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Feb 4 Solo & Ensemble Information

Stevenson HS MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Information

2023 MSBOA District XVI High School Solo and Ensemble Festival:

Key Information:

  • Soloists in 9th - 11th grades (except piano) that receive a First Division Rating are typically eligible to audition to be considered to receive a Gonda Scholarship (9th graders attending a UCS junior high or UAIS may also register for High School Solo & Ensemble through their home school band director to be eligible for this scholarship)!

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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Portillo's Restaurant Day - February 6th

Portillos Feb 6 Fundraiser


Flyer - February 6th Portillo's Day


Join the Stevenson Band Boosters at Portillo's at Lakeside Mall (14425 Lakeside Circle: M-59 east of Schoenherr) for a fundraising day on Monday, February 6th any time from 11 AM - 8 PM!

Dine-in or Drive Thru: Show the flyer (or a digital version of the flyer) linked below to your order-taker prior to ordering at the restaurant or in the drive-thru. You can also simply mention the fundraiser or your fundraising group to be included as a participant! Everyone going through the drive-thru must inform the first order-taker for it to count.

Online pickup orders: There is a digital code on the flyer (PORTILLOS65) that will allow you to include Portillo's direct advance PICKUP orders in the fundraising total! Place your pick-up order online or in the Portillo's app using the code on your flyer (PORTILLOS65) before checkout in the “Apply Offer” field.

The Band Boosters will get 20% back from everyone who brings in the flyer, shows it on their phone, mentions the organization prior to checkout, or places a direct advance pickup order using the digital code.

Don't forget the chocolate cake!!


Flyer - February 6th Portillo's Day



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Reserved Tickets for Feb 8 Jazz Concert on Sale

Reserved tickets for the SHS Jazz Concert on February 8th at 7 PM are now on sale at ($5 adults, $2 children/students).

Like usual for our concert, tickets are online sales only - none at the door.

In addition to our full Jazz Band, both Jazz Combos and our percussion ensemble are scheduled to perform.

Come out and hear what these ensembles have been working on! The Jazz groups will be excited for you to take in what they will be presenting to the adjudicating panel at Central Michigan University on February 10th.

You don't need a Jazz Band student to come out and enjoy an evening of music!!


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Color Guard Clinics Scheduled for Feb 7 & 16

Are you looking for an exciting high school team activity to be a part of that will give you memories that last a lifetime? The Stevenson High School Color Guard is just the thing for you!

Guard Clinic Flyer

Color guard is a combination of flag spinning and dance. The guard performs with the Stevenson Marching Band.

No experience is necessary.

We will teach you everything you need to know! Anyone going into 8th grade to 12th grade is welcome to join.

Bring a friend!

Unsure if it is for you? Come to our clinic and see for yourself! An added bonus of joining? Doing 2 years of marching band covers your high school gym credit!

Interested in joining? Add these dates to your calendar! Meetings are in the Stevenson Band Room.

  • February 2nd - 2023 Marching Band Kick Off Meeting @ 7pm
  • February 7th – Color Guard Clinic I @ 6pm – 7pm
  • February 7th – Color Guard Parent Meeting @ 7pm – 8pm
  • February 16th – Color Guard Clinic II @ 6pm – 7pm

We will be giving out information as well as trying out some equipment. We can’t wait to bring the music to life with you!

Questions? Email us at

Attending the clinic? Fill out this form!


Click here to download a flyer you can print and share (pdf)


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Travel Contract Required for all students on NYC Trip: Due Mar 3

All band, choir, and drama students on the New York City trip this coming May are required to complete and return, with a parent/guardian signature, a travel contract.

Completed contacts are due on or before Friday, March 3, 2023.

Paper versions of the contract can be picked up in the Stevenson band room, or by clicking below to download:

2023 NYC Travel Contract (pdf)


Contracts can be returned on paper to the SHS Band Room (all Stevenson students) or scanned and e-mailed via the e-mail address provided in the trip Schoology group (option for students that don't attend SHS).


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CMU Jazz Weekend Payments & Med Info Form

CMU Jazz Band participants, below is the information you need to complete your payments and paperwork in advance of the trip to Mt. Pleasant.

CMU Jazz Weekend

February 9 - 11, 2023

Info for CMU Jazz Weekend 2023:


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2023-24 Kickoff Meeting: Feb 2, 2023

What: 2023-24 SHS Instrumental Music Kickoff Meeting

When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 2, 2023

Where: Stevenson Band Room (Enter at Door 23)

Why: Mr. Sekich and his staff will be discussing and answering questions about the 2023-24 school year, including:

  • Marching Band
    • Why / who can join?
    • Home Camp: Sun 8/6 - Fri 8/11
    • Away Camp: Sun 8/13 - Thu 8/17
    • Season Overview (games/parades/performances/rehearsals/summer activities)
    • Signup process
    • Colorguard & Drumline
  • Stevenson Instrumental Music Program Overview
    • Anticipated course offerings
    • Making band work in your schedule for 9th - 12th grades
    • Anticipated Performances / Festivals
  • Possibilities for Student Travel
  • Parent Involvement / Band Boosters

Click to download a printable pdf of this page as a flyer

Kickoff Meeting Flyer


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Marching Band Photo Orders being taken thru Dec 20

Orders and payment for the annual Marching Band group photo will be taken for the next couple weeks through December 20th at 11:59pm.

