Our Ensembles: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program
The Philosophy of the Stevenson High School Instrumental Music Program
Through learning in classes, our students receive top instruction. Students at Stevenson will learn to become:
Creative Problem Solvers who think critically and can make decisions through artistic modes in situations where there are no standard answers.
Culturally Aware Citizens who have a sense of history and an appreciation of the Fine Arts through multi-cultural experiences.
Humanistic Thinkers who have creativity, sensitivity and emotion.
Collaborative Workers who are confident, receptive to others’ ideas and utilize peer input to develop and improve their interpersonal relationships within the framework of our classroom.
Ensemble Opportunities and Responsibilities
The Concert Band is a FULL YEAR course designed to assist and develop high school musicians attain all aspects of their instrument and music theory. This class is comprised of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion. This group will occasionally rehearse after school to prepare for concerts etc. Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year and participation at the UCS Graduation Ceremony in June. Remember, you can receive a credit for Foreign Language by taking a BAND CLASS!
The Wind Ensemble is an advanced group that is a FULL YEAR long course. This group is comprised of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion and performs high level High School literature as well as college literature. This group is audition only. This group will occasionally meet after school and hold sectionals throughout the year. Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year and participation at the UCS Graduation Ceremony in June.
The Jazz Ensemble is an advanced class that is a FULL YEAR long course. This group will sometimes meet after school and will attend multiple Festivals all year long. This ensemble focuses on improvisation and listening skills and all members are HIGHLY encouraged to listen to all different genres of Jazz. Music theory is heavily emphasized.
The Marching Band rehearses after school at Stevenson multiple days a week until the second week in October. You must be enrolled in a music class to participate in Marching Band. This is a UCS mandated rule. The Marching Band attends camp one week at home in the summer and one week away in Northern Michigan to learn their show. The band performs at all Home football games and home playoff games. Marching Band is now available for a Physical Education credit! If you would like to use this as your credit, please see Mr. Sekich for the form ASAP for the criteria.
This class is designed to teach all percussionist how to play all percussion instruments. It is also an excellent class to review Marching Band music with current members. All members will receive music the Concert groups are playing and learn them in class to perform with the ensembles.
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