From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (ar James Swearingen)

General Info

Year: 1911/2012
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
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 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

The long list of newly edited King marches continues to grow by leaps and bounds. You can be assured that this latest selection will be another crowd pleaser for audiences of all ages. It should also be noted that musicians love to revisit the glory days of circus band performances and it just doesn’t get any better than this toe tapping march by the great Karl L. King.

-Program Note by C.L. Barnhouse

Imperial March was one of Karl King’s earliest compositions, published in 1911, when he was only 20 years old. It was dedicated to a friend from his hometown of Canton, Ohio, where King got his first band experience playing in the Thayer Military Band. At the time Imperial March was written, King was playing baritone in the Yankee Robinson Circus Band. He joined the circus world at a time when the acts were in great need of special music. King was a master at writing music to match the rhythm of the acts and quickly rose to leadership positions in some of the most famous circus bands in the country, including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Barnum and Bailey’s. King published more than 280 compositions during his career and contributed more circus marches than any other composer.

-Program Note by the Creekside Middle School Wind Symphony concert program, 20 December 2013


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)

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Swearingen, J. (2012). Imperial: March [score]. C.l. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa