News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Info for 2021 Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival

The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association has released the information for this year's Solo & Ensemble activities.

As you might have expected, both the High School and Middle School/Junior High School Festivals will be all-virtual. Students that wish to participate will need to sign up online no later than Friday, December 18th then pay $10 (per event) no later than Friday, January 8th to complete the entire registration process.

All students will have a weeklong window to upload their Solo & Ensemble performances:

  • High school: January 25 - 31 (grades 9 - 12)
  • Junior High school: February 1 - 7 (grades 7 - 9)
  • 9th graders have the option of signing up for either Festival

 

A pdf document with many more details is available here:

 

Complete the online signup worksheet by clicking below:

 

Stevenson HS students that participate will receive 100 extra credit points in the second semester. 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students that participate in the High School festival and receive a 1st Division rating will be eligible to enter their solo for consideration for receiving a Gonda Scholarship.


   

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MSBOA District XVI Honors Conference

Free! Free! Free!

Register by 11/30, Conference is Sat 12/5

M.S.B.O.A. District XVI - High School Virtual Honors Conference

Join us on Saturday, December 5, 2020! Attend various sessions throughout the day including one with award winning composer and educator Mr. Brian Balmages!

Any high school (9th - 12th graders) band student from District XVI is eligible to attend!

 

Must pre-register by November 30, 2020. Click here to register:

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Fall 2020 Sheet & Blanket Fundraiser

Stevenson Instrumental Music Fall 2020 Sheet & Blanket Sale

 

Place orders and make payments by visiting: my.cheddarup.com/c/2020-sheet-blanket-fundraiser

Note: Be sure to click through to the second page to confirm and complete your order. Upon successful submission, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation.

Do you love the feel of super soft sheets and super plush blankets? This sale is for you. This fundraiser offers super soft and machine washable plush blankets and soft to the touch, easy care sheet sets.

A portion of each sale benefits the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program as well as the student accounts.

  • Sale ends November 25 at midnight
  • Due to the timing of this fundraiser, NO LATER ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • Anticipated pickup is the first week in December at a date, time and location to be announced; all COVID protocols will be enforced
  • Families are responsible to pick up and deliver their own orders
  • Photos are not exact representations of the final product, colors may vary
  • PLEASE NOTE: King, Cali-King, Split King, Queen, and Full items are one price and Twin/Twin XL are another price. Prices for items are noted in the the item description once you open the item. There will be a scroll down arrow for the size and then the price will be populated

Online orders only using credit/debit/gift/pre-paid cards or an e-check will be accepted. NO cash or paper checks will be accepted for this fundraiser.

How much does buying online cost? E-check: flat rate of $.45 (amount of the transaction does not matter). Credit Card: 3.5% of transaction amount + $.45 cents.

 

2020 Lineup:

Bamboo Pillows

  • Queen size: $25, King size: $30

 

Sheets: Thomas Collection 6-piece sets

  • Twin / Twin XL: $30
  • Full, Queen, King, Cali-King, Split King: $45
  • Colors: Burnt Orange, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Gray, Dusk Blue, Khaki, Navy, Platinum, Rose, Sand, Soft Green, Sugar Plum, Taupe, White

 

Blankets: Thomas Collection supersoft, ultra plush (100% polyester & machine washable)

  • Twin/Full: approx. size 60"x 80" - $45
  • Queen/King: approx. size 84"x 102" - $65
  • Colors: Platinum Gray, Teal, Purple, Charcoal Gray, Navy, Green Plaid, Red Plaid, Gray/Blue Plaid, Gray/Teal Plaid, Navy Plaid, Beige, Dusty Rose, Navy/Red Plaid

 

Place orders and make payments by visiting: my.cheddarup.com/c/2020-sheet-blanket-fundraiser

Note: Be sure to click through to the second page to confirm and complete your order. Upon successful submission, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation.

 

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2020 Holiday Decor Fundraiser

Stevenson Instrumental Music Holiday Décor Sale

 

Place orders and make payments by visiting: my.cheddarup.com/c/stevenson-titan-band-booster-holiday-decor-fundraisder

Note: Be sure to click through to the second page to confirm and complete your order. Upon successful submission, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation.

Each year we partner with Eckert's Greenhouse to provide beautiful poinsettia plants, porch pots, wreaths and grave blankets. This year there are some limited edition items which will knock your socks off, but hurry they will go fast! These items are quality items, the pictures on CheddarUp do not give them justice at all, they all look even more beautiful in person!

