Robinson's Grand Entree March

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl L. King

Karl King (arr. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1911 / 1996
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L.Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $4.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

At the time this march was written, there were three well-known Robinson circuses: Robinson’s Famous Shows, Yankee Robinson Circus, and John Robinson Circus. King reportedly omitted his customary specific dedication so that this march could be claimed by each of the three circus bands as its own.

Written at a time when original American music was beginning to replace some of the transcriptions that circus bands had played through much of the 19th century, it became -- and has remained -- one of his most popular works. Of his 188 marches, only Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite and Hosts of Freedom received more votes in a 1981 international march popularity poll. Although not all of King’s marches sound as if they belonged to the circus, this one certainly does.

- Program note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Kevin Tutt, conductor) - 18 October 2023
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Scott Freeby, conductor) - 23 April 2023
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charles Conrad, conductor) - 22 May 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • Cameron (Mo.) Municipal Band (Ann Goodwin Clark, conductor) – 19 June 2016 (Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention)
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 7 June 2016
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 19 May 2013
  • Francis Marion University Concert Band - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Schissel, L. (1996). Robinson’s Grand Entrée March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 346.