News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Apply for Tri-M Music Honor Society Membership through May 12

 

Tri-M Music Honor SocietyApplications are being accepted through May 12th for membership in Stevenson High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter.

Stevenson students (and those in the Virtual Academy) interested in membership must return a completed application to the SHS band room (Virtual Academy students may drop off their applications in the Stevenson Main Office).

Click to download and print complete 2020-21 Membership Package

Due to the ongoing restrictions on gatherings, the service hour requirements (for this year only) have been waived.

  • Membership package includes:
  • Membership criteria
  • Application (due 5/12/21)
  • Service Hours worksheet (optional)

Membership Criteria Standards for 2020-21 School Year

  • Music Participation
    • Candidates must have been enrolled in a school-sponsored music ensemble (Band, Choir, Color Guard) at Stevenson High School (or UCS Virtual Academy) for at least one semester of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Academic Achievement
    • Candidates must maintain a B grade or higher in their instrumental and/or vocal music class(es)*, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all classes at the end of the first semester marking period.
  • Service (requirement waived due to pandemic)
    • New members must complete and document a minimum of 20 service hours in the year they first apply to join. In subsequent years members that wish to sustain their membership must complete and document a minimum of 10 service hours.
    • Service activities include any actions undertaken by the student that are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation (your own school-required activities are not eligible). Service that helps support the musical and/or arts community is strongly preferred, but not required.
    • (Optional in 2020-21) Service hours may be obtained from May 15, 2020 – May 12, 2021 for membership at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
    • Documentation of service hours may be turned in any time after the end of the first semester marking period but prior to the deadline of May 12, 2021.
  • Character Strength
    • A member must demonstrate leadership, service, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all activities.
    • Character strength is determined by Chapter Advisors Mr. Sekich and/or Mrs. Gard-Eret.
  • Applications
    • Must be submitted no later than May 12, 2021.
  • Honor Cords
    • Each Spring, Tri-M applicants approved for membership will have the opportunity to purchase pink honor cords. Cords may be worn by current Tri-M members at Stevenson Instrumental and/or Vocal Music concerts and by seniors during their graduation ceremony.

Thank you,
Mr. Sekich & Mrs. Gard-Eret


   

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Applications being accepted through May 10 for Ankawi Scholarship

Stevenson Instrumental Music students in 10th and 11th grades (including those enrolled in the UCS Virtual Academy) may submit an application to be selected for the 2021 Craig Ankawi Memorial Scholarship. The deadline for applications is May 10th.

 

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
  • 2021 application deadline: May 10

 

2021 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 2020-21 school year. The recipient must be returning to the program in 2021-22
  • This scholarship is for Stevenson students that are in 10th and 11th grades in 2020-21
  • 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

 

Requirements:

  1. Due: May 10, 2021
  2. Write a two-page essay on the following topic:
    • What inspired you to join band and the instrument and/or instruments you play?
  3. Include a full resume and three letters of reference (not family members or Mr. Sekich) in your e-mail
  4. Send ALL requirements in ONE complete attachment to this e-mail address: 2021-ankawi-scholarship AT stevensonbands.org
  5. You will receive an e-mail back from the Ankawi family letting you know that your application was received

   

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Applications being accepted through May 10 for Copus Scholarship

Stevenson Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades (including those enrolled in the UCS Virtual Academy) may submit an application to be selected for the 2021 Dick Copus Scholarship. All applicants must have participated in the 2021 virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival. The deadline for applications is May 10th.

 

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 2021 applications is Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM
  • Online application link: www.stevensonbands.org/copus-scholarship

 

2021 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 any two of the following MSBOA Events during the current school year (requirement waived in 2021):
    • 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 (2021-22) at SHS or in the UCS Virtual Academy
  • Applicant must not have previously won a Copus Scholarship or an Ankawi Scholarship
  • Students cannot win both an Ankawi Scholarship and Copus 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

 

Applications:

  • Due: no later than Mon. May 10, 2021 @ 11:59 PM
  • Submit an online application via www.stevensonbands.org/copus-scholarship
  • 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)

 

Selection:

  • 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 and attendance along with other contributions made to the program
  • The winner will be announced at the 2021 Stevenson Spring Concert

   

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2021-22 Drum Major/Section Leader Auditions - April 19

Students interested in leadership positions in the 2021-22 Marching Band should beginning planning for auditions on Monday, April 19th at 4 PM.

The exact format will be announced (in person at SHS or virtual).

An informational document is available here:


   

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Instrumental Music Spring Concert - May 19

SAVE THE DATE

Dear Parents:

We have scheduled a Spring Concert at Stevenson in the Main Gym for Wednesday, May 19th. The concert will begin at 7 PM.

Attending and performing will be all of Mr. Sekich's in-class students, including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band (which will be performing the same music) as well as the Jazz Band.

