News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Materials for VGEF Golf Event available now!

At the Band Booster Meeting on Wednesday Feb 27, we will have more verbal information about the AMAZING opportunity we have in front of us as one of the non-profit partners with the Venture Global Engineering Foundation Golf Event in July.

Between now and about the time school is out in June, our primary task is to sell sponsorships and raffle tickets - and turn in those proceeds to VGEF. We will be making regular "deposits" to the foundation starting now. This is not something that can wait until the last minute for success.

Know of group of golfers that wants to play? We can "sell" those too!!

If you'd like to get a head start, you can find all of the flyers that VGEF has provided to us at:

Feel free to download, print, and begin sharing with your family and friends!! All checks are to be made payable to Venture Global Engineering Foundation. As soon as they are collected, forms and money/checks are to be turned into the Blue Box in the Stevenson Band Room or to any Booster Board member (Mike Austerman, Cyndi Titello, Amy Kies, Christie Petras, Brigita Tuller).

In 2017, every dollar that our Band Family contributed to the outing via the selling of sponsorships and raffle ticket sales was returned to us four-fold (every $1 turned in came back to the Boosters as $4).


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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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.

Raffle Baskets

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Marching Band Banquet Tickets on sale thru 11/30. Banquet is Mon 12/10

2018 Marching Band Banquet RSVP & Payment

Please join us and celebrate the accomplishments of the Stevenson High School Titans Marching Band at the annual Marching Band Banquet

All tickets will be sold online only using either an e-check or credit/debit card.​

Note: Physical tickets will not be issued for this event - your name will be checked off a list when you arrive at the banquet.

Marching Banquet FAQ:

  • Who attends?
    - The vast majority of Marching Band members choose to attend - all members are invited no matter which school you attend. Parents are also invited and many attend too. We kindly suggest that due to limited space, siblings that are not in the band stay at home
  • What do we wear?
    - Business casual is fine. Some students, especially seniors, enjoy dressing up
  • What happens at the Marching Banquet?
    - In addition to sharing a delicious meal, each section of the Marching Band will present Section Awards, there will be a number of gift baskets that will be raffled off, and a 50/50 drawing (tickets for both are cash-only). We will also revisit the successful 2018 Marching Season. It's a great night!
  • What are the seating arrangements?
    - Band members sit together in one half of the hall, adults sit together in the other half. First-come, first-served seating except for a couple reserved tables for staff members
  • Anything else?
    - Yep! First-year Marchers will receive their Varsity Letters and a First-Division medals. Returning members will receive their chevrons. Everyone that ordered a panoramic Marching Band Photo by Nov. 16 will be able to pick them up

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