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

Kristen Laine February 12, 2019

Kristen Laine went back to the heartland to the America so many of us fly over without blinking an eye and uncovered a world where salvation and ambition and teenage angst collide in strange ways no outsider could ever understand, unless you read American Band Michael Bamberger, author of Wonderland A Year in the Life of an American High School Every fall, m Kristen Laine went back to the heartland to the America so many of us fly over without blinking an eye and uncovered a world where salvation and ambition and teenage angst collide in strange ways no outsider could ever understand, unless you read American Band Michael Bamberger, author of Wonderland A Year in the Life of an American High School Every fall, marching bands take to the field in a uniquely American ritual From the stands, it looks easy You don t see them sweat For millions of kids, band is than a show It s a rite of passage a first foray into leadership and adult responsibility, and a chance to learn what it means to be part of a community Nowhere is band 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 director Max Jones discovers After four decades, Jones s single minded devotion to musical excellence has fallen out of step with a younger generation increasingly focused on personal salvation In what his students do not know is his final season of directing, he has assembled his most ambitious show ever, for the strongest senior class he has ever directed Amid conflicting notions of greatness, the band marches through a season that starts in hope and promise, progresses through uncertainty and disappointment, and ends, ultimately, in redemption AMERICAN BAND is an unusually intimate chronicle of life, in all its triumph, disappointment, and drama, in the kind of community in which most of America lives It is an especially timely portrait, capturing as it does the spirit of the heartland at a time of profound change If you have ever been or yearned to be part of something bigger than yourself, you will be rooting for the kids whose voices fill this book.


  • Title: American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland
  • Author: Kristen Laine
  • ISBN: 9781592403196
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
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