Prices are the same as they were in 2021 - $15 each for a laminated 10" x 30" photo, $12 for the non-laminated version.

Delivery will be after the holidays in January (specific date tbd).

Thanks again to Mr. Mike Zaharof for his creative work and skills making this a great memento of the marching season.

To order/pay, visit:

Marching Photo Proof


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Stevenson Holiday Concert Information

Student Call Times on December 15th:

  • Mr. Sekich's 1st & 2nd Hour classes: 5:45 PM -- On stage
  • Mr. Sekich's 4th, 5th, & 6th Hour classes: 5:45 PM -- In auditorium seats
  • Marching Band students from UAIS, Davis, Heritage, Jeannette: 6:15 PM -- In auditorium seats. Jr. High/IB Marchers, use the band room to drop off your coats, instrument cases, and change of clothes (see below)

Note that the band room will be kept locked - it will be a busy evening at SHS due to boys basketball happening at the same in the main gym.

Student Attire for December 15th:

  • Mr. Sekich's 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th hour classes: Arrive wearing "Concert black". Black pants, white tuxedo shirt, black jacket (no stripes). Bow ties and cummerbunds will be provided by the band. Instead of a tuxedo shirt and jacket, ladies may opt to wear a dressy black blouse with black slacks / full length long black skirt. This attire has been discussed in class! No jeans, no lululemons, no stretch pants, no leggings, no skirts or dresses above the calf.
  • Mr. Sekich's 6th hour class that are not also playing in a concert ensemble: Arrive wearing "Jazz Concert attire" as discussed in class.
  • All Stevenson students that are in Marching Band, you MUST BRING your Marching Band uniform to SHS so you can change into it during intermission. Don't forget your white shoes! No gloves (you can throw those away), you will not be wearing your marching helmets (those should have already been turned in).
  • All UAIS & Junior High marchers: Arrive at SHS in your full marching band uniform, including white shoes. No gloves (you can throw those away). You will not wear your marching helmet, but bring it so it can be turned in. BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES WITH YOU - you will be turning in your marching uniform.
  • Drumline / Frontline: You will wear what you did during Marching Band performances this season.
  • Color Guard: Watch for a message from your coaches about what to wear.

Marching Band uniforms will be collected following the conclusion of the concert - be sure to have something to wear home

Please check that your name is on the outside of your garment bag so your uniform can be properly and quickly accounted for / checked-in. The white shoes go home - those belong to you.

Marching Band students - check now for your lyre / folio / marching band music!

All marchers are expected at Stevenson on Monday, December 12th at 3:30 PM for a brief rehearsal to review music and concert logistics. This rehearsal will be approximately 30-45 minutes long (we will be done no later than 4:15 PM and probably earlier).

December 15th Spectator Information:

  • Due to the inclusion of the Marching Band and the need to save seats for students in the auditorium for when they are not performing, this concert typically comes close to completely filling the auditorium seating. Please be a good sport and avoid leaving single seats when purchasing your tickets. Thank you!
  • Seating is reserved - all spectators need a ticket (adults $5, students/children free)
  • With reserved seating there is no need to lineup early. Doors to the auditorium will open at about 6:40 PM to allow the bands to perform sound checks and final preparations.
  • Concert order: Concert Band (4th/5th Hour), Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble (1st/2nd Hour), Jazz Band (6th Hour), intermission, Marching Band. Please be patient after the concert to allow the students to change clothes and our volunteers to collect Marching Band uniforms.
  • You can anticipate that the parking lot will be full / busy with boys basketball games also taking place this evening.


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Donations being accepted for Marching Banquet Prize Baskets

Prize Basket Information

As you know, the Stevenson Band Boosters sell prize baskets at the Marching Band Banquet to raise money for the Instrumental Music Program here at Stevenson High School.

Below are the assigned section/baskets to assist in the selling of baskets at our annual Marching Band Banquet on December 19th! Please bring in your donated items to the Band Room starting now through December 15 at our Holiday Concert.

Collections will close after our concert.

  • Flutes: Home accents
  • Clarinets: Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Alto Saxes/Horns: Sports
  • Trumpets: Movies
  • Low Brass: Lottery tickets (scratch offs)
  • Percussion (Drumline/Frontline): Gift Cards
  • Color Guard: Anything chocolate/candy

You do not need to stick to your section - these are just suggestions to help create baskets of interest to everyone.

Thank you for your support!

Mr. Sekich


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