The task of choosing appropriate quality literature for bands is challenging for both young and experienced directors. The challenge is magnified by the many varied demands and responsibilities that fill a limited time schedule, and by the enormous amount of superficial publications that are released each year. This course will briefly explore research that outlines the criteria of artistic merit that helps identify and define the great standard wind band works. We will then examine a number of works for elementary, middle, and high school band (grades I-V) that are regarded as works of artistic merit and are considered standard repertoire. Repertoire sources, curricular and programming ideas, and a historical review are also included.