News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

2020 Marching Band "Camp" Information & Attire Update

Camp dates are Monday, August 17th - Thursday, August 20th

  • We will continue to hold sectionals up to August 11
  • On Monday, August 17, all Marching Band students will report at at 8:20 AM directly to their sectional areas for temperature checks. Students with a fever above at or above 100.3 will not be permitted to participate and must return home
  • Formal camp activities will conclude at about 11:30 AM each day
  • DO NOT MINGLE with each other. All rules of social distancing will continue including wearing masks when not playing (wind instruments) / at all times (percussionists)
  • You must continue to check-in online with the COVID-19 self reporting form prior to arriving at SHS
  • This routine will repeat each day of home camp!

 

MEALS

If you would like a free breakfast and lunch provided by UCS, please respond to your section leaders ASAP. We do not want to waste food. We will bring the breakfast to you in your sections.

Breakfast / morning snack:

  • A benefit bar, juice & milk

Lunches: 11:30 (will be delivered to your sections again)

  • Monday- Popcorn chicken
  • Tuesday: Twin Cheeseburgers
  • Wednesday: mac & cheese
  • Thursday- Bosco breadsticks

If you want to bring a lunch, you are more than welcome to do so. If you would like to leave instead of eating lunch, as we will be dismissed after, that is fine.

Bring your water jugs!!!!


Marching band attire & cost update

  • Mr. Sekich has decided to skip marching shoes and the navy blue shirts for 2020-21. Those of you that have already bought these items for the current year will be receiving refunds as they will not be ordered
  • A 2020-21 theme shirt is being worked on - all students will receive one as part of the $125 Marching Band Fee all students must pay to participate
  • This year's $125 fee was reduced from the usual $450 as the band is not traveling to an away camp, but will still incur some costs such as the theme shirts, paying for the staff that has been working with the kids during their sectionals, and so forth
  • It is still anticipated that away camp will be reinstated in 2021-22 as will the normal costs and attire requirements

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we all try to figure out the best way forward this year.


    

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Important information for Summer Sectionals!

Good Morning,

After a lot of time and effort on everyone's part, we are ready to move forward with a plan for summer sectionals that I feel is the best scenario at this given time.

In my conversations with Mr. Pfannes, we truly feel we can manage and facilitate learning taking the following steps to ensure everyone's safety to the best of our abilities. The times we are looking at are Tuesdays, from 4pm-8pm beginning Tuesday, July 7th.

All students MUST fill out the GOOGLE DOC Health screen PRIOR to attending the sectional that day. All forms will be recorded on site, and kept in the Stevenson Band Trailer for easy access for all instructors and adult helpers.

Students will arrive and be asked to park in multiple different locations, due to the construction at Stevenson High School. (Subdivisions, church lot, Dodge Park, City Hall. We will set this up with all of the places. We have worked with them hosting before).

Students must bring their own water jug. (128 oz is recommended)

Students will practice social distancing and wear a mask when not playing. Each section has a check-in point so they do not come in contact with more than 25 students/instructors.

Please do not carpool together. That defeats our purpose of separate section rehearsals.

The following location list has been assigned:

  • Flutes: Right side of Baseball Field (BBF), arrive at 3:45pm depart 5:45pm
  • Clarinets: Center field of BBF, arrive at 4pm depart 6pm
  • Alto & Tenor Saxophones & Horns (mellophones): Right field of BBF, arrive at 4:15pm depart 6:15pm
  • Trumpets: At Band Rock. behind BBF, arrive at 4:30pm depart 6:30pm
  • Low Brass: Behind Auditorium, by double door, arrive at 4:45pm depart 6:45pm
  • Colorguard: Church/ or front ECC circle drive area, arrive 5pm depart 7pm
  • Drumline: Behind home bleachers on cement area, arrive 6pm depart 8pm

Students temps will be taken every day, etc and will be dismissed at staggered times to avoid the over-flow of possible contact.

If we remain in Phase 4/5 according to the Governor's reopening guidelines, we will keep this process for our full camp in August, (12-14, 17-22) all at SHS. If the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) changes the calendar to Spring Football on July 20th, we will reevaluate our position at that time and I will keep you posted to our plan of action.

Thank you!
Sincerely,
Michael D. Sekich

 


For Percussionists ONLY!

Drummers! We plan on doing placements on Thursday 7/9 starting at 6pm.

Please bring your own pair of sticks to Thursday's meeting. What ever you are comfortable with. They will not be provided until placements.

For placements, we will have you play individually on a snare or tenor so we can assess your skills. This is not a test – we just need to see where the best to place you and ensure your success within the Front Line or Battery for the 2020 school year.

Ensure that you know and are comfortable with the warmups and audition piece within the technique packet.

Bring a lawn chair since it may take some time for your turn to come. Those will not be needed once regular practices are started. The next practice will be held on 7/14 to finalize the placements and start practices once a week on Tuesdays per the band schedule.

Going forward once the drumline positions are set, ensure that you show up early to practice so that downbeat starts at 6PM. That means COVID questionnaire complete, drum set up, music ready to go, and sticks in hand by 6PM!

Check out the band website for COVID procedures. Masks and social distancing are required!

FYI - If you brought any drumline equipment home, you must return it back to the trailer on Thursday 7/9

Nathan Belloli

 


    

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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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Returning marchers - updated physical info

Returning marchers (those that were in the 2019 Marching Band): Good news!

