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MB Update 7/10/20

Hello Marching Band Members and Parents,

I hope this email finds you well, safe, and in a good state of mind. This has in no doubt been a crazy 4 months. Things that seemed so simple and normal have become so complicated to say the least. I do want to thank all of you for being so patient and understanding. As we are all anxious to get going with our MB season, your instructors must always abide by our administrator’s guidance and directives. We also want to be sure that we proceed based on the decisions and guidelines. 
It is your School Superintendent and School Administration’s recommendation that “after school activities” not commence until August 18th. Full Band Rehearsals will therefore begin on August 18th. As much as this may disappoint all of us, it does allow you and your parents more time to make the best decisions for your well being. Let’s continue to be positive and eager as we get ready for an amazing season. We are MOANALUA! Marching Band or No Marching Band we always do what is best and safest for you. That’s why we are the best school in the world!
Question: Can one still join our marching band if they have not signed up yet? Yes of course. They music register with the intent form and send in their uniform deposit. Sign up link:
What should you all do now…

  • Please take a look at the rehearsal procedures and guidelines and revised rehearsal schedule
    • All procedures have been based on State-approved guidelines.
  • Please refer to the attached revised MB Calendar of Events
  • Be sure to submit your uniform deposit via mail or online as instructed on your previous uniform payment information
    • Deposits will now be due no later than Friday, August 7th
    • Your spot in the 2020 Marching Band Production “Firebird” will be solidified once your deposit has been received.
    • If you will be needing more time to submit your deposit please notify your uniform committee right away to state how much time you will need.
    • If we have not received your deposit and/or haven’t heard from you then we will exclude your name from the 2020 Marching Band Roster
    • If you will be requesting a refund for your uniform deposit please contact your uniform committee right away. Refund requests will not be honored after Aug 7th.  Email:
  • After you read through your procedures, begin to get all of your supplies and needs ready. Please remember that due to the new state guidelines you will need to provide various personal items to avoid sharing and promote proper and safe hygiene.
  • Pay special attention to your emails as you will soon receive several messages from your directors and student leaders (Check Daily) We will be starting to get in touch with you virtually with information including online tutorial training.
  • PRACTICE!!!!!
  • Prepare your bodies for incredible things:
    • Walking or jogging in your neighborhood or in a safe place is great not just for the marching band but for your health.  
    • Stretch
    • Drink lots of water
    • Finally…if we want to continue to do the things that we value like music, we must 
      • Wear your face masks when you are out and about with other people around you.
      • Wash Your Hands/Use Hand Sanitizer a lot
      • Be aware and respectful of social distancing
      • DO NOT share food and drinks directly
      • Eat properly. Drink a lot of water. Take vitamins. Keep your immune system strong.
      • Stay healthy…remember you will not be able to participate in any rehearsals or performances if you are not in good health.

We must all continue to be vigilant and contribute to keeping everyone safe. Your good choices will also do a lot to save lives as well as your school learning activities. Keep in mind….it will take only one act of inconsiderate behavior to ruin it for EVERYONE. Let’s do our part…we live in HAWAII….we have what no one in the world has…OHANA! We take care of each other here at Moanalua High School!!!!
Thank you so much to all!!! Looking forward to an amazing season!!!


Elden SetaMusic DirectorMoanalua High School

Marching Band Guidelines/Procedures For Rehearsal/Performance

MB 2020 Calendar UPDATED 7/10

Update 6/25

Hey there Moanalua HS “Menehune” Marching Band! Aside from our “situation”, I do hope that all of you are safe and healthy. I know that everyone is wondering about the Marching Band and the famous question….” when are we starting”?

We are getting closer to getting more information from the State about the approved guidelines for school activities. Please know that we are doing everything we can to get our much anticipated season going. However….it is ALWAYS the priority of our program that we proceed with your safety and best interest in mind. With that said, it is most important that we remain patient and continue to stay informed and prepared. Rushing things and asking people to make uninformed decisions for you is not in your best interest. I’m sure that your parents will agree.

As we prepare for your opening, we would like to announce that we will be postponing our Marching Band season start to July 13th. This will give all of us time to await directives and create the best learning environment for you. You can continue to refer to the same Marching Band Calendar as a guide. Refer to the attached files below. Please make special note that times and dates are subject to change as the State Guidelines and School Administrators directives come out. 
As soon as we know…we will be sure to let you know. 
For now:

  1. You may send in your uniform deposits. Please refer to the deposit refund procedures in case situations do not pan out favorably. Make a special note if you are paying via credit card online.
  2. Can you still sign up for the marching band? Absolutely! If you have friends that did not sign up for our season and still want to do it….let them know that they can still sign up. All links and forms are still active. 

