Band Literature Resources

3 Sep

In addition to the many great print resources available for helping you select great works for bands, there are several great websites which feature comprehensive guides to literature.

Professor Fred Allen’s post from the Texas School Music Project is a great place to start and features a comprehensive list of great band literature for both young and advanced bands. Cheryl Floyd’s listing at the end of her 2007 handout for her clinic at the Texas Bandmasters Association is a great reference to consult as well.

The Wind Repertory Project is a Wiki-style site featuring information on a wide variety of wind band selections. While some entries are more comprehensive than others, users are invited to add information on compositional details including publication information, errata, program notes, lists of recordings, and state contest list information.

Chip DeStefano, director of the McCracken Middle School Bands in Skokie, IL, has published a comprehensive listing of some of the best music for middle-school bands including some that are not included in many of the “canon” of band literature in many of the more formal lists.

Several states publish helpful lists of recommended band tunes, and those produced by the Kentucky Music Educators Association and the list compiled by composer and educator Douglas Akey for theĀ  Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors are unique and quite informative.

While many of the music publishers and distributors’ websites offer limited information on various tunes, I’ve found J. W. Pepper’s site to be particularly user friendly and helpful.

What are some other online resources you’ve found useful? Where do you go when you want to know more about a piece?

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