Lean on Me

From Wind Repertory Project
Bill Withers

Bill Withers (arr. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1972 / 2021
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Cello

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lean on Me is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers. It was released in April 1972 as the first single from his second album, Still Bill. It was a number one single on both the soul singles and the Billboard Hot 100. Numerous other versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with versions recorded by two different artists.[4]

Bill Withers's childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, was the inspiration for Lean on Me, which he wrote after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Adaptable Music

  • Lean on Me (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1972/2021)

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