Pride of the Illini

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Karl L. King

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General Info

Year: 1928
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: K.L. King Music House, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

For more availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Solo B-flat Trumpet Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone (or Alto Clarinet)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (or Bass Clarinet)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

King wrote this march in 1928 for A. A. Harding and the University of Illinois Bands. Harding was born in Georgetown, Illinois, in 1880. He learned to play cornet, trombone, euphonium, piccolo, and drums before finishing high school. After performing with professional groups for a time, he entered the University of Illinois as a band member majoring in engineering when he was twenty-two; he became director of the university band during his senior year in 1905. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1948.

In a memorial tribute during the centennial of Harding's birth in December, 1980, The Instrumentalist quoted tributes from several of his former students and associates. Frederick Fennell summarized many of their comments when he wrote that "The contemporary American bandmasters' heritage was established through the environment that Harding created on the Illinois campus where the modern concert band, gridiron marching band, band clinic, and pursuit of the colorful and sensitive symphonic transcriptions were among his outstanding contributions; they did not exist before him.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Dedicated to A.A. Harding and the University of Illinois Bands.

- Program Note from score

The Illinois Fighting Illini are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Illiniwek, Illinois Confederation (as named by the French explorers), or Illini, were made up of 12 to 13 tribes who lived in the Mississippi River Valley. The term 'Illini', in relation to campus activities, appears to be first mentioned in January 1874, when the weekly newspaper changed its name from The Student to The Illini.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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


  • Karl King website Accessed 28 January 2023
  • King, K. (1928). Pride of the Illini [score]. K.L. King Music House: [Fort Dodge, Iowa].
  • Illinois Fighting Illini. Wikipedia. Accessed 28 January 2023
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 242.