Garland Entrée

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Karl King

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General Info

Year: 1912
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $25.00   |   Score Only - $4.00


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Inspired by an act known as "Riding of the Garlands," King wrote this march in 1912 and dedicated it to the bandmaster W.P. English. Both musicians were with the Sells Floto Shows Band. Little did either realize that two years later, after King had played with the Barnum and Bailey Band and English had performed with a road show and later the Al G. Barnes Circus Band, both would be back with Sells-Floto with the roles reversed, English to play tuba and King to conduct and play corner (His preferred instrument was euphonium). Both men had already performed with a variety of circus bands -- English played with nine different shows during the year 1893.

The Garland Entrée march has been used for a variety of circus acts, but none was more dramatic than building up the tension of the crowd awaiting the finale of the King Brothers-Cristiani Circus in the 1950s. Hugo Zachinni, the "human cannonball," always supervised the final plans and kissed his wife (good bye?) while the march was played. On signal, the band stopped, there was a tremendous explosion, Zachinni sailed the length of the tent into a net, and the show was over.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

To my Friend W.P. English, Bandmaster Sells Floto Shows.

-Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • San Juan College (Farmington, N.M.) Symphonic Band (Teun B. Fetz, conductor) - 28 April 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K. (1912). Garland Entrée March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 345.