News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Slots now open for 2019 Jimmy Johns Field Volunteers

Once again this year, the Band Boosters have partnered with Jimmy John's Field to offer adults (age 18 and older) the opportunity to earn funds that will help offset the costs of band activities such as Band Camp and Travel.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a game (or games) at: www.stevensonbands.org/volunteer.

New families welcome and encouraged to participate!! If a signup is full for a date, please join the waitlist so that we can help balance the number of games between everyone that would like to take part!

Details:

  • Hours: typically 5:30 to 8:30pm
  • Uniform: Khaki pants, shorts (not too short) or capri pants; White polo shirt; Black shoes; JJ Field Hat (1st will be provided free); Apron (supplied by JJ Field, must be returned at end of game)
  • 18 & Older only
  • Enter through the employee entrance, located at the front of the part to the left of the ticket office. You will sign in with Christine each game.
  • Note: if you do not sign in, your hours will not be counted by JJ Field

Volunteering at Jimmy John's Field is fun, easy, and a great way to meet fellow band parents! It's an awesome way to get involved with the Band Boosters and the band.

As of April 24th, these are the dates we are committed to for 2019 and signups are available (subject to change):

  • Fri May 10
  • Sun May 12
  • Sat Jun 1
  • Sun Jun 2
  • Thu Jun 6
  • Wed Jun 12
  • Thu Jun 13
  • Wed Jun 19
  • Thu Jun 20
  • Sat Jun 22
  • Thu Jun 27
  • Sat Jun 29
  • Thu Jul 11
  • Fri Jul 12
  • Sun Jul 14
  • Wed Jul 17
  • Thu Jul 18
  • Sun Jul 21
  • Wed Jul 31
  • Thu Aug 1
  • Fri Aug 2
  • Sat Aug 3
  • Sun Aug 4
  • Thu Aug 8
  • Fri Aug 9
  • Sun Aug 11
  • Wed Aug 14
  • Thu Aug 15
  • Sun Aug 25
  • Sat Sep 7
  • Sun Sep 8

    

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Tri-M Honor Society applications/hours/cord orders due Monday 4/22

Tri-M Paperwork & Payments Due Monday, April 22

Students! If you've been volunteering during the 2018-19 school year towards becoming a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the time has come to turn in your application (with end of 3rd quarter GPA), service hours, and - if desired - your order and payment for the pink honors cord!

Important update! A new supplier for honor cords has been found - the new price is $5 instead of the $15 listed on the original worksheets.

Missing your forms? Need a refresher on the criteria needed to become a Tri-M member (minimum GPA levels, number of service hours needed? You have until Monday to complete the requirements for 2018-19. Replacement forms are available for download by clicking here.

Turn in your completed forms and payment to the envelopes taped on Mr. Sekich's / Mr. Humbach's office window.


    

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Students: Personal & Sectional Practice Assignments

Handouts for Student Practice Assignments

 

 

or visit www.stevensonbands.org/resources/parent-student-guides/#practice


    

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Fuddruckers Restaurant Night - April 29th

Support the Boosters & VGEF at Fuddruckers on Monday, April 29th!

Fuddruckers Restaurant Night

 

Click to download a printable flyer (bring it with you and give it to your cashier or server)


    

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Section Leader & Drum Major Tryouts - May 7 & 8

2019-20 Drum Major & Section Leader Auditions

  • May 7th: Section Leader (during the hour you are in band at SHS)
  • May 8th: Drum Major (2:30 PM, after school)

Audition Criteria:

  • All candidates will need a resume with 3 references
  • There will be an interview with Mr. Sekich
  • Nobody is guaranteed a continued leadership role

Your audition started LAST SEASON! Not on the date of the audition!

Junior High School students intererested in a leadership position:  you must coordinate a time at SHS for your audition!

EVERYONE in both the 2018-19 & 2019-20 Marching Bands is encouraged to attend Drum Major tryouts on May 8th!!

Mr. Sekich


Section Leader & Drum Major - Preparation Highlights

  1. Be positive, thorough, fair, and organized
  2. Do not teach by intimidation! Be a role model. Do not make memorization a top priority. Make music first, then worry about memorizing. Be patient, everyone learns at different speeds and levels. We are here to TEACH, not to TELL. There is a HUGE difference.
  3. Make tee-shirts, hats etc. Anything that helps your section bond.
  4. What will people say about YOU when you are gone? “Man, they really cared and helped out a lot, or....they totally just yelled at me and made me feel insecure”. (these have been said in the past)
  5. Have a plan every time you meet. Meet those goals, and then have fun. The work must come before the fun.
  6. Remember, we are all a team. Make yourself available before/after rehearsals to help those who need it.
  7. What are some other ideas instead of section of the day?
  8. How can YOU motivate your section?
  9. Do you have section goals in mind as of yet?
  10. Enforce that every one respects the instruments. NO SETTING THEM ON CEMENT!
  11. The attention position must improve this year! It starts with you, then the seniors, then the juniors, then the sophomores.
  12. Nightly activities? Weekly activities?
  13. How can we bring our group together better?

    

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Color Guard Clinic - April 30, 6:30 PM

It's that time of year again - Color Guard Clinics are here!

Anyone is welcome to come! No experience is necessary!

The first clinic will be on Tuesday, April 30th. We have changed the start time since the original announcement! Clinics will be from 6:30-7:30! Meet in the Stevenson Band Room!

We can't wait to see you there!

- SHS Color Guard Coaches

Color Guard Clinic Flyer


    

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Class of 2019! Senior Wills due 4/8, Baby Photos due 4/15, Buy Banquet tix by 4/22

Attention all Senior Instrumental Music Students!

