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Trombone King, The (ed Paynter)

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Karl L. King

Karl King (ed. John P. Paynter)

General Info

Year: 1945 / 1983
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $48.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Trombone King was published in 1945 and dedicated to Charles Toops, a trombonist and bandmaster in Wilmington, Ohio. As might be expected, the trombone part rarely calms down during this march -- nor any King march, for that matter.

Nor did the composer slow down during most of his long life. Finally, in 1966, he said: "I've sung my song. It was a rather simple one; it wasn't too involved; I'm happy about it. In the last couple years ... I've run out of tunes. When I ran out of tunes, I believed it was time to quit, and I'd like to recommend that as a matter of policy to all other composers."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Joe Moore, conductor) - 2 March 2023
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) University Band (Eric Scott, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Justin Swearinger, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Charlottesville Municipal Band (Crozet, Va.) (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 4 June 2019
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Caster, conductor) – 7 November 2018
  • State College Area (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned C. Deil, conductor) - 15 February 2015
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Campus Band (Drew Barker, conductor) - April 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Karl King." Accessed 17 February 2015.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 346.
  • King, K.; Paynter, J. (1983). The Trombone King: March [score]. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.