News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Jazz Concert rescheduled for 2/12; Booster Meeting time change

A couple important schedule changes for next week!!

Thanks for being patient while Mr. Sekich worked through the challenges of trying to find an open slot for the Jazz Concert, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday January 30th. Mother Nature is doing her very best to add to an already chaotic time of year!

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Band Booster meeting will be moved from 7:00 PM to 6:30 PM to accommodate the Jazz Concert which will begin at 7:15 PM.

Ticket sales for the Jazz Concert are once again online at

Thanks - and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 12th!

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Winter Guard performs Sat. 2/9

Our Chimera Essence Winter Guard performs this Saturday at Chippewa Valley HS (how convenient!)

Interested in rooting the team on? The first performance of the event is at 3:00 PM; Chimera Essence will be on the floor at 3:47 PM.

Admission Prices: $8 Adults, $5 Students (HS and under), $5 Seniors (60 and older), 5 and under = Free

Event information:

Chimera Essence is part of the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program and is supported financially in part by the Band Boosters.

If drumming is your thing - the group that Mr. Taylor helps lead, Divergent Performing Arts, will be debuting its percussion ensemble at the WGI Troy Regional at Troy Athens HS, also this Saturday the 9th. Their preliminary performance is at 1:35 PM (the event begins at 11 AM).

Admission Prices: $13 for preliminaries, $17 for finals; a combination ticket is $23

Event information:

Divergent Performing Arts is an independent 501c3 organization that currently features percussion and winds ensembles.

Good luck to all!!

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Jan 29 Winter Weather Updates

** UPDATED 4:30 PM **

A few logistical updates--

  • There are no afternoon rehearsals today, Tuesday Jan 29, for either Wind Ensemble or WinterGuard. WinterGuard rehearsal for Thu 1/31 is also cancelled
  • The Jazz Concert scheduled for 1/30 has been postponed. Mr. Sekich will make every attempt to reschedule this event. For those that bought tickets online - hang tight, we'll adjust and adapt as needed
  • CMU Jazz Weekend is still ON. Report to SHS @ 10 AM Thursday
  • All Jazz Band members / families need to be on Mr. Sekich's Remind for this class. The code is @d3828ea (text to 81010 or join via the app). Watch this Remind for last-minute updates directly from Mr. Sekich
  • Mr. Sekich has arranged through the school so that Jazz Band members will be excused from their 5th and 6th hour exams (they will have to be made up next week)

Stay safe & keep warm!!

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Booster Golf Outing Committee Members Wanted!

The biggest snow storm of the season (so far) is on the way! So naturally it's time to talk about ... GOLF!!

Mr. Darren Petras has graciously volunteered to chair a golf committee and take the lead organizing a fun outing for the golfers (non-golfers welcome too) in the group.

He has already done a ton of the legwork, including setting a date (Saturday May 11th) and place (Cracklewood GC in Macomb Twp).

Now he'd like some committee members who can help out with even more of the details to make this the best Booster golf outing ever! Any parent interested in helping out, meet Mr. Petras next Wednesday night (Jan 23rd) at 7pm at the Panera bread on Van Dyke & Metro Pkwy (in front of Meijer).

Head on over to our Booster Facebook Group for info on how to reach out to Mr. Petras and express your interest.

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SOS Parents - A Message from Mr. Sekich

January 15, 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope the New Year has been enjoyable thus for you and your family!

I am writing to you to ask your support regarding your child’s home practice efforts. I fully understand that the students are very busy these days with studies, work and social activities. I would like to ask you to encourage your child to practice at home more, or before or after school or during lunch more often.

I have noticed that there are many areas in our music that are simply not moving along as they should. We are working VERY hard everyday in class, but we are at the point that the students need to make more of an individual time commitment towards the ensemble’s preparation. We are having weekly individual playing quizzes in class, and the results are not good. We simply cannot use our time in band to learn every part.

Our time together is very important, but we need that time to rehearse together, not to learn parts. This sets the entire pace of the ensemble too far behind. At this point, it is an individual work issue we have at hand.

