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

The 2008 Summer Concert Series - July 20

The Karl L. King Bandshell in beautiful Oleson Park was again filled with the sounds of band music. The Karl L. King Municipal Band formally rededicated this Bandshell at their Sunday evening concert.   Starting at 6:30 pm, the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five, provided their own special type of music.  Members of this group are also members of the King Band and include Tim Miller, Humboldt, trumpet; David Swaroff, Dayton, trumpet; Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt, French Horn; Dan Cassady, Fort Dodge, trombone; and Paul Bloomquist, Manson, tuba. Following that special opening concert, there was the introduction of distinguished guests and the formal rededication ceremony with ribbon cutting.

Conductor Jerrold Jimmerson, assistant conductor Dan Cassady, and announcer Duane “Oley” Olson once again prepared an interesting program of band music. 

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View photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band culminated the evening festivities with a special concert.  The opening fanfare set the tone for the evening, as the Band performed George Gershwin’s Strike Up The Band.  Several songs written by Karl King were included in the program, including the marches Hawkeye Glory and his most famous work, Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.

A medley of several Karl King themes, titled Melody ala King, arranged by Harry Alford, were heard, along with the fox trot, Pale Moon, by former King Band member Doug Hatton, and Slavonic Rhapsody, by Carl Friedmann.  Some of these same songs were also performed 70 years ago at the very first dedication ceremonies held in 1938.

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A Trumpet Trio performed everyone’s favorite Leroy Anderson song, Bugler’s Holiday.  Trio members included Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge.

Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger, was the evening's special guest conductor. Mr. Glover is a native of Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis.  He began writing and arranging music for bands while still a student in high school, and now has more than 200 publications in print.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College, and 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. He is now the Chief Operating Officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.  Mr. Glover directed the King Band in three selections, Enchanted Night Waltz by King, The Dauntless Battalion March by John Philip Sousa, and an exciting galop written by Russell Alexander, Storming of El Caney.

Robert Patton from Gowrie, who is always a popular baritone vocalist, was the special guest soloist for the evening.  Mr. Patton was originally scheduled to appear with the Band on July 6, but that concert was rained out.

Bob Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa, then joined the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. During his twenty years in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras.  He performed with the Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap, Northern Virginia and Annapolis opera companies. In 1991 he returned to Gowrie, Iowa, and became editor and publisher of The Gowrie News.  He is the fourth generation owner of a 106-year family business.  Patton performed If I Were A Rich Man from the popular Broadway musical, Fiddler On The Roof, and also sang the inspiring song, America, The Beautiful.

Closing the concert was our national anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.

Jerrold Jimmerson serves cake to members of the Karl King Band.

July 27 concert photos

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