News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

2019-20 Marching Band Handbook

Marching Band Parents / Guardians:

At the Thursday, June 13th meeting / rehearsal for the Marching Band, all students in attendance were given a hard copy of the 2019-20 Marching Band Handbook for them to bring home to you.

The last page of this handbook is homework. It must be signed by a parent/guardian and the student and then returned to the Blue Box in the Stevenson Band Room no later than Wednesday, August 7th - the day of sectionals with Mr. Sekich @ SHS. To help ensure that you have the opportunity to view this handbook, this homework is to be completed on paper only - there will not be an electronic return method. Extra paper copies of the handbook will be available in the spinner located to the left of Mr. Sekich's band room office.

This handbook is designed to assist you with learning a basic overview of what is expected of Marching Band participants -- students and their families. Spending a few minutes reading it now will actually save you a lot of time and confusion in the long run!

Please keep this handbook handy throughout the marching season - which runs through the Cluster Concert on January 15, 2020! The handbook contains a quick overview of many of the most frequently asked questions and should be your go-to resource.

Was your kid one of those that left this handbook on the band room floor or on a stand? Download a copy here (which has already been updated to add the Chippewa Valley Invitational on October 5th and to reflect a time change to the October 8th Tuesday rehearsal due to PowderPuff football):

2019-20 Marching Band Handbook

This handbook will remain linked on our Marching Band page:


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Graduation Band information for June 9th

Stevenson HS students in Mr. Sekich's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th hours must perform at the Stevenson High School graduation on Sunday June 9th (this is your final exam) at Oakland University. UCS school buses will be used to transport students to and from OU.

In addition, students with a sibling that will be graduating with Stevenson on Sunday and 2019 Marching Band section leaders are invited to participate.

Call time at SHS is 8:45 AM on June 9


All students attending graduation as a non-senior band member must have a parent/guardian e-sign and submit this online Permission Slip:


Attire (this is a formal event):

SHS students- You will wear exactly what you did for the May 22nd Spring Concert

Junior High / UAIS students- Please wear all black (black pants/slacks with a long-sleeved black shirt/top

All students must wear black shoes only (with appropriate socks / etc). Remember that you are not the focus of attention at this performance and your attire MUST be appropriate so as to not draw attention to yourself.


Important note: Underclassmen with older siblings that are members of the Class of 2019 DO NOT need to ride the bus back to SHS following commencement. Please turn in a written note from a parent/guardian to your bus chaperone on June 9th.


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Tag Day snack & drink donations wanted

Have a student planning on participating in Tag Day? Consider donating snacks and/or water/sports drinks!

With your kind donations, volunteer drivers will be able to provide students with these items throughout the weekend. To help give us a variety of options to accommodate allergies and different tastes, we ask that you signup for your contribution at

Willing to donate? Just have your kids bring the donation to the band room when they arrive for a shift.



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Volunteers needed for Detroit Grand Prix concession sales

Here's a great opportunity for parents/guardians to raise funds by volunteering at the Detroit Grand Prix on Friday, May 31st, Saturday, June 1st, and/or Sunday June 2nd. There are numerous open slots -- jump in now before they fill up!

All the shifts will begin at 6:00am where volunteers will meet in the Meijer parking lot at 16 Mile & Van Dyke. This is an all day event. Our uniform is white shirt (no t-shirts), black pants/capris/knee length shorts, and tennis shoes. An email after signup before the event will be sent with all details.  We have two stand assignments: Our usual 10×20 tent as well as an arctic ice kiosk.

New to volunteering and uncertain about what it entails? You'll be alongside veteran parents that can show you exactly what you need to do! Mrs. Gumienny, the Boosters' coordinator this activity will be at SHS during Tag Day on Friday 5/17 and Sunday 5/19 to answer questions.

Sign up by visiting:


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Reserved advance tickets now on sale for May 22 Concert

Advance tickets are now available for the May 22nd Stevenson Instrumental Music Concert.

Buy online now at

The concert begins at 7 PM and will feature the SHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Doors to the auditorium will open at about 6:30 PM. Advance ticket purchasers do not need to wait in line as you will have an assigned seat.

Tickets are $5 for adults 18+, children are free (all tickets are sold on the honor system).

Print your tickets out at home -- or just show them on your smartphone as you enter.

Unsold tickets after 5 PM on May 22nd will be available for cash / walk-up sales starting at about 6:15 PM.


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Eckert's Greenhouse Fundraiser - May 17-19

Eckerts Fundraiser

It's back!! Support our Music Programs & beautify your yard at the same time.

Eckert's will have lots of absolutely beautiful plants, flowers and vegetables next weekend for your Spring needs! Please download a flyer then stop by weekend so the Stevenson Bands earn 20% of whatever it is you purchase!

