In Concert:
Community Music Groups Working Together

A Newsletter of Southwestern Pennsylvania Band Partners

Spring 2007
Volume 3 Issue 2 
Printable Version in PDF Format

Inside This Issue: 
Harmony-Zelienople Community BandBand Directory Additions | Where to find Music
 | Combined Concert Calendar  | Band Websites | Contact US

Harmony-Zelienople Community Band
Provided by Jack VanArsdale

The Harmony-Zelienople Community Band started in 1999 with 22 members. The band was formed by Sue VanArsdale, a band director in the Seneca Valley School District, to provide musically inactive adults an opportunity to resume playing in a comfortable environment.

One unique thing about this community band is that junior-high age (and older) children of adult members are invited to play with the group, to encourage family musical activities. Currently there are about 100 band members ranging in age from 11 years old to "long-retired" and representing a wide spectrum of occupations and interests.

The Band rehearses for about 10 weeks beginning in late January and presents a single concert in April. This short "season" enables many members to participate -- the limited time commitment for the band fits nicely into busy personal and professional schedules. There is no membership fee to participate in the band and the annual concert is free to the public. The band is funded by generous donations from the concert audience. Concert selections range from popular and traditional tunes through light classical music. Each year a local performing group or soloist joins the band for programming variety, and two Seneca Valley High School seniors have worked with the band as part of their required Senior Project.

The Band participated in the 2006 Three Rivers Community Band Festival and will present the National Anthem at PNC Park this coming June, their second appearance at a Pirates game.

Concert details, contact information, and more about the band can be found at the band's website,


Southwestern PA Community Bands (As of September 26, 2006)
There are no updates from the last issue.  If you are aware of community bands in the region that are not yet in the online directory please let them know about us.  We currently have 22 groups listed in our directory from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

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Places to find music

There comes a time when groups want to update their music library or add a piece or two. Sometimes it is not clear
where to start. A good starting place on specific pieces comes from the concert announcements with complete program
that many bands list on the Community Music list ( as well as discussions
with other band directors. The program listings allow others to see what music is being performed by similar groups
across the country and become aware of new and old works from the concert band repertoire. Once you know what
music you want to get, then what? From time to time there are suggestions about this too on the CM list - from borrowing
music (a missing part or full score, out of print music) to specific publishers. Below are some examples from the
Community Music list as well as some others that we have come across for obtaining music. This is clearly not a complete
list of options (nor is it intended to be), but a few examples in the different areas where music can be obtained.
We are not endorsing any of these over any other, we are just providing information and some starting places for you to
use as you wish.

Borrowing and free music
One way to go about reducing the expense of purchasing music is to borrow from another group or lending library. Ask
your fellow band directors listed in the SWPABP directory if they have and are willing to lend a specific piece. There
are also some lending libraries that can be found online.

Arkansas Valley Wind & Percussion Ensemble, Inc.
From their website: “Our UNIQE Online Sheet Music Lending Library offers you thousands of arrangements and titles
for ALL of your music needs. We created this library to help other community band and choir programs, churches, universities,
community colleges, educators and individuals find all kinds of music without having to buy it.”

BandMusic PDF Library
Music that has expired copyrights are available to be downloaded and printed. From their website: “The BandMusic
PDF Library contains musical gems from the time of Gilmore, Sousa, Pryor, Liberati, Goldman, Reeves and other professional
bands that were wildly popular in their day.”

Stop into one of the stores or browse their new online catalog as it is completed.

Go to their stores and browse the tables and file cabinets in the Band Music Section

Online Retailers
There are many online retailers. A look at the different online retailers that the publishing company’s sell their music
through will keep you busy. Below we provide information on some of the online retailers.

J.W. Pepper
Considered the “Word largest Sheet Music Retailer” they are often the first place people suggest to look for music for
concert band. Their online catalog is broken down into different genres to make searching a little easier.

Manhattan Beach Music
Music is arranged by grade.

