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.

Editions-Cover-AnacreonticNarrowAdams 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

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

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…


DuffinBannerSheetMusic“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


Microsoft Word - Buck_FO_Score_050214.docxFestival 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

Toscanini SSB sib6 - mtf score edit“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 below0


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.

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  9. Andrea Saarela says:

    Hello ~ I am thrilled to have found your site and have been spreading the word to all I meet. As chairman of the education committee for our local historical society, it is a perfect fit. I am working hard to have a birthday party in the middle of downtown on Sept. 13 and everyone I talk to is thrilled.

    I am writing in the hopes of obtaining the high school band program that you have. We have two high schools and Sept. 12 is the night they meet. Having this program done as the pregame performance would be just wonderful. I am planning to meet with the two band directors and if I have this in hand I might have greater success. So, if possible for you to send it to me I would be oh so appreciative. My home address is: 1103 S. Grandview Ave., Papillion, Nebraska 68046

    I wish you a blessed day,
    Andrea Saarela
    Education Committee Chairman
    Papillion Area Historical Society
    Papillion, Nebraska 68046

  10. Charles Savage says:

    Looking for the SATB version in Ab, but it was no longer available. Will it be back up by Friday? I need to sing it on Saturday.

    Thank you.

  11. Ronda says:

    I just wanted you to know that I took the liberty and copied your Star Spangled Banner music. We have 3 flutist that play every month at church just before the Sunday morning service starts. We decided to play the Star Spangled Banner that you had written for the three flutes on Sunday June 28th just before the 4th of July weekend. May I just say that the arrangement you shared on the internet was by far the best one out there. We each had a part to play and it sounded so beautiful. I did verbally give you credit from the pulpit before we played. Thank you for sharing your arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner. There was a full house that enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed playing it.

  12. Scott says:

    any idea where to get the marching band arrangement that U.S. army bands play? I would like to acquire a copy for our high school band.

  13. Ken Beckham says:

    Looking for parts to Toscanini arranged and Orchestrated “The Star-Spangled Banner”. I have the Full Orchestra score. Need all parts.

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