The Halloween Concert originally scheduled at Stevenson Monday, October 30 has been moved to Holmes MS. The Stevenson String Orchestra will be guests on the Holmes MS band and orchestra Halloween concert at 7p in the Holmes gymnasium.
SOLO & ENSEMBLE – Saturday, February 3, 2018 (Livonia Franklin HS)
District 12 MSBOA Solo & Ensemble will be held at LIVONIA FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Please make note of the return of Solo & Ensemble to Franklin and share the location with accompanists and private teachers. Be sure to plan ahead so you are able to prepare and follow through if you register to perform. Registration forms and payment MUST be turned in to Mrs. Wickman in a sealed envelope marked Solo & Ensemble by Wednesday, October 25, 2017. I encourage all students to consider participating in Solo and Ensemble. The Solo and Ensemble information pamphlet and registration form are now available on the music website.
Below is important information to keep in mind as you pick music and prepare for Solo & Ensemble.
- BE SURE TO READ THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE INFORMATION PAMPHLET COMPLETELY. This will help you abide by MSBOA’s rules and assist you in having a positive experience.
- Percussion, string bass, and large instrument musicians: You are responsible for the transportation of your instrument to and from Pioneer HS. Pioneer will NOT provide any instruments or mallets at Solo and Ensemble.
- Time Limits: An event will not receive a rating if the minimum time limit is not reached. Repeats or any other markings may not be added to lengthen a piece. However, you may play more than one piece to meet the time requirement. High school events must be a minimum of 2 minutes (timing your piece to be a minimum of 2 1/2 minutes to allow for faster tempos the day of the performance is a good idea) with a maximum of 6 minutes. Chamber ensemble events (9-20 member groups) must be a minimum of 3 minutes with a maximum of 12 minutes. There is no penalty if a longer event is stopped after reaching the maximum time limit.
- Accompaniment: If a written accompaniment is published for your piece, whether a solo or an ensemble, it must be played. No rating will be given if the accompaniment is not played. A list of accompanists can be found in the SE Pamphlet available in the link above. While you may think your solo does not have an accompaniment, many times the accompaniment is published in a separate book. Most high school solos are written with a piano accompaniment. A good place to double check is on the Internet (www.jwpepper.com is a good site to check).
- Ensemble Parts: All ensemble parts must be played with one to a part – NO doubling of parts. For example, a trio must have three players; not two, not four. Instrument substitutions are allowed.
- Be careful when putting groups together. Unconventional instrumentation (flute and tuba duet) will be difficult if not impossible to find music, which will add challenges to your experience that you will want to avoid. Most ensembles are written for like instruments (flute duets and trios, saxophone quartets, etc.). Try to stay with conventional instrumentation to avoid extra challenges.
- Original Full Score: An original full score showing all parts (solo accompaniment does not have to be shown), with each measure numbered must be provided to the judge (you should also number the measures in your music for when the judge talks to you about your performance). No rating will be given if an original, numbered score is not provided. If a score is not published, it is the responsibility of the performers to make one in which all parts are aligned. Noteflight.com is an online music notation software that can be useful if a score needs to be created. Be sure to start creating the score early as it takes time and patience to complete properly. When a handwritten or computer-generated score is presented, the performers must play from original parts.
- If you purchased music online as a download, you must present the receipt documenting the purchase of the music or you will not receive a rating. READ THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE INFORMATION PAMPHLET COMPLETELY.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Sunday, December 10 @ Detroit Opera House (12:45-6p)
We have reserved a limited number of tickets for the 2 p.m.performance of An American in Paris on Sunday, December 10. If you are interested in traveling to the Opera House by bus with the music department, please return an order form and payment in a sealed envelope marked “An American in Paris” to Mrs. Wickman by Thursday, November 2. Checks should be made payable to Livonia Stevenson Music Boosters.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CALENDAR
In addition to the PDF calendars that are available on the music website, a Google calendar is embedded under the HOME tab of the music website, which can be found here. This calendar includes ALL instrumental music events and will be updated throughout the year.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM – All Classes
Individuals in all band and orchestra classes should now be enrolled in their class through Google Classroom. If you have not enrolled yet, the codes for each class can be found below and directions to enroll can be found here.
