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American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland (Anglais) Broché – septembre 2008

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For anyone who has marched in a high school marching band or band parent and more 14 novembre 2007
Par V. Bierlein - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I happen to be a parent from this particular program whose son graduated before the book was written. I read initially to open the "mysterious" "how" in the world did this man, Max Jones, consistently get these kids from summer freshman band camp, to marching a complicated show with fabulous, entertaining, difficult, music, marching, color guard, and a total show that always brought the state finals crowd to their feet.

What inspired those kids, how could he chew out the entire band without raising his voice? Why did he command such respect? What were his real goals for these kids? We knew some of them when our son arrived at Taylor University just wanting to audition for the Jazz Band for the love of music, but was majoring in business and computers. Mr. Jones had called ahead unknown to us the Chair of the Music department and told him to keep an eye our for our son as he was a good kid and musician he'd want to have in his program, as a bass trombone player.

This book shows how an excellent music program is not just about music, it's about making kids who will become excellent parents, workers, students, parents. He taught leadership, perserverence, teamwork. There are also several students who were highlighted. Their stories are remarkable and touching. You will be swept into their lives. Prepare to be totally caught up in a story that isn't just about a band, a community, or kids. It becomes a spiritual experience, it's compelling. My husband cried at the end. Now that's a book! It's inspirational. It's too bad they did not include the DVD of the state fair show,final show, and the next year's that was in a way a tribute to Max . I'm trying to get my hands on them as we speak from friends at church!
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A fitting monument to not only the high school bands of America but to their dedicated directors, parents and students. 30 juin 2012
Par David Dickey - Publié sur
They don't get much attention-they are the supporting act for the teams and cheerleaders but are missed if they fail to arrive at a football or basketball game. They are a part of most communities and provide music for parades, pep rallies, bonfires and other community events. The most recognition they get is a picture in the paper when they have done something special. They are the members of your local school band.

I found this book in a clearance bin and purchased it. Of course I would -I am a former high school band director. There are not many books out there about us or the kids that do more than make music;like many of the prominent personalities in the book, band kids are some of the finest young people you will find in our schools. It is about time someone told their story-and the story of millions of parents who also give of their time and talent to support our musical programs across the US. The story of this fine band is told very well: we get an insider's look into the world of the teaching staff, the students and the parents involved in the workings of this fine, carefully guided program. We see the good and bad side of it all and share the ride-the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies of the 2004 fall season of this unique group.

The author lets it all hang out. Once a high school musician herself, she shows us the inner workings of an award winning program-warts and all. The book slowly builds to its climax, culminating in a crack at the state championship in Indianapolis. Along the way we learn a number of things about life and the inner workings of teen culture-our American propensity to comepete-passion and apathy-leadership and rebellion-the fear of risk and the quest for perfection. We will see emnotions rise and fall and feel the power of 200 young people pulling as one, finding a common purpose and pursuing it. We will see what happens when one begins to beleive one can reach just beyond one's limits.

Incidentiy, we also learn about the landscape of our changing nation, culture and demographic as the story moves from chapter to chapter. The band world itself is morphing in response to the changing face of our nation and culture. The book also explores the role of faith in the lives of the students spotlighted in this tale.

American Band is not about the average band-but the average band director or student can identify with or be inspired by it's message. It is also a tribute to all the ones -parents, fellow teachers, administators and civic leaders-who share the vision that a good music program teaches much more than music: it gives students a place of their own, a place to thrive and learn skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. As a director I did not teach music to kids-I taught kids music. And that is what this book is all about-teaching kids using the discipline of music. Not just music lessons:life lessons.

I applaud Ms. Landis' book AMERICAN BAND. It is a window into the world of band,specifically a marching band, the visible tip of the musical iceberg in most American schools. After reading their story, you will better appreciate the hours young musicians all over America spend reaching toward a common goal-and learning lessons they never dreamed of along the way. American Bands are truly an American institution of great value and worth, even after the music fades,uniforms are hung,and the instruments put away. I heartily recommend this book to all.
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So Bando, Even the Milk Turns Bando 30 octobre 2008
Par porkchop - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book truly captures the incredibly serious, irony-free world of competitive marching band. There really are no superlatives too strong for a sport(?) where the audience is expected to throw babies (figurative babies, of course), if they are particularly moved by the field show. It takes either total immersion, or saint-like objectivity to write about band without making fun of it, and this book succeeds at that.

The author also met the challenge of showing the diverse motivations/attitudes of the individual bandos, even when they contrasted with the brilliant esprit de corps of the group. It's true she spent a lot of time on just one student, but really, that guy (or girl) is in every band. They each have their own unique leadership styles, but that charismatic figure that amazes everyone is practically a fixture in any halfway decent band. The atmosphere tends to cultivate them, and I thought it showed real discernment to identify and explore that character in the book.

On a personal note, I couldn't believe Grant transferred from "Ann Arbor" to Calvin College. Seriously... you can be Christian anywhere, but there's only one Michigan Marching Band...
Engaging story-telling journalism at its best 26 mars 2014
Par L. Posthuma - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
"Coming of Age in the Heartland" is a precise and honest description of the interwoven stories told throughout this book. From the perspective of someone who has never picked up a musical instrument, I was surprised by how Marching Band could be such an intriguing backdrop for a book. I deeply enjoyed the clear depictions of students that this piece followed--particularly Grant's story, and I'm grateful to him and the author for sharing such a personal struggle of faith and grief in this context.
A book for Band Teachers 15 mars 2014
Par Frederick C. Holland - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I bought this book for my granddaughter who teaches band to elementary school kids in our county. She found it helpful.
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