Royal Scotch Highlanders

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

General Info

Year: 1919
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Karl Lawrence King (1891-1971) dedicated the Royal Scotch Highlanders march, "To my friend Roy D. Smith, Bandmaster Royal Scotch Highlander’s Band.” The march was written during King’s return to his ‘old hometown,” Canton, Ohio, after ten years of “trouping” with circus bands. Royal Scotch Highlanders, issued in August of 1919, was the second publication of his music publishing company.

After a year in Canton, King moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa to conduct the Fort Dodge Municipal Band. He programmed the march on his first concert in Iowa and continued to program it regularly during his 51-year tenure with the band. The Royal Scotch Highlander Band, dressed in Scotch highlanders’ costumes, toured American fairs during the summer and played concerts in Florida in the winter during the early years of the twentieth century. Unlike King’s Auld Lang Syne March (1944), there is no musical reference to Scotland. As with all his marches, there are tuneful melodies and strong counterpoint.

- Program Note from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony concert program, 20 December 2018


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


None discovered thus far.