Indiana’s Concord Community High has a long tradition of elite marching bands, so of course the school’s Marching Minutemen hoped to repeat as state champions in 2004. In American Band, a moving look at their season, Kristen Laine pays attention to detail — she even marches in a parade at one point. She’s helped by some vivid personalities, like the band director who inspires and stifles his students and the trumpeter who struggles with his evangelical faith. What begins as a dizzying explanation of field drills and questionable music choices (picture white-bread Midwestern kids drumming African beats on a djembe) deepens into a rich account of growing up in the Bible Belt. B+
American Band Indiana's Concord Community High has a long tradition of elite marching bands, so of course the school's Marching Minutemen hoped to repeat as state...American BandNonfiction, MusicKristen Laine Indiana's Concord Community High has a long tradition of elite marching bands, so of course the school's Marching Minutemen hoped to repeat as state...2007-07-30Gotham
Genre: Nonfiction, Music; Author: Kristen Laine; Publisher: Gotham
Posted July 30 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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