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

The 2010 Summer Concert Series - July 25 Program

July 25

The final concert of the 2010 summer series by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held on Sunday evening, July 25.  Jive For Five, the popular area Brass Quintet, provided a pre-concert program of music before the start of the King Bandís concert.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band opened their program with the Repasz Band March.  Overture Pique Dame by Franz von Suppe, known as the father of Austrian operettas, followed.  This rendition was arranged by Theo. M. Tobani.

Jive For Five returned as the featured ensemble performing with the band two numbers, Glen Miller Medley, arranged by Iowa State University's Michael Golemo, and That's A-Plenty, arranged by John Wasson.

Members of this group, also members of the King Band, include Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt, French Horn; Dan Cassady, Fort Dodge, trombone; Paul Bloomquist, Dayton, tuba; David Swaroff, Dayton, trumpet; and Tim Miller, Humboldt, trumpet.  All these members teach in area schools, and have been performing together for the past several years.

The galop for the evening was Karl King's Homestretch.  Also on the program was Ballet Egyptien, a suite of four songs written by the French composer, Alexandre Luigini.

Dave Leach, seen playing trumpet above at left, was a guest performer for this concert.  Dave is the grandson of Alonzo Leach, a flute player from Ackley, Iowa, who had played under Karl King's direction during in the Sells-Floto & Buffalo Bill Wild West Combined Shows Band's 1914 season.  Alonzo and Karl became friends and remained in close contact after their circus days concluded.  Alonzo returned to Iowa to start his own music store.  He also became the director of bands at Drake University.  Karl King, of course was offered a contract to direct the municipal band in Fort Dodge, where he also operated his music publishing business.  The Sells-Floto Triumphal march and The Iowa Band Law march were performed to salute the cooperative efforts of these two musicians.  Learn more about Alonzo Leach.

The Cole Porter standard, Anything Goes, was conducted by assistant director, Dan Cassady.

Signifying the season was over, Karl King's march: Auld Lang Syne preceded the playing of our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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