2007 IBA Convention Program

Andrew Glover of Barnhouse Publishing Company presented an informative and entertaining workshop at the 2007 Iowa Bandmasters Association convention.  Featuring the Karl King Band as his performance ensemble, he entitled his program Long Live the King, Karl L. King and His Marches.  Important emphasis dealt with the questions, Why play marches?  Why play Karl King Marches? and Who was Karl King?   Mr. Glover also focused on several Karl King marches from easy to advanced grades to instruct band directors on appropriate rehearsal and teaching methods.

Director Jerrold Jimmerson is shown giving last minute instructions
to members of the Karl King Band just before their convention performance.

It is indeed a tremendous honor for the King Band to be invited to perform for such a prestigious audience, said conductor Jerrold Jimmerson.  This appearance will give us the opportunity to acquaint a new generation of people to the wonderful music of Karl King.
The King Band was the featured ensemble for the 5:00 pm concert in the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Fort Des Moines, performing a concert of all Karl King music.  This concert, entitled Trouping With Karl King, traced King’s years with the circus, from the time he joined the Robinson Brothers Circus in 1910 as a baritone player until he left the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1918 as their conductor.  Along the way, he was also with the Yankee Robinson Circus, the Sells Floto Circus, and the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows.  All compositions performed were written by King during those 9 years, and included several marches, an overture, ragtime, an aerial waltz, a galop, and other descriptive songs.  Band announcer Duane Oley Olson provided the narration to tie everything together.  Assistant conductor Keith Altemeier directed Ragged Rozey.   Andy Glover was the guest conductor for Gallant Zouaves.

Trouping With Karl King

1910 - Robinson's Famous Circus

1911 - Yankee Robinson Circus

1912 - Sells Floto Circus

1913 - Barnum & Bailey Circus

1914-1916 - Sells-Floto Buffalo Bill Combined Shows

1917-1918 - Barnum & Bailey Circus

  Robinson's Grand Entree March

Woody Van's March

Princess of India - Overture

Ragged Rozey - Novelty

Western Suite
   Wyoming Days
   On the Warpath
   Passing of the Red Man)

Gallant Zouaves - March

In Old Portugal - Waltz

The Big Cage - Galop

Barnum & Bailey's Favorite - March


This was the fourth time that the King Band has appeared at the state conference, having previously performed in 1977, 1981, and 1991.

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