Flying Squadron, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

General Info

Year: 1921 / 2007
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Ludwig, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally published under a Karl King pseudonym, his work can still be identified by the characteristic stylish writing. Euphonium players are treated to a tuneful countermelody that's fun to play yet not overly demanding. Written while King was a musician in the circus, you can sense all the fun and excitement of the big top.

- Program Note from publisher

The Flying Squadron was one of eight compositions by Karl Lawrence King published with the Agnew Publishing Company of Des Moines, Iowa, under the name Carl Lawrence. It was not unusually for prolific band composers to published under pseudonyms, the best-known example being Henry Fillmore which used seven names other than his own. Interestingly, the 1923 band version of this march was preceded by an orchestra version in 1918.

During his days with circus bands, King often composed music for specific events or acts and later would title the work and send it to a publisher. There is no dedication indicated with The Flying Squadron, having been likely composed in 1916 or '17, an era of growing military aviation. King probably just picked an attractive title based on current events. King had previously issued two marches with aeronautical themes: Canton Aero Club (1909) and Aviation Tournament (1911). This march is, however, undeniably in the tradition of King's great circus marches and has all of the melodic and rhythmic excitement of his best-known works.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Adaptable Music

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

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