The Band Room takes us into the world of high school cliques, the interplay of race, class, and sexualities, as they shape and disrupt high school norms. The author captures the confusion, pain, and triumph young adults experience as they grapple with emerging identities and their sense of possibilities. The larger social and cultural context is explored through the personal stories, touching on the most critical issues of the moment, including our society’s socio-political divide. The author does all of this without being didactic; it all fits into and enriches the narrative. As an aside, I wish the band room from my high school days had been more like the one depicted in this novel. Especially, I wish I’d had Mr. Roberts as my band director.
“The Band Room is a fresh and insightful story of hope and humanity essential in America today. A teacher to the core, Bob Seay delivers a much-needed message that resonates well beyond the band room.” This uplifting book leaves readers enlightened, inspired and grateful for the truths found inside.
Angel is a football player who literally stumbles into trouble with the police. Rejected by his coach and teammates, Angel finds new solace in the band room and must form new relationships with people who don’t look like him, don’t think like him, and don’t act like anyone he’s ever known.
Life at home isn’t much better. His mother’s increasingly erratic behavior has turned her into someone Angel no longer recognizes. Will he rescue her before it’s too late?
Set in modern day, with path-changing decisions made in light of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, this book is timely and extremely relatable for current high school students learning to navigate adulthood in turbulent and unknown times. Learn to stand up for what you believe in and stand with others when you need to. The Band Room is a snow globe depiction of America in a time when tribalism, anger, and hate collide with diversity, acceptance, and compassion.
It is a love letter to band and choir students everywhere.
About the Author
Bob Seay lives in Colorado. By day, he teaches high school band, choir, and guitar classes. By night, he writes blog posts and rails against the universe on social media. He is currently working on his second novel.