News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Summer Sectionals Schedule Set

Summer Sectionals

  • Drumline + Frontline Tue & Thu, 6 PM - 8:30 PM (beginning June 14)
  • Color Guard Tue & Thu, 10 AM - 12 PM (beginning June 21)
  • Trumpets Tue & Thu, 10 AM - 12 PM (beginning July 5)
  • Low Brass Tue & Thu, 6 - 8 PM (beginning July 5)
  • Flutes Tue & Thu, 6 - 8 PM (beginning July 7)
  • Clarinets Tue & Thu, 1 - 3 PM (beginning July 12)
  • Saxes & Horns Tue & Thu, 4 - 6 PM (beginning July 12)


All members of the Marching Band are to be attending and participating in sectionals whenever possible! Sectionals should take priority over things like employment, driver's training, etc. Previously scheduled vacations should take priority over sectionals.

Have a great and productive summer Titans!


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Spring Concert Tickets on Sale

Tickets for next Thursday's (May 12) Stevenson Instrumental Music Concert are on sale

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Reserved seating; doors open at about 6:40 PM (no need to lineup early)

Buy online in advance only - no cash sales at the door

Cost: $5 for adults, students are free


Concert begins at 7 PM on Thursday, May 12th


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Applications for Marinello Scholarship open through May 8

Frank Marinello

Frank Marinello Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in 2021 to honor the memory of Mr. Frank Marinello, a contributor and mentor to numerous Instrumental Music students, the Marinello Scholarship rewards students that share Frank's vision and passion for music and giving back to the community 
  • Funded as partnership between the Marinello family and the Stevenson Band Boosters
  • This $500 scholarship is open to Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades at Stevenson HS
  • The deadline for 2022 applications is May 8, 2022

Frank Marinello was a man of unconditional love. He was a kind and humble soul that touched the lives of anyone that heard his music, tasted his cooking, or had the joy of sharing a laugh with him.

Frank cherished his beloved wife and son, was faithful to God and country, loyal to family and friends, and saw value and potential in every person. His humble and patient nature made him an extraordinary teacher, and his guitar was always plugged into his heart.

The memories Frank shared with the Stevenson High School Band will never be forgotten and his music will live on.


2022 Frank Marinello Memorial Scholarship Information


Eligibility & Requirements:

  • This $500 scholarship is open to Stevenson Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade at Stevenson that are involved in the SHS Music program, including students enrolled in the Virtual Academy. You must be enrolled in Band classes in 2022-2023 to accept this scholarship (excluding seniors)
  • Applicant MUST be have been enrolled in an Instrumental Music class and returning students must be enrolled for the 2023 full year as well
  • Must not be a previous winner of a Copus or Ankawi scholarship
  • You may not win multiple scholarships
  • Scholarship will be eligible to use towards band expenses such as, private lessons, camps, music equipment etc or furthering your education classes in college.


  • A student who has a passion for music
  • A student who practices because they love to rather than it being an obligation
  • A student who is kind and patient with others
  • A student who is willing to help others and expect nothing in return
  • A student who brings the best out of others


Assignment & Applications:

  • Complete a short essay answering the question: "How will I use my talents and time to give back to the community through music?"
  • Due: Sunday, May 8, 11:59 PM
  • Complete the online form here, be sure to upload your essay as a pdf or Word document:
  • Late applications will not be accepted



  • The winner will be selected from eligible and fully completed applications by the Marinello Family
  • In addition to the application, the Committee will consider citizenship along with contributions made to the Stevenson Music Program


Previous Marinello Scholarship Winners:
2021  Tiffany Canup    


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Applications for Ankawi Scholarship open through May 6

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. A 2009 SHS graduate, he was tragically taken from this life in June, 2010.
  • 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
  • 2022 application deadline: May 6, 2022


2022 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 2021-22 school year. The recipient must be returning to the program in 2022-23
  • This scholarship is for Stevenson students that are in 10th and 11th grades in 2021-22
  • 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



  1. Due: May 6, 2022
  2. Write a two-page essay on the following topic:
    • What inspired you to join band and what influenced your decision to continue with it into high school?
  3. Include a full resume in your e-mail
  4. Send ALL requirements in ONE complete attachment to this e-mail address:
  5. You will receive an e-mail back from the Ankawi family letting you know that your application was received



Previous Ankawi Scholarship Winners:
2021  Preston Brockett 2019 Justin Littleton
2018 Julia Daniel 2017 Veronica Pardington
2016 Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski 2015 Michael S. Sekich
2014 Nicholas Holevar 2013 Brittany Bissa
2012 Jackie Kaiser 2011 Rebekah Veit


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Applications for Copus Scholarship open through May 8

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 2022 applications is May 8th, 2022
  • Online application link:


2022 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 also have participated in at least ONE 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 (2022-23) at SHS
  • Applicant must not have previously won an Ankawi, Marinello, or Copus Scholarship
  • Students cannot more than one scholarship in the same year
  • Funds will be 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: Sunday May 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM
  • Submit an online application at:
  • 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, overall GPA, and attendance along with other contributions made to the program


Previous Copus Scholarship Winners:
2021  Sofia Kastelan 2020 Hannah Baran


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2022 Percussion Clinics

Announcing! 2022 Percussion Clinics

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!!! You Are Invited !!!

Open to any interested musician

Try out marching drums + mallet instruments, meet other percussionists & play some cool music!!

Introductory Meeting: Thursday, March 31st
7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Stevenson Band Room
Pick up music packets, meet instructors, learn more


Explore your best fit

Tuesdays in the Stevenson Band Room

  • MAY 3rd: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • MAY 17th: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • MAY 31st: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Parents welcome to observe May clinics

Placement Night (everyone makes the band)

  • JUNE 7th: 6:00 PM

On June 7th, instructors will place percussionists to maximize the strength of the overall ensemble. Placements made to balance the marching percussion instruments – we need more than snare drums!




Stevenson Marching Band Percussion (Drumline & Frontline) Summer Rehearsal Schedule

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Beginning Tuesday, June 14th

Members selected for the Titan Drumline and Frontline are expected to attend summer rehearsals - except when on family vacation. Please schedule your other commitments (such as work & driver’s training) at other times.


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Savory Grill Fundraiser - March 28

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Bring a flyer with you to the restaurant and give to the cashier

  • When: Monday, March 28th, 2022
    All day long! Dine In! Carry Out!
  • Where: Savory Grill
    45288 Van Dyke Ave
    Utica, MI 48317
    Just north of M-59 on the east side of Van Dyke
(586) 739-8450

  • Why:
    • Help raise money for our Spring Trip Chaperones
    • Neither mom nor dad wants to cook!
    • Support our Stevenson family

Tell your family members! Tell your friends! Tell that random guy or gal you’ve had your eye on the last couple of weeks!! Share on Twitter! Share on Facebook! Share on Snapchat! Share on Instagram! (You get the idea – the more the merrier!)

Savory Grill will contribute 20% of their sales from this day (dine in -or- carry out) to the Stevenson Band Boosters in support of our Spring Trip chaperones.

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Color Guard Clinic 2022

2022 Color Guard Clinic

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!

Color guard is a combination of flag spinning and dance and 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 might be eligible for your high school gym credit!

When: April 12th, 2022 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: Meet in the Stevenson Band Room

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!

Plan to attend the clinic? Please sign up at:



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Commemorative Marching Band Photos available thru Jan 9

2021 Marching Band Commemorative Photos

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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.

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Holiday Decor Fundraiser on thru Nov 15

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

Holiday Decor

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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:

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Thanks for your support!


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