A portion of each sale benefits the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program as well as the student accounts.

  • Sale ends November 25 at midnight
  • Due to the timing of this fundraiser, NO LATER ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • Anticipated pickup is the first week in December at a location and time to be announced; all COVID protocols will be enforced
  • Families are responsible to pick up and deliver their own orders
  • Photos are not exact representations of the final product, with that said all of the items Eckert's provides are gorgeous!!

Online orders only using credit/debit/gift/pre-paid cards or an e-check will be accepted. NO cash or paper checks will be accepted for this fundraiser.

How much does buying online cost? E-check: flat rate of $.45 (amount of the transaction does not matter). Credit Card: 3.5% of transaction amount + $.45 cents.

 

2020 Product Lineup:

Poinsettias

  • Single Poinsettia – Red or White – Choice of Pot Cover Color - $17
  • Double Poinsettia– Red or White – Choice of Pot Cover Color - $23

(Pot foil cover color choices: Red, Green or Gold)

 

Hanging Baskets

  • Hanging Basket - $27

 

Wreaths

  • 22” Wreath with red velvet bow & pine cones - $24
  • 24” Wreath with red velvet bow & pine cones - $26
  • 24” Premium Wreath with red velvet bow & pine cones - $30

Wreath circumferences based on outer dimension

 

Grave Blankets

  • Grave Blanket  - $53
  • Premium Grave Blanket  - $58

 

Porch Pots

  • 12” Birch or Dogwood Porch Pot with red velvet bow & pinecones - $35
  • 15” Birch or Dogwood Center Porch Pot with red velvet bow & pinecones - $50

 

Gift Cards

  • Eckert’s Greenhouse Gift Card - $25

 

Place orders and make payments by visiting: my.cheddarup.com/c/stevenson-titan-band-booster-holiday-decor-fundraisder

Note: Be sure to click through to the second page to confirm and complete your order. Upon successful submission, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation.

 

Share the CheddarUp link with friends - have them scan this QR Code!

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Info for Senior Night Oct 23

Friday Night Football notes (10/23/20)!

  • 5:30pm: Call time
  • 5:35pm: Senior Rehearsal
  • 5:45pm: Full Band rehearsal
  • 6:30pm: Enter Stadium

Senior Parent Information

Senior parents, please report to the scoreboard area outside the track gate with 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. I will meet you there and let you in. Everyone must have a mask on. There are no exceptions on this rule in the stadium, thank you.

At halftime, the band will perform Imperial March, then Masquerade. At the conclusion of Masquerade, the Seniors will make a formation on the field. At that time, they will perform Let it Be, and Hey Jude. At the end of Hey Jude, please stand behind your senior and as you enter the field, please keep you distance from our other families.

 

Potential rain date due to thunderstorms is Saturday, October 24th @ 1 PM

If the weather is not safe for the game to continue, it will be rescheduled for this Saturday. We will not be doing our Senior Performance if the game is moved to Saturday.. We have some members that have previous commitments that day. So we will perform for you and your families in the spring when we do our annual Senior Circle. We need all the Seniors there and together. That date is TBA.

 

Performance Reminders:

  • All students are expected to remain at the ENTIRE game, and NOT leave after Halftime unless you are becoming physically ill or are injured. Earning your Phys Ed credit requires attendance at every Marching Band practice/performance. Missing for illness is excused, but work/vacations are not as stated in the Marching Band Handbook.

Sincerely,
Mr. Sekich & Ms. Foerster


    

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10/14 Update: Marching Band Theme Shirts

10/14 Update on Theme Shirts

GOOD NEWS!

Due to popular demand, the storefront to purchase the "Behind the Mask" theme shirts has been reopened!

Go here to order: www.stevensonbands.org/theme-shirts

Deadline to order is this Friday, 10/16, at 11:59 PM

More good news -- An option has been added - long-sleeve t-shirts. Those start at $18/ea (there is an upcharge for XXL and XXXL sizes). T-shirt prices remain the same as before, $14 and up, as well as the hoodie prices ($26 and up).

To keep the prices down, they will NOT be shipping these items to you directly -- it work just like before, they will be available for in-person pickup TBD.

Thanks for your enthusiasm!!

