Johannesburg-Lewiston High School Band “Up-Beat”
It has been over a year since an article has appeared with news from the J-L Bands. The pandemic and numerous new safety protocols have had a definite impact on the band program. Since the original school shut-down in March of 2020, there has not been a Beginning Band or MS Band at J-L. The HS band currently is split into 2 groups to reduce the number of musicians in the room and the amount of aerosol build-up. These musicians received permission to play instruments in the rehearsal room in January of this year. Sitting 6 feet apart, HS musicians and instruments wear special masks to be able to create music together.
Despite the challenges, the J-L High School band are still doing amazing things. In February, 7 band members performed solos and submitted the video recordings to the M.S.B.O.A. Solo & Ensemble Festival. The soloists’ video performances were viewed and adjudicated. Congratulations to all 7 soloists for receiving First Division Ratings! The soloists include Madison Jackson, Abigail Hiler, Kaylee Warren, Libbi Barber, Natalie Collins, Kaylee Pryor, and Claire Mullins. Way To Go, Cardinal Musicians!!
Flute soloist, Abigail Hiler is named one of Michigan’s Outstanding Soloists for 2021. Abigail Hiler is a senior musician in the J-L band. She has performed difficult solos all 4 years of HS and advanced to the State level each year. To be named an Outstanding Soloist by the M.S.B.O.A., a performer must advance to the State level and along with the solo, perform Proficiency major/minor/chromatic scales. Each adjudicator is asked to select an outstanding soloist from the many events they judge for the festival. “Abby works hard and is an exceptional musician. We are all so very proud of her well-deserved recognition as a top performer for 2021”, says J-L band director Kathy Nieman. In addition to her instruction from Mrs. Nieman, Abigail has taken private lessons for 4 years from flutist, Grace Olson. Practice and private lessons have certainly paid-off. Way To Go, Abby!!
The J-L HS Band is excited to announce they will perform a Spring Concert! Musicians and Mrs. Nieman are more than ready to share their music with an audience. The Spring Concert will take place outdoors behind the JLHS band room on the back parking lot. Audience members are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and will be strongly encouraged to sit over 6 feet apart from other family units. The concert will take place on Friday, May 14 at 7pm. (if weather is not permissible, the concert will be postponed until Wednesday, May 19)
Please plan to attend this great evening of outdoor music!!
Friday, May 14th, 2021 – High School Band Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 – Concert Rain-Out date – 7:00 p.m.