Lion King, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Elton John

Elton John (arr. John Higgins)

Subtitle: From Walt Disney Pictures' The Lion King

General Info

Year: 1994 / 1994
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III (8-9 players), including:

  • Bass Drum (concert, large)
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Bongos (2)
  • Cabasa (or tambourine)
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Congas (or bongos)
  • Cowbell (small)
  • Cowbells (2, mounted)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Shaker (large) (or maracas)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraslap
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Disney's 32nd full-length animated film, The Lion King, was the studio's first to be based on an original story. This blockbuster featured five songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. John Higgins medley includes: Circle of Life; Hakuna Matata; Be Prepared; I Just Can't Wait to Be King and Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Tri-State Wind Symphony (Dubuque, Iowa) (Nolan Hauta, conductor) 14 July 2022
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 29 August 2021
  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Jason Griffith, conductor) - 1 June 2021
  • Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne) Wind Ensemble (Joe Montelione, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • Muskogee (Okla.) High School Symphonic Band (Bruce Thompson, conductor) – 3 March 2020
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Dennis T. Eschbach, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • University of Iowa University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of West Alabama (Livingston) Concert Band (Michael Tignor, conductor) - 23 April 2018
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) - 12 May 2018
  • Boardman High School (Youngstown, O.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Ruggieri, conductor) - 1 March 2018
  • Danville (Calif.) Community Band (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 10 June 2017
  • IKL Blasorchester Frühlingskonzert (Austria) (Constantin Hesselmann, conductor) – 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • John, E.; Rice, T.; Zimmer, H..; Higgins, J. (1994). The Lion King: From Walt Disney Pictures' The Lion King : [arr. for concert band]. [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.