American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland

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Penguin Group USA, Sep 2, 2008 - Education - 324 pages
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In the spirit of Friday Night Lightscomes the stirring story of a marching band from small-town middle America.

Every fall, marching bands take to the field in a uniquely American ritual. For millions of kids, band is a rite of passage—a first foray into leadership and adult responsibility, and a chance to learn what it means to be a part of a community. Nowhere is band more serious than at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, where the entire town is involved with the success of its defending state champion band, the Marching Minutemen.

In the place where this tradition may have originated, in the city that became the band instrument capital of the world, band is a religion. But it’s not the only religion—as legendary director Max Jones discovers when conflicting notions of faith and purpose collide during his final year as director. In this intimate chronicle, the band marches through a season that starts in hope and promise, progresses through uncertainty and disappointment, and ends, ultimately, in redemption.

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User Review  - angelofmusic_81 - LibraryThing

I've been a band geek most of my life so of course I was drawn to this book. The way Laine tells this band's story, it ends up feeling somewhere between a cheap novel and a soap opera. Her writing ... Read full review

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The author presents a little more than a year in the life of the Concord Community High School marching band, one of the more successful marching bands in Indiana. In presenting this "slice of life ... Read full review

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Kristen Laine is an award winning journalist and a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio.

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