Gallant Zouaves

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King

General Info

Year: 1916
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $15.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gallant Zouaves march, published in January 1916 ,was submitted for publication to King‘s friend C. L. Barnhouse Co. in late 1915. It is reasonable to assume that this march was written during the 1915 circus season, while King was in his second year as a band master for the Sells-Floto Circus. This march also dates from King's most prolific era of composing, as he had published nearly 100 band works by his 25th birthday

This march has a fascinating history and background, and has helped immortalize the zouave. In a, historical sense, zouaves were members of certain light infantry regiment of the French army, originating in the 1830s in Algeria. Known for their colorful and unique uniforms, the concept of the zouave gradually evolved from a fighting military unit to that of a close order drill team. Around the 1870s, various teams of zouaves began to appear and entertain audiences with their precision marching and other drills. Some zouave units were, in essence, teams that were based in a particular town, and others became part of various traveling, shows and circuses.

Zouaves were popular in entertainment not only for their precision drills but also their very colorful and unique uniforms. The standard zouave uniform consisted of baggy pantaloons, fastened at the ankle with leather closures, large-sleeve open-front jackets, large, colorful sashes, and a wide array of headgear, ranging from standard military caps to a tasseled fez or turban-like headpieces.

In the 1890s, a Jackson, Michigan, man named Harry C. Devlin (1870-1927) had formed a drill team called the Devlin Business College Cadets. After seeing the Aurora, Illinois, Zouaves perform in an 1895 competition, he was so impressed by the Aurora Zouaves that he immediately converted his group to a zouave unit. This group became accomplished to the point of joining the Buffalo Bill show in 1903, later with the Sells-Floto circus. The band master for Sells-Floto in 1914 was none other than Karl King. King befriended Devlin, and dedicated his Gallant Zouaves march "to the H.C. Devlin's prize-winning Zouaves."

- Program Note from C.L. Barnhouse

The Zouaves were a class of light infantry regiments of the French Army serving between 1830 and 1962 and linked to French North Africa; as well as some units of other countries modelled upon them. The Zouaves were among the most decorated units of the French Army.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 4 June 2023
  • Mesa City Band – 14 March 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K. (1916). Gallant Zouaves: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Zouarve. Wikipedia. Accessed 3 June 2023