News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Introducing a new scholarship for Stevenson Band members

New for 2020!

9th - 11th grade Instrumental Music students from SHS, DJHS, HJHS, and JJHS are encouraged to apply for this new opportunity to fund some of your band expenses as you continue in the SHS program!

Full details about eligibility are below. Applicants must have been a High School Solo & Ensemble (or Chamber Festival) participant plus participated in either Band & Orchestra Festival or Marching Band Festival during the current school year.

Online applications are due Friday, May 29th. Good luck!!

Dick Copus

Dick 'The Voice' Copus Scholarship

  • Established in 2020 to honor Mr. Dick Copus, the long-time voice of the Stevenson Marching Band and former Utica Community Schools Board member, the Copus Scholarship rewards students that are fully engaged in the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program
  • Funded as partnership between an anonymous donor and the Stevenson Band Boosters
  • This $500 scholarship is open to Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th & 11th grades at Stevenson HS and Davis, Heritage. and Jeannette JHS
  • The deadline for 2020 applications is Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Online application link:


2020 Dick 'The Voice' Scholarship Information


Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicant must have participated in MSBOA District XVI High School Solo & Ensemble Festival (Chamber Ensemble participants welcome)
  • Applicant must have participated in any two of the following MSBOA Events during the current school year:
    • Marching Band Festival
    • Band & Orchestra Festival
    • Jazz Band Festival
    • Honors Band
    • All-State Band
    • State Solo & Ensemble
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an Instrumental Music class for the next upcoming school year (2020-21)
  • Applicant must not have previously won a Copus Scholarship or an Ankawi Scholarship
  • Students cannot win both an Ankawi Scholarship and Copus Scholarship in the same year
  • Funds be will eligible to be used towards band expenses such as music camps, private lessons, music/equipment/supplies, and band trips. If a student leaves the Instrumental Music Program for any reason, including graduation, unused scholarship monies revert to the Stevenson Band Boosters



  • Due: no later than Fri. May 29, 2020 @ 11:59 PM
  • Submit an online application via
  • Applicants will complete an online form, being certain to answer the short essay questions
  • Late applications will not be accepted, and duplicate submissions shall be deleted (only one submission allowed per student)



  • A committee appointed by the Band Director will review the applications to choose the winner
  • In addition to the online application, the committee will consider items such as citizenship and attendance along with other contributions made to the program
  • The winner will be announced online during the week of June 1, 2020


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Color Guard Information & Contract Packet

Attention future Titans Color Guard Members

Your Color Guard instruction team has released this year's information and contract packet so you can prepare for the upcoming season!

Download the packet for printing at home (or just view it on your device) by visiting the 2020 Show Information Page or directly by clicking here.

Good luck and good spinning!!


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Band Room Renovations

Dear Titan Band Family,

I hope all of you are safe and feeling well. I have some news in regards to the new room construction. Here is the plan:

We will need to have everything moved out of the band room by Saturday, May 23rd. We will be getting a new ceiling, new paint job, (the tree will be safe) new lights, new tile floor, and new instrument storage cabinets with cage locks.

Thursday morning, PARENTS/VOLUNTEERS can meet at SHS at 9am. (Parents only, and you MUST have a mask on). I have gloves if you would like them.

If you are a senior parent, please come in and assist to help, AND get the things out of your child's BAND LOCKERS, as no students are permitted in the building. Parents of underclassmen are welcome to retrieve their child's belongings too, but some may be asked to wait outside to maintain social distancing in the band room. If things are not picked up, many items will be thrown out. Lunch will be provided by the Stevenson Band Boosters for those helping with the moveout.

Friday, same timeline as above.

Saturday, (if needed) same time. Hopefully we will be finished by then.

Thank you for your continued support of the SHS Bands!

Musically Yours,
Mr. Sekich


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Congratulations to our 2019-20 Tri-M Music Honor Society Members

Please join Mr. Sekich & Mr. Humbach and congratulate the 2020 Members of Stevenson's Tri-M Music Honor Society!

Stevenson High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society was established in 2014 as Chapter #6920. All Instrumental and Vocal Music students that attend SHS are eligible for membership. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education and is focused on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in grades 6-12.

Our forty two 2019-20 Tri-M members contributed nearly 700 hours of community service and maintained an average GPA of 3.57 as part of the requirements established by chapter advisors Mr. Sekich and Mr. Humbach. Even with the inability to meet in person at school since March, our Tri-M members completed their membership requirements by documenting their community service online.

Members of the Class of 2020 have earned the option to wear pink honor cords with their cap and gown in recognition of their achievements.

2019-20 Tri-M Membership Roster
* indicates member of the Class of 2020
Cayenne Argel * Kole Micakaj
Daniel Austerman * Brooke Lynne Mitchell
Brendan Bailey * Lara Pano *
Eric Ballentine Mary Kate Pardington *
Niko Benka Megan Perkins *
Tatiana Benka * Grace Petras
Jenna Bollinger Peyton Polzin
Emma Bowen Arrelle Rawls *
Kyle Carbary Ashley Rhein *
Matthew Coeling Mariah Riera *
Miles Curtis Haley Rivard *
Julia Daniel * William Schwesinger *
Noah Elkins * Sabrina Stahlberger *
McKenzye Fleischer * Mariah Thibodeau *
Jessica Gauthier * Alexus Thomas
Elizabeth Hakim Ben Tollis
Andrew Howell Hannah Tomasko *
David Kies * Emily Tuller
Andrew Kritikos * Jessica Wehling *
Justin Littleton * Joshua Zaharof *
Dominic Martincic Korey Zelda *


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Drumline Technique and Warmup Packet

Attention future Titans Drumline Members

Your drumline instruction team has created a technique and warmup packet so you can prepare for the upcoming season!

