The Moon Area High School (MAHS) marching band has begun preparing for the 2019 fall marching season.
Practice began mid-summer with mini-camps for each division of the band at the end of July with all members attending a home band camp from July 29 through August 2, 2019.
At the start of August, the band students packed their bags and instruments and traveled to Washington and Jefferson College for a busy week of camp, culminating with a performance for the parents at the close of camp on Friday, August 9.
The MAHS Marching Band will participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band (PIMBA) Competition circuit this season in the largest band classification AAAA (4A). The band will travel to Norwin High School on September 14, 2019 to compete in a competition and will later participate in the PIMBA Championships on October 26, 2019, at Gateway High School.
The Tigers will welcome competitors to Tiger Stadium on October 12 as the MAHS Band Parents Organization host a PIMBA show. After the home competition, the band will travel to Fortress Obetz Athletic Complex Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Obetz, Ohio, on September 28 for the annual Bands of America Central Ohio Regional Championship Competition. The band is two-time class champion at this regional competition and three-time, top-ten finalist. Bands from Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Pennsylvania will be represented at the competition.
The Bands of America (BOA) Competition half-time show will feature numbers from various artists including Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son;" Panic! At the Disco’s "High Hopes;" George Clinton’s "Atomic Dog;" and The Gap Band’s "Shake."
The BOA show is titled “No Comment,” which will explore the pitfalls of social media. Selections include an original composition from our arranger Rob Traugh titled "Hashtag;" Paul Simon’s "Sound of Silence;" Taylor Swift’s "Look What You Made Me Do;" and Daft Punk’s "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."
The MAHS band is under the direction of Nick Barthen, Assistant Director Abby Iksic, and Associate Director/Percussion Coordinator Alan Fear. The color guard instructors are Jen Minamyer, Sydney Diehl, and Kaylee Priddy.
The MAHS band would like to thank the Moon Area School District community, staff, administrators, school board, and parents for their continued support. Additional information regarding the band program at Moon Area High School can be obtained at www.moonband.org.