Carlton King

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I began my musical life as a trumpet player, which continued into my college days. After completing a BM in Theory/Composition, like much of my generation I went into the Army. I spent a year+ playing French horn in the 384th Army Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia and moonlighting on hand horn at nearby Colonial Williamsburg. Then came orders to Vietnam, where I never made it to a band. I spent my year as a chaplain's assistant and chapel organist. "Survival keyboard" in college turned out to be just that. After the army I did an MM in Musicology at University of Maryland, then taught and performed on Renaissance and Baroque instruments at several universities and music schools in the Washington, DC area. I particularly enjoyed working with ensembles, and played with various combinations from recorder with harpsichord to brass band.

Figuring I may want to retire some day–something freelance musicians never do–I took a government job that I actually enjoyed. Now in retirement, a friend from my army band days suggested I might do some transcriptions for his brass band. Now I'm having fun transcribing some of my favorite works to make them available to wider audiences–via brass bands and concert bands. Suggestions welcome.

If you decide to use any of my works, I'd very much like to hear about it.

Score catalogue

A Somerset Rhapsody - Brass band
No Longer Sad - Brass band
Overture for Band - Brass band
Triumphant March - Brass band
Trauermarsch - Brass band
The Moldau from Ma Vlast - from Ma Vlast - Brass band
Mock Morris - Brass band
Pavane - Brass band
Country Gardens - Brass band
Berceuse héroïque - Brass band
Rondo - Brass band
Once upon a Time (Det var engang) - Concert band / wind band
Minstrels - Brass band
Marcha Militar - Concert band / wind band
Moltke March - Brass band
Marche Américaine - Concert band / wind band
Kobold (Puck) - Concert band / wind band
Fest March - Brass band