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Karl King

Karl King (arr. James Swearingen)

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General Info

Year: 1955/2004
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper

Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells


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. A solid choice!

-Program Note by 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 Ab major at the Trio, as opposed to a more traditional key change. James Swearingen’s arrangement gives this classic King march a modern instrumentation, editorial corrections, and a full score.

-Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • King, K.; Swearingen, J. (2004). Peacemaker: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Ia.