Walking Frog, The (arr Foster)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karl King

Karl King (arr. Foster)

General Info

Year: 1919 / 1993
Duration: c. 2:39
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
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
String Bass (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Siren Whistle
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To my friend, Baker and Dalzell.

-Program Note from score

Karl King wrote the rag two-step The Walking Frog in 1919 to accompany the clown act of Baker and Dazell, who would walk around the performance area dressed as two enormous frogs.

- Program Notes from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The emergence of ragtime coincided with the great era of the concert bands. The similarities between the marches, two steps, cakewalks, and ragtime pieces resulted in an intermingling of these forms. Karl King probably wrote The Walking Frog during 1917/1918 while he was director of the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band, but it was not published until 1919 after he had left the circus. He originally wrote this piece as a circus walk-about, but its infectious charm soon made it a favorite with many other circus acts.

- Program Note by University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band concert program, 15 October 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • James G. Gunn Honor Band (Thomasville, Ala.) Tombigbee Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 4 March 2023
  • University of West Alabama (Livingston) Wind Ensemble (Brianna Jarvis, conductor) - 16 February 2023
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 29 January 2023
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) – 6 December 2021
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 15 May 2016
  • State College (Penn.) Area Municipal Band (Ned Deihl, conductor) – 10 April 2016
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Brad Snow, conductor) – 15 October 2015
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 12 July 2015
  • College Station (Tex.) Middle School Symphonic Band, (Greg Montgomery, conductor) – 11 April 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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