Star Spangled Music Editions


We are pleased to provide an ongoing series of Star Spangled Music Editions, with usually free, performance-ready downloadable scores of works connected to the history and legacy of American music and Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

If you use these scores, we ask that you credit the arranger-editor and the Star Spangled Music Foundation in your program and email with an announcement of your performance. If you are interested in posting videos or recordings online, please email us for easy authorization. Also please recommend to friends and colleagues. See the links below for further information about specific works.

P.S. All of our scores are performance tested, but if you have suggestions or find an error please email with your comments.

Thank you.


Solo Voice with Optional/Audience Chorus

Our Star Spangled Songbook will be available this summer with a range of historical performance scores. In advance of the anthem’s anniversary, we are making a selection of the most important scores available in free downloadable editions, click here to see the editions now available.

Adams and Liberty (1798)—most popular American parody of the To Anacreon melody and a Federalist Party anthem
C Major / high voice (click to download)
Bb Major / medium voice
Ab Major / low voice

The Anacreontic Song (1775/76)—the source tune for “The Star-Spangled Banner” (i.e., the one that started it all!)
C Major / high voice
Bb Major / medium voice
Ab Major / low voice

Microsoft Word - Buck_FO_Score_050214.docx
Toscanini SSB sib6 - mtf score edit

Lift Every Voice and Sing (1900, James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson)

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”—Bb Major (High)
“Lift Every Voice and Sing”—G Major (Low)

The Star-Spangled Banner (1814 1st ed. / Arr. Thomas Carr)
C Major / High Voice (original key)
Bb Major / Medium Voice
Ab Major / Low Voice

The Star-Spangled Banner (Service Version, 1917)
Bb Major / Medium Voice (solo or duet with concluding chorus)
Bb Major full SATB ChorusAb Major full SATB Chorus

When the Warrior Returns (1805)— song by F.S. Key using the same melody he would use for the Anthem)
C Major / high voice
Bb Major / medium voice
Ab Major / low voice

More vocal scores on the way…


“Historical” SATB Arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Arranged 2012 by Ross W. Duffin (click for score)
Note: credit “Arranged by Ross W. Duffin” and please email with performance information.

The Star-Spangled Banner (Service Version, 1916)
Bb Major SATB / Chorus
Ab Major SATB / Chorus


Festival Overture on the American National Air “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1879) by Dudley Buck (full score and parts). Instrumentation: Picc/2Fl/2Ob/2Cl/2Bsn/4Hrn/3Tpt/3Tbn/Tuba/Timp+2/Strings. Work includes optional chorus. Note that the score is formatted to be printed on either 8 x 10 or easier-to-read 11 x 17 paper. Parts available by emailing

“The Star-Spangled Banner” (1943, rev. 1951) arranged by Arturo Toscanini (full score and parts). Instrumentation: 3Fl/2Ob + EngHn/2CL + BCl/2Bsn + Cbn/3Tpt/3Tbn/Tuba/Timp+2/ Strings. Parts available by emailing
Also see Armed Forces Version (below) as band version has optional string parts.
Armed Forces Band Version with Optional String Parts (see below)


Elementary and Beginning Bands
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” arr. T.J. Wolfgram
Click here for score and parts (new window will open in dropbox)
High School & Collegiate Bands

“The Star-Spangled Banner” Armed Forces Version 1997
Click here (new window will open in dropbox) with optional string parts

Sousa’s Star Spangled Banner and the U.S. Marine Band Version on the way!
The Band Music of Alton Augustus Adams

Marching Band

Full halftime show coming (available September 2014)
Email for advance information.