Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (ed Schissel)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (ed. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1913 / 2009
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Temple Blocks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March, the most famous of all circus marches, is consistently voted among the most popular and often performed works in the vast march canon.

Composing the march in 1913 while he was a baritone (euphonium) player in the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, Karl L. King set about creating the "national anthem" of the circus for Barnum's music director, Ned Brill. Brill's love of "brassy" music must have surely inspired King to produce this tour de force for band. It should be noted that Barnum and Bailey and the Ringling Brothers were two independent organizations in 1913. Karl L. King became the music director of "The Barnum" from 1917-1918 prior to its merger in 1919 to become the greatest show in history, The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

After his many years in the circus business, Karl L. King settled in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to become director of the Fort Dodge Municipal Band and operate his publishing company, K.L. King Music House. King ranks with John Philip Sousa and Henry Fillmore as one of the world's most beloved composers of band music.

-Program Note from score

Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite was written for Ned Brill, conductor of the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band. King was twenty-two at the time he composed this work for the thirty-two piece band. He had just been accepted as a new euphonium player for the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band and decided to write a circus march to honor the ensemble and conductor. This march along with Big Cage, The, The Melody Shop, and The Trombone King takes its place among his most popular marches.

- Program Note by Dominic Talanca for the Lone Star Wind Symphony

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Coast Guards (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1942/2009)

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