Sons of Veterans (arr. Milford)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Gene Milford)

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $515.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo/Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • 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 Cornet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion, including:
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbals
*Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sons of Veterans is one of King’s very early publications, and one of his life-long favorites and most frequently programmed marches. Even though it carries no dedication, it alluded to the GAR band in Canton, originally a civil war veteran’s band. It was a very good professional band, owing much of its success to the fact that Canton was President William McKinley’s home town and was a hot bed of political activity, thus providing lots of playing opportunities for the band. When King left the Barnum & Bailey Circus following the 1918 season, he returned to Canton expecting to be drafted. However, the war ended before he was activated and King instead became director of the GAR band, a position he held until moving to Fort Dodge in 1921.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark CD Tradition: Legacy of the March

A Karl L. King classic! Although best known for his circus and university marches, King also composed regimental-style marches. This brisk 6/8 march was composed while he was playing baritone horn in the Thayer Military Band and has a brilliant trumpeting passage. Excellent music for any program, but especially appropriate for a patriotic or military tribute.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Medina Community Band (Brunswick, Ohio) (Marcus Neiman, conductor) - 11 September 2023

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Adaptable Music

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

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  • Karl King website Accessed 27 June 2023
  • King, K.; Milford, G. (2005). Sons of Veterans: March [score]. Ludwig Music Publishing: Grafton, Ohio.