NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High School Marching Band captured two prestigious titles over the last two weekends.
 
The Pioneer band was named New Jersey state champions in Group VI A at the USBand Association State Championship held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at High Point Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University Stadium. The following weekend, the band was named national champions in its division. At the national championship competition, New Providence also won special awards for best guard, visual effect and overall effect.
 
 
The band, led by director Michael Niedziejko and assistant director Don Baker, is comprised of 147 students in grades 9-12. Along with these championships, the band competes in local competitions, plays for football games, and marched at Disney World last spring.
 
Niedziejko, in his 22nd year of teaching in New Providence, said of the experience, "I am so happy that the hard work and sacrifices paid off for the members of the band. They make so many sacrifices to participate that they deserved some return on their investment of their time and effort."
 
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