Gateway City, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2010
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Gateway City March was first published in1910. It is unusual in that it contains several musical quotations from the tune Auld Lang Syne. It was presumably written in early 1910, just before King took his first circus job, playing baritone in the Robinson's Famous Circus Band.

The reference to "The Gateway City" of the title is Livingston, Montana. Livingston's geographic location on the Yellowstone River and its proximity to the north edge of (and rare access to) Yellowstone National Park led it its being referred as the "Gateway" to Yellowstone; hence, the moniker "he Gateway City" became attached to Livingston. Many decades later, when the Gateway Arch was erected on the Mississippi Riverfront in St. Louis, the city became known as "The Gateway to the West." As the St Louis nickname dates from the mid-1960s and is attached to a much larger city, many people mistakenly believe the Karl King march is associated with St. Louis.

Dedicated to the Livingston (Montana) Lodge No. 246, B.P.O.E. Convention 1910.

- Program Note adapted from score

N.B. The score includes extensive notes on Karl King, his biography, notes on his styles, and editorial notes.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Findlay (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Wes King, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • San Jose (Calif.) Metropolitan Band (Ken Nakamoto, conductor) - 17 December 2022
  • Webster Groves (Mo.) High School Wind Symphony (Andrew Glover, conductor) - 4 May 2022

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Glover, A. (2010). The Gateway City: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Karl King website – Accessed 6 May 2022
  • Perusal score