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On this page of the wiki you'll find:

  • Annotated listing of music that works well for young bands.

  • Links to major publishers/distributors of music for young bands. Most allow visitors to preview music via audio and/or PDF samples.

  • Links to websites of composers/arrangers whose music works well for young bands.


Here are databases of "teacher tested" recommendations for young band, with annotations.

1st/2nd Year Band (Elementary) - for our purposes, these are Grade .5 through 1 (with some 1.5).
3rd/4th Year Band (Middle School) - for our purposes, these are Grade 1.5-2.5 (with some 3).

Have you performed a great piece that worked well with your band not shown here? Feel free to add your own recommendations.

Recommend a 1st/2nd Year Band Piece

Recommend a 3rd/4th Year Band Piece

Repertoire Information Sheet - Use this tool to select and prepare concert selections.


  1. Alfred Music Publishing - Alfred now includes Belwin/Warner Bros.

  2. Bandworks - Small, but growing online distributer. Download PDF scores/parts, or receive conventional sets.

  3. Barnhouse

  4. FJH

  5. Hal Leonard - Hal Leonard distributes for Curnow Music, Musicworks, Rubank, and Boosey & Hawkes.

  6. Manhattan Beach Music

  7. Neil A. Kjos Music Company - Kjos includes the Queenwood catalog.

  8. TRN Music

  9. JW Pepper - This is the "biggle"!

  10. pdfband.com (Jon Ross Publications) - Download PDF scores/parts (for less) and make unlimited copies!

  11. Penders Music

  12. Stanton's Sheet Music - Another big retailer.

  13. Wingert-Jones


Brian Balmages

Chris Bernotas

Larry Clark

James Curnow

Vince Gassi

Rob Grice

Steve Hodges

Timothy Loest

Victor Lopez

Kevin Mixon

William Owens

David Shaffer

Robert Sheldon

Robert W. Smith

Todd Stalter

Michael Story

Douglas Wagner

Scott Watson

Travis Weller

Mark Williams