News: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

Important information for Summer Sectionals!

Good Morning,

After a lot of time and effort on everyone's part, we are ready to move forward with a plan for summer sectionals that I feel is the best scenario at this given time.

In my conversations with Mr. Pfannes, we truly feel we can manage and facilitate learning taking the following steps to ensure everyone's safety to the best of our abilities. The times we are looking at are Tuesdays, from 4pm-8pm beginning Tuesday, July 7th.

All students MUST fill out the GOOGLE DOC Health screen PRIOR to attending the sectional that day. All forms will be recorded on site, and kept in the Stevenson Band Trailer for easy access for all instructors and adult helpers.

Students will arrive and be asked to park in multiple different locations, due to the construction at Stevenson High School. (Subdivisions, church lot, Dodge Park, City Hall. We will set this up with all of the places. We have worked with them hosting before).

Students must bring their own water jug. (128 oz is recommended)

Students will practice social distancing and wear a mask when not playing. Each section has a check-in point so they do not come in contact with more than 25 students/instructors.

Please do not carpool together. That defeats our purpose of separate section rehearsals.

The following location list has been assigned:

  • Flutes: Right side of Baseball Field (BBF), arrive at 3:45pm depart 5:45pm
  • Clarinets: Center field of BBF, arrive at 4pm depart 6pm
  • Alto & Tenor Saxophones & Horns (mellophones): Right field of BBF, arrive at 4:15pm depart 6:15pm
  • Trumpets: At Band Rock. behind BBF, arrive at 4:30pm depart 6:30pm
  • Low Brass: Behind Auditorium, by double door, arrive at 4:45pm depart 6:45pm
  • Colorguard: Church/ or front ECC circle drive area, arrive 5pm depart 7pm
  • Drumline: Behind home bleachers on cement area, arrive 6pm depart 8pm

Students temps will be taken every day, etc and will be dismissed at staggered times to avoid the over-flow of possible contact.

If we remain in Phase 4/5 according to the Governor's reopening guidelines, we will keep this process for our full camp in August, (12-14, 17-22) all at SHS. If the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) changes the calendar to Spring Football on July 20th, we will reevaluate our position at that time and I will keep you posted to our plan of action.

Thank you!
Sincerely,
Michael D. Sekich

 


For Percussionists ONLY!

Drummers! We plan on doing placements on Thursday 7/9 starting at 6pm.

Please bring your own pair of sticks to Thursday's meeting. What ever you are comfortable with. They will not be provided until placements.

For placements, we will have you play individually on a snare or tenor so we can assess your skills. This is not a test – we just need to see where the best to place you and ensure your success within the Front Line or Battery for the 2020 school year.

Ensure that you know and are comfortable with the warmups and audition piece within the technique packet.

Bring a lawn chair since it may take some time for your turn to come. Those will not be needed once regular practices are started. The next practice will be held on 7/14 to finalize the placements and start practices once a week on Tuesdays per the band schedule.

Going forward once the drumline positions are set, ensure that you show up early to practice so that downbeat starts at 6PM. That means COVID questionnaire complete, drum set up, music ready to go, and sticks in hand by 6PM!

Check out the band website for COVID procedures. Masks and social distancing are required!

FYI - If you brought any drumline equipment home, you must return it back to the trailer on Thursday 7/9

Nathan Belloli

 


    

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