The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The 2007 Indoor Concert Series - Page 3

This concert featured music written by Karl King for special acts and events during his trouping years.

1910 - baritone player with the Robinson Famous Shows under bandmaster Woody Van
1911 - baritone player with the Yankee Robinson Circus under bandmaster Theo. Stout
1912 - baritone player with the Sells-Floto Circus under bandmaster W. P. English
1913 - baritone player with the Barnum & Bailey Circus under bandmaster Ned Brill
1914 and 1915 - Bandmaster for Sells-Floto & Buffalo Bill Combined Shows
1916 - Bandmaster for the Sells-Floto Circus
1917 and 1918  - Bandmaster for the Barnum & Bailey Circus

Many diffeent types of marches highlighted this concert.  Included were Robinson’s Grand Entrée; Woody Van’s; Gallant Zouaves, and King’s most famous composition, Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.  Other King compositions on the program were The Big Cage Galop; the Princess of India overture; a ragtime novelty entitled Ragged Rozey; and an aerial waltz, In Old Portugal.

A special feature of this concert was the presentation of the Karl L. King scholarships.  Several talented students auditioned during the day, and the winners were announced during the concert.  The students were invited to join in playing a march with the band during the concert.  Students pictured in the center of this photo are baritone saxophone player Chris Duitsman, of Newell-Fonda, and percussionist Jacob Merritt, of Manson-Northwest Webster.  Each received a $500 scholarship to Iowa Central Community College.

Euphonium player Christopher Ellerston won the $1,000 scholarship to any 4-year
Iowa college or university.  Chris is shown above performing with the band.

Christopher Ellerston, senior euphonium player from Fort Dodge, is shown performing his winning selection at that concert.  Accompanying Christopher is Jan Altemeier.

The band performed a Western Suite of music written for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows.  The three parts of this suite were the compositions, Wyoming Days, On The Warpath, and The Passing Of The Red Man.  The concert closed with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.

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