BandMusic PDF Library
BandMusic PDF Library preserves and shares band music from the Golden Age of the American Town Band. If you are looking for public domain music to play with your school band, community band or other group, you'll find it here–marches, waltzes, rags, theater music, cornet solos, trombone features, and much more.
Thanks to the band community the Library continues to grow. Vintage music in print is being donated. We continue to scan old music–we post both old and new editions each month. Friends of the library send missing pages, and volunteers create transposed parts for modern bands. It's this spirit of generosity that is making this heritage project truly "The band library for musicians, by musicians!"
In this third edition of the web site we are trying to make the Library easier to browse and also easier to search. And, we continue to improve our catalog to help you find what you are looking for. Let us know how we can improve.
- Recent Additions–Music added within the last 6 months
- Favorites and Suggested Works
- Browse the Entire Library
- Finding Music–A guide to searching the library
- Works with scores
- Guide to Playing Historical Music
Join the Community
We're always glad to hear you're using the music. Let us know when your band performs music from the Library. And, help others by alerting us to titles we should add to our Favorites lists.
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We have many good pieces that lack transposed parts for modern bands. They need a C Piccolo/Flute part transposed from the original Db Piccolo, and transposed F Horn parts from the original Eb Alto horns.
If you're interested in working on a particular piece or would like a suggestion for a place to start, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more »
We have been busy filling in missing parts and adding transposed versions of older parts, with contributions coming from all over the world. In addition, here are a few pieces that are new to the library.
Impassioned Dream (waltz) – Juventud Rosas (1898).
The Viceroy (selection) – Victor Herbert (1900).
Fort Popham – R. B. Hall (1895).
Guerrilla Quickstep – Claudio Grafulla (1914). New edition by Bob Craig.
View the list of all pieces that are new or recently improved »
Growing the Library
We would like to thank the many contributors who have added to the library this year. People from all over the world have donated parts we were missing and sent copies of scores they've compiled from our parts. More than 40 pieces have been made complete this year, and more than 90 new works have been added.
Meanwhile we have had the help of many regular contributors. Martin Tousignant added more arrangements to the library--he's now up to sixteen. Two new arrangements came from Ian Charleton. Dan Steadman continues to send scans of early twentieth century music. Jenny Munten has a knack for coming up with that missing part we never thought we'd find. And, Bob Craig and Gary Bricault have added some scores and more transposed parts than I can count.
Marcus Neiman's lists of suggested pieces from the library have helped us all find gems we might have missed. Colleen Wheeler and International Trombone Week inspired us to pull together our large collection of trombone features.
And we continue to hear from bands who play music from the library.
I'm sure I've missed some contributors. Thank you all.
March, March, March!
We have been encouraging band directors, music librarians and others to share their suggestions for Golden Age band music that is fun to play and pleasing to audiences. Here are favorites from Marcus L. Neiman, conductor of the Medina Community Band.
"When Bill Park approached me about writing historic information for his emerging BandMusicPDF site years ago, we talked about how important the “Heritage of the March” was to those of us who conductor wind bands. Robert Hoe of Poughkeepsie (NY) had his own well-established “Heritage of the March” series of recordings that encouraged many of us to celebrate the march. This installment will feature marches by American composers from the BandMusicPDF list for contests and festivals. I have attempted to find lesser known marches by known (or somewhat known) composers that would be appropriate for bands to perform for an adjudicated event. Audio recordings for many of the following marches can be found on YouTube.
"Most of these marches have a solo cornet score, some have full scores. I would also encourage those of you who really enjoy marches to take some time to explore the Gary Gillett and William Roche arrangements of the many marches of George Rosenkrans. All of their arrangements have full scores."