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Karl L. King
Iowa's March King
 Pictured at left is the archiving team:
Duane and Nancy Olson, historians
Alan Spohnheimer, webmaster

Check out the book:
Karl L. King
An American Bandmaster
by Thomas J. Hatton
published by the Instrumentalist Company

Purchase the book:
Hawkeye Glory
The History of the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa
by Thomas J. Hatton
published by Golden Dragon Press

The Order of the Walking Frog
for those who regularly play the music of Karl King

Karl King's part in Clay County Fair History
Performing in Spencer for over 30 years starting in 1922

Karl King in the Hall of Composers
United States Marine Band Website

Don Lavender's article:
Karl King, Musician, Composer, Conductor

Brass Band Composers
includes a short biography of Karl King
taken from The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Karl King Bandshell
a page from Prairie Architects

Fort Dodge's Shellabration for the Olseson Park Bandshell

Walking Frog Records
Producer and distributor of Band CDs
including Circus Days and Golden Days of the March
which include King marches

Index of Circus Fanfare, publication of Windjammers Unlimited
Includes notation for many articles about Karl King


The Karl King Website copied

From Norway, Karl L. King
Sirkusdirigenten og marsjkongen

It's a whole other country: from Texas, Karl L. King
from Kenedy Independent School District, Kenedy, Texas

10 Great Things about Marches

Marches are easy to follow 
Marches bring out the best of every instrument section 
Marches have a lot of feeling and motion 
Every march is unique 
Marches are sophisticated, and never boring 
Marches are versatile; they can be played by any band
Marches are not so long that they lose the attention of the listener
Almost every music composer has written marches 
Marches are used in parades and circuses 
A march will stay in the heart and soul of the listener
adapted

The International Circus Hall of Fame

The Goldman Memorial Band
keeping the tradition of Edwin Franko Goldman alive in NYC

The Golden Age of Brass
The story of brass instrument development - photos

The National Music Museum - The Shrine to Music
Historical Instruments

C. L. Barnhouse Company
Karl L. King compositions are available for sale.
Includes a Karl King biography and list of compositions

Arkiv Music's list of Karl King music

The History of Conn Music Instrument Company


photo courtesy of Andy Glover


The John Philip Sousa Page - - - The Sousa Archives at the University of Illinois

Fellow composer and conductor Karl King noted Sousa's performance style in a 1946 letter to a colleague. King wrote, Even in his marches, Sousa pulled some strains down to a whisper which always made the last strain sound that much better by contrast. Also, Sousa had a few little tricks on pianissimos that I observed and I always wondered why other leaders who heard him didn't get 'hep' to how he did it but apparently they didn't.

Iowa Band Museum, Cedar Falls

The Greatest Show on Earth
Web site of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus

CircusWeb - Circuses Past and Present
History and Lore



For Scholars only

A lesson from Donald DeRoche, Ph.D.
DePaul University, Chicago
Discovering new respect for the valuable lessons of the not-so-lowly march

the Lynn Sams Papers Collection
University of Maryland

Obituary of John A. Crosby


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