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After surviving his own adventures as a member of the band in school, “Doc” Smith finds himself in his 33rd year of directing school bands. After many successful years teaching at the high school and university level, the return to his first love, middle level teaching, has been both revitalizing and productive. With his bands consistently rated at the highest levels, Smith has enjoyed having his two sons and all of their friends as his students while actively publishing journal articles about innovative pedagogies he has developed. “Band of Friends” is Smith’s uplifting first offering in a series of fiction books about the adventures of being in a school band program. As a state chair of advocacy for music education, the author has dedicated this book to all of the students that include music as part of their school day and promises to donate a percentage of all of his proceeds to the “Music for All Foundation” to support music programs nationwide.