Joey Kimbel is a shy, red headed musician just starting high school. When he joins the marching band as the new snare drum player, he finds himself battling bullies and jocks and falling for the one girl he’s not supposed to love - color guard girl, Alhena Almasi. Now, with a band of misfits and skater punks, Joey struggles to survive high school, find his own path and be with the only girl that matters in his universe. Marching Band and the Expanding Universe is a story of love and pain and learning to be true to yourself. It is for anyone who can't live without music. This book is for anybody who's been picked on and isn't afraid to fight back. Praise for Markus Almond's writing: "It's Great!" -Gerard Way (Lead vocalist and co-founder of My Chemical Romance) “Inspiring and motivating.” -Travis Barker (Blink-182, Transplants, etc.) “[Markus Almond’s] words are amazing and [his] style is awesome.” -Mat Hoffman (BMX rider) "One of the best reads about life and success that I have read in a long time." -Rob Dyrdek (entrepreneur, star of Rob and Big, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, and Ridiculousness).