Author: ‘Mr. Clark’s Big Band’ is a ‘Moving Portrait’

tales from teacher loungeTeacher and author Robert Wilder has praised Mr. Clark’s Big Band:

In Mr. Clark’s Big Band, Meredith O’Brien paints a moving portrait of how a grieving school can heal through the power of music. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the woodwind, brass or percussion section, this book hits all the right notes.

— Robert Wilder, author of Tales from the Teachers’ Lounge, Daddy Needs a Drink and Nickel. Wilder has been a teacher for 21 years.

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Jazz Artist/Educator Endorses ‘Mr. Clark’s Big Band’

Screenshot 2017-03-14 16.28.13Jazz performer Dr. Steve Raybine, a jazz educator and recording artist, lauded Mr. Clark’s Big Band:

Meredith O’Brien hits all the right notes in her new book, Mr. Clark’s Big Band. This is a warm-hearted story about a charismatic middle school jazz band director. He both comforts and inspires the members of his jazz band who are grieving the loss of their fellow bandsman. Written with insight and affection, this will take you back to your own years as a middle school band student.

Dr. Raybine is a virtuoso vibraphonist (nicknamed the “Master of the Mallets”), percussionist, composer/arranger, instructor and clinician. He has recorded four jazz CDs including Cool Vibes, In the Driver’s Seat, Bad Kat Karma and Balance Act.

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writer suzanne strempek shea hails ‘mr. clark’s big band’ as ‘a timeless story’

sundays-in-americaAward-winning writer Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of nine books, including novels and works of nonfiction, praises Mr. Clark’s Big Band:

With a journalist’s commitment, a teacher’s passion and a mother’s heart, Meredith O’Brien brings her readers to a community leveled by sudden loss then bundled in music’s ability to heal. As well as illustrating the author’s stellar talent, Mr. Clark’s Big Band shows her radar for a timeless story, one that underlines in gold the power of the unsung heroes all around us.

Strempek Shea teaches creative writing in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, and is the writer-in-residence and director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University.

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Advance praise for ‘Mr. Clark’s Big Band’

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Massachusetts journalism professor Madeleine Blais has praised Mr. Clark’s Big Band. Blais is the author of several books including the award-winning In These Girls, Heart is a Muscle and Uphill Walkers: Memoirs of a Family:

A drumroll, please, for Meredith O’Brien’s endearing and inspiring Mr. Clark’s Big Band. Modeled in part after Tracy Kidder’s Among Schoolchildren, this book focuses on one school band in one small town after the sudden death of one of its members. In the end, music is the main character: the joy, the hope, and the solace it delivers to a bereft community.

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