News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Commemorative Marching Band Photos available thru Jan 9

2021 Marching Band Commemorative Photos

Order link: www.stevensonbands.org/marching-photo

On sale thru Sunday January 9 - Marching Band Commemorative Photos for 2021!

There are two photo options - one with students only and one with staff. You can get either one either laminated ($15) or unlaminated ($12). All photos are 10 inches tall by 30 inches long (inexpensive frames are available on Amazon). Delivery is scheduled for either the Winter Concert (Dec 16) or the Marching Banquet (Dec 20).

The proofs of the photos are true previews. Mr. Zaharof will have a finished product that shows off the "Rock of Ages" season theme.

Order link: www.stevensonbands.org/marching-photo


   

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Holiday Decor Fundraiser on thru Nov 15

Happy Halloween (aka it's time to think about the Holidays)!

Holiday Decor

Order link: www.stevensonbands.org/holiday-decor

The Boosters are happy to keep a holiday tradition going - the sale of poinsettias, wreaths, porch pots, and grave blankets from Eckert's Greenhouse right here in Sterling Heights!!

Get started with your holiday decoration plan by purchasing online (only) now through November 15th for pickup at Stevenson the week of December 6th.

This is a fundraiser for both the Boosters and for individual student accounts.

Here is the link to a flyer you can print and share: www.stevensonbands.org/data/uploads/21news/holiday-decor.pdf

Order link: www.stevensonbands.org/holiday-decor

Thanks for your support!


   

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Registrations for 2022 District Solo & Ensemble accepted thru Nov 3

Mr. Sekich is now accepting registrations and payments for MSBOA District 16 Solo & Ensemble festival!

  • Registrations must be turned in via the paper form, with full payment, in the band room. There is no online registration!
  • Acceptable payments via cash, check (payable to the Stevenson Band Boosters) or using student account balances (if available)

2022 MSBOA District XVI High School Solo and Ensemble Festival:

  • High School events: Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Chamber / Jr. High School events: Saturday, January 15, 2022
  • Location: Rochester High School

2022 District XVI High School Solo and Ensemble Festival Registration & Payment:

  • Download the registration form here, or pick one up in the band room
  • Registrations and payments due no later than Wednesday, November 3rd
  • Cash or checks payable to Stevenson Band Boosters

Key Information:


 

Helpful Solo & Ensemble Tips

  • Arrive to the school to give yourself plenty of time to find your warm up room, and to warm up properly
  • Make sure that your accompanists and your ensemble members know where to meet you, and what time
  • Make sure you are dressed professionally, yet comfortable enough so that you are able to perform your best
  • Brass players do not stand face on with the adjudicator while you are performing. Always quarter off during performances
  • Do not make excuses and learn how to take a compliment. Do not “point out” mistakes you made. Remember, there is no such thing as a “perfect performance”
  • Always keep your emotions out of the performance room
  • Avoid drinking milk or eating dairy products prior to performances for all woodwind and brass players
  • Woodwinds, ALWAYS have a back up reed you have played on already with you at ALL TIMES
  • Brass players, do not clean out your instrument the night before the performance. This changes the air resistance of your horn
  • Brass players, have valve oil with you in the room
  • Bring bottled water if you get dry mouth
  • Thank the judge for listening to you after the performance
  • Have fun! This is your time to show off!

 

Student success checklist

  • You will receive your event time and section number prior to Festival. Guide stations can help direct you to your warm-up room
  • Parking will be chaotic. Give yourself an extra half an hour to make sure you arrive on time and find a parking spot! Arrive no later than a full 45 minutes prior to your performance time - an hour prior is ideal!
  • Introduce yourself to the director in charge of the warm-up room; Hand over your NUMBERED, MARKED, and ORIGINAL score
  • Confirm your fellow ensemble members / accompanist are there
  • Warm up with scales, long tones, chorales, beginnings and endings of pieces. Don't play through your full piece multiple times - this will tire you.
  • When your name is called, go to your performance room with the ORIGINAL score, your music, and your instrument. You are welcome to have as few or as many people come listen as you'd like. You must ask before your record any video footage, some judges may decline
  • Introduce yourself to the judge
  • Tune!
  • Play your piece and listen to the comments from the judge
  • Thank the judge and your are finished and wait outside the room for your rating and the ORIGINAL SCORE
  • Take the ORIGINAL SCORE to the next person if you are sharing (plan in advance!). This is IMPORTANT! If you are finished with the ORIGINAL SCORE, you can bring it to your director.
  • Get your medal from the cafeteria and go tell your director your score!
  • Congratulations! Go home and celebrate!

What to wear:

  • Dress clothes are important to show off your professionalism. Wear what you would wear to band concerts, church, or other special events is appropriate. School dress code DOES apply!
  • No jeans, torn clothing, tennis shoes, or clothing with writing should be worn to Solo & Ensemble Festival; it is a serious event
  • Remember that you are representing yourself, your director, and your school

   

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Thanksgiving Parade Rehearsals

Rehearsals set for Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Tuesdays 10/26, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 from 3:30 - 5 PM (Junior high students get there asap after dismissal at 2:51 PM)
  • Tuesday 11/2 (no school on this day) from 10 AM - 1 PM

These rehearsals are mandatory in order to successfully prepare the entire band for the parade! The only excused absences will be for other UCS activities that were previously scheduled (such as athletic meets/games, etc).

