J-L Marching Band Excellent Performance

Congratulations to MSBOA District 2 Honor Band members
Abby Hiler, Kamryn Kennedy, Dinah Brown, Kaitlyn Campbell, John Michael Lortet, Holly Kussrow, Thomas Agee and William Carey for an outstanding musical concert in Petoskey on Sunday, December 2, 2018. 
These fantastic musicians rehearsed for over 8 hours with a guest conductor and students from all over Northern Michigan.  Our Cardinal musicians represented our community well.  Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!! Great Job honor musicians!!

Extra Congratulations to Thomas Agee for his acceptance into the MSBOA All-State Orchestra, receiving a 1st chair position. 
Thomas will perform in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Music Conference with this prestigious group in January.

Welcome to the J-L Band News!

Johannesburg-Lewiston High School Marching Band had an excellent performance at the MSBOA District 2- Marching Exposition held at Traverse City Thirlby Field on Monday, Oct. 8. The Marching Cards feature Nostalgic Rock tunes in their show this fall, including Living On A Prayer, Carry On Wayward Son, Thriller, and Rock and Roll All Night.  The JL Flag corp adds excitement and visual flair to this “throwback” music with gold flags and a feature dance in Thriller.  The whole band also takes part in dance moves to Thriller adding great entertainment to this awesome show. Congratulations to all Marching Cards on their hard work, dedication and amazing sound.
 The Cardinal Marching Band will next perform at the JL home football game on Oct. 19.

Congrats Thomas!

J-L band senior, Thomas Agee will perform as a guest soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.  
Thomas won the 2018 Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition last spring and he was awarded a $500
scholarship and the opportunity to solo with the orchestra.
Thomas will perform the first movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the GLCO.  
The concert will also feature music by composer John Williams, and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. 
The concert will take place in the Petoskey Middle School Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. 
Adult tickets are $15 and students/children 18 yrs and under are free.
 Please attend this concert and support our J-L musician, Thomas Agee.

Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day Parade 2018 Featuring the Cardinal Marching Band Photos

J-L Band Class of 2018

Kathy Nieman Band Director of the Year 2018

J-L band teacher named Band Teacher of the Year, again
By Arielle Breen - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — Longtime Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools teacher Kathy Nieman was named Band Teacher of the Year early this month by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) for the second time.

“I just truly enjoy working with kids, with students,” Nieman said. “I enjoy teaching. I enjoy the teaching probably more than I actually enjoy the music end of it. Teaching is what I wanted to do forever since I was in elementary school.”

Nieman was also Band Teacher of the Year in 2014.

“It’s kind of rare to get it once and then to get it twice was very cool,” Nieman said. “I was very surprised, of course very appreciative and moved. These are your fellow colleagues that are also doing the same teaching and band directing etc. that I am.”

Nieman teaches music at each level in the district including general music for elementary students in the Johannesburg and Lewiston elementary schools, and middle school and high school band.

“Elementary music is singing and basic music theory, and sixth-grade band is a beginning band. So when they come to me in sixth grade, almost all of them know zero about playing an instrument, so we’re literally starting from scratch,” she said. “That whole first year they are just bare-bones learning.”

By seventh-and- eighth-grade, students perform more concerts, solo and ensemble recitals. Nieman said once students are in high school band, the pace picks up.

“(In) high school we have an extremely busy schedule throughout the year with marching band, home concerts, parades and festivals out of the building, solo and ensembles, state solo and ensembles,” she said.

To be considered for the MSBOA Band Teacher of the Year nomination, directors are required to meet a list of qualifications: they need to have a fundamental musicianship of the highest caliber, service to students, community and the profession as well as showing consistency for a number of years.

“Just being able to put instruments in students’ hands and watch them progress and start to move other people in the audience,” Nieman said. “What they can do to move another human being emotionally is pretty amazing by high school levels and they can’t do that in math class."

