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Karl King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

General Info

Year: 1917 / 2016
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This exciting and entertaining circus march, first published in 1917, was composed by the American march composer Karl L. King (1891- 1971) as he was about to become the director of the famous Barnum & Bailey “Greatest Show on Earth” Circus Band. The work follows a traditional march form, and modulates from Eb major to Ab major at the trio. The work beautifully demonstrates King’s gift for creating interesting melodies and countermelodies.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 19 June 2022

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist. December 2016, 41.