How does precise marching with captivating music change the lives of a "down and out" community? Knees Lifted High and Toes Pointed is the story of a small Kansas town being reborn amidst the Great Depression. It all happened through the sounds of a high school band, under the tutelage of Jake Dalke, a young professor of music. The band grew from zero members in 1934 to one hundred talented high school musicians in 1941. What was the secret of Jake's approach that was so compelling for families and students? This book explores numerous aspects of the positive impact of his decency and leadership. The momentum builds, chapter after chapter: as the students honed their skills, the townsfolk became more excited and hopeful. It is an entertaining and captivating read.