Band-A-Rama Oct. 10 at Swinehart Field in Shelby Township will bring together the marching bands from Stevenson High School, including Tayare Cook, Preston Brockett and Chloe Zaharof; Utica High School, including Emma Phillips, Sofia Ricciuti, Nathan Eichmann and Lila Sapiano; Henry Ford II High School, including Brynn Lupo, Emma Hildebrand, James Velasco and Owen Sheppard; and Eisenhower High School, including Izzy Visnaw, Lauren Petterle, Madison Bellman, Frankie Mortillaro, Rosaria Serraiocco and Ethan Delbeke.

Band-A-Rama Oct. 10 at Swinehart Field in Shelby Township will bring together the marching bands from Stevenson High School, including Tayare Cook, Preston Brockett and Chloe Zaharof; Utica High School, including Emma Phillips, Sofia Ricciuti, Nathan Eichmann and Lila Sapiano; Henry Ford II High School, including Brynn Lupo, Emma Hildebrand, James Velasco and Owen Sheppard; and Eisenhower High School, including Izzy Visnaw, Lauren Petterle, Madison Bellman, Frankie Mortillaro, Rosaria Serraiocco and Ethan Delbeke.

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UCS high schools to perform at annual Band-A-Rama

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published October 5, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — All four Utica Community Schools Marching Bands will be coming together to perform in the annual Bandarama at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Swinehart Field, located at 47255 Shelby Road in Shelby Township.

All four high school bands will perform their halftime shows during Band-A-Rama. The Chieftain Marching Band’s show is called “A Disney Journey.” The Eagle Marching Band will treat the audience to “Memories and Dreams.” The Titan Marching Band will bring its show, “Rock of Ages,” to the field, and the Falcon Marching Band will deliver “Just What the Doctor Ordered.”

All four bands will begin Band-A-Rama with a combined performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The bands are under the direction of Brett Bayes, of Utica High School; Jonathan Carrothers, of Eisenhower High School; Matthew Schoenherr, of Henry Ford II High School; and Michael Sekich, of Stevenson High School.

Sekich, who is coordinating Band-A-Rama 2021, said the district is proud to see the bands come together and show all that they have learned.

“We are always proud to see all of our UCS marching bands on the field together performing and showcasing their talents and hard work. We start prepping for this event in the spring. This is truly a labor of love that we all enjoy thoroughly as directors, and it is exciting to see all of our shows come alive at this evening’s performance,” he said in an email interview.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and high school students. Junior high school students and younger students will be admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the entrance.

Ticket proceeds benefit the Louis Gonda Memorial Music Scholarship to fund opportunities for UCS band students to further their music educations. According to the district, the Gonda fund over time has helped hundreds of students to attend music camps, take private lessons or otherwise enhance their music studies.

Stevenson High School Drum Major Preston Brockett, a senior, said via email that Band-A-Rama is one his favorite musical events.

“Band-A-Rama is a fantastic opportunity for all of the bands of UCS to listen to vastly different musical repertoire. Put simply, amazing musicians come together to learn more about how other marching bands may compete in competition. Band-A-Rama has always been one of my favorite musical experiences, seeing how the shows have come to life. There’s a bliss synonymous with Band-A-Rama: We’re able to see the hard work and dedication put forth by other students,” he said.

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