List of concert band literature

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This is a list of some of the standards of concert band repertoire.

Original works[edit]

This is an inclusive list of the accepted standard works written specifically for concert band or wind ensemble.

Cornerstone works[edit]

The following works are some of the most universally respected and established cornerstones of the band repertoire. All have "stood the test of time" through decades of regular performance, and many, either through an innovative use of the medium or by the fame of their composer, helped establish the wind band as a legitimate, serious performing ensemble.[citation needed]

Respected works[edit]

These pieces may not necessarily be quite as universally acknowledged as the above list, but occupy an extremely important place in the repertoire nonetheless. Like the previous works, they have proven themselves through many performances, most over a span of decades.[citation needed]

Recent works[edit]

The following works are rapidly gaining acceptance as standard repertoire. Most have been composed within the last 30 years.


There are thousands of transcriptions of pieces from other media (mostly orchestra) available for the concert band; however, some transcriptions are performed so often that they can be said to have achieved a place of their own in the concert band repertoire.

Recordings of concert band literature[edit]

The Klavier Wind Recording Project was started in 1989 by Eugene Corporon while he was director of bands at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music. It has helped provide recordings of many of the most important and more recent pieces in the wind band literature. The recording project continues today, having followed Corporon to the University of North Texas. The project continues to this day under the label GIA Publications. Corporon's recordings exist in the form of the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band Series, Windworks Series and Composer's Collections. Still more recordings have been released by The Keystone Winds, conducted by Jack Stamp. The Keystone Winds consists of faculty, alumni and students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Two of the most prominent professional bands are the Dallas Winds, conducted by Jerry Junkin, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, conducted by Takeshi Ooi. Both bands were at one point led by Frederick Fennell who recorded several albums of concert band literature with them.

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