News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

SOS Parents - A Message from Mr. Sekich

January 15, 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope the New Year has been enjoyable thus for you and your family!

I am writing to you to ask your support regarding your child’s home practice efforts. I fully understand that the students are very busy these days with studies, work and social activities. I would like to ask you to encourage your child to practice at home more, or before or after school or during lunch more often.

I have noticed that there are many areas in our music that are simply not moving along as they should. We are working VERY hard everyday in class, but we are at the point that the students need to make more of an individual time commitment towards the ensemble’s preparation. We are having weekly individual playing quizzes in class, and the results are not good. We simply cannot use our time in band to learn every part.

Our time together is very important, but we need that time to rehearse together, not to learn parts. This sets the entire pace of the ensemble too far behind. At this point, it is an individual work issue we have at hand.

There has been a massive drop in private lesson study that GREATLY assists with helping your child become more confident and prepared in class. YOU CAN EVEN USE YOUR ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE MONEY AVAILABLE! Please contact me if you are interested.

I understand there are circumstances at home that make it very challenging for our kids to practice. However, I have let everyone know that both myself and Mr. Stout are available for help before and after school if they ask. Any student can also practice a little after they eat lunch, as they are in the band room, and have been given a special lunchroom pass to go to the band room to practice if they want.

So, if your child is not bringing their instrument home, or letting you know they need to come in to school early, or stay after for help, I would like to ask you to please encourage this.

Thank you for your time.

Mr. Sekich

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Solo & Ensemble times available for Feb 2

Times for MSBOA District XVI Solo & Ensemble Festival at Rochester High School on Saturday, February 2nd are now available.

In addition to being posted on Mr. Sekich's office window and on a handout in front of his office, you can download the times by clicking below:

Stevenson High School - District Solo & Ensemble Times


Need more information about Solo & Ensemble such as a map of the inside of Rochester High School? Solo & Ensemble Rules and Regulations? Helpful tips? Visit the Solo & Ensemble Page on our web site.

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Boosters selected for VGEF Golf Outing

The Band Boosters have been selected to participate as one of several charities that will benefit from the Venture Global Engineering Foundation Golf Outing in 2019.

Please come to our Band Booster meeting this Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7 PM to learn much more about this spectacular opportunity for the kids in the Instrumental Music Program.

Christina Muir-Murphy from the Foundation will be at the meeting to answer questions and help get us kicked off - as will Jon Rose, a former Band Booster president who has agreed to help lead us to another successful campaign.

Having a room full of parents would be an ideal way to signal our support of VGEF. Together we have the opportunity to make 2019 something truly special!!

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CMU Jazz Weekend Participant Info

CMU Jazz Weekend participants, info for your trip to Mt. Pleasant is available here:

CMU Jazz Weekend 2019


New for 2019! You can complete the permission slip and pay online with an e-check or credit/debit card by going here:

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Jan 16 Cluster Concert student & parent information

Attention members of the Stevenson Marching & Jazz Bands (and parents too)!

For the Cluster Concert on Wednesday, January 16th:

  • Marching Band (including Jr. High members): Wear your 2018 black Theme T-Shirts (the one with the calendar on the back, nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Marching Band percussionists & Color Guard: Wear your football jersey from the show, nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Jazz Band: Wear a nice T-Shirt and nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Call time: 6:15 PM
  • Students that want to earn hours towards Tri-M Music Honor Society membership, arrive as early as 4:30 to help setup. There will also be an opportunity to earn an hour after the show cleaning up.
  • Homecoming Music you'll need: "Believer" and "Timber"
  • A reminder to all Marching Band students that wish to use the 2018-19 season towards your Phys Ed credit - this is a required performance. If you are not here, you will not be able to use this year towards your credit per Utica Community Schools guidelines.
  • Parents & potential spectators: This concert is primarily focused toward our guests from the elementary schools. As seating is always extremely tight in the gym, feel free to skip being a spectator for this one. Everything the high school kids will perform you have already heard (Marching Band) or will hear (Jazz Band concert on Jan 30).

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After school rehearsals for 2nd/3rd Hour students set

Mr. Sekich has set the following after school rehearsal schedule for students in his 2nd & 3rd Hour classes (Wind Ensemble) to prepare for Festival.

