The music library consists of various different collections (or categories):
PENNSYLVANIANS: These are all of the arrangements used by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians in their 67 year career. (5245 titles)
SHEET MUSIC: A collection of published sheet music. (2434 titles)
PRINT MUSIC: Published choral octavos used by the Waring Workshop and the Fred Waring U.S.CHORUS. (437 titles)
ORIGINAL SCORES (1920’s, 1930’s): Arranger scores for music used by the band during this period. (410 titles)
ROXY SCORES: Scores for the music used by the “expanded” 55 piece Pennsylvanians orchestra during their six month stint at New York’s Roxy Theatre in 1932. (255 titles)
ROXY ARRANGEMENTS: Complete arrangements from the above scores. (73 titles)
PATRIOTIC SONGS: Special songs not used very frequently by the Pennsylvanians. (88 titles)
COLLEGE ARRANGEMENTS: Pennsylvanians’ arrangements of college songs (These are in addition to our collection of college song books). (238 titles)
SPECIAL MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS: Music written for special shows, commercials, transitional music, etc. (72 titles)
THEMES: Various arrangements for show themes such as General Electric, Green Giant, American Meat Institute, etc as well as different arrangements of the Waring themes “Sleep” and “I Hear Music”. (22 titles)
IMITATION SERIES: Arrangements imitation the style and sound of other orchestras. (29 titles)
BIG PRINT SERIES: Songs written in larger that usual size. (43 titles))
DONNA DAE SERIES: Arrangements written specifically for singer Donna Dae to be used in non-Pennsylvanian appearances. (25 titles)
KAY THOMPSON SERIES: Arrangements for the Kay Thompson Girls Choir. (12 titles)
V-8 SERIES: The band accompaniments for the vocal ensemble on the Ford Radio Show called the V-8. (18 titles)
SUBMITS: Arrangements submitted to the Pennsylvanians but never used. (32 titles)
GARROWAY: Arrangements used on the Dave Garroway TV Show from Chicago in the early 1950’s written for a small combo. Given to Penn State by Northwestern University. (376 titles)
STEELE COLLECTION: Arrangements written for small band (10-15) accompaniment for former Pennsylvanian singer Jeanne Steele who is donating them to the collection. (50 titles plus)
ADES SR CIT. SERIES: A group of arrangements by former Waring arranger Hawley Ades for a senior citizen choir.
In late 1930s, Fred Waring and some of his friends formed a music publishing company called Words and Music, Inc. As he and his famous singing group, "The Pennsylvanians" grew in stature and popularity, school choral and church choir directors began requesting copies of his unique arrangements. In 1947 Mr. Waring changed the name of the company to Shawnee Press and moved the headquarters to Pennsylvania-an obvious site and name since his home was located in Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA.
Shawnee Press grew to become the publisher of a universal catalog of sacred and secular music, ranging from delightful children's songs to serious symphonic works. In 1989 Music Sales Corporation purchased Shawnee Press and in 2005 the administrative offices relocated to Nashville, TN.
For more information about Shawnee Press and to purchase their print music visit their website or call 800-962-8584