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Donald Jay Smith

This is a work of fiction. The events and characters described herein are imaginary and are not intended to refer to specific places or living persons. The opinions expressed in this manuscript are solely the opinions of the author and do not represent the opinions or thoughts of the publisher. The author has represented and warranted full ownership and/or legal right to publish all the materials in this book.

Band of Friends

Donald Jay Smith

Copyright © 2009 Donald Jay Smith


This book is dedicated to all of the students who choose to participate in their school music program, especially my two sons Brandon and Justin.


Everyday I am grateful to my parents and the family of my youth for all of the support and encouragement they graciously shared with me and imposed on me (when necessary) to aspire to take risks and to be persistent enough to achieve more goals than I ever would have imagined. I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I am very grateful that my village (Dunmore, PA) and especially the many inspirational teachers I was blessed to encounter along the way in the Dunmore Public Schools, Marywood University and Penn State University had such a profound influence on the skills they shared with me and the values they modeled. Special mention must go to Dr. Carolyn Livingston for inspiring me to always write with the possibility of publication in mind.

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