heat the less likely they will be to “wilt” once practice begins.  Remember, our practice field is an asphalt parking lot which is not as hot as a turf field, but still becomes a little toasty around 11 AM.  We do try to keep them out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, getting outside before the rehearsals begin will help them immensely.  Our friends from Marching Health have some ideas and suggestions if your child needs a more intense plan https://www.marchinghealth.com/health/10-simple-rules-to-get-in-shape-for-band/
 
ADVICE FOR REHEARSAL SHOES FOR MARCHING BAND 
The second thing I suggest is to purchase a good pair of shoes.  Whatever brand you favor, make sure they are supportive, have a cushion, and have some sort of arch.  Converse Chuck Taylor’s or a shoe that does not support the arch or have a cushion is not going to be favorable for how we ask your students to perform.  Here is a link to the top 10 favorable marching rehearsal shoes from the Marching Health people.  https://www.marchinghealth.com/uncategorized/marching-healths-top-shoes-for-drum-corps-in-2024/ And most importantly, make sure they wear the shoe to break them in before coming to their first rehearsal. 
 
EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING REHEARSAL 
If a student must miss a rehearsal, an e-mail or written note from THE PARENT is required.  Microsoft Teams chats or student e-mails are not valid forms of excuses. 
  
MARCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS 
These videos will cover the basics of marching, please have your child review these videos.  If your child is absent at the June 3-5 rehearsals, they should learn the content on this page.   
 
Click the Link for the Table of Contents of Videos  - LINK 

Marching Band Microsoft TEAMS 
Every member of the Marching Band has been invited into a Microsoft Team.  Winds (Brass/Woodwinds), Color Guard, and Percussion have their separate TEAM.  These Teams will be utilized to send music and student reminders during the season.  Please have your child check their MS TEAMS and turn notifications ON.  We will be uploading additional music throughout the month of June and July.  If your child has not received a notification to join, please e-mail Mr. Barthen (winds & color guard) or Mr. Fear (percussion). 
 
ITEMS UPLOADED TO THE TEAMS 
Technique Books 

  • Flow 1,2,3 - Must Be Memorized 
  • Flex 1,2 - Must Be Memorized 
  • Be Thou My Vision - Must Be Memorized by end of September

All Pregame Music  

  • Alma Mater – Must Be Memorized
  • Star Spangled Banner - Must Be Memorized 
  • Fight Song - Must Be Memorized 

Stand Cheers  (DO NOT NEED TO BE MEMORIZED)

FOOTBALL SHOW

  • Mr. Blue Sky - Must Be Memorized 
  • Hey Ya - Must Be Memorized 
  • Party In the USA – Must Be Memorized 

ALL of the Competitive Show - Must Be Memorized – There are rehearsal tracks posted! 
 
Also, the visual videos are linked to the Teams and above as well. 
 
***PLEASE NOTE*** If you and your child have decided they are no longer participating in the Marching Band Program, PLEASE CONTACT MR. BARTHEN ASAP!  Each student in the marching band has a drill spot on the field written especially for them.  If someone quits after the show is written, then the ENTIRE band must be rewritten to close that spot.  It costs the Band Parent Organization $50/hour to have our drill writer re-write the drill to close the spot. 
 
 **CONTACT INFORMATION** 
Mr. Barthen – Band Director – nbarthen@moonarea.net 
Mrs. Finkelstein – Assistant Band Director – afinklestein@moonarea.net 
Mr. Fear – Assistant Band Director/Percussion – afear@moonarea.net 

24/25 MARCHING BAND PHYSICAL
As per MASD Policy, marching band members must have a complete athletic physical on file with the Athletic Department to participate in the Marching Band.  Information is below for scheduling a physical through the school district.  The form that the district uses is LINKED HERE

As per the PIAA, sports physicals are now permitted to be completed on or after May 1st. Students must bring Sections 5 & 6 to their sports physical.

Students can also choose to complete their sports physical with their own PCP or an urgent care center.

2024 Marching Band Fall Performance Schedule
Friday Football Performances

  • Fri. August 23 - Home vs. Trinity HS
  • Fri. August 30 - Home vs. Aliquippa HS
  • Fri. Sept. 6 - Away vs Penn-Trafford HS
  • Fri. Sept. 13 - Home vs. West Allegheny HS
  • Fri. Sept. 20 - Away vs. Seneca Valley HS
  • Fri. Sept. 27 - Away vs. Bethel Park HS
  • Fri. Oct. 4 - Home vs. Peters Twp HS - Homecoming
  • Fri. Oct. 11 - Away vs. Baldwin HS
  • Fri. Oct. 18 - Away vs. USC HS
  • Fri. Oct. 25 - Home vs. South Fayette HS - Senior Recognition Night

Saturday Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 21 - Local Band Competition at Norwin HS
  • Saturday, October 12 - Local Band Competition at Mt. Lebanon
  • Saturday, October 19 - BOA Delaware
  • Saturday, October 26 - PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS


BOA Delaware - 10/19-20/2024
The Marching Band will be traveling to the University of Delaware to compete in the Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional on October 19-20, 2024.  This will be an overnight trip.  Please mark your calendars.


Important Upcoming Dates
July 16-18 - Mini Camps for All Marching Band Students
July 22-26 - Home Band Camp for All
July 28 - August 2 - Away Band Camp at W&J
August 17 - Production Rehearsal for All - 8AM-4PM


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CLEARANCES
MABPO has no connection to MASD's Applitrack, therefore a digital or physical copy of the clearance needs to be submitted the MABPO secretary.  Clearances can be emailed to: Kelli Bookbinder - secretary@moonband.org
Note:  If the child's last name differs from the parent sending the clearances, please point that out in the email.

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: 
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
 use service code 1KG6XN

Contact secretary@moonband.org if you have any questions about clearances.

Check out Moon Band on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moonareabands
Questions, comments or suggestions contact communications@moonband.org

Moon Area Band ~ June 24, 2024

Moon Area Band ~ June 24, 2024

IMPORTANT REMINDERS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Monday, July 22nd – Mandatory Band Parent Meeting for 2024-2025
July 22-26 – Home Band Camp for All Students
July 28 – August 2 – Away Band Camp at W&J
Saturday, August 17th – Production Rehearsal for all students 8AM-4PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Tuesday, September 17th – Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, September 21st – Competition at Norwin HS
Saturday, October 12th – Competition at Mt. Lebanon HS
Thursday, October 17th - Band Parent Meeting 7PM
Saturday, October 19th – BOA Delaware
Saturday, October 26th – PIMBA Championships at Gateway HS

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