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

The 2013 Summer Concert Series

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The final concert of the 2013 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held on Sunday evening, July 28 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park. Of course, the Conductor of the Band was Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr, David Klee serving as the Assistant Conductor.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band featured a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert. Two selections by Karl King were on the program, including his circus march Invictus along with The Whippet Race Galop. Another circus march featured was The Billboard, by John Klohr.

Music by John Williams from the 1978 blockbuster movie, Superman, was featured in a suite of songs. Also on the program was a Tribute to Count Basie, featuring such well-known jazz standards as “All Of Me”, “Corner Pocket”, “Li’l Darlin’”, and “April In Paris”.

Two special groups highlighted this concert. First, a mother-daughter French Horn duet performed the Double Concerto by the Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Kathy Yoakam graduated from South Hamilton High School in Jewell, graduated from Waldorf College and then from Iowa State University in 1985. She taught 1st-6th grade Band/Vocal for 4 years at Stratford Elementary, then taught 9th-12th grade Band for 4 years at South Hamilton, and was currently starting her 16th year as 5th-6th grade band director at Humboldt Middle School.  Kathy also performs with "Jive for Five" Brass Quintet. She has been principal horn in both the Karl L. King Municipal Band and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony since 1985.  Kathy is married to Dennis and has six children, five of whom have played in the King Band at some point over the years.

Kathy's daughter, Sarah Baldus, graduated from Humboldt High School in 2005, and then from Iowa State University in 2009. She taught grades 5th-12th grade Band for 2 years at Twin River Valley/Gilmore City, and is currently starting her 3rd year teaching 7th-8th grade Bands in Marshalltown. Sarah has been a member of both the Karl L. King Municipal Band and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony since 2001.

There was also a performance of Leroy Anderson popular Bugler’s Holiday by a Trumpet Trio included on the program, which is always a favorite.  Trio members included Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan VandeBerg from Fort Dodge.

This program’s classical selection was the 1812 Overture by the Russian composer Peter I. Tschaikovsky. Written in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of its motherland against Napoleon's invading Grand Armée in 1812, it has become a popular piece throughout the world. It was personally conducted by Tchaikovsky in 1891 at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City. The overture had first debuted in 1882 in Moscow, and is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.

This final summer concert closed in the traditional circus way, with the playing of Karl King’s march, Auld Lang Syne, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.


Photo Highlights from Concert

Woodwinds and Percussion   Featured Horn duet: Kathy Yoakam and daughter, Sarah Baldus
Reflection from Sarah Baldus's bell   Tim Miller, Dave Swaroff, Harlan VandeBerg
Featured Trumpet Trio: Tim Miller, Dave Swaroff, Harlan VandeBerg   Jeremy Smith, percussion
Trumpet section   Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa
The Star-Spangled Banner    

Photos by Susan Swaroff


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