Seventeen-year-old Hannah is head drum major in her school’s marching band, and she treats that role with the gravity it deserves. A task that’s often difficult, seeing as the group is underfunded, the principal has it out for them, and the freshmen keep pouring random liquids into their trombones.

When a contest between after-school groups is announced, Hannah’s determined to win the ten thousand dollar prize to save her beloved band. There’s only one problem: her main competition comes in a charming, freckled package named Eli Marshall, the star of the theater program . . . a.k.a. the guy she just broke up with.

When things quickly get personal, Hannah must face the music: Has she been doing leadership—and relationships—all wrong?

“Filled with beats of drama, romance, humor, and heart, AS YOU WERE is the marching band book my nerdy teenage self always wanted. Kids who found their family in the band room will definitely enjoy seeing themselves reflected in these pages.” — Heather Kaczynski, author of Dare Mighty Things

“AS YOU WERE has a brassy female lead, a catchy cast of supporting characters, and a quick-moving plot that never stops marching forward—all set to the irresistible beat of non-stop witty banter!” — Anna Priemaza, author of Fan the Fame