Imperial March (arr. Milford)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

General Info

Year: 1911 / 2009
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Born in the Ohio village of Paintersville on February 21, 1891, Karl King was a prolific American composer known especially for his circus marches. While playing in the Barnum and Bailey Circus band, he wrote Barnum and Bailey's Favorite, which was adopted as the theme song for the circus.

Karl King wrote around 300 works throughout his life, including about 200 marches and 100 works in many other styles.

Imperial March was one of Karl King’s earlier compositions, published in 1911. At this time, Karl King was only 20 years old and was playing in the Yankee-Robinson Circus band.

- Program Note from Texas A&M University Concert Band concert program, 10 October 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson University Band (Davaron Edwards, conductor) - 18 March 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 10 October 2021
  • Cape Henlopen High School (Lewes, Del.) Concert Band – 17 May 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Milford, G. (2009). Imperial March: For Concert Band [score]. LudwigMasters: Grafton, Ohio.