News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

White shorts req'd for all Marching Band Members


Every member (yes, including you!) of the marching band must have a pair of pure white (not tan) shorts that will be worn as part of a summer uniform at performances when the weather precludes the wearing of the formal/full uniform.

These are purchased on your own.

The kids did not wear these last season ... so if you're a returning member it might be a great idea to see if your old pair still fits / still looks crisp and clean.

Requirements for Summer Uniform White Shorts:

  • No stripes – must be solid white
  • No athletic-style shorts (no elastic waistbands)
  • Clean / professional appearance (no rips, stains, minimal wrinkling)
  • Mid-thigh length or longer

Suggestions for Summer Uniform White Shorts:

  • Flat khaki-style preferred over cargo-style (minimal pockets)
  • Shop early! Online stores typically have a better selection


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Volunteer background checks for 2021-22 School Year

Click to download the 2021-22 Volunteer Check Form


Stevenson Instrumental Music Program - Volunteer Policy

Dear parents / potential band volunteers,

To clarify any questions about our background check process: It is the policy of Stevenson High School principal Mr. Cucchi and myself that all our band volunteers complete and submit a fresh background check every school year.

You must submit the form a least two weeks before you anticipate taking on a volunteer assignment.

Background checks do not carry over to the next school year.

This policy is in place for the protection of your children. Completing the background check form only takes a few minutes of your time and is extremely helpful to me to know that anyone age 18 and older that has access to our band members has been cleared by the school district to volunteer.

Thank you,
Michael Sekich


2021-22 Background Check process for Band volunteers:

1. New background checks must be submitted for every school year. The band will begin accepting background checks for the next school year on May 1st each year.

2. Complete and submit a background check directly to the Band program. Place completed forms in an envelope and place them in the Blue Box (under the American Flag) in the SHS Band Room.

3. Your completed form will be inventoried (only) by the band program. This list will be used for reference to ensure volunteers for band activities have completed their annual background check.

4. The completed form is then submitted to the UCS Human Resources department for processing.

5. If you do not hear something from Mr. Sekich or Mr. Cucchi in a roughly 2 week time period after you submit your form, you can safely assume you have been cleared to volunteer for band activities.

6. IMPORTANT - Even if you submit a background check through another UCS building, or through another Stevenson HS volunteer activity, please submit a new background check with the band so Mr. Sekich can maintain the list of cleared volunteers.

7. UCS employees do not need to submit a background check. Please ensure however your name is placed on our volunteer list by presenting your UCS ID. Employees of other school districts still need to submit a background check through the band as outlined above.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our Titans safe!


UCS Background Check Policy


Click to download the 2021-22 Volunteer Check Form


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Stevenson Band Apparel Sale thru May 6th!

Stevenson Band Fan Shop

Stevenson Band Fan Shop


We have partnered with Fan Cloth to offer a limited time opportunity to purchase Stevenson Band apparel.

The campaign is scheduled to end on Thursday, May 6th.

To view the catalog and place an order, visit: or click on the image above


Q: Does the band benefit from my order?
A: YES! Depending on the number of items sold during the campaign, Fan Cloth Shop will send the Band Boosters an earnings check. The earnings potential: 60-150 items sold = $4 earnings back per item; 151-250 items = $6/item; 251-399 items = $8/item; 400+ items = $9/item. Earnings will be used to support the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program.

Q: How do I submit my order?
A: All individual orders are placed on the online shop ( or Once the campaign ends, Fan Cloth will submit and produce your complete order.

Q: Does the campaign accept cash or checks?
A: Unfortunately, all orders will be placed through the online shop using a credit card. There will be no cash or check orders. This also means there will be no order forms.

Q: When will I receive my order?
A: Once your online campaign has closed, you will receive your order within 3-4 weeks plus shipping time. Orders are shipped directly to the shipping address you provide in your order.

Q: Can I view size charts and item information?
A: Yes, you can view this information in the description of each item on the microshop.

Thank you for supporting the Stevenson Instrumental Music Program with your apparel purchase!


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Announcing a new scholarship for Stevenson Band students!

Frank Marinello

Frank Marinello Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in 2021 to honor the memory of Mr. Frank Marinello, a contributor and mentor to numerous Instrumental Music students, the Marinello Scholarship rewards students that share Frank's vision and passion for music and giving back to the community 
  • Funded as partnership between the Marinello family and the Stevenson Band Boosters
  • This $500 scholarship is open to Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades at Stevenson HS
  • The deadline for 2021 applications is Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Frank Marinello was a man of unconditional love. He was a kind and humble soul that touched the lives of anyone that heard his music, tasted his cooking, or had the joy of sharing a laugh with him.

Frank cherished his beloved wife and son, was faithful to God and country, loyal to family and friends, and saw value and potential in every person. His humble and patient nature made him an extraordinary teacher, and his guitar was always plugged into his heart.

The memories Frank shared with the Stevenson High School Band will never be forgotten and his music will live on.


2021 Frank Marinello Memorial Scholarship Information


Eligibility & Requirements:

  • This $500 scholarship is open to Stevenson Instrumental Music students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade at Stevenson that are involved in the SHS Music program, including students enrolled in the Virtual Academy. You must be enrolled in Band classes in 2021-2022 to accept this scholarship (excluding seniors)
  • Applicant MUST be currently enrolled in a Band class and enrolled for the 2022 full year as well
  • Must not be a previous winner of the Copus or Ankawi scholarships
  • You may not win multiple scholarships
  • Scholarship will be eligible to use towards band expenses such as, private lessons, camps, music equipment etc or furthering your education classes in college. (you may not use it to buy new tires on your car)


  • A student who has a passion for music
  • A student who practices because they love to rather than it being an obligation
  • A student who is kind and patient with others
  • A student who is willing to help others and expect nothing in return
  • A student who brings the best out of others


Assignment & Applications:

  • Write an essay answering the question: “How has being a musician influenced your life, and what is your favorite memory involving music”
  • Due: no later than Mon. May 10, 2021 @ 11:59 PM
  • Submit your essay to this e-mail address: 2021-marinello-scholarship AT Be sure to include your name!
  • Late applications will not be accepted



  • The winner will be selected from eligible and fully completed applications by the Marinello Family
  • In addition to the application, the Committee will consider citizenship along with contributions made to the Stevenson Music Program
  • The winner will be announced at the 2021 Stevenson Spring Concert


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Marching Band Drumline Sessions Scheduled for May

You are invited to the Stevenson Titans Marching Band Drumline Sessions!

These sessions are open to any interested musician!

Come out and meet the other drummers and play some cool music!

Parents are welcome to attend too.

2021 Sessions will be held on Tuesdays in May at Stevenson HS:

  • May 4th: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • May 11th: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • May 18th: 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Placement Day!)

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Mr. Sekich, Nathan Belloli, Marques White, Jackie Wilson and Kololia Adams

Click to download and print a flyer


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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



  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
  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:


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



  • Due: no later than Mon. May 10, 2021 @ 11:59 PM
  • Submit an online application via
  • 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)



  • 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


Dear Parents:

We have scheduled a Spring Concert at Stevenson on Wednesday, May 19th. The concert will begin at 6 PM and take place either in the Main Gym or in the front parking lot.

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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