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Johannesburg-Lewiston Bands
Winter Newsletter - February, 2018

December Review
Congratulations to ALL band members on a fantastic Christmas Concert!  WOW!!
That certainly was one of our largest, most respectful audiences yet! Parents, community members and
proud grandparents alike gave numerous compliments to both students and Mrs. Nieman. 
A BIG thank you to parents who assisted in set-up, clean-up, monitoring students, etc. 
The night would not have been successful without amazing parents helping out.

“D.C. in 2019”
Yahoo!  The itinerary has arrived and we have selected our travel agency for the High School Band, June 2019 trip to Washington D.C. 
The trip will include tours and time at monuments (Vietnam Wall, WW2, Korean, Lincoln, Washington) and museums as well as visiting
Arlington Cemetery/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 2-3 live performances, cruise on Potomac River, and great food and accommodations.  Approximately 15 adult chaperones will be needed to make this trip a success.  Please consider traveling with us, it truly is an excellent trip for all!

The boosters will sponsor a HUGE GARAGE SALE and CAR WASH opportunities this May throughout the summer months for students and chaperones to raise money for this trip. Start rounding up garage sale items from your home and gather from neighbors/family/friends.  More specific information about the May 26 garage sale and dates for car washes are coming to you SOON!

J-L musicians had outstanding performances throughout the day at District Solo & Ensemble held in Mancelona on Saturday.  24 events made up of 27 band members qualified to advance to State.  Congrats to all who performed! Special congrats to Makayla Kwapis, Amelia Lawrence, Taylor Peterson, Gabe Law, Hannah Collins, Darrien Wertman, Ava Kayner, Kaitlyn Campbell, Thomas Agee, Caleigh Madej, Dinah Brown, Emily Baker, Gage Boughner, Nathan Lawrence, Natalie Collins, Jamie Burke, Art Cady, Chloe House, RaeAnn Kievit, Anna Baker, Kamryn Kennedy, Jacob McDowell, Aaron Latuszek, Kyle Robbins, Vince Hummel, Tara Madej, and Nathan Idalski for advancing to State!

High School band has begun rehearsing for District Band Festival.  Music selected for festival this year is all HS Class A level music! A huge thank you to guest conductors/clinicians Ralph Schweigert (retired Gaylord band director) and Steven Burns (retired Lapeer West band director) for volunteering time to join us for rehearsals to share their love and knowledge for this great repertoire of music.  We will also have the privilege of Mr. Schweigert and Mr. Matt Bishop (retired Grayling bands) attending our pre-festival concert to give further musical advice and comments to prepare us for an excellent festival stage performance.

The Pre-Festival Concert will take place Wednesday, February 21st at 12:45 p.m. in the JLHS gymnasium.
Parents, family and all friends in the community are invited to this afternoon concert of excellent repertoire.

Our HS District Band Festival performance is Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at Elk Rapids High School
Students will receive written notification/itinerary and permission slip to bring home to parents within 2 weeks prior to the performance.

Our first annual Fine Arts Recital Night will be Tuesday. March 6th
beginning at 6 pm.  This year the 7-8th grade band members will be performing solos, small ensembles and with full band. 
Mrs. Tenbusch and MS art students will have amazing artwork showcased at this evening of fine arts.
The evening will conclude with a punch and cookie celebration of talent in the cafeteria!! 
Awards will be given to soloists and some artists.  Looking forward to a night to showcase excellent music and creativity.

Fine Arts Night is a mandatory performance night and is part of the 7-8th grade band members grade. 
Small ensemble performances will be graded as the accumulation of a group project for 3rd marking period. 
As students work on their small ensembles (group project), they will be graded on personal
responsibility, ability to work with others, having music prepared, and behavior. 
Students will prepare without a conductor, and just mentoring from Mrs. Nieman.

7-8th Grade Band will also perform on Thursday March 8 for our Johannesburg Elementary students. 
This concert will be during the school day and exact time will be announced soon.
After performing 3 pieces of music,  7-8th grade members will spend time demonstrating their personal
instrument to further educate the younger students on individual instrument sounds, etc.
This will be an exciting hour of music for all involved!

What an incredible first performance at the Christmas Concert by our 6th graders! 
Many audience members were SHOCKED that a beginning band could sound soooooooo GOOD.
Congrats to all students for a job well done.  The 6th Grade band is now setting goals to complete the beginning book by April. 
Students must PRACTICE lots to meet this goal.  As we get deeper into the book, the book gets harder. 
Parents please remind students to practice at home every day possible and to turn in PRACTICE SHEETS.  
Students will fall behind this goal if they only play at school.
Sixth Grade band’s next performance will be the Spring Concert scheduled for May 16.

J-L Band Boosters

Pre-Festival HS Concert                      Feb. 21         12:45 p.m.      JLHS
HS Band District Festival                    March 3       11:00 a.m.      Elk Rapids
MS Fine Art/Recital  Night                  March 6       6:00 p.m.        JLHS
MS Band Concert for Joburg K-5     March 8       TBA during school hours
6th – 12th grade Bands Spring Concert     May 16       7:00 p.m.        JLHS
HS Band Memorial Parade                  May 26       TBA (Morning) Lewiston

J-L Band Members and Mrs. Nieman would love to see you at a performance this year. 
All concerts continue to be free to parents and community members. 
If you need to contact Mrs. Nieman or would like to help the J-L Band Program or Boosters in any way,
please call the band office at 732-1773  ext. 226.


