About BandMusic PDF Library

Who Were They?

BandMusic PDF Library contains musical gems from the time of Gilmore, Sousa, Pryor, Liberati, Goldman, Reeves and other professional bands that were wildly popular in their day. In addition to touring the country, performing in cities and towns across America, these bands attained stardom status at fairs, centennials and exhibitions, and they were some of the first to have their music widely distributed on recordings. At the same time, community bands thrived across America, sponsored by cities and towns, businesses and civic organizations.

Who Are We?

We are BandMusic PDF Library, conservators and stewards of our band music heritage from the time of John Philip Sousa, R. B. Hall, Henry Fillmore and all the other great composers who were active during the Golden Age of the American Town Band.

Our special focus is public domain music from the 1870s through 1922.

Beginnings

Music from this time period was donated to North Royalton (Ohio) Community Band—boxes and boxes and boxes of time-worn, brown-edged sheet music.

Most pages were too fragile to hand out so we decided to scan the music. Once everything was scanned, the next logical step was to share it with other bands. Just in time, our first webmaster, Graham Nasby, stepped up and agreed to create a library website and host it.

The Library became a non-profit corporation in 2006.

Evolution

BandMusic PDF Library has been online since February 2006. Our first thought was to have about 50 pieces online—mostly marches and a few dances. That number soon surpassed the 100 mark. Fast forward a few years and we've passed 3,000 titles, with no end in sight. And now the rich library holdings include marches of every description, all kinds of dances, ragtime, major period concert works, and solos with band accompaniment for a wide variety of instruments including voice. All three websites that formerly contained our music are now rolled into one.

With this much music online, our former plan of operation has become unworkable. The current plan is to post everything, then go through and make as many pieces playable as possible. This will necessitate inventorying every set, filling in missing pages and transposing Piccolo and Horn parts to modern keys. Learn more about how you can help »

New Music

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  1. Altogether Boys March

    Altogether Boys March

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    Composer: Waggoner, F. C.
    Arranger: Cook, Lieut.
    Publisher: H. C. Miller
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: EbCL, EbCT
  2. My Sunny Tennessee

    My Sunny Tennessee

    $0.00
    Composer: Kalmar, Bert; Ruby, Harry; Ruby, Herman
    Arranger: Schulz, William
    Publisher: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co.
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: EbCT, EbA3/4
  3. Ole Virginny

    Ole Virginny

    $0.00
    Composer: Zamecnik, John Stepan
    Publisher: Sam Fox Pub. Co.
    Instrumentation: Complete as published
  4. Tres Moutarde

    Tres Moutarde

    $0.00
    Composer: Macklin, Cecil
    Arranger: Ascher, Emil
    Publisher: Emil Ascher
    Instrumentation: Complete as published
    Seeking: SS
  5. On, Wisconsin!

    On, Wisconsin!

    $0.00
    Composer: Purdy, William T.
    Arranger: Alford, Harry L.
    Publisher: Flanner-Hafsoos Music House
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: EbCT
  6. La Belle–Creole

    La Belle–Creole

    $0.00
    Composer: Dalbey, Clarence W.
    Publisher: Dalbey & Roff
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: OB, BSN, saxes, CT1
  7. Shall We Gather at the River

    Shall We Gather at the River

    $0.00
    Composer: Lowry, Robert
    Arranger: Fillmore, Henry
    Publisher: The Fillmore Bros. Co.
    Instrumentation: Modern instrumentation
  8. Arrah Go On, I'm Gonna Go Back To Oregon

    Arrah Go On, I'm Gonna Go Back To Oregon

    $0.00
    Composer: Grant, Bert
    Arranger: Schulz, William
    Publisher: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co.
    Instrumentation: Complete as published
  9. Thoughts of Love

    Thoughts of Love

    $0.00
    Composer: Pryor, Arthur
    Arranger: Willson, George
    Publisher: BandMusic PDF Library
    Instrumentation: New edition
  10. U. S. Marches. California

    U. S. Marches. California

    $0.00
    Composer: Sanglear, Charles
    Publisher: Will H. Smith
    Instrumentation: Parts missing
    Seeking: EbCT