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

The 2009 Summer Concert Series - July 19

July 19

The music of the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, always appears on the program.  During this hour-long concert, the band performed King’s marches, Fame and Fortune and The Melody Shop, along with his circus aerial waltz, Mystic Night, and his galop, Circus Days.

Other selections included Franz von Suppe’s classic overture Poet and Peasant.  Franz von Suppe was the father of the Austrian operetta.  In trying to carry the techniques of Jacques Offenbach’s music to Germany and Austria, von Suppe actually created a style all his own in the operetta.  This overture, written in 1846, is one of the most celebrated pieces of semi-classical literature.

C. L. Barnhouse’s Land of Plenty march was published in 1922 and introduced the Iowa Corn Song.  Barnhouse had a music publishing business in Oskaloosa, Iowa, that published many of Karl King’s compositions.

Lighter selections by the Band included a medley of Duke Ellington’s Big Band compositions entitled Salute The Duke!, and highlights from the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, Carousel.

Fame and Fortune March bears the dedication, “To my friend and benefactor, C. L. Barnhouse."  The band dedicated this evening's performance of that same march to Mr. Barnhouse's grandson, Chuck Barnhouse, who was present in the audience.  In this photo Chuck is accompanied by Mary Alice at left, and Chuck's daughter, Ann Barnhouse, at right.

Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger, was the special guest conductor for this evening.  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 as staff composer, arranger, and editor.  Andy is now the Chief Operating Officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.

Selections conducted by Andrew Glover included The Center Ring March by K. L. King and Stand Up For America March as arranged by Leonard B. Smith.

A featured selection for the evening was the beautiful Sextet from "Lucia," written by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti and arranged by Mr. Glover.  It featured a brass sextet accompanied by the Band, directed by Andy Glover.

Sextet members included Tim Miller and David Swaroff on trumpet, Kathy Yoakam on French Horn, Dan Cassady on Trombone, “Oley” Olson on Euphonium, and Paul Bloomquist on Bass Trombone.

Our National Anthem, The Star-spangled Banner closed the program.

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