The ACB offers many resources. Some are available to members only and some are available via link from our web site.

ACB Blanket Performance License with BMI and ASCAP

The Association of Concert Bands has negotiated very favorable rates on performance licensing with both BMI and ASCAP. Please click on the link for more information about this discount available to ACB member organizations.

The ACB Journal and ACB Band Builder's Manual

(Members Only)

The ACB Journal is published three times per year, and contains articles of interest to the amateur musician, band directors, and leadership teams of community bands. The Band Builder's Manual has been developed over the years and is periodically updated. Contributing authors provide ideas on building an audience, fundraising, starting a band, inviting guest conductors, and many other topics of interest to bands. The ACB Journal and ACB Band Builder's Manual are available to members only.

ACB Find-A-Band

This directory lists bands that are members of ACB and have chosen to participate in this directory. Bands list a variety of information such as rehearsal day and times, whether they require auditions or a come-one-come-all band; if they rehearse for all or part of the year, and other information to help musicians seeking a band to play with to have a little more information. Find-A-Band Directory


Judy Shellenberger was ACB's President from April 2011 through April 2013.These are the letters she wrote to members which appeared in "President's Message" section of The Journal of the Association of Concert Bands. These letters represent Judy's vision of ACB and include long and short term goals and the strategy to reach them. Click link to access the the letters

Project Posy

The ACB sells the DVD of Frederick Fennell rehearsing the U.S. Navy Band for a performance of Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy. Please click on the link for more information on this informative resource.

Music Repertoire Data

For ideas on programming: Currently the list of music performed at our conventions (members only access) and  a database of music commissioned by or written for community bands (open to all) can be found on this page.  Other lists of music will be added here in the future.

Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

ACB Members are able to purchase access to the Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music at a reduced price. Click here  to learn more. (New for 2017)


ACB Individual, Student, Family, and Life members are able to obtain ID and Password for free NML Music Streaming. For more information see here

Request ACB Certificate of Recognition for Band Milestones

ACB can provide recognition certificates to member bands for special milestones. This is a tangible way to recognize your band’s achievement of anniversary milestones. To request a certificate for recognition by ACB  for milestone anniversaries of member bands Use the form here


The Association of Concert Bands Board of Directors has established a special fund to encourage new individual memberships in ACB. Established in memory of the much-loved former conductor of the Plano Community Band, ACB Board member, President-Elect and (posthumous) ACB President, Tommy Guilbert, the fund has been created to further Tommy’s deep belief in his theme, “Music for Life.” The fund’s purpose is to encourage young musicians to nurture passions of band performance throughout their adult life. For more information: see here

A Method For Assigning Percussion Parts in Community Bands

Community Band percussion sections need an easy and comprehensive method of assigning parts. This method reduces the complexity of the assignment process. It is easy to keep track of who is playing what and when. Parts needing to be covered for absent players can be quickly seen and reassigned. The completed chart then provides a comprehensive view of the percussion assignments for an entire concert program. See link for materials to this process.

Don't Forget the Audience by Andy Glover

In the October 2012 issue of the Journal of the Association of Concert Bands an article by Andrew Glover appeared entitled "Don't Forget The Audience." This article was on the topic of programming. We share that article with you here.

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E-Book: Building Your Audience

ACB member David Miller has compiled tips on Building your Audience… these tips were presented at an ACB Convention clinic and now available in e-book form. David has graciously offered this e-book to the public in hopes that more people will become aware of the ACB and its many resources. Click here to browse or download “Building Your Audience To Standing Room Only” by David P. Miller.

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core instrumentation of the "typical" american community concert band: an approach to scoring guidelines for composers and arrangers

Composer/Conductor David Avshalomov conducted an online survey in 2012 to determine typical instrumentation of a community band.  His full study, including raw survey results can be downloaded from this page.  The ACB Journal October 2012 issue includes an article with a summary of his  findings from the 2012 online.  For more information on the study or to contact him directly, please visit his web site.  Santa Monica Compser/Conductor David Avshalomov ( The ACB thanks David for sharing this information with the public.  Click here to review or download the Instrumentation Survey by David Avshalomov.

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Instrumentation Survey Raw Results D Avshalomov Instrumentation Survey Raw Results D Avshalomov (548 KB)

Community Music List

The ACB sponsors the Community Music Link , but does not maintain this listing. When you click on the link to visit the Community Band List you are leaving the ACB web site.

Other Links

The ACB web site provides links to various online resources geared specifically to community bands and recreational musicians. These links are for your convenience and are not sponsored by the ACB. If you have suggestions for other links to be added, please contact the ACB Web Master and we will consider adding them to the list.

Corporate Members of ACB have provided links to their web sites on the Corporate Members page of the ACB web site.