Sheet Music Plus
Here you can search concert band music directly or by composer on genre. In the concert band section you can
search by grade, band, or arranger.

Many publishers have their own websites which you can purchase music directly or they will direct you to an authorized
dealer either online or store in your region. Here are two examples.

Hal Leonard
Considered the “world's largest music print publisher”, at their website you can search through new publications by year
starting with “online edition of the 2001-2002 Hal Leonard Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble Promotion”. You can then
search via category and grade level. They will direct you to online retailers and local music stores for purchase.

Neil A. Kjos
Here you can search band music by grade and will be presented with a list of titles. To purchase music you are directed
to online retailers and local music stores.

Many composers have their own website which will direct you to the publishers or retailers where you can purchase
their work. So if you have a favorite composer whose music you would like to play or see if the have a new work, try
starting with a Google search on the composer and see if they have a web site.

Are there any new pieces your group has played that think others would be interested in? Please let us know and we
will start including the names of the pieces in this quarterly newsletter. A brief description of the piece would be helpful.
Please email with the subject “Music Suggestion for Newsletter”

Combined Calendar (As of March 16, 2006 for Spring 2007)
For the updates and the entire calendar visit the online calendar

April  2007:

Sun, 1
Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh
Thu, 12
Harmony-Zelienople Community Band Seneca Valley Intermediate School, Harmony
Sun, 15
West Hills Symphonic Band Robert Morris University
Sat, 28
Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Cecilian Hall,  Seton Hill University
Sun, 29

Kiski Valley Community Band Casino Theatre

May 2007:

Sun, 6
Three Rivers Community Band Festival
Upper St. Clair High School Theatre
Sat, 12
Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Upper St Clair High School Theatre
Sat, 12
Allegheny Brass Band First Evangelical Lutheran Churc, Sharpsburg
Sat, 19
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra East Allegheny High School ( North Versailles)
Sun, 20
North Suburban Symphonic Band The Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center
Sun, 20
Community Band South Bower Hill Apartments, Mt. Lebanon
Sun, 27
Armstrong Concert Band Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church

June 2007:
Fri, 1
Community Band South Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia
Fri, 15
The Musicians Concert Band Miller Auditorium, Slippery Rock University
Sun, 24
Community Band South Wallace Presbyterian Church, Greentree
Sun, 24
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra Bach, Beethoven and Brunch in Mellon Park, Pittsburgh
Tue, 26

West Hills Symphonic Band Hopewell
Thu, 28
The Musicians Concert Band Miller Auditorium, Slippery Rock University

Contacting Us:

Southwestern Pennsylvania Band Partners is dedicated to helping community music groups in the southwestern Pennsylvania Region. 
Please visit us online at the address below to learn more or become involved.

Regional Bands with websites (for updated list visit the links page)

Aeolian Winds
Allegheny Brass Band
Armstrong Concert Band
Blairsville Community Concert Band
Butler County Symphony
Community Band South
East Winds Symphonic Band
Edgewood Symphony
Harmony-Zelienople Community Band
Harrisville Community Band
Jeannette Community Band
Kiski Valley Community Band
Kittanning Firemen's Band
Musicians Concert Band
North Pittsburgh Philharmonic
North Suburban Symphonic Band
Ohio Valley Community Band
Pine Creek Community Band
Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
Resurrection Band
Scottdale Concert Band
Somerset County Community Band
Washington Symphonic Orchestra
West Hills Symphonic Band
Westmoreland Symphonic Winds

Contributing to the newsletter
Everyone is welcome to contribute an article to the newsletter.  The topic is up to you—something you think your fellow musicians would be interested in. Just email your article to:

For additions to the website email:

In the next newsletter
In our next newsletter due out in early July you will find:

Sarah McElfresh,  East Winds Symphonic Band
Scott McElfresh, East Winds Symphonic Band
Kathy Wikowski, Allegheny Brass Band,  North Suburban Symphonic Band

March 28, 2007