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This book’s for you!


It’s a cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Conversations with God. If you liked any of those books, you’ll love this one.


In The Band Director’s Lessons About Life, author Donald Lee draws on his decades as both a band director and religion teacher to create modern-day parables from the classroom. People of any religious persuasion—or none—will be delighted and inspired by how these band-room vignettes shine a spiritual light on everyday experiences. The parables are short enough to read in the bathroom yet deep enough to ponder for days.


Every little event has a spiritual dimension—tuning the flute section, a terrible performance, a broken clarinet, and even the ugly band uniforms. You’ll recognize the characters, chuckle at their misadventures, and maybe even learn something about yourself. If you’ve been a kid, if you love music, this book’s for you!

Check out this review of my book by fellow author and blogger (no relation) Lee Hall.

"5 Stars – I thoroughly enjoyed this."

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The Band Director's

Lessons About Life

Volume 1: 50 Parables on Life's Performance Cycle

What People Are Saying About

“The Band Director’s Lessons About Life.”

“The stories made me laugh. The reflections made me think. These lessons are for everyone.”

Joanne Byfield,

Journalist, Radio Host, TV Producer

“If you pick up this collection, consider that you found a treasure. I do. It both entertains me, and inspires me.”

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R.

Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan

“If you need a little boost in your life, this is the book for you.”

Neil Wilkinson

Past President, Toastmasters International

“Every chapter is a gem that helps one become a better person, a better student, and a better teacher. I will recommend this work to all my music education students. Bravo Donald!”

Dr. Tom Dust

Professor - Secondary Music Education

University of Alberta

Lessons About Life is a well-written, insightful, inspiring work of art presented in a thoughtful, thoroughly enjoyable way. It's timely and highly applicable in today's world. Donald's students were blessed, and now readers will reap the same benefit.”

Michele Preisendorf

Editor with Eschler Editing

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