Click on your instrument to
download a .pdf book that can help refresh your skills. If you
want a comb bound book printed, you can put the .pdf file on a memory
stick and take it to Staples, Kinkos or any other print shop.
Alto or Baritone
Bb Clarinet or
Oboe or mallet percussion
Trumpet or treble
Trombone or Bass
(concentrates on rudiments)
will want to download both the trombone and tuba book.
Band directors can click here
to download all the books in a zip file.
information on these books:
Songs for Band
has multiple uses:
- It can be used as a supplementary book to any band
- It can be used as a beginning band method. No
fingering charts or fingerings are included, as these are intended to
be provided by the teacher.
- It can be used by intermediate players to learn to
play in additional keys.
- It can be used by experienced instrumentalists
learning another instrument.
- It can be used by persons of any age who played in
the past but need a refresher course to play again.
The songs in this book are “public domain” which means
the copyright on them has expired, so they can be used and copied
without any permission or payment needed. This book can also be copied
as desired without any permission or payment. Some of the songs are
“hymn tunes” and we have listed them by the “tune name” rather than by
the first line of the lyrics usually sung to those tunes, as the lyrics
vary from one organization to another. Other songs are folk songs,
mostly from the nineteenth century or by nineteenth century or earlier
composers. The songs are arranged in an order that gives an orderly
progression of skill development. For the drum book the basic drum
rudiments are included for slow practice.
Here are some tips about these books.
You can use the Trombone book for Baritone. The Alto Sax
book can be used for Baritone Sax. The Tenor Sax book can be used for
Soprano Sax. The tuba book is probably better suited to converting
people to Tuba than for pure beginners. The songs have been
adjusted--with some octave switches-- for some instruments to bring the
songs into a reasonable playing range.
The songs progress through most of the common
keys. Playing the songs in the order presented will help technic
The percussion book has a number of rudiments designed
for slow careful practice. Care should be taken that the left and right
hand sounds the same. In a class setting drummers should take turns
playing bass drum, as this part has a progression of rhythmic
The quarter note passages on the opening page make a
good band warmup for elementary level bands.
On the rests section, have a class or individual say the
number out loud where the rest falls. This aids in getting them to
count in their minds as they have to be counting to know what count
they are on when they get to the rest. Flutists can just open the mouth
to say the number. Others should leave the mouthpiece in place and open
the corners to speak around the mouthpiece.
If used in a band class the goal should be for enough
explanation to be given so the students can play each song without
error on the first try. Then try for five times in a row with no
There are no fingerings or fingering charts. If a
student has to remember the fingering in order to play the songs, that
will be done.
Feel free to distribute these files to any colleagues
who might be able to use them.