Concert Band: xwpbph0
Symphony Band: izetkf
Wind Ensemble: rqz2p0
GOOGLE CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS
ORCHESTRA Chair Placement videos must be uploaded by 8p tonight (October 8, 2017)
STEVENSON HS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GRAND OPENING
Monday, October 9, 2017
The marching band will play in front of the new Performing Arts Center Monday, October 9 at 5:15p for the Grand Opening event. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5:30p with an open house to view the new facility from 5p-6:30p. Marching Band members need to be in the band room in full uniform by 5p. After our performance, we will load the truck and buses to depart for Marching Band Festival at John Glenn High School.
MSBOA MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL – Monday, October 9, 2017
The marching band will participate in MSBOA Marching Band Festival at John Glenn on Monday, October 9. Individuals need to arrive at Stevenson wearing complete uniform by 5:00p (we will perform for the PAC Grand Opening before we leave). Be sure to wear black socks, bring your gloves and your hat.
MSBOA MB FESTIVAL ITINERARY
Students must ride the bus to John Glenn, but may ride home with a parent. Students riding home with a parent must provide Mrs. Wickman with a note by 3 p.m. Monday, October 9 to verify they will not return to Stevenson on the bus. We hope friends and family will join us for our performance at John Glenn. There is a $6 gate charge for spectators.
SCHEDULE of BANDS PERFORMING
Redford Union 6:00
Edsel Ford HS 6:15
Divine Child HS 6:30
Franklin HS 6:45
Chelsea HS 7:00
Dexter HS 7:15
Saline HS 7:30
Wayne Memorial 8:00
Churchill HS 8:15
Stevenson HS 8:30
Dearborn HS 8:45
John Glenn HS 9:00
HOMECOMING ASSEMBLY – Friday, October 13
The Homecoming student assembly will be held in the football stadium Friday during 6th hour (competition gym for inclement weather). The marching band will play before and during the assembly. Members will be dismissed from classes at 12:30p to pickup instruments from the band room and lineup to march to the field. Marching Band attire for the assembly is your marching band t-shirt and jeans. Be sure to check the weather. If the forecast includes cooler temperatures, individuals should plan to dress in layers and bring jackets for the assembly.
HOMECOMING GAME – Friday, October 13
The Homecoming game Friday, October 13 starts at 7 p.m. The marching band will perform a pregame at 6:50 p.m. Due to the additional festivities that occur during Homecoming half-time, the marching band will perform their regular half-time show “Female Phenoms” at the conclusion of the football game.
MARCHING BAND PRACTICE REMINDERS
As we move forward with marching band season, please make every attempt possible to be at every practice for the scheduled time. Be sure to schedule appointments, work, and lessons outside of practice times as it is very difficult to learn and refine music and drill when individuals are missing. In addition, Mrs. Wickman should be notified in advance of any unavoidable conflicts to determine if the absence will effect the individual’s permission to perform that week. Absence due to sickness or emergency need to be communicated by a parent in a timely fashion.
All instruments must be properly stored after each practice. Instruments must be stored in cases (closed and latched) in lockers or the storage room. No instruments should be left on the floor or unsecured area. Drum line equipment must be in cases stored in the percussion room along with harnesses. Sousaphones must be stored in the percussion room. It is important to be sure all valuables are secured in a locker during marching band practice. Leaving items out in the hallway, in the band room, or in an unlocked locker is inviting theft. Please help remind each other to secure your items properly before heading to the practice field.
Marching Band members be sure to bring instruments, music, dot books, poker chips, and pencils to all practices. Since you will be going to practice after being in class all day, remember to bring appropriate clothes and tennis shoes for marching.