These are mandatory and part of each student's grade - attendance will be taken and there can not be any early dismissals. All schedule conflicts need to be resolved so students can stay at SHS the entire time.

2:30 - 3:45 PM on the following dates:

  • Tue, Jan 29
  • Tue, Feb 5 & Thu, Feb 7
  • Tue, Feb 12 & Thu, Feb 14
  • Tue, Feb 26 & Thu, Feb 28
  • Tue, Mar 5 & Wed, Mar 6

In addition, there will be an in-school rehearsal on Thursday March 7th - the day of MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival.

Festival is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 7th at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills. Confirmation of the date, location, and time will be later this month. Buses to this event will run only to Avondale High School. All students will need a ride home. Admission to MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival is free.

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Gonda Scholarship Auditions - Feb 13 @ SHS

Utica Community Schools - Louis Gonda Scholarship Information 2019

  1. Auditions will take place at Stevenson High School February 13th from 2:30pm-5pm. First come, first served
  2. There will be a $4.00 audition fee, payable at the audition
  3. Each audition will have a 3-minute time limit; students will play in the order which they arrive
  4. Eligibility:
    1. Instrumental Music Students grades 9-11 are eligible, see section c below
    2. Students must continue playing their instrument in the UCS district next year
    3. Students must have received a 1st Division rating on their solo at the 2019 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival, and must be enrolled in a current Instrumental Music class for all of 2018-2019
    4. Previous Gonda scholarship winners are not eligible to audition for the Gonda Scholarship
  5. Piano solos are not eligible for the Gonda Scholarship
  6. You may perform with or without accompaniment, however, please keep in mind that your performance will be more enhanced by the use of an accompanist.
  7. Scholarships can be used for summer music camps, marching band camps, or private lessons
  8. The recipients of the scholarships will be notified the next school day by their directors
  9. Parents, friends, family members, etc. are not allowed in the audition room

Students auditioning for the Gonda Scholarship represent all UCS high schools and their feeder junior highs.

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Cluster Concert Volunteer Squad wanted (Jan 16)

We'll be welcoming 6th grade band students and their parents to SHS at the Cluster Concert next Wednesday, January 16th. A friendly crew of adult volunteers to help and be positive ambassadors for the program would be greatly appreciated!

Some of what's requested:

  • Gym setup at 4:30 PM
  • Room monitors, greeters, and assisting in the gym at about 5:15 PM
  • Shutdown crew after the concert ends

Although the signup has times on them, please come as soon as you can at or around those times after work. Although the signup doesn't look flexible -- it really is. The important thing is to have a group of us around to help direct traffic, make sure everything is ready, and then get cleaned up afterwards.

Signup for as many spots as you'd like; if you're available from 4:30 'til the end, that'd be awesome! The signup form is linked below:

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NY Travelers: Play Selection open thru 1/18

It's time to select which play you'd like to see on Broadway!

Every traveler (students & adults) has the opportunity to select a first and second choice from the following: Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Chicago (unfortunately, a block of tickets for Hamilton were impossible to secure for a group of our size).

Make your selections via the Google form linked below no later than Friday, January 18th (or a play will be selected for you). One form needs to be submitted for each traveler. Providing a valid e-mail address will give you a copy of what you submit.

Bob Rogers Travel will do everything they can to secure tickets for everyone's first choice. Should they need to resort to backup selections, those will be done via a random draw of names.


Google Form: NYC Trip Play Selection

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Booster Parents' Night Out

Join the Band Boosters on Saturday February 2nd, 6:00 pm at Roger's Roost for an adults-only night out!

Tickets are now available at

In case you missed the information posted on Facebook, here are the details: The Boosters & Mr. Sekich wanted to do something fun for our parents that didn't involve "working for the kids"!! Ticket price includes all you can eat pizza, pasta & antipasto salad plus wings & mozzarella sticks. Cash Bar for those interested.

You will need to purchase tickets before January 23rd so we can give Rogers Roost a count & must have a "ticket to show" at the door.

If you choose NOT to partake in the food but just want to show up for drinks & socializing, this "door" will be open at 8:00 pm.

Roger's Roost
33626 Schoenherr
Sterling Heights, MI

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