Johannesburg-Lewiston Bands
 “Up-Beat” Newsletter - April, 2018

The JLHS Band traveled to Elk Rapids for District Band Festival at the beginning of March.  Each band attending performed 3 concert pieces in a beautiful auditorium for 3 music adjudicators. After the concert performance, bands move on to the sight reading room.  In the sight reading room, each band performed a new piece of music for a fourth adjudicator.  Cardinal musicians “knock it out of the park”, again!  JLHS received 1st Division ratings on stage and in the sight reading room.  Bands receive 1st Division ratings from judges when the performance qualifies as “Superior”. Mrs. Nieman says, “It is all about pride, mutual respect and music excellence.  Preparing music means every musician in the group must strive for perfection.  All 63 HS members must hit the right rhythms and notes, while adding musical style and emotion for a ‘Superior’ rating to be received from judges.  We work hard to accomplish our performance goals.  This year I selected all Class A level music for the group, and they rose to the higher expectations. Cardinal musicians have certainly represented our J-L community well, throughout northern Michigan.  I am extremely proud of each of them.”

Congratulations to J-L High School band members who performed at STATE Solo & Ensemble Festival held in Cadillac on Saturday, March 17. Twenty-one band members performed in 18 different events throughout the day. All events received 1st or 2nd division ratings, which qualifies as “excellent level of performance and musicianship” or “good level of performance and musicianship”. Congratulations to all performers on a job well done!! Special thanks to our piano accompanist, Dr. Wyrembelski for all he does for JL soloists.

Congratulations to Thomas Agee

EXTRA CONGRATS to Thomas Agee for his nomination as a top MSBOA STATE soloist by his adjudicator. This nomination is a result of his excellent trumpet solo performance at STATE Solo & Ensemble. Thomas scored 100 out of 100 points on his solo and proficiency to earn the highest score given in Cadillac that day!! He was also nominated to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in the Honor Band which will perform May 12, at Western Michigan University.  Congratulations to Thomas for the extra dedication and hard work it took to receive this honor.
High School band is preparing for the Spring Concert on May 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Students will need to report in full uniform for warm-up/tuning by 6:30 p.m.  There will be a short informational “D.C. in ‘19” meeting for next year’s HS band immediately following the concert. The HS Band will also perform on Saturday, May 26 for the Lewiston Memorial Tribute and at HS Graduation on Friday, June 1.

Seventh and Eighth grade band members from J-L Middle School performed in a Solo & Ensemble Recital/Fine Arts Night held on March 6.  The recital was a HUGE musical success for students and audience alike.  All MS musicians gained skills on learning how to perform without a conductor and how to prepare music for a performance using small group work.  10 students also chose to perform a solo with piano accompaniment.  Performing a solo really enhances the students’ ability to “keep their cool under pressure” and engages self-motivation and goal setting.
Congratulations to all band members who performed!  Following the recital, the musicians played 3 pieces of music together in a concert. Mrs. Nieman thanks all parents and family members who supported these incredible musicians by attending the Fine Arts Night.  Special thanks to Mrs. Tenbusch for her display of MS art work.

7-8th grade Band is also preparing for the Spring Concert on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. 
Students will need to report in full uniform for warm-up/tuning by 6:30 p.m. 

YAHOO!  The sixth grade band has nearly completed their method book and will receive a second book.  Students are now working on THREE musical pieces to perform at the concert. We do not call ourselves beginners anymore and parents/friends will hear why at the Spring Concert.    This has been an outstanding year of accomplishments for band members.  6th grade students can now truly call themselves musicians!

6th Grade band will perform at the Spring Concert on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the JLHS gym.  Students are to “dress-up” for this performance and report no later than 6:30 p.m.


J-L Band Boosters

Memorial Tribute (HS Band)          May 26   10:00 a.m.  Lewiston
Graduation Ceremony (HS band)    June 1    7:00 p.m.     JLHS


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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6th Grade Band Practice Sheets

7th & 8th Grade Band Practice Sheets

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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