Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (1913)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King

General Info

Year: 1913
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite was written for Ned Brill, conductor of the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band. King was twenty-two at the time he composed this work for the thirty-two piece band. He had just been accepted as a new euphonium player for the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band and decided to write a circus march to honor the ensemble and conductor. This march along with The Big Cage, The Melody Shop, and The Trombone King takes its place among his most popular marches.

- Program Note by Dominic Talanca for the Lone Star Wind Symphony

King wrote this march for the 32-piece Barnum and Bailey Circus Band in 1913 at the request of its director, the noted minstrel show cornetist, Ned Brill. King was 22 at the time and was preparing to join the band as a euphonium player. The euphonium part in this march (and in most of his other marches) shows his love for that instrument -- he liked to hear the countermelody part "romping around." His use of the word "favorite" in the title was a good choice. In a 1980 international Music survey, Barnum and Bailey's Favorite ranked fourth in the top 140 marches.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) - 23 July 2023
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Joe Cernuto, conductor) - 2 April 2022
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Harper, conductor) - 8 October 2020
  • Andrew Glover Circus Band (St. Louis, Mo.) (Andrew Glover, conductor) – 16 June 2017 (2017 Circus Fans of America Convention)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 23 April 2017
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Linda Moorhouse, conductor; Mark Duker, guest conductor) - 19 June 2014
  • Windjammers, Inc. (Russ Ward, conductor) – 23 January 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 174. Print.
  • King, K. (1913). Barnum and Bailey's Favorite [score]. C.L. Barnhouse Co.: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 344.