News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

After school rehearsal schedule (2nd, 3rd, 5th hour students)

In advance of Band & Orchestra Festival on March 7th, Mr. Sekich has established a schedule of after-school rehearsals for students performing with Wind Ensemble (his 3rd hour class) and the combined Symphonic/Concert Band (2nd and 5th hours).

Students performing with Wind Ensemble will rehearse after school (until roughly 3:45 PM) on:

  • Monday Feb 24th, Friday Feb 28th, and Monday March 2nd

Students performing with the combined Symphonic and Concert Bands will rehearse after school (until roughly 3:45 PM) on:

  • Tuesday Feb 25th, Wednesday, Feb 26th, Thursday, Feb 27th, Tue March 3rd, Wed Mar 4th, and Thu Mar 5th.

In addition, all of the above students, no matter their ensemble, should block off after school on Friday March 6th should an additional rehearsal be deemed necessary.


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Kickoff Meeting for 2020-21 set for March 25th

Stevenson Titans Bands

Come learn more about:


Band Classes offered at SHS

  • After school opportunities

Stay in Band throughout High School

  • Flex Credit Opportunities
  • Options for MST / CSI / MADE students
  • Student Travel Opportunities

Parent Involvement / Band Boosters

  • Fundraising Opportunities

Upcoming Marching Band Season

  • Color Guard
  • Drumline

Get your questions answered!

Breakout sessions for Color Guard & Drumline


Wednesday, March 25

7 PM : Stevenson Band Room


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2020 Louis Gonda Scholarship Auditions

Utica Community Schools - Louis Gonda Scholarship Information 2020

  1. Auditions will take place at Stevenson High School on Wednesday, February 12th, from 3:30pm-5:30pm. First come, first served
  1. There will be a $4.00 audition fee payable at the audition
  1. Each audition will have a 3-minute time limit; students will play in the order which they arrive. Please pick and choose YOUR BEST section in your solo if it is over 3 minutes
  1. Eligibility:
    • a. Instrumental Music Student’s grades 9-11 are eligible, see section C below
    • b. Students must continue playing their instrument in the UCS district next year and enrolled in BAND.
    • c. Students must have received a 1st Division rating on their solo at the 2020 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival, and must be CURRENTLY enrolled in an Instrumental Music class and for all of 2020-2021 ENTIRE school year.
    • d. Previous Gonda scholarship winners are not eligible to audition for the Gonda Scholarship or win again.
  1. Piano solos are not eligible for the Gonda Scholarship
  1. You may perform with or without accompaniment, however, please keep in mind that your performance will be enhanced using an accompanist
  1. Scholarships can be used for summer music camps, marching band camps, or private lessons
  1. The recipients of the scholarships will be notified the next school day by their directors
  1. Parents, friends, family members, etc. are not allowed in the audition room
  1. A 2020 Gonda Scholarship Letter of Intention must be completed and submitted upon the student's arrival for the audition. Download the letter by clicking below (paper versions will also be available at Stevenson HS):

2020 Louis Gonda Scholarship & Letter of Intention


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CMU Jazz Weekend Info Package

Details of the upcoming trip to CMU for Jazz Weekend are available in the document linked below:

CMU Jazz Weekend Information Package


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Details for March 7 Band & Orchestra Festival

Details for Band & Orchestra Festival are now available

Download a printable document with all the info posted below

Info for Band & Orchestra Festival 2020

Stevenson Band students will be participating in MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival again this year. This is a mandatory activity for all students in Mr. Sekich's Symphonic Band (2nd Hour), Wind Ensemble (3rd Hour), and Concert Band (5th Hour) classes.

Date: Saturday, March 7th

Location: Warren Woods Tower High School (students will meet at SHS and be bused to WW Tower)
27900 Bunert Rd, Warren, MI 48088. Note: Bus transportation for students is TO Warren Woods Tower ONLY! All students must be driven home.

Parents: Admission to Band & Orchestra is free. Please wear Stevenson Band apparel and support your students by filling the auditorium and being enthusiastic fans!

All students must have a permission slip submitted for them online by a parent (due 3/5):

Important! Mr. Sekich will travel on the buses with Concert/Symphonic band. Parent chaperones will be needed to let Wind Ensemble students in the band room and ride the buses with that group to WW Tower. Chaperones will need to coordinate a ride home.

Timeline for Concert & Symphonic Band, 9:00am – approximately 12:45pm:

  • Eat a good breakfast at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 9:00 AM: Call Time at Stevenson, begin loading truck
  • 9:20 AM: Finish Loading Truck (percussion)
  • 9:30 AM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 9:50 AM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging room
  • 9:50 AM: Percussion and parents: unload truck
  • 10:50 AM: Concert/Symphonic Band Warm-up
  • 11:20 AM: Concert/Symphonic Band Performance (auditorium)
  • 11:45 AM: Concert/Symphonic Band Sight Reading
  • After sight reading: Empty our staging room of your belongings, then wait together in cafeteria for scores to be posted

After scores are posted, Concert Band members are free to either go home with their families or remain at Warren Woods Tower to watch and support Wind Ensemble. Everyone is encouraged to support the WWT Band Boosters by purchasing lunch or snacks while waiting for scores to post.

Timeline for Wind Ensemble, 12:15pm – approximately 4:00pm:

  • Eat a good breakfast & lunch at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 12:15 PM: Call Time at Stevenson
  • 12:50 PM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 1:10 PM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging room
  • 2:10 PM: Wind Ensemble Warm-up
  • 2:40 PM: Wind Ensemble Performance (auditorium)
  • 3:05 PM: Wind Ensemble Sight Reading
  • After sight reading: Empty our staging room of your belongings, then wait together in cafeteria for scores to be posted

After scores are posted, everyone is dismissed from WWT. Percussion, parents, and anyone else that would like to help: Report back to Stevenson to unload the truck (many hands make light work).


