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Trombone King, The

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Karl King

Karl King

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General Info

Year: 1945
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: K.L. King Music House
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Trombone King was published in 1945 and was dedicated to Charlie Toops, a trombonist and bandmaster in Wilmington, Ohio. As might be expected, the trombone part rarely calms down during this march – not any King march, for that matter,. Nor did the composer slow down during most of his long life. Finally, in 1966, he said: "I've sung my song. It was a rather simple one; it wasn't too involved; I'm happy about it. In the last couple years...I've run out of tunes. When I ran out of tunes, I believed it was time to quit, and I'd like to recommend that as a matter of policy to all other composers.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Commercial Discography

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


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Karl L. King." Accessed 11 January 2017
  • King, K. (1945). The Trombone King: March [score]. K.L. King Music House: Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La.: Program Note Press, p. 243.