Watch the video of the 72 second Big
Cage Galop performed at the 2006 Windjammer Summer Meet.
(18mb mov. format)
The Karl King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa was the featured performing ensemble at the 2006 summer meet of Windjammers, Unlimited. The Windjammers are a national group of persons who have an interest in playing, performing, hearing, and recording the music from the bygone days of when traditional circuses traveled throughout the United States.
The Windjammers group has two national meets each year. The meet in January is always in Sarasota, Florida, where the Ringling Brothers Circus had their winter quarters. The summer meet moves around the United States. The 2005 meet was held in New Hampshire; the 2006 meet was held in Des Moines, Iowa; and in 2007 the gathering will be in Kingston, Ontario Canada.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band is one of the nations best-known community bands. It was invited to perform because of its close association with Karl King. During the July 21 concert, the King Band performed a concert focusing on Karl Kings life from 1910, when he joined the Robinsons Famous Circus as a Euphonium player, through 1918, after he had completed his second year as Conductor of the Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus Band. Mr. King also traveled with the Yankee Robinson Circus, Sells-Floto Circus, and the Sells Floto and Buffalo Bill Combined Shows. This special concert featured music written by King during that time for the various shows and circus acts, including marches, overtures, waltzes, rags, intermezzos, and galops.
Michael Short, who grew up in Fort Dodge and was a former member of the King Band, was the special guest soloist for this concert. He currently resides in Des Moines, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule.
KARL L. KING MUNICIPAL BAND
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Jerrold P. Jimmerson, Conductor
Keith Altemeier, Assistant Conductor
Duane Oley Olson, Announcer
In concert at the
Windjammers Summer Meet
Des Moines, Iowa
July 21, 2006
All compositions written by Karl L. King
Published by C. L. Barnhouse and K. L. King Music House
1910 ROBINSONS FAMOUS CIRCUS .. Robinsons Grand Entrée
1911 YANKEE ROBINSON CIRCUS . Woody Vans March
1912 SELLS FLOTO CIRCUS . Princess Of India Overture
1913 BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS .. Ragged Rozey
SOLO FEATURE (Published 1910)
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Michael Short, Tuba Soloist
1914-1916 SELLS FLOTO BUFFALO BILL SHOWS
Andrew Glover, Guest Conductor
I. Wyoming Days II. On The Warpath III. Passing Of The Red Man
1917-1918 BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
.. In Old Portugal
The Big Cage Galop
... Barnum & Baileys Favorite
CLOSING SELECTION . The Star-spangled Banner
We were very pleased and honored to have this opportunity to perform Karl Kings music for such a prestigious audience, commented King Band conductor Jerrold Jimmerson.