Download the packet for printing at home (or just view it on your device) by visiting the 2020 Show Information Page or directly by clicking here.

Good luck and good drumming!!


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Class of 2020 - Get your baby and senior photos in!

Seniors! Mr. Zaharof will be continuing the tradition of producing a Class of 2020 recap video for you (and, fingers crossed, the Senior Banquet on June 22nd). Traditionally this video has included baby and senior photos for all that wish to participate. Hopefully you'll make your contribution for this year!

Please send an electronic version of your photos by e-mail to:

To give Mr. Zaharof time to produce the video, please do so no later than Friday, May 8th.

Did you know? Your smartphone is an excellent image scanner! If you have an iPhone for example, open the Notes app (it came with your phone), click on the camera icon, and select Scan Documents. Take a picture of your paper photo, save it, then click the share icon to send your e-mail. There are also numerous free apps for both Android and iOS that can do the same thing.


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Sign up for 2020-21 Marching Band!

Good afternoon. Although nothing has been normal since March 12th, plans are underway to do whatever we can to have as much normalcy as possible for a 2020-21 Marching Band Season!

For now, since no one can make promises about what exactly will be in store for us in the coming weeks and months, we are simplifying the process of letting Mr. Sekich and the Marching Band Staff know who is interested in being a Titans Marcher!

If you're a band student in 7th - 11th grade that is at all interested in being part of the group (new & returning members)-- please complete this Google form ASAP:

A few FAQ:

  • Is this form binding? No. We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty about the coming months.
  • Will Away Band Camp take place? That decision will not happen until the situation becomes more clear over time. As of today, our Away Camp has not been canceled.
  • If we don't go to away camp, with there still be a Marching Band? Yes, if at all possible. Following any guidance provided by civic and school district leadership, Mr. Sekich and his staff will do everything possible to create a plan that will allow the band to take the field in 2020.
  • Are you collecting money / deposits? No. Until much more is known about the course of the pandemic, we felt it best to hold off on any financial activities.


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Class of 2020! Info for your Senior Wills

Attention all Senior Instrumental Music Students!

First and foremost, congratulations on your accomplishment of becoming a future Titan Alumni! All of you have worked so hard to get to this place.

As you all know, the in-school part of the Class of 2020’s senior year has been cut short due to due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as all of you also know the Stevenson Band Program has MANY traditions, one of which is the highly anticipated SENIOR WILLS each year. In keeping with that tradition, we are asking all seniors to write a senior will.

A senior will can be a synopsis of your time in band, memories you want to share, funny stories you remember from your time in band, giving props to those in your sections, etc. Be as creative as you want to be, this is about you and your time in the Stevenson Band Program.

Please note the following guidelines:

  1. Please keep your will to one page (front of a normal 8 ½ x 11)
  2. Keep it clean (nothing sexually explicit, no swearing, you know the difference between right and wrong here)
  3. Willing Items – the only items that cannot be “willed” are lockers

We are asking all seniors to complete their wills and submit them to:

We are asking all seniors to have their wills completed and emailed to this email address no later than Friday, May 1, 2020 to give us the opportunity to read them and get them prepared for the printing process.

This year, Juli Elkins will be proofreading your wills and then they will receive final approve, as always, by Mr. Sekich. If you have any questions pertaining to the senior wills, please feel free to contact Juli Elkins at or via text at 586-242-7788.



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2020-21 Kickoff Meeting postponed - to be rescheduled

Hello Parents,

Just to let you know, obviously we will not be having our kick off meeting next week. I’ll be working on doing a Facebook Live aspect of the meeting but not on next Wednesday. We will need to plan this out to do it the right way.

Please keep an eye on the web site for further details. In the meantime, I hope all is well with you and your family. I hope you get outside to enjoy some fresh air.

Mr. Sekich


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Night at the Races Fundraiser Update

A little bit of good news in this bad news world we live in right now but we have solidified a reschedule of our "night at the races" event!

The Night at the Races event at Carpathia Club is now going to be on June 13th at 6pm. We understand that it is after school potentially gets out and smack in the middle of graduation season, however this was the only date on the spring calendar that was available with both the venue and the horse guy.

We do not know what the future holds in the short term and into late April and early May. We were happy that we could get a date in June and didn't potentially conflict with other fundraising events and graduation.

In regards to individuals who have purchased tickets already and this new date doesn't work, please reach out and we will gladly refund your entire ticket purchase. To those who have purchased horses and/or silver or gold sponsorships, we ask that you consider still honoring these purchases as in the long run will help the band program. However if you would like a refund on those as well, we would honor your request.

On somewhat of a bright note, the weather will be nicer by June and this will give us more time to make this event a huge success for Mr. Sekich and the Instrumental Program for years to come.

I would like to personally thank the entire committee for working tirelessly to make this event a success even with the date change.

Sorry about the long post!



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