New Providence High School Marching Band Wins State Championship

The marching band at the state championship Credits: Michael Niedziejko
The marching band at the state championship Credits: Michael Niedziejko
The marching band after winning the competition Credits: Michael Niedziejko
The marching band at the state championship Credits: Michael Niedziejko

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After being ranked the number one high school in the state and winning the ShopRite Cup for the second year in a row, New Providence High School continues to excel as the marching band won the state championship on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Marching Band Director Michael Niedziejko, who has been at the school for 19 years, said he was impressed with his students’ performance. In almost two decades in New Providence, Niedziejko said the efforts and talents of the students, the school and community have really helped them over the years.

“I simply am lucky to have such a great place to work and I reap the rewards of having amazing people to work for and with,” he said.

Sign Up for E-News

Niedziejko grew up surrounded by music and engineering and fell in love with them both at a young age. His mother, grandfather and brother played instruments, while his father was an engineer.

At Delaware University he majored in engineering. His advisor that music was useless to study, but he transferred to Westchester University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a degree in music education and was involved in numerous activities including the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp, which performed around the country and was extremely competitive.

“That particular experience I think molded me into the educator that I am today,” he said.

As only the third band director in school history, Niedziejko walked into a very highly respected and successful program. The district values music and the arts, which makes things much easier, he said. Furthermore, the music boosters and the Pioneer Band Wagon support them as well.

His favorite part of being the band director is the students. He said while he has four children of his own, he considers all of his students to be part of his family. Over the last 11 years, they have placed first at the state championship eight times and five times at the regionals. However, he said working hard and maximizing their effort is more important than trophies and awards.

"It's not something that I value,” he said. “It’s more about the journey together.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July 18, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, July 18, 9:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Cardio Sculpt Express

Health & Wellness


Wed, July 18, 10:30 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Yoga for Everybody

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 18, 10:30 AM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Story Time & Craft with DIVA DELORES AND THE ...



Wed, July 18, 1:30 PM

My Gym New Providence, New Providence

Summer Camp

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Other Sports


Wed, July 18, 1:30 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center, MountainsidE

Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Wed, July 18, 5:45 PM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Power Core Yoga

Health & Wellness

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Beneficiary Forms - As Important as Your Will

As you plan for the future, don’t leave out one of the most overlooked must-do’s: naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets. Updating your beneficiary forms ensures that the legacy you worked so hard to build will be distributed correctly. Don’t delay -- the designations on your beneficiary forms supersede those stated in your Will. 

Try answering the ...