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Marching Band Contracts due Tue June 6

Happy Friday!

For our 23-24 Marching Band Members- the Handbook that was distributed on paper in February has been updated as we approach our first rehearsal.


To help encourage everyone to give it a read, one of our required items for the season is the electronic return of our Marching Band Contract. This is due this coming Tuesday, June 6th, and done online here:


To review the updated Marching Band Handbook as a pdf, which includes the contract language, go here:


Check Schoology for a list of students that had completed this step as of June 1st and don't need to do it again.


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2023-24 Marching Band activities for all start June 7

Here's what's happening for who and when (all activities @ SHS):


[Percussion] Tonight, June 1st at 6pm: Placements


[Color Guard]: Continue to follow your schedule (you must also be here after school on June 7th)


[Full Band, including Guard] Wednesday, June 7th from noon until about 1:30pm: First look at show music, announcements, meet the drum majors, meet your section leaders, etc. This will be after school on the first 1/2 day of finals (High school dismissal from classes @ 10:19am; Junior High school dismissal @ 11:02am)


[Flutes, Clarinets, Alto Saxes & Mellophones] Tuesday, June 13th from 9 - 10:30am: Sectional Orientations (Plan summer schedule, fundraising, etc.)


[Trumpets & Low Brass (tenor saxes, trombones, tubas, baritones)] Tuesday, June 13th from 11 - 12:30pm: Sectional Orientations (Plan summer schedule, fundraising, etc.)


[Percussion] Tuesday, June 13th at 6 PM: Summer sectionals begin We're excited to get started with our 2023 Show ... "Nightmare in the Shadows"!


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2023-24 Marching Band Remind Codes

Marching Band Remind Time!

ALL Marching Band Members must be a member of the appropriate Remind list to receive notifications throughout the season! Parents are welcome to be on the same list as their student.

These codes are the same for all current 11th, 10th, and 9th graders - if you're already on the list you are good to go. Current 8th graders, you will have a new code this season. Current 7th graders, you must sign up.

Marching Band 2023-24 Remind Codes:

Option one: Text the code to 81010 to join the list:

  • @mrsekich-3 (Class of 24 / next year's seniors)
  • @mrsekich-2 (Class of 25 / next year's juniors)
  • @mrsekich-1 (Class of 26 / next year's sophomores)
  • @mrsekich-4 (Classes of 27 & 28 / next year's 8th and 9th graders)

Option two: Click the link below to join the list:


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Congratulations to our 2023 Tri-M Music Honor Society Members

2023 Stevenson High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Members

These 39 students completed all of the requirements for membership during the 2022-23 school year, including maintaining their grade point averages, fulfilling their service hour requirements, and submitting all of their paperwork.

Great job!

2023 Tri-M Members

2023 Stevenson Tri-M Members (pdf)


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Marching Band Physical Submission Instructions


Stevenson Marching Band 2023-24 Physical Upload Information using BigTeams

For the 2023-24 school year, the Stevenson Marching Band will be using the same system as the athletic departments at SHS, DJHS, HJHS, and JJHS to submit required sports physicals. This will result in one system that will work the same way no matter which secondary school you attend and no matter which activity / activities you participate in (band and/or sports)

This will also eliminate the issue of misplaced physicals for those that opt to participate in winter and/or spring sports.


Physicals must be completed and uploaded to BigTeams no later than Sunday, August 6th – the day before home camp begins. Both sides of the form must be fully completed.


Getting started with Big Teams:

If you registered for a sport and submitted a physical for the 2022-23 school year through Big Teams Student Central, the student and parent accounts you previously created will now also work for the band this coming year- you do not need to register again.

You do need to submit a new physical, dated on or after April 15, 2023, for the new school year.

Be sure to select Marching Band as one of your sports (and add Stevenson High School if you are/were a junior high school student in 2022-23).


For new users to Big Teams, follow these instructions:

  1. The student will go to and follow the next steps (as a student) to complete registration.
    Click “Sign Up To Create New Account” and proceed through the account creation process (Note: Your school has not created an account for you).
    IMPORTANT: Register for the school you will attend classes at in 2023-24. If you are a junior high school student, you will then add Stevenson as a second school to be able to select Marching Band as one of your sports.
  1. A parent/guardian will go to and follow the next steps (as a parent/guardian) to complete registration.
    Click “Sign Up To Create New Account” and proceed through the account creation process. (NOTE: Your login email address will need to be unique to your account and cannot be re-used. If you are a parent and also a staff member, you will need two accounts with two unique logins, one for being a parent and one for being a staff member.)
  1. The student will send an invitation to their parent/guardian to link accounts: To do so, use the search “+ Link Parent Account” search options. If no results found, input parent’s preferred email address or mobile number, and click Send Request.
    Proceed to Athletic Forms after sending linking request or wait to complete the form requirements with your linked parent after they accept the invite.
  1. The parent/guardian will accept the invitation to link accounts: The invitation will show within the parent profile. The linking invitation is emailed/texted to the intended parent but does not require action in order to accept the invite. Simply sign in with the email address/phone number that your student invited you by going to your Linked Accounts section. Once linked with student proceed to next step.


