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 fourth edition of the web site we are trying to make the Library fit more comfortably on small devices and improve the search. And, we continue to improve our catalog to help you find what you are looking for. Let us know how we can improve.
- Browse the Entire Library
- Recent Additions first
- Finding Music–A guide to searching the library
- Suggested Works
- Works with scores
- Guide to Instrumentation
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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.
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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.
New in the Public Domain for 2020
As a special New Year’s treat, on January 1, 2020 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.