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

The 2012 Summer Concert Series

July 15, 2012

The music of the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, always appears on each concert, and this Sunday was no exception.  During the hour-long concert, the band performed King’s marches Trouping Days and Samson, which was dedicated to Fort Dodge resident Carl “Tim” Pray.  Also on the program was W. Paris Chambers’ exciting circus march, King of Terror.

Other selections included the Finale or fourth movement from Bohemian Antonin Dvorak’s classic New World Symphony.  This work received its world premiere in New York City by the New York Philharmonic in 1893.  The final movement “brings all of Dvorak’s themes from the other movements into a glorious piece of music”, stated Conductor Jimmerson.  “These themes are based on Dvorak’s longing to be back home in Bohemia while living in the northeast Iowa community of Spillville.”  They are based in part on Dvorak’s love of African-American music, and inspired by Negro spirituals.

The band also performed one of George Gershwin's finest works, An American In Paris.

Lighter selections by the Band included a medley of songs made popular by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself, Frank Sinatra, including Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, That’s Life, and Fly Me To The Moon. This selection is simply titled Sinatra!  Music from south of the border included Beguine For Band.

Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger, was the special guest conductor for this program. 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 nearly 300 publications in print.

Andrew Glover 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.

Andrew Glover conducted the King Band in three selections, The Purple Pageant March by K. L. King, Galop Go! by Fred Jewell, and The Temple of Apollo At Delphi (from the opera “Orestes”) by the Russian composer Sergei Taneyev. These last two selections were new arrangements by Mr. Glover, and were premiered during this concert.

The concert closed with the playing of our National anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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