McKinley's Own March

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (ed. Alan Green; arr. Scott A. Jones and Craig Levesque)

General Info

Year: 1923 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries
Cost: Score and Parts – Free download


Full Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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

At the closing of the United States Civil War, William McKinley completed his service at the rank of brevet major in the 23rd Ohio Infantry on March 13, 1865. His documentation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, commended McKinley “for gallant and meritorious services at the battles of Opequan, Cedar Creek, and Fischer’s Hill.” Following the war, McKinley returned to his hometown of Canton, Ohio. McKinley was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1877, the 39th governor of Ohio in 1892, and the 25th President of the United States in 1897.

In 1898, McKinley successfully led the United States to victory as commander-in-chief during the Spanish-American War. "McKinley’s Own" was the nickname given to the 8th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during this war. Karl King’s march was written in honor of the 8th Ohio Regiment, and Canton’s Grand Army Band likely had many members of “McKinley’s Own” performing with the band in 1923 when King composed this march and dedicated it to his mentor: “To Emil Reinkendorf [sic], and the famous Grand Army Band, Canton, Ohio.”

The first edition of Karl King’s McKinley’s Own march was published in 1923 in Cincinnati by the Fillmore Brothers Company, and entered the public domain in the United States on January 1, 2019. The current edition was prepared from the first edition parts, which we believe to be the sole extant primary source for this composition.

- Program Note by Alan Green


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • The Ohio State University Symphonic Band concert program, 11 April 2019