Congratulations to J-L HS Band members who were accepted into MSBOA District II High School Honors Band.  High school band members from all over Northern Michigan had an opportunity to audition in Charlevoix on Nov. 1.  J-L students Lena Donajkowski, Hannah Collins, RaeAnn Kievit, Jacob McDowell, Art Cady, Nadia Greania, Kaitlyn Campbell, Thomas Agee, Anna Baker, Abigail Hiler, Holly Kussrow, and Kamryn Kennedy were accepted into this prestigious ensemble.  The HS Honors Band performed together on Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Petoskey MS auditorium.  Great Job honor musicians!!

Home of the Cardinal Marching Band!

The Johannesburg-Lewiston Band program has had a great start to the school year.  High school band members began marching rehearsals 2 weeks before the start of the school year.  The Cardinal Marching Band’s half-time shows featured “Happy” tunes that kept the audience smiling!. Community members and parents were very excited to see a 63 member marching band and we heard many compliments on our show!  The J-L Cardinal Marching Band’s performance at the Northern Michigan Marching Band Exposition was simply AMAZING.  Many parents and friends of the band supported J-L at an excellent evening of marching performances
from 17 different HS bands.


Home of the Cardinal Marching Band!

It is always a great day to be a Cardinal!

J-L Varsity Football vs. Harbor Springs (Parents Night) & Cardinal Marching Band 10/20/17

Homecoming 2017 J-L vs. East Jordan & Cardinal Marching Band 10/13/17



Lewiston Memorial Day Parade with the Cardinal Marching Band PHOTOS 5/27/17

J-L All Bands Spring Concert PHOTOS 5/17/17

Honoring our Veterans


J-L Marching Band District II Marching Band Expo - Traverse City Photos 10/10/16

Veteran's Appreciation Game
J-L vs. Gaylord St. Mary's Featuring the Cardinal Marching Band PHOTOS 10/7/16

Homecoming J-L vs. Inland Lakes Featuring the Cardinal Marching PHOTOS 9/30/16

Varsity Football vs. Central Lake Featuring the Cardinal Marching Band PHOTOS 9/16/16

Varsity Football vs. Mancelona Featuring the Cardinal Marching Band PHOTOS 8/26/16

J-L Marching Band 2015 Sectional Pictures

Johannesburg-Lewiston All Bands Christmas Concert PHOTOS 12/9/15

CLICK HERE TO view the
J-L 7th & 8th Grade Band HALLOWEEN CONCERT 2015

J-L Middle School Halloween Concert Photos

J-L High School & Middle School Pre-Festival Band Concert 2/8/15 PHOTOS

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Johannesburg-Lewiston All Bands Christmas Concert PHOTOS 12/9/15

J-L Marching Band 2015 Sectional Pictures

HOMECOMING 2015 - Varsity Football vs. Lincoln-Alcona 10/10/15

Varsity Football vs. Detroit Consortium & the Cardinal Marching Band 10/3/15

Varsity Football vs. St. Ignace & the Cardinal Marching Band 9/25/15

Varsity Football vs. Gaylord St. Mary's & the Cardinal Marching Band 9/18/15

J-L All Bands Spring Concert Photos 5/13/15

J-L High School & Middle School Pre-Festival Band Concert 2/8/15

J-L Marching Band Home Football Game 9/12/14

J-L Marching Band Memorial Day Parade PHOTOS 5/25/13

J-L High School & Middle School Pre-Festival Concert 2013 PHOTOS


J-L Cardinal Marching Band PHOTOS 2012-13

J-L All Bands Christmas Concert 2010 PHOTOS

J-L All Bands Christmas Concert 2011 Photos

J-L High School Band Trip to Washington D.C. Photo Album I

J-L High School Band Trip to Washington D.C. Photo Album II

J-L Cardinal Marching Band ~ at Traverse City
Northern Michigan Marching Band Expo District II ~ Photo Album II

J-L Cardinal Marching Band ~ at Traverse City

Northern Michigan Marching Band Expo District II ~ Photo Album I

Musically yours,
Kathy Nieman
High School Band Office 732-1773 ext. 226

The Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools Band Program is in need of used
instruments for students who are not able to rent/buy their own.
Participating in Band is a rewarding learning experience,
which teaches not only music but also responsibility and leadership. Instruments needed include:
flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpet/coronets,
French Horns, trombones, baritones, and percussion kits.
If you have a used instrument that you would like to donate, please contact the
J-L Band Office at 989-731-4420 ext. 226 or 989-786-2253 ext. 365


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J-L Band Schedule of Events




J-L Band Boosters

6th Grade Band Practice Sheets

7th & 8th Grade Band Practice Sheets

Updated 2/11/18
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Always feel free to contact Mrs. Nieman with any questions or concerns
at the H.S. Band Office. 989-732-1773 ext. 226
or e-mail Kathy Nieman