After that initial band service, Fucik got a job as a bassoonist at the German opera theater in Prague, also playing in the Czech Wind Trio and later moving on to a theater-orchestra position in Zagreb. In 1897 he made yet another career move with his appointment as bandmaster of the 86th Austro-Hungarian Regiment, which was ultimately stationed in Budapest. Fucik transferred to the 92nd Regiment at what is now Terezin in 1910; he led the band on summer tours of small Bohemian towns, and directed a season of winter concerts in Prague. Fucik retired in 1913, married, and settled in Berlin, where he formed a Czech-flavored orchestra and founded a publishing firm, Tempo Verlag. His early, active retirement was abbreviated, though; Fucik succumbed to cancer in 1916. He had written almost 300 marches and dances for band, many of which were orchestrated, as well as chamber pieces and sacred music, including a Requiem. His most familiar piece in Europe is his Florentine March; in the United States he is best known for his Entrance of the Gladiators, a grossly accelerated version of which has long been a staple of circus bands.