The Band Plays On: Going Home for a Music Man's Encore (Fanfare for a Hometown Series #2) [Rick Niece Ph.D.]
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Band Plays On Author Rick Niece Reminds Us Not Only About the Power of Music But of Memories As Well November 10, 2012
By C. A. Webb TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
We all have recollections that are markers for our life, giving us some flash points that remind us of who we are and where we come from. In Rick Niece's THE BAND PLAYS ON we are able to see not just the impact that music had on bringing him together with his family (namely his Dad) but how it really wrote the soundtrack for the life that he lives.
Like the first book in the FANFARE FOR A HOMETOWN SERIES we are able to see the impact that the town of DeGraff had on him, but more importantly the people in it. As he tells the story of what brought the town together and sometimes threatened it along the way, Niece is also mindful of how lonely such memories can be if you are the only one around to share them. That is one of the interesting things about this book. You are able to see exactly why writing and reflecting on life is so important: that way the experiences that make you who you are don't get lost with time.
Readers are also given the framework on what has inspired the author as well. Calling them "the bookends of my life", Niece relays the importance of teaching and learning to him and is able to give credit where credit is due when it comes to where it all began. "It all started in the first-grade classroom of a one-building school in a small rural town." (p.116)
THE BAND PLAYS ON takes you on a nostalgic adventure through the eyes of a man who is grateful for his life and what made it possible. By giving us this book and this series, we are able to realize not just the power of music but that of memories as well.