Barnum and Bailey's Favorite (arr Romeyn)

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Karl King

Karl King (arr. Rob Romeyn)

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General Info

Year: 1913 / 2022
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts – Forthcoming 2022


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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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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 344.