    Sign up link:   

    If you are getting this email then you have already signed up, you don’t have to sign up again. 
  3. Gather all of your instrumental needs: Clean your mouthpieces, wash your swabs and cleaning rags, if you have old used reeds it is best to get rid of them and start fresh Sanitize neckstraps.
  4. Find a good and comfortable face mask that breaths well and is comfortable for you. I don’t know if these exist, but there are many different options that you can look into.
  5. As much as possible we want to be sure that you don’t have to share instruments. In the case that it is inevitable (ie: percussion) we will require you to use gloves.
  6. Start to get some exercise. Get your body ready for the physical demands of the marching band is very important. Walking or jogging in your neighborhood or in a safe place is great not just for the marching band but for your health.
  7. Do not live in fear. This pandemic does not care if you are scared. It is important to be SMART. Follow directions that have been recommended for your best interest:
  • Wear your face masks when you are out and about with other people around you.
  • Wash Your Hands/Use Hand Sanitizer
  • Be aware and respectful of social distancing
  • DO NOT share food and drinks directly
  • Eat properly. Drink a lot of water. Take vitamins. Keep your immune system strong.

Ok Marching Band and Guard!!!! Please continue to be safe and SMART. We must all remain vigilant if we want to get back to normalcy as fast as we can. Like we teach you in the music department….”Be the Best Person FOR the World.”Thank you so much again. We’ll be in touch real soon. Love ya all!!!!
– Mr. Seta (^-^)/

Marching Band Tentative Information

Hi all, this is a copy of the email sent out to all students via Jupiter Grades at the end of the school year. If you already filled out the google form, DO NOT submit another form. This is for everyone’s reference and information.

WE ALL grow anxious about the many school-related activities that we all love and look forward to. One of the biggest of course is Marching Band. As of now, we have not received any instructions or directives from school or State officials in regards to ANY school activities coming up. Please do not react to any rumors from anyone (including media) in regards to school activity mandates.As soon as we receive the official directives we will be in touch with you immediately.

In the meantime, we would like to share with you the necessary information that you will need to begin your Marching Band journey with us. Please note: WE WILL NOT DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD COMPROMISE YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING. ALL RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

Please take a look at the attached information. 1) Uniform Info (Rookie and Returnee) 2) Expense List 3) Proposed Calendar of Events.
Be sure to discuss this with your parents. If you have intentions of participating with the 2020 Marching Band season then the most important first step is to fill out the MB Intent Registration via this link:

It is crucial that we get your information ASAP so that once an ok is given we can contact all of you right away to get things going. We will also need to contact you with information, music, any changes etc. 

In regards to any payments….please read the information on the flyers. You do not need to submit your payments to fill out the intent registration. Payments can be submitted later. AGAIN…please be sure to fill out the intent registration right away.

Color Guard auditions will be announced as soon as we get the ok to go ahead. Please be sure to fill out the intent registration same as everyone else.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Thank you everyone! We look forward to an amazing season… “FIREBIRD”

Elden Seta

Music Director

2020 MB Expense List

MB 2020 calendar (updated 5.15.20)



Kalakokua Fundraiser Pick-up NEW DATE Saturday, May 30th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. MoHS parking lot (Fire station Side)

Please have your tickets ready. Follow all state health guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Thank you!

2020 Parade of Orchestra/Parade of Bands Cancelled

We regret to inform everyone that the 2020 Parade of Orchestra and Band festivals for this year has been canceled.

Thank you

Kalakokua Fundraiser Pick-up POSTPONED

Aloha all, Due to the ongoing situation, we are postponing our Kalakokua fundraiser pick up to a further date. Please inform your ticket buyers to KEEP THEIR TICKETS. We will notify you of more information as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

17th Annual Menehune Classic Looking for Volunteers

Hi parents, friends, and supporters of Moanalua! The Menehune Classic committee is looking for hard-working volunteers to assist on the night of the festival. Please consider volunteering so we can continue putting on this amazing event for all music lovers in Hawaii!

Sign Up Now!

Groundbreaking For New Performing Arts Building

Today, various leaders and state officials broke ground on the new Moanalua Performing Arts Center. The new auditorium will have 650 seats and will be our new home for concerts and performances.

Mr. Seta Inducted Into ABA

Congratulations Music Director Mr. Seta on his induction into the prestigious American Band Masters Association!

The organization recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of select Concert Band conductors and composers throughout North America.

Congratulations on the well deserved recognition!