Flyer download:


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Tag Day weekend is nearly here! Drivers wanted

All students in the Stevenson Instrumental Music Department are invited to participate in the Boosters' Tag Day weekend, Fri May 17th - Sun May 19th. This activity is open to all and is a terrific opportunity to earn funds for things such as Marching Band, your Spring Travel trip in 2020, for private lessons, instrument repairs, and more!

Specific details on the dress code, timing, and more will be released next week.

Yes! If you're a member of the Class of 2019, you MAY still participate on behalf of a younger sibling - or if you just want to donate your time to a friend!!

Parents and guardians, in order to make this event happen for the kids, we will need numerous adult volunteers throughout the weekend. The majority of the effort involves driving the kids to and from their assigned stores at the beginning and end of each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). More importantly, we need to have adults on the road to assist with safety checks and to provide snacks and bottled water.

Roughly speaking, we use about 10 drivers (more is fine) during the time we're moving the most kids at dropoff & pickup, with others on standby / interim pickup / safety checks in between.

So we have an idea of how many volunteers we will have, we ask that you signup by visiting

and look for the "Tag Day Adult Volunteers" signup. Feel free to signup for as many of the shifts as you'd like -- all day volunteers are welcome!

Anyone driving students will need to provide a copy of their drivers license, current registration, and proof of insurance and have a background check on file. At no time will a driver be one-on-one with a student, you must always have at least 3 people in a vehicle when transporting students.

Looking for a background check form? Click here to download one. Turn it in to the Blue Box in the Stevenson Band room - or hand deliver it to our Booster meeting on Tuesday, May 14th.

Thank you for your assistance in making this weekend a successful one! If you have questions, please attend our next Band Booster meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 14th in the SHS Band Room.


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Apply for the 2019 Craig Ankawi Memorial Scholarship through May 11

Craig Ankawi

Craig Ankawi Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in 2011 in memory of the spirit former Stevenson Instrumental Music student Craig Ankawi had for the program. A 2009 SHS graduate, he was tragically taken from this life in June, 2010.
  • Funded as partnership between the Ankawi family and the Stevenson Band Boosters
  • Open to Instrumental Music students in 10th & 11th grades with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Applications for 2019 must be submitted by May 11. Continue reading below for details


2019 Craig Ankawi Scholarship Information


Rules & Eligibility:

  • This $500 scholarship is not based on financial needs, but for the dedicated student in the Instrumental Music Program
  • All applicants must have been involved in the Instrumental Music Program throughout the 2018-19 school year. The recipient must be returning to the program in 2019-20
  • This scholarship is for Stevenson students that are in 10th and 11th grades in 2018-19
  • Students must have at least a 3.00 GPA
  • The scholarship money must be used for music educational purposes such as private lessons/band camps
  • Applications and essays are judged, and the scholarship winner is chosen, by the Ankawi family



  1. Due: May 11, 2019
  2. Write a two-page essay on the following topic:
    • Choose one experience you've had in band and describe how it has affected your growth in band
  3. Include a full resume and three letters of reference (not family members or Mr. Sekich) in your e-mail
  4. Send ALL requirements in ONE complete attachment to this e-mail address:
  5. You will receive an e-mail back from the Ankawi family, letting you know that your application has been received


Previous Ankawi Scholarship Winners:
2018 Julia Daniel 2017 Veronica Pardington
2016 Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski 2015 Mike Sekich
2014 Nicholas Holevar 2013 Brittany Bissa
2012 Jackie Kaiser 2011 Rebekah Veit


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Volunteers needed to secure Tag Day locations

The Band Boosters need adult volunteers (parents/guardians, grandparents, etc) to visit area businesses and obtain permission from them for our band students to stand outside and solicit donations during Tag Day weekend (May 17 - 19).

To sign up for a group of businesses, visit:

This is our biggest annual community outreach - participation from parents to secure locations for this weekend is critical to the success of the activity. Your assistance is greatly needed & appreciated!!

Contracts must be completed and returned to the SHS Blue Box by Monday, May 13th.

The more volunteers we receive, the fewer businesses individuals will need to visit! Help spread the load if you can (there are a total of 12 groups of businesses to visit).

Volunteers for this activity DO NOT need to have a completed background check on file with UCS. Volunteers can sign up for as many groups as they'd like.

Also if anyone has any additional ideas for locations, please see if they will sign a contract and return it to the Blue Box.


Important resources:

Thank you for helping!


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May 7 Clinic to set the Drumline, 6 PM

Final SHS Drumline "Setting the Line" Clinic

May 7th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM


If you are committed to marching in 2019-20, please be in the Stevenson Band Room to find out what you will be playing this season!

We will need EVERYONE in attendance to do this properly!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 7th!

Mr. Sekich, Mr. Belloli, Mr. Taylor, Mr. White


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