Drummond: Learning to find himself in the music
Drummond: Learning to find himself in the music
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Drummond, a thirteen-year-old C student in middle school, is steered into joining the high school’s marching band. He’s far from ready, and his friends help him make several attempts to learn new instruments to try and fit in better. With a little unexpected guidance from the drummers and their instructor, he realizes how well he already fits in. He discovers who he is inside. Homelife deteriorates behind him and pushes him forward into the arms of his new family, the marching band.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Inspirational

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Drummond, a timid but eager middle-schooler filled with curiosity, is geared towards joining the secondary school’s marching band. With the help of his teacher and a number of new friends, he soon gains a newly awakened confidence, not only musically, but in his profound sense of identity and belonging. However, his struggle of homelife drains this excitement little by little. As vivid days full of hues in the marching band go by, life continues to become an endless process of self-discovery. Drummond’s journey is well documented in this genuine and pensive narrative.

Drummond is a thirteen-year-old boy with an unbalanced equation. His life at home seems strong, but his musical realm lacks substance. As the young boy pushes harder into the world of the marching band, his family, though supportive, grows apart both figuratively and literally. As most young ones do, Drummond tends to ignore many familial situations that occur around him. This is made clear throughout the book as an illustration of the naivete of Drummond, who focuses only on the band.

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