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State Solo & Ensemble Registration

Congratulations to all the Solo & Ensemble participants on February 1st!

No later than Tuesday, February 4th, all those that received a First Division rating will need to decide if they will be participating in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 14th at Chippewa Valley High School.

In order to get registered, you need to have a conversation with Mr. Sekich and confirm your participation by the end of school on Tuesday so he can register you with MSBOA by their deadline.

When you confirm your participation, there is a mandatory financial obligation that kicks in. With your registration, the Band Boosters send a check to MSBOA that includes your (and everyone else's) registration fee. You are then obligated to pay back that fee whether or not you participate.

As a convenience to participants, payments are not due until Friday, February 14th. You may bring a check (payable to Stevenson Band Boosters) or cash to school in an envelope with the student's name on the outside, and place it in the Blue Box pay online with a small fee, at

State Solo & Ensemble event costs are as follows:

  • 10th, 11th, 12th grade non-percussion soloists: $21
  • Percussion soloists: $25
  • 9th grade soloists: $15
  • Duets: $16
  • Trios: $18

Be sure to pay the proper amount for your event

  • State Solo & Ensemble participation is separate from auditions for Gonda Scholarships
  • Members of the 4 chamber groups that performed on Jaunary 25th do not need to pay any fees for their participation on March 14th


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Night at the Races Fundraiser - March 28th

Night at the RacesThe Band Boosters' next fundraising venture is "A Night at the Races" - a night of racing, food, drinks, raffles, contests and fun on an EPIC scale. It will take place on Saturday, March 28th at the Carpathia Club on Utica Road beginning at 6 PM. All attendees must be age 21 and over.

What is A Night at the Races?

It is a different kind of fundraiser as it involves the guests watching random horse races and betting on the horses to win. BUT wait, that is not all, there is more. Each ticket includes special contests, food/drinks as well as the opportunity to purchase tickets to the amazing raffle baskets and other special raffles that are in store for the event. This is going to be an AMAZING event, people will be talking about it because the Band Boosters have never done anything like this before.

Click on the link below for more information and to buy your admission and horse(s); this event will be discussed in much more detail at the next Booster & Program Update meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 7 pm in the Band Room.

What can you do to help?

For this event to be successful, help is need in the form of donations for raffle baskets, race sponsors and people to buy horses. If you know anyone interested, please let the Night at the Races Committee know by contacting Juli Elkins using the contact link on this web site.

Sponsorships are a great low cost advertising option to promote a business and show support for an amazing music program. The opportunities are amazing, where else can you advertise to a group as large as the Band Boosters for either $75 or $125? Gold Level sponsors also receive two tickets to attend the event PLUS the advertising!! It's a great opportunity for any size business.

All payments should be directed to:

Have questions? A sponsor and donation meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11th at Fuddruckers on Van Dyke at 18 Mile at 6:30 PM. All are welcome.

All the paperwork you need to help support A Night at the Races is available by clicking the links below, please help spread the word!

A Night at the Races - Promotional Flyer

A Night at the Races - Sponsorship Letter

A Night at the Races - Donation Letter

A Night at the Races - Full Package (all three items above)


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Band & Orchestra Festival date set for March 7

MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival for SHS in-school ensembles (Symphonic/Concert Band & Wind Ensemble) is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at Warren Woods Tower.

Stay tuned for full details and call times, etc. This is a "mark your calendars" notification for a very important event for SHS Band students.

Some overall logistics to be aware of as you mark your calendars:

  • Performance time on stage for Symphonic/Concert Band: 11:20 AM
  • Performance time on stage for Wind Ensemble: 2:40 PM
  • Students will report to SHS prior to the event and ride buses together to WW Tower (call times will be well in advance of the times above)
  • Buses will run one-way only (students will need a ride home from WW Tower following their event and sight reading)
  • Parents are invited and encouraged to attend Band & Orchestra Festival to watch both the kids' on-stage performance and then sight reading
  • Admission is free
  • Stevenson is one of several participating schools at WW Tower
  • For the performing ensembles / band classes (Mr. Sekich's 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Hours), participation in Band & Orchestra Festival is mandatory
  • Students that are in 6th Hour only (Jazz Band), they have their own mandatory Festival in April
  • Students that are in 4th Hour only: Mr. Sekich will have more information for you soon


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High School Solo & Ensemble Times

High School Solo and Ensemble Times are available in the document linked below. It is grouped by type of performance (solos, duets, trio), and then sorted by last name.

Stevenson HS 2020 District S&E Times

Map of Rochester High School for Solo & Ensemble

High School Chamber groups (Percussion, Brass, Clarinet, Flute) perform Saturday, January 25th. High School soloists and small ensembles perform Saturday, February 1st. Both events take place at Rochester High School.

The Davis 9th graders that signed up for High School festival and ARE also included on this list.

Good luck to all the participants!


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2nd Chance - Commemorative Marching Season Photos

Last Chance - Marching Band Group photos available for purchase thru 1/17

To order and pay in one step, visit

Missed out on getting a panoramic Marching Band photo? Here is your last chance!

There are 2 options (both non-laminated):

  • Full Marching Band Panoramic (10" x 30") - $12
  • Class of 2020 Photo (8" x 12") - $10

Order no later than 11:59 PM on Friday January 17th for anticipated delivery at the Jazz Concert on February 5th (those not picked up at the concert can be picked up in the Stevenson Band Room on the 6th. Note that the photos are delivered flat, not rolled up, and the photos are not protected from the elements).

A huge thank you to Mr. Zaharof for the work he put into this for everyone!


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