BandMusic PDF Library

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.

Getting Started

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.

Check out the How You Can Help page. There are many ways, large and small, that you can participate in building the Library.

Please sign up for our email list below, and we'll keep you up to date on the Library's progress. Or, find us on Facebook »

Wish List...

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 Learn more »

Featured Content

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.

Read more »


These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. Some of the music of this period features words, phrases, and portrayals that are offensive and demeaning. The Library does not endorse these expressions, but is making this music available in order to preserve the music and because we believe one cannot understand the past if one doesn't know what it was.

New in the Public Domain for 2020

As a special New Year's treat, on January 1st John Philip Sousa's 1924 march "Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company" entered the public domain and parts are available here. This is especially appropriate for the season because the melody from "Auld Lang Syne" is incorporated into the trio section and the final strain.

Hear a preview, thanks to Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

New in the Public Domain for 2019

On January 1st, 2019 all musical works first published in the United States in 1923 entered the public domain. Our first batch includes Sousa's Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Alford's Cavalry of the Clouds, and Edwin Franko Goldman's On the Mall. See the whole list: 1923 works for band →

This is the first group of works to enter the public domain in the U.S. in many years. (Read more.) Starting with 2019, the cutoff date for public domain music will advance one year each Jan. 1. From its beginning BandMusic PDF Library has been limited to works published up to 1922; we will now expand our range each year, too. If you have works for band published in 1923 (or earlier) that you are willing to scan and share, please contact us →

Search Option

As an experiment, you are welcome to try out an alternate search engine for BandMusic PDF Library. It searches all of the same music as our regular search. (You will need a modern, up-to-date web browser.)  If you try it, please use the Contact Form to let us know what you think.

Growing the Library

We have recently been receiving many scans of pieces new to the library, and we continue to fill in missing parts and add transposed versions of older parts, with contributions coming from all over the world. To get you started, here are the most recent additions.

New Music

  1. Bassoon Solo - Lucy Long

    Bassoon Solo - Lucy Long

    Composer: Godfrey, A. F.
    Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    Instrumentation: Modern instrumentation
  2. Coppelia Suite

    Coppelia Suite

    Composer: Delibes, Leo
    Arranger: Lake, Mayhew L.
    Publisher: Carl Fischer
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: Score p. 13, ACL, BCL, TS
  3. Sorella


    Composer: Borel-Clerc, Charles
    Arranger: Hildreth, Richard E.
    Publisher: Walter Jacobs
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: EbCT
  4. Eton Boating Song

    Eton Boating Song

    Composer: Kaps, Karl
    Arranger: Retford, M.
    Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    Instrumentation: Modern instrumentation
  5. Post Horn Galop

    Post Horn Galop

    Composer: Koenig
    Arranger: Retford, M.
    Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
    Instrumentation: Modern instrumentation
  6. Royal Pageant

    Royal Pageant

    Composer: English, Walter P.
    Publisher: BandMusic PDF Library
    Instrumentation: New edition
  7. Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

    Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

    Composer: Sousa, John Philip
    Publisher: Sam Fox Pub. Co.
    Instrumentation: Modern instrumentation

View the list of all pieces that are new or recently improved »