The Worcester Telegram & Gazette published a long piece in advance of the book launch party at the Trottier Middle School in Southborough.
The article, “Book charts Southboro school band, leader’s coping with member’s death,” began this way:
Today, parents, teachers and music students in Southboro will meet to honor a rather special story. It’s told in a book about kids who lose their fellow band member and experience the harshness of grief at a vulnerable age — poised on the brink of adolescence and not really equipped to figure out their feelings.
Writer Ann Connery Frantz continued:
Subtitled: “A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room,” the book contains a virtual text for grief management, made human by the kids’ stories (anonymously) and their difficulty in setting aside fear and grief over a buddy’s death to move forward as Clark melds individuals into a team, rocking their approach to life and music.