News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Gonda Scholarship Auditions - Feb 13 @ SHS

Utica Community Schools - Louis Gonda Scholarship Information 2019

  1. Auditions will take place at Stevenson High School February 13th from 2:30pm-5pm. First come, first served
  2. There will be a $4.00 audition fee, payable at the audition
  3. Each audition will have a 3-minute time limit; students will play in the order which they arrive
  4. Eligibility:
    1. Instrumental Music Students grades 9-11 are eligible, see section c below
    2. Students must continue playing their instrument in the UCS district next year
    3. Students must have received a 1st Division rating on their solo at the 2019 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival, and must be enrolled in a current Instrumental Music class for all of 2018-2019
    4. Previous Gonda scholarship winners are not eligible to audition for the Gonda Scholarship
  5. Piano solos are not eligible for the Gonda Scholarship
  6. You may perform with or without accompaniment, however, please keep in mind that your performance will be more enhanced by the use of an accompanist.
  7. Scholarships can be used for summer music camps, marching band camps, or private lessons
  8. The recipients of the scholarships will be notified the next school day by their directors
  9. Parents, friends, family members, etc. are not allowed in the audition room

Students auditioning for the Gonda Scholarship represent all UCS high schools and their feeder junior highs.

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Cluster Concert Volunteer Squad wanted (Jan 16)

We'll be welcoming 6th grade band students and their parents to SHS at the Cluster Concert next Wednesday, January 16th. A friendly crew of adult volunteers to help and be positive ambassadors for the program would be greatly appreciated!

Some of what's requested:

  • Gym setup at 4:30 PM
  • Room monitors, greeters, and assisting in the gym at about 5:15 PM
  • Shutdown crew after the concert ends

Although the signup has times on them, please come as soon as you can at or around those times after work. Although the signup doesn't look flexible -- it really is. The important thing is to have a group of us around to help direct traffic, make sure everything is ready, and then get cleaned up afterwards.

Signup for as many spots as you'd like; if you're available from 4:30 'til the end, that'd be awesome! The signup form is linked below:

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NY Travelers: Play Selection open thru 1/18

It's time to select which play you'd like to see on Broadway!

Every traveler (students & adults) has the opportunity to select a first and second choice from the following: Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Chicago (unfortunately, a block of tickets for Hamilton were impossible to secure for a group of our size).

Make your selections via the Google form linked below no later than Friday, January 18th (or a play will be selected for you). One form needs to be submitted for each traveler. Providing a valid e-mail address will give you a copy of what you submit.

Bob Rogers Travel will do everything they can to secure tickets for everyone's first choice. Should they need to resort to backup selections, those will be done via a random draw of names.


Google Form: NYC Trip Play Selection

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Booster Parents' Night Out

Join the Band Boosters on Saturday February 2nd, 6:00 pm at Roger's Roost for an adults-only night out!

Tickets are now available at

In case you missed the information posted on Facebook, here are the details: The Boosters & Mr. Sekich wanted to do something fun for our parents that didn't involve "working for the kids"!! Ticket price includes all you can eat pizza, pasta & antipasto salad plus wings & mozzarella sticks. Cash Bar for those interested.

You will need to purchase tickets before January 23rd so we can give Rogers Roost a count & must have a "ticket to show" at the door.

If you choose NOT to partake in the food but just want to show up for drinks & socializing, this "door" will be open at 8:00 pm.

Roger's Roost
33626 Schoenherr
Sterling Heights, MI

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Marching Band members: Receiving Physical Education Flex Credit

Receiving Physical Education Flex Credit for completing 2 full seasons of Marching Band: A student may be able to waive the graduation requirement of 1/2 credit of Physical Education (gym class) following the completion of two seasons of Marching Band between 9th and 12th grades. In addition to 100% participation, the proper paperwork must be completed, signed by Mr. Sekich, and returned to the counseling department to complete eligibility.

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Pickup of Bed Sheet / Wreath / Poinsettias orders on Dec 6

The pickup date for Wreaths, Poinsettias & Bed Sheets will be Thursday, December 6th from 2:30 until 6:00 pm in the Stevenson HS Band Room.

If you are unable to pick up your items in this time window, please contact Cyndi Titello directly to make alternate arrangements. Pickup will end at precisely 6:00 pm.

2-3 band students are requested to help sort sheets at the home of Ms. Titello this Sunday (Dec 2) at 1:00 pm. Also, 8-10 band students are requested to help sort Wreaths/Poinsettias & load items to parents cars on December 6th AT SHS beginning at 1:30. TRI-M Hours will be given to those who participate.

If you can help, please sign up on the appropriate Facebook posts. Senors & Juniors will have first priority.

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NYC 2019 Trip Information!

Here is much of the information that was shared at the Trip Meeting on Thursday, November 15th.

** As of 10 AM on Nov. 29, all registrations are for the wait list **

  1. Travel Contract & Requirements: Every student wishing to go on the NYC trip must complete and return this contract that contains the school academic, behavior, and financial requirements. Place them, when completed, in the envelope on Mr. Sekich's office window.
  2. NYC 2019 Trip Package: contains the itinerary, pricing (as of today), and instructions on how to register for the trip, including date requirements.


