Unless you’re blessed with a photographic memory, your sheet music is one of the most important things you’ll carry with you as a musician.
The good news is that even the top rated sheet music bags won’t set your wallet back much. Even so, they do represent a wide spectrum of prices. Generally speaking, as you pay more you’ll get more features, increased durability and closer to truly waterproof.
The form and capabilities of one bag to the next vary considerably. So it’s important to define your goals as closely as possible then carefully read through our list and decide which design fulfills your criteria.
Here are our five picks for the best sheet music bags.
Traditional Oxford Leather Music Bag Review
This Traditional Oxford Leather Music Bag is a stylishly effective way to carry your sheet music with unique flair.
This bag is hand-made in Great Britain from 100% leather. The heavy stitch work and leather construction mean this bag will last a lifetime.
It also features a spacious main compartment capable of holding many folders at once and many tens of individual sheet music pages.
There’s approximately 14′ by 10′ of storage space which fits an A4 folder with ease. It’s 2′ deep so you can carry quite a lot of music in one go.
The large leather handle makes the bag a breeze to carry. And there is a metal bar that uses a flap mechanism so you can get your music out quicky without undoing loads of buckles or clasps
This is one of the coolest looking sheet music bags you’ll find. Another surprising thing is the price. For real leather and imported from the UK, it’s a steal.
- Retro chic style
- Real leather
- Water resistant
- Spacious compartment
- Ultra easy to open and close
- Is real leather so might not be suitable for all
Protec Music Portfolio Bag Review
The Protec Music Portfolio Bag is a dashing way to carry all your sheet music and accessories in style and ease. It features a large, adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free hauling. It also has multiple handles, making lifting the bag from any position simple.
The bag has been designed with one goal in mind: to make carrying your sheet music as effortless as possible. It also features a durable and weather resistant nylon exterior. The benefits of this hardly need to be stated. But it’s worth pointing out that many similar portfolios will not keep rain or moisture out.
This bag also features a heavy duty zipper that runs all three sides. This allows both sides of the folder to lay flat on the ground for easy placement and extraction of sheet music.
The interior has multiple partitions allowing for easy organization. This is especially nice for orchestra and band players who may be juggling many parts for the same show. Its interior is also deceptively spacious. You wouldn’t guess it just from the photo but the bag can hold multiple folders full of music.
The only complaint with this portfolio is that some very large folders fit with difficulty. You may want to stick with standard 9”X12” scholastic type folders.
Overall, the Protec Music Portfolio is what you would expect from such a renowned company. You get a lot a lot of capability for a great price.
- Shoulder strap
- Durable nylon construction
- Multiple pockets
- Strong zipper
- High capacity
- Won’t fit some large folders
Gewa Sheet Music Bag Review
The Gewa Sheet Music Bag is ideal for carrying all your sheet music to and from gigs or rehearsals. It’s made from water-repellent Cordura and is built to take abuse.
It has two compartments. The main compartment is spacious and can easily carry tens if not hundreds of pages of sheet music. This is a music director’s portfolio bag. And the flat bottom ensures stability and easy loading and unloading of music.
The Gewa bag has two D-rings to add a shoulder strap. However, it comes with dual backpack straps for hands-free use. This is a must-have feature for anyone who frequently travels with a lot of gear. It also has a handle so it can be carried like a briefcase.
One thing this bag leaves to be desired is a zipper. The fact that it doesn’t completely seal means it’s not ideal for heavy outdoor use. But as a day to day means of carrying your sheet music the Gewa Sheet Music Bag gets an A+.
- Water repellant
- Two compartments
- Can accommodate shoulder strap
- Has backpack straps
- Flat bottom
- Large capacity
- No zipper
Beaumont Sheet Music Satchel Review
Carry your sheet music in high style with this Beaumont Satchel. The beautifully stitched, polka dot exterior is completely sealable and 100% waterproof.
Never again worry about having to procure second copies of your parts due to rain damage or tearing. The bag creates a water-tight seal through specially coated, waterproof zippers. You’ll only find these on Beaumont portfolio bags.
The bag comes not only with a smartly padded handle but also with an adjustable shoulder strap. This enables completely hands-free toting, a wonderful thing for any heavily equipped musician.
The unparalleled style speaks for itself. With Beaumont products, the artist becomes the art. This satchel has an attractive aesthetic that’s as much at home on the runway as it is on the concert stage. You’ll command attention before you even play a note.
Another easily overlooked feature of this bag is that it comes with a name and address tag. As untrusting as modern society often seems, most people are still honest. Simply having a name and address attached to your equipment can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and an expensive loss.
Also this bag, like all Beaumont products, is built to last. The Beaumont Sheet Music Satchel is built with the highest quality materials and sartorial expertise that you’re likely to find in any music bag.
One thing that some may find disappointing is this particular model does only come in the polka dot motif. But other similar Beaumont bags with different exterior styles can be found as well.
To summarize, this is among the best bags you can get for your sheet music. The quality of design is matched by the quality of construction.
- Strong, waterproof zippers
- Bag stands on its own
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Unparalleled style
- Comes with name tag
- Built to last
- Only comes in polka dots and pin stripes
Note-Tote Music Bag Review
The Note-Tote Music Bag is an effective, straightforward tool to organize and carry your sheet music. It’s a rigidly constructed bag that can stand by itself allowing easy insertion and removal of music.
It’s also nearly waterproof and can be sealed off completely from the outside by the heavy zipper. The zipper also runs along three sides permitting the bag to open ultra wide. This makes accessing the interior very easy.
The bag comes with standard handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. This allows hands-free use and is a requisite feature for busy musicians with lots of gear. And the tough nylon exterior means this bag will last a very long time. It’s also simply constructed, without exterior pockets or fancy stitch work. That means less opportunity for it to come apart under heavy use.
One unique feature is that there is a flap on the rear which actually allows the bag to attach length-wise to the bookplate on a music stand. This means for practice or rehearsal you never need to remove the sheet music from the bag!
There are also multiple internal compartments and tons of space. A music director could carry an entire concert’s worth of music parts and still have room to spare. Some people may not like the lack of external pockets. This is a no-frills bag designed solely to carry your sheet music effectively and with minimal effort. At that task it earns flying colors!
Finally, the really great thing about the Note-Tote Portfolio is the price.
- Completely zipper sealed
- Wide opening
- Shoulder strap
- Tough nylon exterior
- Attaches to music stand
- Multiple internal compartments
- No extra outside pockets