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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sousa's Birthday: Books about Band

On this day in 1854, John Philip Sousa was born. To mark the king of marches, here's a list of books about band.

    

Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy. Tatum and Lori have always been best friends and have always done a duet to audition for honors band, but a new boy in school is stealing Lori's attention, and possibly Tatum's spot in band, too!

Band Geek Love by Josie Bloss. Ellie has focused all her attention on trumpet and getting to the top in marching band-- until a new boy arrives at school. Not willing to jeopardize anything, she keeps the romance a secret-- which may end up costing her everything. Follow it with Band Geeked Out.

American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland by Kristen Laine. Elkhart, Indiana's Concord HIgh School is getting ready to defend its marching band state title. Laine spent the year with the band, exploring the music, the students, and their relationships with each other, and God.

    

Major Crush by Jennifer Echols. After quitting the pageant circuit, Virginia tries out for drum major. She'd be the first girl ever to get it. Drew's family has been drum major for generations. When they end up having to share the position, tension and sparks fly.

Notes From An Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne. Elsie's dad plays French Horn with the Boston Symphony. Her grandfather was also a noted horn player. Elsie also plays and wants to live up the standards they set, but in order to get into the music camp of her dreams, she needs to broaden her musical resume-- Elsie's joining marching band.

When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer. Soledad wants to become a ballet dancer, and spends a summer dancing the role of Carmen with a drum and bugle corps, not sure if she's helping or hurting her potential career.

What are your band favorites?

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