Mr. Cucchi has approved the use of the MHSAA Health Questionnaire in place of getting a new physical for the 2020 marching season.

New marchers (those that weren't with the marching band in 2019) must still obtain a physical by the time camp starts in August.

A few points on the use of the Health Questionnaire:

  • If you don't remember the exact date of your physical in 2019, that's okay. Just use the month
  • A YES answer to any of the questions will require a completed physical exam from a MD, DO, NP, PA prior to participation
  • Either the questionnaire or a physical is due before camp starts in August

Grab the Health Questionnaire here:

www.stevensonbands.org/data/uploads/marchingband/mhsaa-healthquestionnaire-20.pdf


    

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2020-21 Marching Band Information & Next Steps

Marching Band Parents / Guardians:

We are now taking the next steps in the preparation for the 2020-21 Marching Band season.

The decision has been made to keep the marching band home this year - we will not be traveling to away camp. In light of the ever-evolving guidelines for safe group activities during the pandemic and to find balance between the opportunity to have a marching band this year and keeping our members and staff healthy, staying in Sterling Heights was determined to be the best option. Students will be able to sleep in their own beds each night!

Mr. Sekich, his staff, and the Band Booster parents will work together to find the right mix of learning and fun to make the marching season rewarding for everyone. The basic timeline will remain the same, with exact dates and times for the period between August 10th and August 22nd to be announced soon.

In order to participate as a member of the Marching Band, students must be committed to attending all rehearsals / camp days. Those with jobs must tell their employers they are not available to work on the dates there are camp activities -- just like if we were going away.

This document provides an overview of the next steps:

2020-21 Marching Band Quick Info

Highlights:

  • Cost for all members is $125, dramatically reduced from $450
  • Payments are due July 1st
  • If the marching band is not allowed to meet to prepare by August, the $125 will be refunded. If a student drops marching on their own after payment, there can be no refunds
  • New marchers (except color guard) must also purchase marching shoes ($43) and navy blue t-shirt ($20 or $22). Due July 1st to get orders placed and delivered in time for the season. Our vendors have urged orders be placed as early as possible due to the worldwide effects of decreased factory production during the pandemic. Returning marchers that need replacements should also order and pay by July 1.
  • All new members (those that did not submit a Sports Physical to any UCS school for the 2019-20 school year) will need a sports physical by the time we start camp the week of August 10th.
  • Returning members and those that DID complete and submit a Sports Physical in 2019-20 may opt to complete a Health Questionnaire form in place of getting a physical.
  • The physical or health questionaire, depending on the students' status in 2019-20, is the only "paperwork" for students that will be turned in this year. Plan now!
  • Every member and one parent/guardian must complete the online contract requirements.

 

Marching Band Handbook

The 2020-21 Marching Band handbook has been updated to assist you with the expectations of Marching Band participants -- for students and their families. Please download and read it to save a lot of time and confusion in the long run!

Keep this handbook handy throughout the marching season - which runs through the Cluster Concert on January 13, 2021! There are answers inside to most of the most frequently asked questions and should be your go-to resource.

2020-21 Marching Band Handbook

This handbook will remain linked on our Marching Band page: www.stevensonbands.org/marching-band.

 

2020 Show Information

Students can refer to our web site to download the materials they need to begin practicing independently at home! Also on this page are the Drumline Technique & Warmup Packet and the Color Guard Information and Contract Packet.

2020 Show Information

 

Marching Band Website Page

This website has a static page that you can always refer to for information on the Marching Band:

www.stevensonbands.org/marchingband


    

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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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Color Guard Information & Contract Packet

Attention future Titans Color Guard Members

Your Color Guard instruction team has released this year's information and contract packet so you can prepare for the upcoming season!

Download the packet for printing at home (or just view it on your device) by visiting the 2020 Show Information Page or directly by clicking here.

Good luck and good spinning!!


    

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Band Room Renovations

Dear Titan Band Family,

I hope all of you are safe and feeling well. I have some news in regards to the new room construction. Here is the plan:

We will need to have everything moved out of the band room by Saturday, May 23rd. We will be getting a new ceiling, new paint job, (the tree will be safe) new lights, new tile floor, and new instrument storage cabinets with cage locks.

Thursday morning, PARENTS/VOLUNTEERS can meet at SHS at 9am. (Parents only, and you MUST have a mask on). I have gloves if you would like them.

If you are a senior parent, please come in and assist to help, AND get the things out of your child's BAND LOCKERS, as no students are permitted in the building. Parents of underclassmen are welcome to retrieve their child's belongings too, but some may be asked to wait outside to maintain social distancing in the band room. If things are not picked up, many items will be thrown out. Lunch will be provided by the Stevenson Band Boosters for those helping with the moveout.

Friday, same timeline as above.

Saturday, (if needed) same time. Hopefully we will be finished by then.

Thank you for your continued support of the SHS Bands!

Musically Yours,
Mr. Sekich


    

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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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Drumline Technique and Warmup Packet

Attention future Titans Drumline Members

Your drumline instruction team has created a technique and warmup packet so you can prepare for the upcoming season!

Download the packet for printing at home (or just view it on your device) by visiting the 2020 Show Information Page or directly by clicking here.

Good luck and good drumming!!


    

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