Circus Days

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl L. King

Karl King (arr. Loras John Schissel)

Subtitle: (Galop or March)

General Info

Year: 1944 / 1997
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


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
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Circus Days is one of Karl King’s best known circus marches that can be performed either at march tempo or a rip snortin’ galop tempo. This edition is clearly articulated for an accurate “circus” style performance.

- Program note by publisher

Circus Days is one of 13 gallops or marches that Karl King wrote, intended to be played at blazing speeds. As in the case of many circus-type marches, the intent is to provide energy and excitement to the performance, and bring a sense of joy and happiness to the listeners.

- Program Note from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony concert program, 14 December 2016

King published more than 300 works: galops, waltzes, overtures, serenades, rags, and 188 marches and screamers. It could be said that King did for the circus march what Sousa did for the patriotic march.

- Program Note from VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 22 December 2017

Dedicated to Jerry Huffman.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings



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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phil Day, conductor) - 5 October 2023
  • University of Mississippi (Oxford) Concert Band (Kevin Cole, conductor) - 2 May 2023
  • Corinth (Miss.) High School Symphonic Band (Ben Ratliff, conductor) - 1 April 2023 (MIA Concert Band Showcase)
  • Orange High School (Pepper Pike, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Brandon DuVall, conductor) – 14 February 2022
  • Wayne (Neb.) State College Symphonic Band (Josh Calkin, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus-Community Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) - 16 October 2020
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Concert Band (Gabrielle Tordi, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Wind Ensemble (Brecksville, Ohio) (Aaron Rex, conductor) - 25 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Mississippi Wind Symphony (Jackson) (Craig Young, conductor) - 25 June 2019
  • Brazil (Ind.) Concert Band (Matthew S. Huber, conductor) – 2 June 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Wendy Matthews, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip A. Day, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Westbrook (Me.) High School Band (Kyle Smith, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Craig A. Hancock, conductor) – 15 April 2018
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago) Symphonic Band (Brian J. Logan, conductor) - 22 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Symphonic Winds (William Drury, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 17 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Schissel, L. (1997). Circus Days : (Galop or March) [score]. K.L. King Music House : Oskaloosa, Iowa.