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Karl King

Karl King (arr. James Swearingen)

General Info

Year: 1955 / 2004
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
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
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Karl King was a true master at writing marches that are playable by all grade levels, and this great arrangement gives this classic a modern instrumentation along with accurate articulations, dynamics and a full score. You just can't go wrong with a Karl King march, and this one just bubbles along and is extremely nice.

- Program Note from publisher

Although Peacemaker is a traditional march, much in the style of King’s other quick-step marches, it has several unique features. Beginning the piece in F minor, King uncharacteristically repeats the first strain an additional time between the second strain and the trio. This return to the first strain sets up a seamless shift to A-flat major at the trio, as opposed to a more traditional key change.

- Program Note from McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 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. (2004). Peacemaker: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Ia.