Notes from an Accidental Band Geek

Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne
Hardcover, 282 pages

As someone who participated in both marching band and rigorous concert bands in high school and college, I really identified with this one. So much nostalgia…

Elise is bound and determined to get into a elite music camp as a freshman, except that in order to get in, she has to try playing with a different ensemble. Namely, marching band. The adjustment to marching band it difficult for Elise, particularly because since she has to change from traditional french horn to mellophone, a bell-front instrument that fingers like a trumpet.

I liked that while the portrayal of marching band was different from my personal experience as a Marching Panther, and then a member of the All-American Marching Band of Purdue (these were show bands, not competition bands), the experiences ring true of those marching friends I’ve had who have come out of competition bands.

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