News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Schedule - State Jazz Festival (Fri 3/22)

Schedule set for March 22 State Jazz Festival

Please support the Stevenson Jazz Band at MSBOA State Jazz Festival. Friendly faces welcome!!

  • Time: The Stevenson Jazz Band take the stage at 8:50 PM. The event begins at 2:30 PM and runs past until about 10 PM.
  • Cost: FREE!

Download Friday's full program by clicking here

See you there!!

Class of 2019! Senior Wills due 4/8, Baby Photos due 4/15, Buy Banquet tix by 4/22

Attention all Senior Instrumental Music Students!

Your Senior Banquet is Monday May 6, 2019

Preparations are underway to celebrate the Class of 2019 and your accomplishments in the Stevenson Band Program the past four years! Here's what you need to do:

 

  1. Prepare and submit your Senior Will

 

Your Senior Will means a lot! The purpose is to leave something: a memory, an item or anything special to those that will carry on your legacy & dedication to our music program.

  • Your Senior Will is due on or before April 8th so the books can be created in time for the Senior Banquet
  • Your Senior Will MUST be typed in MS WORD format and included as an attachment (don't just type an e-mail or text message)
  • Do NOT say anything inappropriate or yours will not be printed

Everyone has something to share & pass on, so please take the time to write your Will the correct way. Examples of past Senior Will Books are available for you to review in the band room.


  1. Submit two photos of yourself: a Senior/Current Photo & a Baby Photo

 

A highlight of the Senior Banquet is a video presentation that includes the fun of seeing how you've grown. Don't be left out!

  • Alternative method: Place your photo(s) in an envelope and drop them in the Blue Box (write SENIOR BANQUET on the envelope), no later than April 8th. Your pictures will be returned to you at the banquet

  1. Purchase your tickets to the Senior Banquet

 

The Senior Banquet is an annual celebration of soon-to-be Instrumental Music Program graduates, their parents/guardians, and Mr. Sekich.

  • Who: All Class of 2019 Band Students (seniors that have Mr. Sekich as their band teacher + senior Marching Band members from UAIS + senior Color & Winter Guard members)
  • Where: Century Banquet Center, 33204 Maple Lane Rd, Sterling Heights MI 48312
  • When: Monday, May 6; Doors at 6 PM, Program Begins at 6:15 PM
  • All attendees must purchase a ticket ($25/ea, includes dinner, soft drinks / coffee, dessert)
  • Attire: Business casual, but dressing up is encouraged!

Questions about the Senior Banquet, Senior Wills, or Senior/Baby Photos? Contact Cyndi Titello via this contact form!


    

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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. He was tragically taken from this life just after he completed his senior year at SHS in June, 2009.
  • 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

 

Requirements:

  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: ankawi-2019@stevensonbands.org
  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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Spring Fundraiser: Dearborn Products & Cheesecakes sales on now thru April 4

The Band Boosters' Spring Fundraising for all Stevenson Instrumental Music students is underway! Students involved in any Stevenson instrumental music ensemble in the 2018-19 school year (Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Class, Marching Band & Color Guard- including Jr. High members, and Winterguard) are encouraged to participate!

New SHS Students that have enrolled or will be enrolling in a Stevenson band class for the 2019-20 school year and/or students that will be in Junior High next year but plan on joining the Stevenson Marching Band in 2019-20 can take advantage of this opportunity too!

 

Once again this year, students and families will be selling Dearborn Brand meat products and Max & Emily's Cheesecakes just in time for the Spring Holidays!

This is a shared-benefit fundraiser- 50% of the rebate we receive from our vendors for selling their products will be given to the student salesperson in the form of a credit to their Student Assistance Account with the other 50% going to the Band Boosters' General Fund.

 

The following two fundraisers will be running simultaneously; all orders and payments are to be submitted online:

This is the last Band Booster sponsored fundraiser prior to the last payment due date for the trip to New York City. Funds do not have to be used for NYC; they can be applied towards any approved band expense.


    

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Permission Slip for Band & Orchestra Festival: Due Thu 3/7

Save time & save lost paperwork - complete permission slip for the March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival online!

All students attending Band & Orchestra Festival at Warren Woods Tower High School must have a parent or guardian complete and return a permission slip. School rule!

www.stevensonbands.org/signpermissionslip

  • Takes less than a minute to complete
  • One slip for each student (for siblings)
  • Students performing in both ensembles need only to return ONE slip
  • Due no later than Thursday, March 7th
  • Complete totally online - NO PAPER NEEDED!
  • Be sure to click on the orange "Continue" (desktop) or "Checkout" (mobile) button to move to the next screen and complete the process. If you don't receive a confirmation e-mail, something went wrong

Complete the form using CheddarUp by clicking below. There is no fee and you'll receive an e-mailed receipt for confirmation of completion!

www.stevensonbands.org/signpermissionslip

 

As of 6 AM 3/8, the following students need a permission slip completed:

Anglin, Delaney

Brown, Autumn

Bui, Christopher

Caoagas, Kristan

Carnes, Alyssa

Goss, Hope

McClintock, Lauren

Perumalil, Christine

Placinto, Christian

Press, Joshua

Wong, Kai


    

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March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival Details: Wind Ensemble (2nd & 3rd Hour Classes)

Date: Saturday, March 9, 1:30 – 6:00pm

Location: Warren Woods Tower High School (students meet at SHS)
27900 Bunert Rd, Warren, MI 48088

Note: Bus transportation for students is TO Warren Woods Tower ONLY! All students must be driven home from this event.