The plan, for now, is to bring all Stevenson in-person Instrumental Music students together for this evening for a performance for parents.

If allowed, spectators will be granted tickets on a priority basis, starting with the parents of the Class of 2021.

There will also be an online stream of the concert for those that wish to view from home and/or for extended family members.

Thank you for your support as we navigate forward with providing opportunities for students while following pandemic safety guidelines.

Mr. Sekich


   

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2021-22 Marching Band Kickoff Meeting

2021-22 Season Information Online Meeting Scheduled for March 7

Please join us via Microsoft Teams for a virtual kickoff meeting with Mr. Sekich on Monday, March 8th at 7 PM.

  • Topics covered will include:
  • General information about the 2021-22 Marching Band
    • Camp information
    • Show Theme
    • Tentative calendar / planned dates
    • What's next
  • General information about the 2021-22 Instrumental Music Program
    • Spring trip in 2022

 

Use your band student's laptop to connect to the Teams Meeting:

  • Go to the Schoology class "SHS_MarchingBand : Section 1" and look for the document "Link to 2021 Marching Band Kickoff Teams Meeting 3/8, 7 PM". Click to open the document to get the link
  • Student not in the Schoology class? Use the access code 5JC7-WRTJ-T3CVV to join

 

Or use your mobile device with the Teams app to connect to the Meeting:

Scan the QR code below to connect:
QR Code

 

 

We look forward to seeing you online on the evening of March 7th!


   

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Hydration info for Marching Band students

I know Mr. Sekich, myself, the staff, and all of the students are excited to start marching band! Given the current situation and with construction in the school we will not be able to supply water during sectionals and/or rehearsals.

It is critically important have the proper water bottle to ensure you or your student is getting the water they need in the most safe and effective way possible. I’ve made the graphic below to help!

Water Jug Infographic

You can find these jugs on Amazon, Walmart, and pretty much everywhere. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Mr. Taylor

Walmart.com: Coleman 1-gallon jug


    

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Introducing a new scholarship for Stevenson Band members

New for 2020!

9th - 11th grade Instrumental Music students from SHS, DJHS, HJHS, and JJHS are encouraged to apply for this new opportunity to fund some of your band expenses as you continue in the SHS program!

Full details about eligibility are below. Applicants must have been a High School Solo & Ensemble (or Chamber Festival) participant plus participated in either Band & Orchestra Festival or Marching Band Festival during the current school year.

Online applications are due Friday, May 29th. Good luck!!

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 2020 applications is Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Online application link: Applications are now closed

 

2020 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 have participated in any two 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 (2020-21)
  • Applicant must not have previously won a Copus Scholarship or an Ankawi Scholarship
  • Students cannot win both an Ankawi Scholarship and Copus Scholarship in the same year
  • Funds be will 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

 

Applications:

  • Due: no later than Fri. May 29, 2020 @ 11:59 PM
  • Applications are now closed
  • 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)

 

Selection:

  • 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 and attendance along with other contributions made to the program
  • The winner will be announced online during the week of June 1, 2020

    

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Congratulations to our 2019-20 Tri-M Music Honor Society Members

Please join Mr. Sekich & Mr. Humbach and congratulate the 2020 Members of Stevenson's Tri-M Music Honor Society!

Stevenson High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society was established in 2014 as Chapter #6920. All Instrumental and Vocal Music students that attend SHS are eligible for membership. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education and is focused on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in grades 6-12.

Our forty two 2019-20 Tri-M members contributed nearly 700 hours of community service and maintained an average GPA of 3.57 as part of the requirements established by chapter advisors Mr. Sekich and Mr. Humbach. Even with the inability to meet in person at school since March, our Tri-M members completed their membership requirements by documenting their community service online.

Members of the Class of 2020 have earned the option to wear pink honor cords with their cap and gown in recognition of their achievements.


2019-20 Tri-M Membership Roster
* indicates member of the Class of 2020
Cayenne Argel * Kole Micakaj
Daniel Austerman * Brooke Lynne Mitchell
Brendan Bailey * Lara Pano *
Eric Ballentine Mary Kate Pardington *
Niko Benka Megan Perkins *
Tatiana Benka * Grace Petras
Jenna Bollinger Peyton Polzin
Emma Bowen Arrelle Rawls *
Kyle Carbary Ashley Rhein *
Matthew Coeling Mariah Riera *
Miles Curtis Haley Rivard *
Julia Daniel * William Schwesinger *
Noah Elkins * Sabrina Stahlberger *
McKenzye Fleischer * Mariah Thibodeau *
Jessica Gauthier * Alexus Thomas
Elizabeth Hakim Ben Tollis
Andrew Howell Hannah Tomasko *
David Kies * Emily Tuller
Andrew Kritikos * Jessica Wehling *
Justin Littleton * Joshua Zaharof *
Dominic Martincic Korey Zelda *

    

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