All parade participants should start a walking program NOW to make completing the parade route easy on November 25th! Every member of the band needs to build up to walking a 5k without breaks and with little effort over the next month.


   

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Marching Band Festival (Wed 10/13) Information

INFORMATION AND TIMELINE FOR MSBOA MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL, WED 10/13, SUBJECT (AS ALWAYS) TO SOME SLIGHT CHANGES AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER

Note - The link below is to a two-page document with answers to many questions. Take the time to read it!

PDF document: Marching Band Festival Details (click to open/download)

 

Basic outline:

  • All Marchers report to SHS at 2:30 PM on for a final walk-through. We will load equipment and then students are dismissed to go home to eat dinner and get dressed in full uniforms.
  • After eating at home, marchers return to SHS at 5:30 already dressed in their full uniforms.
  • Buses run both ways for students for this event
  • Stevenson's performance time is 8:15 PM
  • We anticipate returning to SHS around 10:00 PM

   

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MSBOA Marching Festival Advance Ticket Sales

MSBOA MARCHING FESTIVAL (WED 10/13, TROY HS) – ADVANCE TICKET SALE INFO

  • Cost: $3 adults / $2 students & seniors
  • Cash (exact change greatly appreciated) or check (payable to Stevenson Band Boosters) only
  • Tickets will be sold to students at Stevenson during school hours through October 12th and/or to parents outside the band room before the many activities between now and October 12th. Tickets will also be available at the Band Booster / Program Update meeting on Monday, October 4th (7 PM).
  • All proceeds from advance ticket sales stay at SHS with the band program. Please buy from us in advance!
  • Cash tickets will also be sold at the gate on the 13th – all proceeds from gate sales stay with MSBOA.

   

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Band-a-Rama (Sun 10/10) Information

INFORMATION AND TIMELINE FOR BAND-A-RAMA, SUBJECT (AS ALWAYS) TO SOME SLIGHT CHANGES AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER

Note - The link below is to a two-page document with answers to many questions. Take the time to read it!

PDF document: Band-a-Rama Details (click to open/download)

 

Basic outline:

  • Students report to SHS at 11:30 AM on Sunday and will need to be dressed in their full uniform so we can take our traditional full-band panoramic photo. You will be able to purchase these photos after Festival is concluded.
  • The Band Boosters will be providing a pasta bar for an afternoon meal prior to the kids getting on the buses
  • Buses run both ways for students for this event
  • Performances from the 4 schools will begin at 7 PM at Swinehart Field (across the street from Utica HS)
  • We anticipate returning to SHS around 8:45 PM

   

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Chippewa Valley Invitational (Sat 10/9) Information

INFORMATION AND TIMELINE FOR THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY INVITATIONAL, SUBJECT (AS ALWAYS) TO SOME SLIGHT CHANGES AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER

Note - The link below is to a two-page document with answers to many questions. Take the time to read it!

PDF document: CV Invitational Details (click to open/download)

 

Basic outline:

  • Students report to SHS at 11:45 AM on Saturday and will need to bring their own brown-bag meal that will be eaten in the afternoon before we leave for CVHS.
  • Buses run both ways for students for this event
  • Stevenson's performance time is 6:30 PM
  • We anticipate returning to SHS around 8:30 PM

   

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Senior Night (Fri 10/8) Information

INFORMATION AND TIMELINE FOR THE SENIOR NIGHT GAME (OCT 8), SUBJECT (AS ALWAYS) TO SOME SLIGHT CHANGES AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER

Note - The link below is to a document with answers to many questions. Take the time to read it!

PDF document: Senior Night Details (click to open/download)

 

Basic outline:

  • Seniors report at 5 PM to rehearse "Crazy Little Thing"
  • Food will be provided by the Boosters at about 5:15 PM
  • All members ready to go (dressed) by 6 PM
  • Senior Parents out of the bleachers before the half to stand with their students during halftime recognition

   

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Marchers will snake the halls on Fri 10/8

MARCHING BAND - "SNAKING THE HALLS" NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

All marchers that are at Stevenson for 6th hour, including Color Guard, will be excused from their 6th hour classes next Friday (10/8) by Mr. Sekich at 1:40 PM. Meet in the band room.

All marchers that are NOT at Stevenson for 6th hour (CSI, MST, UAIS, DJHS, HJHS, JJHS) are also invited (this is not mandatory) to participate. Those that wish to do so MUST a) get a parent to call in an early dismissal and b) get to Stevenson by 1:40 PM to meet in the band room. There are no buses - you must arrange your own transportation. You will need your instruments!

The band room will be open, with adult supervision, after school for students that wish to stay at Stevenson until the call times for the game. A typical activity for the down time is for students to walk to 7-Eleven and back in groups for a snack.

If you are coming to snake the halls and then staying after school, it's critical that you remember to have everything you need for the game with you when you arrive - full uniform (underclassman), water jug, your music/lyre, etc.


   

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