Conducting the King Band was Reginald R. Schive, assisted by Keith Altemeier. Duane "Oley" Olson handled the announcing.
The Karl L. King Fort Dodge Municipal Band opened their summer season on Sunday night, June 9, at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Marches were the main part of this first concert, including the Iowa Band Law and Three Musketeers, both written by the band’s namesake, Karl King, along with former conductor W. B. Green’s march, La Roquina, J. C. Heed’s famous march, In Storm and Sunshine, and Richard Franko Goldman’s famous march, On The Mall. Other Karl King selections included the circus favorite Sunshine Galop, along with the beautiful Sunny Spain.
Traditional band selections performed were Mannin Veen, by composer, Haydn Wood, and Ferde Grofe’s Mississippi Suite.
On the lighter side were Warren Barker’s arrangement of several Glenn Miller big band favorites, entitled In The Miller Mood, as well as the Dixieland favorite That’s A Plenty. The familiar strains of Franz Lehar’s beautiful Gold and Silver Waltz rounded out the evening’s program, followed by the traditional closing, The Star-spangled Banner..
The June 16 concert featured patriotic music in observance of Flag Day. Marches included on the program were Sons of Veterans by K. L. King, Emblem of Unity by J. J. Richards, National Emblem by E. E. Bagley, Invincible Eagle by J. P. Sousa, and everyone’s favorite, The Stars and Stripes Forever, also by Sousa.
Music from each branch of the military service were played during the Armed Forces Salute medley. Other patriotic selections includes From Sea to Shining Sea by Warren Barker, Blue and Gray Patrol by C. Dalbey, Those On The Sea by Andrew Glover, Lest We Forget by James Swearingen, Rough Riders Galop by K. L. King, and the Carmen Dragon arrangement of America, the Beautiful.
Guest soloist was Donna Schive, who led the audience in that crowd favorite, Good Old Days Sing-a-long, arranged for band by James Ployhar.
The concert closed with our National Anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.
True to the band’s tradition and heritage, this concert featured several marches, including Michigan On Parade, and Wisconsin’s Pride, both written by Karl King, along with his circus galop, “Walsenburg”. Additional marches on the evening’s program included In Storm and Sunshine by J. C. Heed, and Invercargill March by Lithgow.
Other selections on the program were Classical favorites, such as Morning, Noon, and Night Overture by Franz von Suppe, the Coronation March by Giocomo Meyerbeer, and Richard Wagner’s famous selection from the opera Lohengrin, Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral. A contemporary selection for band, Introduction and Capriccio by James Curnow also was included in the program.
Lighter sounds were Gold and Silver Waltz by Franz Lehar, Fantasia on Lady of Spain as arranged by Donald Hunsberger, and Beguine for Band by Glenn Osser.
A special feature during the concert was the Clarinet section playing Dizzy Fingers, by Zez Confrey.
The June 30 concert highlighted several styles of Band music. Classical band works included were Ballet Egyptian by Luigini, and the Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite #2 by the French composer, Georges Bizet.
Well known popular selections were also heard, and they included Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson, and Johnson Rag by Hall.
Marches are always popular, and there were be plenty on this concert, including Spencer Fair March by Schive, Across The Atlantic by Russell Alexander, Boy Scouts March by Fred Jewell, and Man Of The Hour by Henry Fillmore. Other Karl King selections included Broadway One-Step and Circus Days Galop.
Special guest soloist was Stacy Nichols, a regular member of the King Band in the Flute section. She was featured on Night Soliloquy by Kent Kennan, and The Whistler and His Dog by Arthur Pryor. Stacy is originally from Sioux City, where she attended high school and Morningside College, and has played with the King Band for a number of years. She is currently studying in a Master’s degree program at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Closing the concert was The Star-spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key.
The Karl King Fort Dodge Municipal Band had a special concert planned for Sunday evening, July 7th. This concert was in tribute to the July 4th holiday, which was just three days earlier.
Many selections had patriotic flavor on this program, as one might expect. Songs heard included the music of George M. Cohan in Star-spangled Spectacular, arranged by John Cacavas, and the George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy, arranged by Paul Yoder. Also on the program was Salute to the Patriots by James Ployhar; A Patriotic Salute, arranged by John O'Reilly; and An American Celebration, by Larry Neeck.
Marches were the order of the day, and included: Americans We by Henry Fillmore; Flag of Victory by C. L. Barnhouse; The Big Cage Galop by Karl King; and The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa.
Also performed was The Music Man, written by Meredith Willson and arranged by Alfred Reed; and the American folk song, Shenandoah, by Frank Ticheli.
A highlight of the evening was a performance of the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Alfred Reed. This selection featured a narrator with band accompaniment. Providing the narration was Jerrold Jimmerson, long-time member of the King Band, and presently the director of bands for the Manson Northwest Webster High School.
If your interest is popular music, then Sinatra In Concert, arranged by Nowak, or Rush Street Tarantella arranged by Paul Yoder were to your liking in the July 14 concert in beautiful Oleson Park.
Pleasing especially those who love marches were Hands Across The Sea by John Philip Sousa, Royal Decree by W. P. English, Scimitar and Crescent by former King Band member Dick Johnson, and the circus favorites, Sunshine Galop and Sarasota by Karl King..
If you enjoy traditional band music, then March Slav by the Russian composer P. I. Tschaikovsky, the Midnight Fire Alarm by John Krance, or Trombone Blues by Fred Jewell were just for you.
Special guest soloists for this concert were several area high school and college musicians. These students were featured with the Band on Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, and Estampie by Vaclac Nelhybel.
This concert provided just the right mix of standard band works along with marches and other favorites, including Swanee by George Gershwin, Homefront - Musical Memories of World War II as arranged by James Christensen, the Pilgrim's Chorus from the opera Tannhauser by the German composer Richard Wagner, and the Raymond Overture by Thomas.
The music of Karl King, the band's namesake, still remains popular with the audiences, and this concert included his Mighty Minnesota March, and the Prestissimo Galop. In addition, other marches included conductor Schive's march The Black and Gold Line (which is dedicated to the members of the King Band), along with Fred Jewell's circus march, The Screamer and Hostrauser's March by W. P. Chambers. In addition, a more traditional British march style was heard in the 1st Movement from the English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Andrew Glover was the guest conductor during this concert. Mr Glover is a nationally known composer and director and is a native of St. Louis. Mr. Glover was educated in the public schools of Webster Groves, MO. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College. While there, he performed as euphonium soloist with its renowned concert band. While still a college student, Mr. Glover was engaged to perform with the Detroit Concert Band, conducted by Leonard B. Smith. He was with the band for three seasons and recorded extensively with that ensemble. In addition, Glover served as librarian and executive assistant to Dr. Smith.
A noted composer and arranger, Glover began writing and arranging for band while still a student in high school, and has several publications in print. Glover taught for two years in the Webster Groves instrumental music department. He later served for seven years as director of bands at Rosary High School in St. Louis. In October, 1998, he joined the staff of C. L. Barnhouse Company of Oskaloosa, IA., music publishers since 1886.
Glover combines a rare mix of skills and experiences in the band world. He is highly regarded as an educator, composer, arranger, conductor, soloist, clinician, historian, and advocate of the classic concert band. The King Band performed his arrangement of Those In Peril On The Sea, based on the Navy hymn, and Gateway City March, written by Karl King for the City of St. Louis.
Two special guest soloists were also heard during this evening's concert. First, Dan Cassady, instructor of music at Iowa Central Community College, was featured on Londonderry Air as arrqanged by Hawley Ades, and T.D. - That Sentimental Gentlemen, which is a musical tribute to Tommy Dorsey, one of the greatest trombone players of all time.
The second soloist was vocalist Donna Schive from Sioux City. Donna formerly sang with the Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club, and performed the big band favorite Embraceable You and If My Friends Could See Me Now, from the Broadway musical Gypsy.
The Karl King Fort Dodge Municipal Band closed their summer season of concerts July 28, with their final concert at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Karl King compositions again highlighted the evening, with such favorites as Ohio Special March and The Golden Dragon Overture on the program.
Other selections on the concert included Deep Purple by de Rose, Midnight in Paris by Conrad, Mississippi Suite by Grofe, and Can You Read My Mind? from the movie, Superman.
A touch of Spain was heard as the Band performed the march Amparita Roca by Texidor, and La Rosita by Haeschin.
Several members of the Band were featured during this concert. First was Kathy Yoakam on French Horn. Kathy graduated from South Hamilton High School and Iowa State University. She has taught in several area schools, including Stratford and South Hamilton, and is presently the 5-6 Band instructor in the Humboldt Community Schools. She also performs with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and a brass quintet called "Jive for Five". She performing the Romanza and Rondo movements from Mozart's Concerto No. 3. After that, she was joined by other members of the horn section to play David Bennett's The Four Hornsmen.
Three members of the Trumpet section stepped forward next to perform that well-known trumpet trio, Bugler's Holiday, written by Leroy Anderson. These members included Tim Miller from Humboldt, Harlan VandeBerg from Fort Dodge, and Dave Swaroff from Dayton.
The band closed their season in the traditional way, by playing Auld Lang Syne March by Karl King, followed by the playing of the National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
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