SVSBA Music Library
A benefit of SVSBA participation is the privilege for any member band to check out music from SVSBA's Music Library. The Library has over 5700 concert band pieces, 4000 stage band pieces, and 180 pieces for small ensembles (duets up to dectet). Access to the Music Library's secure office space is available 24/7 by appointment.
SVSBA's collection is cataloged in a spreadsheet that can be downloaded and sorted by title, composer, arranger, etc. The spreadsheet shows whether the piece is "in" or what band currently has it, and whether it can checked out on the
spot or needs inventorying first.
Find Music Library information, including:
- Spreadsheet catalog of the Library's holdings
- Directions to the library
- Library Users Manual – a "must read" for borrowers, conductors and volunteers
Sacramento Symphonic Winds music collection is now housed in the SVSBA Music Library. All pieces are included in the spreadsheet catalog and are available for any SVSBA member ensemble to check out.
59th Army Band Collection
With shifts in deployment of U.S. military resources in recent years, Sacramento's National Guard 59th Army Band was combined with a southern California unit, leaving behind its large music collection. The music was donated to SVSBA, thanks to the efforts of SVSBA member Bob Bourke (SSW, Amador, Winds of Faith), formerly with the 59th Army Band -- and the cooperation of that band's command leadership, who were delighted to see their music go to a good home. This past March, 59th Army and SVSBA volunteers and a commercial moving crew moved 7000 pieces of music in file cabinets and banker boxes from the Arden Armory to the Music Library in Auburn, more than tripling SVSBA's music collection. Since then, Library volunteers have been making good progress in getting the pieces ready for checkout by SVSBA member bands, and many of the pieces are already in use.
SVSBA member volunteers have donated over 3500 hours of work in the Music Library since its July 2017 relocation and reorganization. Volunteers are trained in stamping music, putting it in score order, numbering and inventorying parts, and maintaining records – all steps essential to conserving and preserving for future users the value of this SVSBA asset. For more information, to volunteer, or to arrange a visit to our facility in the beautiful (and nearby!) Sierra foothills, contact George Preston, SVSBA@georgepreston.com.