"PROGRAM NOTES GIVE LIFE TO
Have you ever attended a concert at which no one
spoke, and there was nothing but music titles in the program?
Rather unexciting, wasn't it.
Program notes, especially notes read by a
narrator, or "discoursed" by the director, lend life to a
concert. They bring the audience inside the experience and make them
a part of it, and enhance the enjoyment for audience and players
But it's a lot of work to write good program
Hundreds, even thousands of music directors write
good notes every year, every month!
Why should we all duplicate our efforts? We
shouldn't. Therefore, Silver Clef Music Publishing is making
available as a public service, this repository of Program Notes.
In the early phases, we will have mostly BAND
program notes, because that's where our focus is. But we won't limit
it to that. As we get submissions from other types of ensembles, or
even solo performances, we will open new sections for those notes as
We currently have over 50 listings, and hope to
multiply that by ten or even a hundred in the next few months.
But we need your help.
Please dig into your old files and find your old
program notes, and send them to us. Just make sure they are notes
that you have written yourself, or that you own the copyrights to.
We don't want to infringe on anyone else's copyright, but we do want
everyone to have access to some good program notes.
Please use the View Notes
button above to browse the existing program notes, and the Submit
Notes button to send us your own program notes that we can
include in this repository.
Notes can be written either for a Narrator to
read, or to be printed in a program. Please make your notes
interesting and relatively short. In other words, don't write more
than your mother or boss would want to read.
Another fun aspect we would like to encourage
here would be the submission of anecdotes about various
pieces of music. Did something funny happen during your
performance of Washington Post? Is You're A Grand Old
Flag of particular significance to your grandmother? Tell us
about it here and share these wonderful stories with the rest of
the music community.
We look forward to having this program notes
repository become "The Place To Go" to find or submit
great program notes. With your help, it will be just that.