Wind Band Literature

A Conductor's Perspective by Andy Pease

Other Resources

If you’re looking for wind band repertoire, this website is a good start.  Should you wish to look further (and you should!), there are many other resources available to you.


Like listening to music?  Here are some YouTube playlists that cover parts of the repertoire:

Female Wind Band Composers:

Beautiful, deeply touching works for wind band:


The Wind Repertory Project – like Wikipedia for wind band

Oklahoma City University Program Note Resource for Band Directors – a large archive of program notes and composer biographies

The Wind Band Symphony Archive – a catalog of symphonies written for wind band

Prized Composers – a list of wind band works by composers who have won major composition prizes

List of Wind Band Works by Female Composers – lives up to its name

Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music – full access by annual subscription.  Attempts to catalog every band piece (original and transcribed) ever written

Notendatenbank – database of scores and recordings, featuring over 100,000 wind band works

CDMC Musical Information Centre – French database of the holdings of an extensive score and listening library

Winners of Coups de Vents Prize – complete list of winners, semi-finalists, and quarter-finalists of this world-wide competition held in France


Some COMPOSERS who post recordings and scores:

Kenneth Amis – Karen Amrhein – Kimberly Archer – Brian Balmages – BJ Brooks – Steven Bryant – James M. David – Elliot Del Borgo – Thierry Deleruyelle – Joseph Eidson – Don Freund – Keith Gates – Julie Giroux – Donald Grantham – Bertold Hummel – Christiaan JanssenJennifer Jolley – Bernhard Thomas Klein – Chris Lamb – John Mackey – Michael Markowski – David MaslankaJ. Scott McKenzie – Johan de Meij – Oskar Morawetz – Craig Thomas Naylor – Sean Osborn – Arne Running – Eric Schmidt – David Jason Snow – James Stephenson – Benjamin Taylor – Christopher Tucker – Andrés Valero-Castells – Jan Van der Roost – Kees Vlak – Kevin Walczyk


Some PUBLISHERS and DISTRIBUTORS who post recordings and scores:

All Sheetmusic – Alfred Music – Allemanda – Alliance Publications – Andel Music – Art of Sound Music – Band Music Shop – Bandworks –  Blue Dot Collective – Bravo MusicBrolga – Bronsheim Music – BRS Music – C. Alan Publications – C.L. Barnhouse Company – Editio Musica Budapest – Edition Robert Martin – Editions BimEighth Note Music – FJH Music Company Inc – G&M Brand – Golden River MusicHafabra Music – Hafner Musikverlag – Hal Leonard Online  – Hebu – J. W. Pepper & Son – Kjos – Maecenas Music – Maestro & Fox Music – Manhattan Beach Music – Maxime’s Music – Midwest Sheet Music – Molenaar Edition – Musica PropriaR. Smith & Company – Editions Marc Reift – Rundel Music – Scherbacher – Schorer Music Publishing – Southern Music – Tierolff – Top Score Diffusion – Trio Musik Edition – TRN – Wicky Music – Wind Music Sales

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SOCIETIES that feature wind band music (bold feature scores and/or recordings, * also publish/distribute)

American Composers Alliance – Asociación Galega de Compositores – Australian Music Centre – Budapest Music Center – College Band Directors National Association (USA) – Centre Belge de Documentation Musicale (CeBeDeM) – Canadian Music Centre | Centre de Musique Canadienne – Contemporary Music Centre Ireland – Society of Slovene Composers – Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music – Luxembourg Music Publishers – Music Austria – Music Finland – Music Information Centre Lithuania – Czech Music Information Centre – Swiss Musinfo – New Music USA Online Library – NB Noter: Contemporary Norwegian Sheet Music – British Music CollectionSOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music) – Swedish Music – Swedish Musical Heritage – Symphonic Music from Catalonia (Gremi d’Editorials de Música de Catalunya) – Wisconsin Alliance for Composers – World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles


University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

Wind Band Lit

Tim Reynish



Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP) – free public domain music from every (legal) era

Band Music PDF Library – like the IMSLP for band music


What other resources do you use?  Leave a comment and I may add your favorites to my list.

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