There has been a massive drop in private lesson study that GREATLY assists with helping your child become more confident and prepared in class. YOU CAN EVEN USE YOUR ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE MONEY AVAILABLE! Please contact me if you are interested.

I understand there are circumstances at home that make it very challenging for our kids to practice. However, I have let everyone know that both myself and Mr. Stout are available for help before and after school if they ask. Any student can also practice a little after they eat lunch, as they are in the band room, and have been given a special lunchroom pass to go to the band room to practice if they want.

So, if your child is not bringing their instrument home, or letting you know they need to come in to school early, or stay after for help, I would like to ask you to please encourage this.

Thank you for your time.

Mr. Sekich

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Solo & Ensemble times available for Feb 2

Times for MSBOA District XVI Solo & Ensemble Festival at Rochester High School on Saturday, February 2nd are now available.

In addition to being posted on Mr. Sekich's office window and on a handout in front of his office, you can download the times by clicking below:

Stevenson High School - District Solo & Ensemble Times


Need more information about Solo & Ensemble such as a map of the inside of Rochester High School? Solo & Ensemble Rules and Regulations? Helpful tips? Visit the Solo & Ensemble Page on our web site.

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Boosters selected for VGEF Golf Outing

The Band Boosters have been selected to participate as one of several charities that will benefit from the Venture Global Engineering Foundation Golf Outing in 2019.

Please come to our Band Booster meeting this Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7 PM to learn much more about this spectacular opportunity for the kids in the Instrumental Music Program.

Christina Muir-Murphy from the Foundation will be at the meeting to answer questions and help get us kicked off - as will Jon Rose, a former Band Booster president who has agreed to help lead us to another successful campaign.

Having a room full of parents would be an ideal way to signal our support of VGEF. Together we have the opportunity to make 2019 something truly special!!

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CMU Jazz Weekend Participant Info

CMU Jazz Weekend participants, info for your trip to Mt. Pleasant is available here:

CMU Jazz Weekend 2019


New for 2019! You can complete the permission slip and pay online with an e-check or credit/debit card by going here:

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Jan 16 Cluster Concert student & parent information

Attention members of the Stevenson Marching & Jazz Bands (and parents too)!

For the Cluster Concert on Wednesday, January 16th:

  • Marching Band (including Jr. High members): Wear your 2018 black Theme T-Shirts (the one with the calendar on the back, nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Marching Band percussionists & Color Guard: Wear your football jersey from the show, nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Jazz Band: Wear a nice T-Shirt and nice blue jeans (no rips), comfortable shoes
  • Call time: 6:15 PM
  • Students that want to earn hours towards Tri-M Music Honor Society membership, arrive as early as 4:30 to help setup. There will also be an opportunity to earn an hour after the show cleaning up.
  • Homecoming Music you'll need: "Believer" and "Timber"
  • A reminder to all Marching Band students that wish to use the 2018-19 season towards your Phys Ed credit - this is a required performance. If you are not here, you will not be able to use this year towards your credit per Utica Community Schools guidelines.
  • Parents & potential spectators: This concert is primarily focused toward our guests from the elementary schools. As seating is always extremely tight in the gym, feel free to skip being a spectator for this one. Everything the high school kids will perform you have already heard (Marching Band) or will hear (Jazz Band concert on Jan 30).

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After school rehearsals for 2nd/3rd Hour students set

Mr. Sekich has set the following after school rehearsal schedule for students in his 2nd & 3rd Hour classes (Wind Ensemble) to prepare for Festival.

These are mandatory and part of each student's grade - attendance will be taken and there can not be any early dismissals. All schedule conflicts need to be resolved so students can stay at SHS the entire time.

2:30 - 3:45 PM on the following dates:

  • Tue, Jan 29
  • Tue, Feb 5 & Thu, Feb 7
  • Tue, Feb 12 & Thu, Feb 14
  • Tue, Feb 26 & Thu, Feb 28
  • Tue, Mar 5 & Wed, Mar 6

In addition, there will be an in-school rehearsal on Thursday March 7th - the day of MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival.

Festival is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 7th at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills. Confirmation of the date, location, and time will be later this month. Buses to this event will run only to Avondale High School. All students will need a ride home. Admission to MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival is free.

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