The Moon Area High School (MAHS) marching band concluded another busy year marked with many accomplishments, including finishing third place at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Championships on October 27, 2018 at MAHS Tiger Stadium.
At the PIMBA competition, the MAHS band scored 89.453. In class 4A, Kiski Area High School placed first with Norwin High School in second place.
Class 4A is the largest classification in the event.
Of the 18 bands performing in the competition, MAHS earned the third highest score in the show overall, regardless of classification. This is the 11th year MAHS has competed in the PIMBA circuit.
Throughout the season, MAHS band has achieved numerous milestones and has earned recognition in many regional events. On October 6, the band performed in a show at Norwin High School and placed second of 14 bands in the show and second in class 4A, as well.
Next, the band placed second on October 13, 2018, at the Music for All Bands of America event. The show was held at the Thomas Benson Pro-Football Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, where they placed fifth in class 2A and eighth in the preliminary show. With a strong performance, the MAHS Marching Band qualified for the finals performance later that evening for the third time in history. Later, at the finals show, the band placed eighth overall among bands across the East Coast.
The band’s 2018 competitive show theme was titled, “A Time for Everything.” The theme is a study in contrast and celebration of the highs and lows of life that individuals experience in the world.
“We begin our production with ‘mourning’ using the music of Beethoven's 7th symphony movement II as a backdrop for the emotion that we experience through loss,” said Band Director, Mr. Nicholas Barthen.
“We then take the same music and spin it to be a celebration of life through dance. Our second movement explores our relationships with other people through love and hate using ‘My Funny Valentine’ and Adele's cover of the Cure's ‘Lovesong,’” said Mr. Barthen.
“Our final movement explores global relationships that we are all affected by in war and peace using the music of Holst's ‘Mars’ and ‘Jupiter,’” said Barthen. “We tag the show with Radiohead's ‘Everything in its Right Place’, which illustrates that our lives are confusing, but as each experience might be in contrast, they also complement each other leading us to better understand ourselves and our place in the world,” he said.
MAHS student leaders include field commanders Leah Bookser and Leonard Hricz as well as color guard captains Daniela Schmitz and Linsey Orlovsky.
The MAHS band is under the direction of Nicholas Barthen, Assistant Director Abby Iksic, Associate Director Alan Frear, and Color Guard Instructors Sydney Diehl and Kaylee Priddy.
The Moon Area High School Marching Band would like to thank the numerous band parents, fans, administrators, teachers, school board members, and especially, the community members for their support on this successful marching band season.