 

T-shirt Front

T-shirt Back

Hoodie Front

Hoodie Back


    

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Marching Band schedule changes

Some important Marching Band schedule updates to announce this morning!

Moved:

  • Senior Night activities from the Parent Show on 10/11 to the last home game on 10/23, at the request of the seniors

Added:

  • Two-hour rehearsal blocks from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 20th (weather permitting). Mr. Sekich will be working with the kids on things like "stand" (this year it'll be track) music, The Star-Spangled Banner, and the music seniors will be playing at the game on 10/23 along with continued development of "Behind the Mask" music
  • As of now, Mr. Sekich is NOT planning on having sectionals prior to these rehearsals (activities will begin at 5 PM, not 3:50 PM)

Senior Night Details:

  • For those familiar with our typical senior night activities, they will be a bit different this year. Due to the current restrictions, Mr. Sekich will be unable to hand out flowers and provide cider and donuts. As we get closer to the 23rd, the exact logistics for this evening will be announced, including how ticketing will work. For now we assume the 2-ticket limitation will remain in place

    

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Volunteer signups for upcoming events on Oct 11 & Oct 16

The Band Boosters are looking for some extra help to get both the kids and their parents checked in for the Parent Show this Sunday 10/11 and the SHS home football game on Friday 10/16.

These roles are critically important to make sure we follow the UCS COVID-19 protocols.

Volunteers are not expected to miss any part of the performance on Sunday and the game on the 16th!

Spectators, your help is appreciated in arriving at least 15-20 minutes before the start time of the events so all volunteers can join their families in the stands.

If you can help out, please visit www.stevensonbands.org/volunteer to sign up for either or both dates!!

Thanks!


    

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Update: Marching Band permitted to play at home football games beginning Oct 16

Good Morning,

We have received information regarding the Marching Bands playing at Home Football games starting on October 16th against Grosse Pointe South! WE ARE A GO!

We will be sitting in the North end zone, (under scoreboard) as we will not be permitted to sit in the stands due to social distancing. Details will be discussed on this upcoming Tuesday’s rehearsal.

We will be sending out information on how members will receive their TWO ADULT tickets. This is crucial for contact tracing.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Musically Yours,
Mr. Sekich


    

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News Flash - Oct 11 Marching Band Parent Show

News Flash

Hello Stevenson Parents and Students,

We are having a Parent Show/Senior Performance for our Marching Band on October 11th at 4pm at Runkel Field at Stevenson High School. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students and parents. Gates will open at approximately 3:30 PM to collect tickets.  There will be no concessions sold.

Please take the time to carefully read the bottom Covid-19 statement to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

  • All Covid 19 procedures must still be followed with students checking on online no later than 12 noon that day
  • All spectators are being asked to go through the questions on your own, and if you answer "yes" to any of the questions, please do not attend this event
  • Spectators must sit 6ft apart from other families in the stands
  • We are ONLY allowing two tickets (no charge for tickets) PER STUDENT IN THE GROUP. There will not be any deviation on this rule. -See below
  • Please park in the teacher back lot to avoid the main lot. Our students will be exiting to the main lot at the conclusion of the performance to put away/collect all SHS instruments etc.
  • Free tickets will be distributed to students beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 29th & Tuesday October 6th (near the back door of the band room)

This event will be available for Livestream as well, details will follow.

Covid-19 Statement

All attendance at all outside school events and matches for regions currently in Phase 4 is limited to Two (2) guests per participant for both indoor and outdoor events. Only the pre-identified two guests per participants will be allowed into the performance. The same requirement extends to being on school premises. Given the current restrictions, there cannot be any gathering outside of the performances on any school property (no tailgating, for example).

Attendance at this performance is strictly limited to participants and their two guests along with identified essential personnel.

Another important requirement of note is the fact that “Spectators are required to wear face coverings and be physically distant from those not in the same household.” As stated in the MHSAA Fall Guidance document, “Consistent with current Executive Orders, face coverings shall be worn by Staff, medical staff, media members and spectators.”

Additionally, “There are no provisions in EO 180 for medical intolerance reasons or medical waivers” that would alleviate someone from the mask requirement.

After our performance is concluded, please exit immediately. The stadium needs to be disinfected for an hour, and Ford II will be entering for their Parents Show.

This performance will conclude our 2020 Marching Band Season.

Musically Excited!
Mr. Sekich


    

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