A few important items to note:

  • No student account payments can be applied towards the first payment. Travelers must register online only with Bob Rogers Travel using a credit card
  • Regarding the itinerary: This is the first version - plan on minor adjustments as the trip gets closer. The main activities should stay the same
  • FYI: At times, students will be in groups of their fellow students (without an adult chaperone) exploring NYC. It is up to each parent to decide if their student is mature enough to be without direct adult supervision at certain times during the trip
  • FYI: There are no on-duty medical professionals in our group. Students are expected to have and take any required medicines on their own
  • Family members are welcome to travel with the group. Mr. Sekich will make the final determination of which adults that are on the trip are chaperones
  • There are absolutely NO refunds of any kind through Bob Rogers Travel or the Stevenson Band Boosters! Purchasing travel insurance is strongly recommended

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Student attire requirements - Dec 5 Concert

Students: What to wear for the December 5th Concert!

All Marching Band Members:

  • During the Marching Band portion of the concert, you are wearing your regular Marching Band Uniform (percussion in their football jerseys). No hats, no gloves. You will need to wear your marching shoes and the appropriate color socks (so, white marching shoes = you need to change into white socks).
  • This performance is for the entire Marching Band - no matter which school you attend during the day.
  • There is a rehearsal for the entire Marching Band at 3:30 PM on Monday, December 3rd to review the music from this year's show and to go over logistics. This is NOT a dress rehearsal.

Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band & Concert Band (2nd, 3rd, 5th hours):

  • Ladies must wear dress black long skirts (below the knee) or slacks, a dress black blouse or sweater, and black dress shoes- preferably flats.
  • Men will be issued a black tuxedo jacket at school. Men must wear a white winged-tipped tuxedo shirt, black dress pants, and black socks with black dress shoes. Bow ties and cummerbunds are provided by the band.
  • Percussion: Follow the same guidelines above.
  • Instead of a school-issued tux jacket, men may wear their own plain black suit (no pin stripes).
  • Tux shirts can be purchased at a discount from Wesner Tuxedo if you mention you are with Stevenson Band.

Jazz Band (4th hour):

  • All Jazz Band members that are performing with either Wind Ensemble and/or Concert Band- you must follow the guidelines above.
  • Jazz Band Members performing exclusively with Jazz Band only are to wear their regular Jazz Performance attire (see Mr. Sekich with questions).

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Holiday Concert - Get Tickets Now!

Advance tickets are now available for the December 5th Stevenson Instrumental Music Concert.

Buy online now at

The concert begins at 7 PM and will feature the SHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band. Doors to the auditorium will open at about 6:30 PM. Advance ticket purchasers do not need to wait in line as you will have an assigned seat.

Tickets are $5 for adults 18+, children are free (all tickets are sold on the honor system).

Print your tickets out at home -- or just show them on your smartphone as you enter.

Unsold tickets after 5 PM on December 5th will be available for cash / walkup sales starting at about 6:15 PM.

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Donations being accepted for Marching Banquet Raffle Baskets thru Dec 6

What goes great with food, band, family & fun? The 2018 Marching Band Banquet Basket Raffle!

Band Boosters requesting donations to fill as many baskets as possible

Donations are now being accepted in the bin near the Blue Box in the SHS Band Room no later than December 6th. Be sure your student’s name is attached to your donation as all students who donate will receive a free raffle ticket at the door on the evening of the Marching Banquet.

This is a long standing tradition! - An awesome raffle for our kids (yes, we will have stuff for parents, too!)

Suggested Section Donation Themes*:

  • Alto Sax & Horns: SPORTS – Gift cards, sporting goods items, lawn games, etc
  • Clarinets: COFFEE/TEA – Gift cards, coffee/tea packs, mugs, creamers, etc.
  • Color Guard: CHOCOLATE LOVER – ALL things chocolate ~ YUM!
  • Flutes: HOME ACCENTS – Kitchen Towels, Serving Sets, Décor, Whimsy, etc.
  • Low Brass: BATH & BODY – Lotions, Soaps, Bath Bombs, Men’s Personal Care, etc.
  • Percussion: GIFT CARDS – Gas, Restaurants, Store cards, etc.
  • Trumpets: MOVIES – Gift cards, Popcorn, DVDs, Candy Boxes, Movie Passes, etc.

* Want to step outside your section theme? Donations of ANY kind are welcome

Hate to shop? Monetary donations will be used to add more baskets!

  • Have a Home Business? Why not put together a basket? Tupperware, Mary Kay, PartyLite, Pampered Chef
  • "Big Ticket" ideas include, but are not limited to: Sporting Events, Theater or Concert Tickets, Night Out for Parents, Laser Tag, Dave & Busters, Greenhouse/Home Improvement Theme
  • Donation letters are available for a possible tax write off!
  • Your company/employer can donate, too!

If you can't get your donations to Stevenson, contact Cyndi Titello to arrange a pickup or drop-off.

Raffle Tickets will be sold at the Banquet ONLY. You MUST be present to win.

Proceeds from the Raffle directly benefit all band students via the Band Boosters.

Parents are needed to help assemble baskets on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00. Contact Cyndi Titello to join the fun!


Raffle Baskets

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