United Nations

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. James Swearingen)

General Info

Year: 1942 / 1992
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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
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

James Swearingen’s bright new arrangement brings out the best in the most famous of Karl King’s easier marches. Stirring melodies and counter melodies made King a “tunesmith” like no other and this arrangement is sure to become just as popular as Swearingen’s previous treatments of Alamo, Coast Guards and Allied Honor.

- Program Note from publisher

United Nations is an excellent example of the easy marches which King wrote for school bands. It was composed in 1942, the same year that representatives of twenty-six countries, calling themselves the United Nations, met in Washington, D.C., and signed a pledge to defeat the Axis powers and to look forward to the abandonment of the use of force in settling international disputes. In several subsequent meetings, during and after World War II, many additional countries became members; fifty-one were charter members at the San Francisco Conference in April and June of 1945.

Since that time critics have used newspaper headlines, editorials, and television time to point out many failures of the United Nations in preventing international conflicts. Proponents, on the other hand, have noted the international efforts in the European highway system, instances where conflicts have been resolved, cooperation in narcotic drug regulation, the children's emergency fund, and various other rehabilitation and relief measures. The final judgment will be in the future.

- Program Note from March Music Notes


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • William Penn University (Oskaloosa, Iowa) High School Honor Band (Luke Besong, conductor_) 9 November 2023
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Lance Sample, conductor) - 2 October 2022
  • MusiCounts StarBand (Vancouver, B.C.) – 29 January 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Swearingen, J. (1992). United Nations: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, pp. 243.