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Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (ar Milford)

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Karl L. King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

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General Info

Year: 1913/2012
Duration: c. 1:15
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters

Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00  |   Score Only - $8.00


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Karl Lawrence King (1892-1972), one of the most popular march composers of all time, had a distinguished career as a euphonium player and conductor with community and circus bands. He began composing at the age of fourteen and two years later had his first compositions accepted for publication. Today he is the best known for the very difficult marches he composed for circus bands. In addition to these, King composed marches for professional caliber community bands (ex. The Melody Shop) and university bands (Michigan On Parade and Hawkeye Glory, among others).

Composed in 1913 at the request of the Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Band director Ned Brill when King joined the band, this is one of the most famous circus marches ever written. Frederick Fennell described the march as “the epitome of the old circus, where everything seemed possible.”

-Program note by New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Commercial Discography


Refeence recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown

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)

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