BandMusic PDF Library

BandMusic PDF Library


Who Are We?

We are BandMusic PDF Library, conservators and stewards of our band music heritage from the time of John Philip Sousa, Karl L. King, 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 1880s through 1922.


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.

As always, there is no charge for downloading and using these band treasures.

All music in BandMusic PDF Library is copyright-free in the USA. Visitors from other countries — please determine that you are complying with your country’s copyright regulations, which may differ from those of the USA.


Some criticism of Freegal: positive and negative

The Librarian and Black has posted as to some of her experiences with the Freegal service and her opinion as to its value to libraries. The comments section contains some spirited debate.

Just say no to Freegal

Freegal music service for libraries

Highlights of the Freegal Music Service

•Millions of songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.

• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.

• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).

• Simultaneous access to all music for all patrons.

• Multiple plans to fit any-size budget!

• Simultaneous releases of chart topping music.

• Eliminates the costs and headaches of circulating audio CDs.

• Full reporting and administration center to manage the Freegal Music Service.