Not an ABC primer of learning how to be a band leader, but an informal, colloquial book which should give the budding enthusiast an idea of the qualifications necessary and the steps by which someone could get started. Forming a neighborhood band -- operating one -- diplomacy required -- showmanship --adaptability and versatility. Closes with a typical harrowing day in the life of a band leader. A book for youth, primarily, for the young hot swing addict who would follow suit. Good for schools and public libraries.