1. How did you come up with the title?
The book, The Band Plays On, takes a nostalgic step back in time. An aging group of former students and band members return to their small home town (population 900) to celebrate the life of their beloved music teacher from decades past, Lewis Niece. “Lewie’s Alumni Band” gathers to rehearse a routine for half-time during the local school’s football game. They also practice to march in a parade the next day and play a concert downtown.
The title of the book references an old music classic, “The Band Played On,” written in 1895. That song begins with this lyric:
Casey would waltz with a strawberry blond
And the band played on.
The difference is that in this lyric, the band “played” on—a verb in the past tense. The title of my book is in the present tense, plays, to signify that this music continues on and on in hearts and memories.