Rarely has a published resource contained so much invaluable information specifically for middle school band directors. This much-needed volume provides critical information on creating an effective wind band program in grades 6 through 8, from recruitment, rehearsal, and repertoire to performance and beyond. Chapters by leading middle school band directors focus on organization and administration, developing proper instrumentation, recruitment and retention, technique, literature selection, rehearsal, and a comprehensive listing of other resources. Central to this volume is the identification and analysis of 100 core works organized by difficulty level from grade 1 to 3.5. A separate section is devoted entirely to marches that, combined with the other selections, make up core repertoire for middle school bands. As with the other books in this series, information is included about the composer, the work, historical perspectives, technical and stylistic considerations, analysis of musical elements and form and structure, suggested listening references, and cross-references to additional resources.