Joey, the Karl King Band's mascot, enjoyed the summer shade
which the Fort Dodge Library concerts provided.
He supported the band with his presence at every concert during the 2005 summer season.
View a short video clip of the audience watching the band perform
the Chicago Tribune March
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This week’s concert featured a variety of music from around the world. The evening’s classical offering was a tone poem entitled Mannin Veen, by English composer Haydn Wood. This selection, subtitled Dear Isle of Man, is based on four Manx folk songs from the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Scotland. Other selections on the program included the well-known song, Lady Of Spain, along with the Italian march, Florentiner, by Jules Fucik. The music of the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, was heard in the marches Canton Aero Club and The Ohio Special, along with his Prestissimo Galop. Mr. King was a native of Ohio, and these two marches reflect that heritage. The Spencer Fair March, written by former director Reginald R. Schive to commemorate the King band’s appearance at the 75th anniversary of the annual event held each September, was performed. Hear a portion of Mr. Schive's The Spencer Fair (mov. video format - 19 mb).
Rounding out the program was a medley of songs made popular by composer Jule Styne, including such standards as Together Wherever We Go, The Party’s Over, Just In Time, People, and Don’t Rain On My Parade.
Inga Sanford was the guest soloist for the evening. She is the daughter of Ft. Dodge residents Rev. Carroll Lang, who is Pastor, Church of the Damascus Road and Judy Lang, a retired Math Teacher, recently at Manson Northwest Webster and St. Edmond's. Inga started playing clarinet at age ten, and six of her previous Band Directors and private teachers have played with the King Band. Inga was an Outstanding Senior Music Student and Valedictorian at Ft. Dodge Senior High. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wartburg College where she was also an Outstanding Senior Music Student and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mrs. Sanford taught instrumental music for 6 years in Iowa - 2 years at Calamus-Wheatland and for 4 years at Madrid - before her husband Adam's career took them to Dallas, Texas. She has been teaching private clarinet and piano lessons for the past 4 years in Texas.
Inga played 11 seasons with the Karl King Municipal Band and has also appeared with the Ames Community Band, the Quad Cities Wind Ensemble, the Metropolitan Winds of Dallas, Texas, and currently the Frisco Community Band (Frisco, Texas). She has soloed with the Ft. Dodge Senior High Symphonic Band, the Wartburg College Concert Band on European Tour, and several times with the King Band in the past. She performed the classic clarinet solo, Adagio & Tarantella by Ernesto Cavallini with the band, then was joined by the rest of the members of the clarinet section playing Zez Confrey’s novelty, Dizzy Fingers.
The concert concluded with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.
The July 17 concert highlighted several different styles of band music. Classical band works on the evening’s concert included Zampa Overture by the French composer, Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold; and Sunny Spain by Karl L. King.July 24
Well known popular selections were also heard, and they included highlights from the successful Broadway musical, Fiddler On The Roof; along with Leroy Anderson’s well-known waltz, Belle Of The Ball.
Karl L. King’s marches are always popular, and there were plenty on this concert to enjoy, including Fame and Fortune, Gateway City, and King Henry. Another King selection on the program was the fast-paced circus gallop, Eclipse.
Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger, was the special guest conductor for this performance. Mr. Glover is a native of Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College. While still a college student, Mr. Glover performed for three seasons with the Detroit Concert Band, conducted by Leonard B. Smith. In addition, Andrew served as librarian and executive assistant to Dr. Smith.
Mr. Glover began writing and arranging for band while a student in high school, and has nearly 200 publications in print. He taught instrumental music in St. Louis area public and private schools for nine years. In October, 1998, he joined the C. L. Barnhouse Company of Oskaloosa, IA., as staff composer, arranger, and editor.
The Karl King Band performed his composition, Silver Bullets March, his arrangement of Umberto Giordano’s Intermezzo from the opera "Fedora", along with Cle Elum Eagles March, written by Karl King.
The concert closed with “The Star-spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key.
This concert provided just the right mix of standard band works along with marches and other popular favorites. Classic band works performed were Pique Dame Overture by the father of Austrian operettas, Franz von Suppe; and Carl Friedemann’s exciting Slavonic Rhapsody. The familiar sounds of Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango were also heard.July 31
Music written by Karl L. King on the evening’s program included the marches Phillipian Festival and Michigan On Parade, the galop Emporia, and the intermezzo, Arabian Nights. Other marches included Fred Jewell’s circus march, High and Mighty, and John Philip Sousa’s The Fairest Of The Fair.
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Two special performances highlighted the evening’s concert. The first special performers were the members of the band’s percussion section - Jeremy Smith from Fort Dodge, Cathy Moklebust from Eagle Grove, and Rollie Jensen from Pocahontas – who were featured on two selections. They first performed Serenade for a Picket Fence on three xylophones, and then were featured on the snare drums as they performed Dazzling Drums. Rollie Jensen is the Middle School instructor for the Pocahontas Area schools and performs regularly with many bands in the area. Cathy Moklebust is the former director of the King Ringers handbell ensemble, is an award winning published composer and arranger, and now operates a music engraving service with her husband. Jeremy Smith is the Drum Line coach for the Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band, and is employed by the Handleman Company music distributors as their representative in north central and northwest Iowa.
The second special performer was Shari Netz from Manson. She sang the beautiful ballad, Skylark, and then followed with the up-tempo hit, Orange-Colored Sky. Shari is a graduate of the Manson High School, has sung with several area bands including the Ralph Scott Orchestra, and is a member of the Manson Meridian Singers and her local church choir. She is employed as a legal secretary in Rockwell City.
The concert closed with “The Star-spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge closed their 2005 summer season on the pleasantly cool evening of July 31 for the largest audience of the season. Karl L. King compositions highlighted the performance, with such favorites as Bolivar March, Excelsior Galop, and the beautiful aerial waltz, Vision of Cleopatra on the program. In addition, the band played Chicago Tribune March by W. Paris Chambers, and La Roquina Spanish march by former director of the King Band, W. B. Green.
Other selections included one of the most brilliant and popular overtures in the repertory of the concert band, Il Guarany written by the Brazilian composer, A. Carlos Gomez. Coronation March from the opera, The Prophet by one of the most famous French opera composer, Giacomo Meyerbeer also was performed.
Tim Miller, Middle School Band director at Humboldt Community Schools, and Dan Cassady, director of bands at Iowa Central Community College were the guest soloists for the evening. Together, they performed the classic brass duet, Cousins, by Herbert L. Clarke, who was cornet soloist and assistant director of the Sousa Band for twenty years. Mr. Miller was also featured on the well-known popular selection, You Made Me Love You, and Mr. Cassady performed a medley of Tommy Dorsey favorites, entitled T.D.: That Sentimental Gentleman. Both Mr. Miller and Mr. Cassady perform locally with the Brass Quintet, Jive For Five, and each also plays in numerous area dance bands. Both are long-time members of the King Band as well.
The band closed their season in the traditional way, by playing Auld Lang Syne March by Karl L. King, followed by our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
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