News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Tag Day weekend is nearly here! Drivers wanted

All students in the Stevenson Instrumental Music Department are invited to participate in the Boosters' Tag Day weekend, Fri May 17th - Sun May 19th. This activity is open to all and is a terrific opportunity to earn funds for things such as Marching Band, your Spring Travel trip in 2020, for private lessons, instrument repairs, and more!

Specific details on the dress code, timing, and more will be released next week.

Yes! If you're a member of the Class of 2019, you MAY still participate on behalf of a younger sibling - or if you just want to donate your time to a friend!!

Parents and guardians, in order to make this event happen for the kids, we will need numerous adult volunteers throughout the weekend. The majority of the effort involves driving the kids to and from their assigned stores at the beginning and end of each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). More importantly, we need to have adults on the road to assist with safety checks and to provide snacks and bottled water.

Roughly speaking, we use about 10 drivers (more is fine) during the time we're moving the most kids at dropoff & pickup, with others on standby / interim pickup / safety checks in between.

So we have an idea of how many volunteers we will have, we ask that you signup by visiting

and look for the "Tag Day Adult Volunteers" signup. Feel free to signup for as many of the shifts as you'd like -- all day volunteers are welcome!

Anyone driving students will need to provide a copy of their drivers license, current registration, and proof of insurance and have a background check on file. At no time will a driver be one-on-one with a student, you must always have at least 3 people in a vehicle when transporting students.

Looking for a background check form? Click here to download one. Turn it in to the Blue Box in the Stevenson Band room - or hand deliver it to our Booster meeting on Tuesday, May 14th.

Thank you for your assistance in making this weekend a successful one! If you have questions, please attend our next Band Booster meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 14th in the SHS Band Room.


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Apply for the 2019 Craig Ankawi Memorial Scholarship through May 11

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
  • Applications for 2019 must be submitted by May 11. Continue reading below for details


2019 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 2018-19 school year. The recipient must be returning to the program in 2019-20
  • This scholarship is for Stevenson students that are in 10th and 11th grades in 2018-19
  • 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 11, 2019
  2. Write a two-page essay on the following topic:
    • Choose one experience you've had in band and describe how it has affected your growth in band
  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:
  5. You will receive an e-mail back from the Ankawi family, letting you know that your application has been received


Previous Ankawi Scholarship Winners:
2018 Julia Daniel 2017 Veronica Pardington
2016 Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski 2015 Mike Sekich
2014 Nicholas Holevar 2013 Brittany Bissa
2012 Jackie Kaiser 2011 Rebekah Veit


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Volunteers needed to secure Tag Day locations

The Band Boosters need adult volunteers (parents/guardians, grandparents, etc) to visit area businesses and obtain permission from them for our band students to stand outside and solicit donations during Tag Day weekend (May 17 - 19).

To sign up for a group of businesses, visit:

This is our biggest annual community outreach - participation from parents to secure locations for this weekend is critical to the success of the activity. Your assistance is greatly needed & appreciated!!

Contracts must be completed and returned to the SHS Blue Box by Monday, May 13th.

The more volunteers we receive, the fewer businesses individuals will need to visit! Help spread the load if you can (there are a total of 12 groups of businesses to visit).

Volunteers for this activity DO NOT need to have a completed background check on file with UCS. Volunteers can sign up for as many groups as they'd like.

Also if anyone has any additional ideas for locations, please see if they will sign a contract and return it to the Blue Box.


Important resources:

Thank you for helping!


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May 7 Clinic to set the Drumline, 6 PM

Final SHS Drumline "Setting the Line" Clinic

May 7th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM


If you are committed to marching in 2019-20, please be in the Stevenson Band Room to find out what you will be playing this season!

We will need EVERYONE in attendance to do this properly!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 7th!

Mr. Sekich, Mr. Belloli, Mr. Taylor, Mr. White


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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:

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!


  • 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



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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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