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Purple Pageant March, The

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Karl L. King

Karl King (ed. John P. Paynter)

General Info

Year: 1933 / 1982
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00  |   Score Only - $5.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Purple Pageant, tuneful and buoyant, is easily one of the most famous and recognizable marches composed by King. It was written for his close friend of more than 40 years, Glenn Cliffe Bainum.

Through his service and leadership beginning in 1926, Bainum conducted the concert band, marching band, choirs, and orchestras for 27 years at Northwestern University, paralleled only by men such as A. A. Harding at the University of Illinois and William Revelli at the University of Michigan. After his retirement, Bainum continued to produce many outstanding arrangements and transcriptions which have become staples of the concert band literature. His student, John R. Paynter, succeeded Bainum as director of bands at Northwestern University for more than four decades until his death in 1996. Remarkably, a Paynter student -- Mallory Thompson -- succeeded him at Northwestern, becoming only the third Director of Bands of a university program more than a century old.

-Program note by Rich Paluch for the Wheaton Municipal Band

Commercial Discography


Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 March 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Joe Clark, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Symphonic Winds (William Drury, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Judd, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) - 8 March 2015
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) - 1 November 2014
  • Wheaton (Ill.) Municipal Band (Richard L. Blatti, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • King, K.; Paynter, J. (1982). The Purple Pageant: Concert March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.