Your Senior Banquet is Monday May 6, 2019

Preparations are underway to celebrate the Class of 2019 and your accomplishments in the Stevenson Band Program the past four years! Here's what you need to do:

 

  1. Prepare and submit your Senior Will

 

Your Senior Will means a lot! The purpose is to leave something: a memory, an item or anything special to those that will carry on your legacy & dedication to our music program.

  • Your Senior Will is due on or before April 8th so the books can be created in time for the Senior Banquet
  • Your Senior Will MUST be typed in MS WORD format and included as an attachment (don't just type an e-mail or text message)
  • Do NOT say anything inappropriate or yours will not be printed
  • Attach your Will, as an MS Word docucment, to an email and send it to:

Everyone has something to share & pass on, so please take the time to write your Will the correct way. Examples of past Senior Will Books are available for you to review in the band room.


  1. Submit two photos of yourself: a Senior/Current Photo & a Baby Photo

 

A highlight of the Senior Banquet is a video presentation that includes the fun of seeing how you've grown. Don't be left out!

  • HIGHLY PREFERRED METHOD: Submit your photos as an attachment via e-mail to no later than April 15th
  • Alternative method: Place your photo(s) in an envelope and drop them in the Blue Box (write SENIOR BANQUET on the envelope), no later than April 8th. Your pictures will be returned to you at the banquet

  1. Purchase your tickets to the Senior Banquet

 

The Senior Banquet is an annual celebration of soon-to-be Instrumental Music Program graduates, their parents/guardians, and Mr. Sekich.

  • Who: All Class of 2019 Band Students (seniors that have Mr. Sekich as their band teacher + senior Marching Band members from UAIS + senior Color & Winter Guard members)
  • Where: Century Banquet Center, 33204 Maple Lane Rd, Sterling Heights MI 48312
  • When: Monday, May 6; Doors at 6 PM, Program Begins at 6:15 PM
  • Purchase tickets no later than April 22, 2019 online only at:
  • All attendees must purchase a ticket ($25/ea, includes dinner, soft drinks / coffee, dessert)
  • Attire: Business casual, but dressing up is encouraged!

    

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Permission Slip for Band & Orchestra Festival: Due Thu 3/7

Save time & save lost paperwork - complete permission slip for the March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival online!

All students attending Band & Orchestra Festival at Warren Woods Tower High School must have a parent or guardian complete and return a permission slip. School rule!

www.stevensonbands.org/signpermissionslip

  • Takes less than a minute to complete
  • One slip for each student (for siblings)
  • Students performing in both ensembles need only to return ONE slip
  • Due no later than Thursday, March 7th
  • Complete totally online - NO PAPER NEEDED!
  • Be sure to click on the orange "Continue" (desktop) or "Checkout" (mobile) button to move to the next screen and complete the process. If you don't receive a confirmation e-mail, something went wrong

Complete the form using CheddarUp by clicking below. There is no fee and you'll receive an e-mailed receipt for confirmation of completion!


    

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March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival Details: Wind Ensemble (2nd & 3rd Hour Classes)

Date: Saturday, March 9, 1:30 – 6:00pm

Location: Warren Woods Tower High School (students meet at SHS)
27900 Bunert Rd, Warren, MI 48088

Note: Bus transportation for students is TO Warren Woods Tower ONLY! All students must be driven home from this event.

Students are required to wear their concert attire, the same as what was worn in December (Black suit/tux jackets with white tuxedo shirt, black dress pants, black socks and shoes - bow ties and cummerbunds provided by the band / Black slacks or a long black skirt with a black blouse or sweater, black stockings/socks and shoes).

Timeline:

  • Eat a good breakfast & lunch at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 1:30 PM: Call Time at Stevenson
  • 2:00 PM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 2:30 PM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging rooms (231, 232)
  • 3:40 PM: Wind Ensemble Warm-up
  • 4:15 PM: Wind Ensemble Performance (auditorium)
  • 4:40 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). If concessions remain open (we are the last performing group), everyone is encouraged to support the WWT Band Boosters by purchasing a snack while waiting for scores to post.

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

 

More info about Band & Orchestra Festival:

A Family Guide to Band & Orchestra Festival


    

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March 9th Band & Orchestra Festival Details: Concert Band (5th Hour Class)

Date: Saturday, March 9, 11:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Warren Woods Tower High School (students meet at SHS)
27900 Bunert Rd, Warren, MI 48088

Note: Bus transportation for students is TO Warren Woods Tower ONLY! All students must be driven home from this event.

Students are required to wear their concert attire, the same as what was worn in December (Black suit/tux jackets with white tuxedo shirt, black dress pants, black socks and shoes - bow ties and cummerbunds provided by the band / Black slacks or a long black skirt with a black blouse or sweater, black stockings/socks and shoes).

Timeline:

  • Eat a good breakfast at home prior to leaving for SHS
  • 11:00 AM: Call Time at Stevenson, begin loading
  • 11:30 AM: Finish Loading Truck (percussion)
  • 11:45 AM: Departure for Warren Woods Tower
  • 12:15 PM: Arrival at WWT, place coats, cases, etc in our staging rooms (231, 232)
  • 12:15 PM: Percussion and parents: unload truck
  • 1:05 PM: Concert Band Warm-up
  • 1:35 PM: Concert Band Performance (auditorium)
  • 2:00 PM: Concert 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.

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

 

More info about Band & Orchestra Festival:

A Family Guide to Band & Orchestra Festival


    

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