Everyone completes these steps:

  1. Completion of “Exam” digital form (you must scan and upload of both pages of physical form): Required for all Marching Band Members. Must be a new physical, dated on or after April 15, 2023.
  1. Requested - Completion of Emergency Contact – Parent/guardian Only: Your school utilizes the Emergency Contact section to build reports for game/events. Be sure to input as much information as possible, clicking UPDATE at the bottom when complete.
    Relevant information will also carry over to digital forms saving you time when completing registration for your student(s).
    Once complete click Forms followed by Athletic Forms.
  1. Optional - Completion of remainder of digital forms (these are required if playing a sport, optional for band): Students can begin completing forms while logged into their own account by clicking Forms and then Athletic Forms.
    Students can also wait for their parents to accept the linking request before getting started.
    In the Linked Accounts section for parent accounts there is a “Sign In As” feature that will allow students to sign their forms while logged into the parent account.
    Once Parents are linked with your student(s), click Forms followed by Athletic Forms. From there, scroll down to your first student’s form requirements. Once complete, all forms will either show a status of Complete, Pending Staff Approval, or Awaiting Athlete Signature.
    Need to help your student? Return to your Linked Accounts page after clicking My Profile to assist your student with their signature requirements.


Approved and/or Declined Notifications: If/when all forms are complete/approved by your school, a notification will be sent to you stating all forms have been accepted. You will be notified via email and/or text message (if you have selected the text message option during account creation). If a form has been declined by your school, you will be sent a notification in which you will be given the reason for denial and a link to review and resubmit your changes back to the school.


IMPORTANT: Band students that are not playing a sport and opt not to complete all the athletic forms will not receive an approval notification through BigTeams.

If you opt to skip these forms, you will have the opportunity to return later to complete them should you change your mind about participating in a sport.


Need additional assistance? Check out Self Help on the BigTeams site or visit the help website at:


Be sure to keep track of your BigTeams account information. Students and parents will continue to use these same logins to submit physicals and register for athletics each season / year they are a participant.

Helpful links:


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Permission form for OU graduation trip due June 2

Permission slip (underclassmen only) for OU graduation ceremony due Fri June 2nd

All SHS 9th, 10th, and 11th graders must have a submitted permission slip on file no later than 7 AM on Friday June 2nd for the bus ride to and from Oakland University for the Stevenson Commencement Ceremony performance.

The permission form is an assignment and is in PowerSchool for a grade - and the performance at OU is your final exam!


The link to the online form is:


Two-way bus transportation is provided for this activity

Call times at Stevenson HS on Saturday, June 10, 2023:

  • Percussion: 7:15 AM
  • Everyone else: 7:30 AM

Commencement ceremony begins: 10:00 AM (sorry, this activity is only open to ticketed guests of the Class of 2023)

Anticipated return time at SHS: 12:15 PM


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Senior Banquet Tickets on Sale through May 18

Senior banquet tickets are on sale now through Thursday, May 18th!

$25 tickets (everyone, including seniors, must buy a ticket) must be purchased at

Final count will be given to the hall on Friday 5/19. No ticket sales, cash or otherwise, at the door.

Feel free to dress up if you'd like – business casual is fine too! Seating is general admission (first-come, first-served) at regular banquet tables.

Event is open to all Stevenson Instrumental Music Class of 2023 members (this is not a marching band only thing!), their dates, and parents.

Enjoy the final evening together celebrating the band family!

  • Senior Banquet is Monday, May 22
  • Dinner starts around 6:30 PM, doors open about 6
  • Century Banquet Center (Maple Lane just north of 14 Mile, Sterling Heights)

Ticket link:


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Spring Concert tickets on sale


Tickets for next week's concerts are now on sale online at

There will be two concerts, both at 7 PM @ SHS:

Wednesday, May 10:

  • Wind Ensemble / Symphonic Band (Mr. Sekich's 1st & 2nd hour classes)
  • Concert Band (Mr. Sekich's 4th & 5th hour classes)

Thursday, May 11:

  • Jazz Band (Mr. Sekich's 6th hour class)
  • Selected soloists

As usual, tickets sales will be online only - cash at the door will not be accepted. Please buy in advance - and be sure to select the correct day (or days) you wish to attend.


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2023 Marching Band Percussion Clinic Info

2023 Percussion Clinics

Download a printable flyer here (pdf)


!!! You Are Invited !!!


Open to any interested musician

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


Introductory Meeting: Tuesday, May 9

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Pick up music packets, meet instructors, learn more



Explore all percussion instruments!

Clinics take place in the Stevenson Band Room

  • THU MAY 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • TUE MAY 23rd, 6:00 - 7:30 PM


Placement Night (everyone makes the band)

  • THU JUNE 1st, 6:00 PM


Parents welcome to observe May clinics

On June 1st, 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 13th.

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. There will be no rehearsals the week of July 3rd.



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2023 Frank Marinello Scholarship Information


Applications for the 2023 Copus Scholarship are now being accepted through May 5th!

Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders - here's an opportunity to earn funding for future band related expenses. There is no entry fee!

Read on for more information:

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 2023 applications is Friday, May 5th at 11:59 PM
  • Online essay submission link:

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 love of music will live on.


2023 Frank Marinello Memorial Scholarship Information


Eligibility & Requirements:

  • This $500 scholarship is open to Stevenson Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade that are involved in the SHS Music program, including students enrolled in the Virtual Academy. You must be enrolled in Band classes in 2023-24 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 2024 full year as well
  • Must not be a previous winner of a Copus, Ankawi, or Marinello scholarship
  • You are welcome to apply for but will 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


Assignment & Applications:

  • Complete a short one page (3-5 paragraphs) essay answering the question: "What has band taught me about following through with my commitments and reaching my goals - and how will I share these lessons with others in the future?"
  • Due: Friday, May 5th at 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 other criteria such as those that show a passion for music, those that practices because they love to rather than it being an obligation, those that are kind and patient with others, those who are willing to help and expect nothing in return, and those that bring out the best in others.


Previous Marinello Scholarship Winners:
2022  Isabella Bernabei 2021  Tiffany Canup


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