Notes from an Accidental Band Geek

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Another book that I discovered this summer quite by accident.  I was looking for a book from the famous Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon to bring home for my high school aged daughter when I found this title.  She is a band geek, playing the flute and piccolo for both marching and concert band.  She was also the drum major for the middle school marching band and will be trying out for the high school position for the next school year.

A French horn player that aspires to become a professional musician has to join a different musical group in order to expand upon her experiences. Nothing is open except for the marching band, but who ever heard of someone playing the french horn in a marching band. This is a cute and delightful story of the struggles and joys of being in the marching band.  Anyone that has ever been in marching band should enjoy this book.

From Amazon “Elsie Wyatt is a born French horn player, just like her father and her grandfather before her. In order to qualify for the prestigious summer music camp of her dreams, she must expand her musical horizons and join–gasp!–the marching band. There are no French horns in marching band, but there are some very cute boys. Elsie is not so sure she’ll survive, but the new friends she’s making and the actual fun she’s having force her to question her dad’s expectations and her own musical priorities.”

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