Trombones Can Laugh

Teen loner James Sauerbaugh wants nothing more than a chance to get his act together, when the Forces That Be land him in a Shriner band as a substitute. James discovers this band of decrepit drunks play circus screamers flawlessly. An ancient trombonist helps him develop an appreciation of the old coots and their Shriner mission. A touching, fun book that links generations. More
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About Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray writes novels and short stories and loves to read. Born into an extremely obscure Tucson family, she has carried forward her great grandfather's interest in writing. He was a civilian packer with Gen. George Crook's army and late in life became a familiar visitor at the Arizona Historical Society where his autobiographies are now kept. The author of HEMLOCK STRAVENUE, LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, TROMBONES CAN LAUGH, DASTARDLY, I WANT MY OWN BRAIN, GENUINE ABORIGINAL DEMOCRACY and A PHANTOM HERD married an Englishman and has spent several summer vacations with her husband and daughter tramping across the South Downs avoiding sheep droppings. Besides writing, one of her favorite jobs was a two-year stint as a lunch lady. She used that job to help her write JUAN AND WILLY. If you like to laugh, and you have a slightly warped view of the world, it's entirely possible that you would appreciate her books. On the other hand, there is always the other unfortunate possibility...

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Circus Screamer
Here's a Karl King circus screamer to get you in the mood for Trombones Can Laugh. Be sure to read the comments from musicians about the difficulty of playing this song, Barnum and Bailey's Favorite. Someone wrote the euphonium part equals death and a trombone player is talking about slides flying. The circus poster reminds me of Moses' desire to give children a happy day to remember.

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