Students are required to wear their concert attire, the same as what was worn in December (Black suit/tux jackets with white tuxedo shirt, black dress pants, black socks and shoes - bow ties and cummerbunds provided by the band / Black slacks or a long black skirt with a black blouse or sweater, black stockings/socks and shoes).

Timeline:

  • Eat a good breakfast & lunch at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 1:30 PM: Call Time at Stevenson
  • 2:00 PM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 2:30 PM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging rooms (231, 232)
  • 3:40 PM: Wind Ensemble Warm-up
  • 4:15 PM: Wind Ensemble Performance (auditorium)
  • 4:40 PM: Wind Ensemble Sight Reading
  • After sight reading: Empty our staging room of your belongings, then wait together in cafeteria for scores to be posted

After scores are posted, everyone is dismissed from WWT. Percussion, parents, and anyone else that would like to help: Report back to Stevenson to unload the truck (many hands make light work). If concessions remain open (we are the last performing group), everyone is encouraged to support the WWT Band Boosters by purchasing a snack while waiting for scores to post.

Parents: Admission to Band & Orchestra is free. Please wear Stevenson Band apparel and support your students by filling the auditorium and being enthusiastic fans!

 

More info about Band & Orchestra Festival:

A Family Guide to Band & Orchestra Festival


    

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March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival Details: Concert Band (5th Hour Class)

Date: Saturday, March 9, 11:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Warren Woods Tower High School (students meet at SHS)
27900 Bunert Rd, Warren, MI 48088

Note: Bus transportation for students is TO Warren Woods Tower ONLY! All students must be driven home from this event.

Students are required to wear their concert attire, the same as what was worn in December (Black suit/tux jackets with white tuxedo shirt, black dress pants, black socks and shoes - bow ties and cummerbunds provided by the band / Black slacks or a long black skirt with a black blouse or sweater, black stockings/socks and shoes).

Timeline:

  • Eat a good breakfast at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 11:00 AM: Call Time at Stevenson, begin loading
  • 11:30 AM: Finish Loading Truck (percussion)
  • 11:45 AM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 12:15 PM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging rooms (231, 232)
  • 12:15 PM: Percussion and parents: unload truck
  • 1:05 PM: Concert Band Warm-up
  • 1:35 PM: Concert Band Performance (auditorium)
  • 2:00 PM: Concert Band Sight Reading
  • After sight reading: Empty our staging room of your belongings, then wait together in cafeteria for scores to be posted

After scores are posted, Concert Band members are free to either go home with their families or remain at Warren Woods Tower to watch and support Wind Ensemble. Everyone is encouraged to support the WWT Band Boosters by purchasing lunch or snacks while waiting for scores to post.

Parents: Admission to Band & Orchestra is free. Please wear Stevenson Band apparel and support your students by filling the auditorium and being enthusiastic fans!

 

More info about Band & Orchestra Festival:

A Family Guide to Band & Orchestra Festival


    

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Band Boosters' 2019 Golf Outing set for May 11

Band Booster Golf Outing

The 2019 Stevenson Band Boosters' Golf Outing is an opportunity for all of us have some fun, raise a little money for our program, and hopefully raise a lot of money for the larger-scale Venture Global Engineering Foundation!

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Registration: 1 PM   Shotgun Start: 2 PM

Where: Cracklewood Golf Club: 18215 24 Mile Rd, Macomb Twp

What: $75 per golfer includes:

  • 18 holes with cart
  • 3 drink/hot dog tickets
  • 2 meat buffet dinner

Putting Contest | Prizes | 50/50 Drawing

Hole Sponsorship Opportunities Available!!

Ready to register and/or purchase a sponsorship?

Download a Flyer/Registration/Sponsorship Form

All proceeds benefit Stevenson High School Instrumental Music Students


    

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Feb 27 Jazz Concert Postponed

With Mr. Sekich's apology, Wednesday's Jazz Concert has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Tomorrow's activities will still begin at 5:45 pm with NY Trip flight signups, followed by the Booster meeting at approximately 6:15. Thanks!!


    

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Materials for VGEF Golf Event available now!

At the Band Booster Meeting on Wednesday Feb 27, we will have more verbal information about the AMAZING opportunity we have in front of us as one of the non-profit partners with the Venture Global Engineering Foundation Golf Event in July.

Between now and about the time school is out in June, our primary task is to sell sponsorships and raffle tickets - and turn in those proceeds to VGEF. We will be making regular "deposits" to the foundation starting now. This is not something that can wait until the last minute for success.

Know of group of golfers that wants to play? We can "sell" those too!!

If you'd like to get a head start, you can find all of the flyers that VGEF has provided to us at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qLnU7olZSnRhGNlbzt54jMelAvJc6xMz

Feel free to download, print, and begin sharing with your family and friends!! All checks are to be made payable to Venture Global Engineering Foundation. As soon as they are collected, forms and money/checks are to be turned into the Blue Box in the Stevenson Band Room or to any Booster Board member (Mike Austerman, Cyndi Titello, Amy Kies, Christie Petras, Brigita Tuller).

In 2017, every dollar that our Band Family contributed to the outing via the selling of sponsorships and raffle ticket sales was returned to us four-fold (every $1 turned in came back to the Boosters as $4).


    

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