Forest City Commandery

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King

General Info

Year: 1915
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

For additional availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This march was written from the Forest City (Cleveland, Ohio) Commandery, a Knights Templar organization. A number of commandery marches exist, but none other are known to be in the circus style. A commandery is a district under the control of an order of knights.

- Program Note from Knight Templar

When King wrote this march in 1015, many of the community bands in the United States were sponsored by fraternal orders. He also composed Alhambra Grotto and Nazir Grotto for fraternal organizations. The Forest City Commandery march was dedicated to Carl Carlson and Ole May of Cleveland, Ohio. May was a euphonium player with the U.S. Marine Band and later with Arthur Pryor's Band in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He was severely injured in an automobile accieent and, after lingering for several months, died in 1917.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Karl King wrote 188 marches. Many of these were written for and dedicated to bandsmen King wrote Forest City Commandery in 1915, and dedicated it to Carl Carlton and Ole May of Cleveland, Ohio. May was a euphonium player with the United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. and later with Arthur Pryor’s Band in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Carl Carlton was active as a bandmaster in several areas of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1894, he led the band at Albrecht’s Pavilion in Atlantic, City, New Jersey. In 1895, he directed the band with the Theatre Comique in Canton, Ohio. Later that year, he was bandmaster with Hi Henry’s Minstrels. In 1905, he was leader of Carlton’s Band and Orchestra in Canton. In 1909, he was director of the British Guards Band of Cleveland. He was also band leader of the Primrose and Dockstader Minstrel troupes, for whom he composed several works.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Dedicated to Carl Carlton and Ole May, Cleveland, O.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Karl King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) – 23 July 2017

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

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