Johnathan Hamiel is a native of Ellenboro, NC. He is a 1998 graduate of East Rutherford High School in Rutherford County under the band tutelage of Paul Tallent and Kathy Weir, a student of the Hall of Fame band director and music educator Dr. W. W. Jacobus. In 2003, he graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business Management and Merchandising and certification in Music Education. While at WSSU, Mr. Hamiel held the position of Saxophone Section Leader, Drum Major and Student Director of the university’s marching band. He also was a member of CMENC where he held the positions of Vice President and President, respectively.
Mr. Hamiel has been teaching public school in Winston-Salem, NC for 16 years. Mr. Hamiel began his teaching career at Downtown Middle School where he taught band, chorus and music appreciation. In 2007, he earned his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Music and Music Education. In 2008, Mr. Hamiel received “Teacher of the Year” for his work and dedication at Downtown Middle School.
After leaving Downtown Middle School, Mr. Hamiel extended his career at Parkland Magnet IB High School. While at Parkland, he transformed the PHS Band program from a program of 35 students and 2 ensembles to a program of over 100 students and 5 ensembles. Under the baton of Mr. Johnathan Hamiel, the band program at PHS won countless awards and received “superior” and “excellent” ratings throughout the southeast United States. Mr. Hamiel also created a leadership camp entitled Project L.E.A.D. to assist band students with limited resources with leadership skills and technique. Additionally, the Parkland Band Program was invited to and participated in the UNCSA short film/motion picture entitled “Felicia.” The Parkland band was also featured on ABC’s Good Morning America in the segment “You’re Hired”. In 2013, the PHS band was selected to perform nationally on ESPN 1380 AM during their yearly kick-off of the ACC tournament. During this tenure at Parkland, Mr. Hamiel again won the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Band Director of the Year” with the Forsyth County Band Director Association.
Mr. Hamiel has yet to slow down in his career ambitions. In addition to the aforementioned accolades, he was the Director of Bands at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. During his time here at RJR, he has consistently had students to audition and make prestigious honor bands; All-County, All- District, All- States, Governors School and All-Nationals. The RJ Reynolds Band program has had students to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Carnegie Hall and the halftime show at The Camping World Bowl in Orlando Florida. Mr. Hamiel now sits on the NCMEA (North Carolina Music Education Association) State Board as Chairperson for Multicultural Awareness and the Member-at-Large.
Currently, Mr. Hamiel serves as the Director of Bands at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, North Carolina. He is also the President- Elect of North Carolina Music Education Association where he oversees student activities, membership, and IVFME (Inclusive Vision for Music Education). Mr. Hamiel has hosted many webinars on IVfME topics which can be found on the NCMEA website. Mr. Hamiel serves on the NAfME’s Professional Development and Equity Committees.