News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

2021-22 Marching Band Kickoff Meeting

2021-22 Season Information Online Meeting Scheduled for March 7

Please join us via Microsoft Teams for a virtual kickoff meeting with Mr. Sekich on Monday, March 8th at 7 PM.

  • Topics covered will include:
  • General information about the 2021-22 Marching Band
    • Camp information
    • Show Theme
    • Tentative calendar / planned dates
    • What's next
  • General information about the 2021-22 Instrumental Music Program
    • Spring trip in 2022


Use your band student's laptop to connect to the Teams Meeting:

  • Go to the Schoology class "SHS_MarchingBand : Section 1" and look for the document "Link to 2021 Marching Band Kickoff Teams Meeting 3/8, 7 PM". Click to open the document to get the link
  • Student not in the Schoology class? Use the access code 5JC7-WRTJ-T3CVV to join


Or use your mobile device with the Teams app to connect to the Meeting:

Scan the QR code below to connect:
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We look forward to seeing you online on the evening of March 7th!


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Hydration info for Marching Band students

I know Mr. Sekich, myself, the staff, and all of the students are excited to start marching band! Given the current situation and with construction in the school we will not be able to supply water during sectionals and/or rehearsals.

It is critically important have the proper water bottle to ensure you or your student is getting the water they need in the most safe and effective way possible. I’ve made the graphic below to help!

Water Jug Infographic

You can find these jugs on Amazon, Walmart, and pretty much everywhere. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Mr. Taylor Coleman 1-gallon jug


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Introducing a new scholarship for Stevenson Band members

New for 2020!

9th - 11th grade Instrumental Music students from SHS, DJHS, HJHS, and JJHS are encouraged to apply for this new opportunity to fund some of your band expenses as you continue in the SHS program!

Full details about eligibility are below. Applicants must have been a High School Solo & Ensemble (or Chamber Festival) participant plus participated in either Band & Orchestra Festival or Marching Band Festival during the current school year.

Online applications are due Friday, May 29th. Good luck!!

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 2020 applications is Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Online application link: Applications are now closed


2020 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 have participated in any two of the following MSBOA Events during the current school year:
    • 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 (2020-21)
  • 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 be will 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 Fri. May 29, 2020 @ 11:59 PM
  • Applications are now closed
  • 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 online during the week of June 1, 2020


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Congratulations to our 2019-20 Tri-M Music Honor Society Members

Please join Mr. Sekich & Mr. Humbach and congratulate the 2020 Members of Stevenson's Tri-M Music Honor Society!

Stevenson High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society was established in 2014 as Chapter #6920. All Instrumental and Vocal Music students that attend SHS are eligible for membership. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education and is focused on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in grades 6-12.

Our forty two 2019-20 Tri-M members contributed nearly 700 hours of community service and maintained an average GPA of 3.57 as part of the requirements established by chapter advisors Mr. Sekich and Mr. Humbach. Even with the inability to meet in person at school since March, our Tri-M members completed their membership requirements by documenting their community service online.

Members of the Class of 2020 have earned the option to wear pink honor cords with their cap and gown in recognition of their achievements.

2019-20 Tri-M Membership Roster
* indicates member of the Class of 2020
Cayenne Argel * Kole Micakaj
Daniel Austerman * Brooke Lynne Mitchell
Brendan Bailey * Lara Pano *
Eric Ballentine Mary Kate Pardington *
Niko Benka Megan Perkins *
Tatiana Benka * Grace Petras
Jenna Bollinger Peyton Polzin
Emma Bowen Arrelle Rawls *
Kyle Carbary Ashley Rhein *
Matthew Coeling Mariah Riera *
Miles Curtis Haley Rivard *
Julia Daniel * William Schwesinger *
Noah Elkins * Sabrina Stahlberger *
McKenzye Fleischer * Mariah Thibodeau *
Jessica Gauthier * Alexus Thomas
Elizabeth Hakim Ben Tollis
Andrew Howell Hannah Tomasko *
David Kies * Emily Tuller
Andrew Kritikos * Jessica Wehling *
Justin Littleton * Joshua Zaharof *
Dominic Martincic Korey Zelda *


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