The Conductor of the Karl King Fort Dodge Municipal
Band is Reginald R. Schive, with Keith Altemeier serving as the assistant
conductor. Duane "Oley" Olson is the bandís announcer. Jerrold Jimmerson
of Manson is the band's publicity chairman.
First, it was a celebration of the birthday of Karl L. King, on February 21, 1891. Born in Ohio, young Karl grew to love and play band music. He ran away to join the circus at a young age, a decision that would influence his music for life. When he felt the need to settle down and raise his family, he was hired by the Fort Dodge band to become their director, an association that would last for 50 years until his death in 1971. During that time and still today, he is recognized throughout the world as one of the foremost composers of march and circus-type music.
This concert featured several of his selections, which are played in his memory each year at this time. They included: Phillipian Festival march, Robinsonís Grand Entree march, Circus Days galop, Ragged Rozey novelty, and New Corn Palace march.
Other selections on the program were Bombasto march by Farrar, Amazing Grace by Tichelli, Two Excerpts from the Pathetique Symphony by Tschaikovsky, and Rush Street Tarantella by Yoder.
The second purpose of this concert was to follow the cultural emphasis of Iowa Central Community College. Each year, the college chooses a country to emphasize their music, culture, traditions, heritage, food, clothing, etc. This year, the college has chosen to honor the people of China. The band in turn played musical selections like Ung-Kung-Foy-Yah by King, Dancing Under The Full Moon by Hua Yang, and the Chinese Folk Song Suite, arranged for band by Warren Barker.
Also featured were the marches, Invictus and University Of Chicago by Karl King, and Sousaís Golden Jubilee March.
A special tribute was planned to commemorate the live of Duke Ellington, with the playing of his Black and Tan Fantasy.
In addition, the Harmony Brigade Chorus was featured. They performed a variety of music in their unique blend of barbershop harmony, entitled Back In The Good Old Days, which is always delightful to listener and performer alike. This group was under the direction of Stu Martin.
Marches on the program included Flying With The Colors, by former director W. B. Green; and Kentucky Sunrise, Emporia Galop, and Alhambra Grotto, all by Karl King; and Colonel Bogey by Alford. Traditional band works will include American Overture for Band by Jenkins; Elsaís Procession to the Cathedral from the opera, Lohengrin by Wagner; and Chorale and Shaker Dance by Zdechlik.
Popular selections will include Leroy Andersonís Buglerís Holiday, Melody ala King, by Alford; and Vincent Youmans Fantasy, as arranged for band by Paul Yoder.
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