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

The 2013 Winter Concert Series

The third indoor concert for the 2013 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held on Sunday afternoon, April 14, in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.  Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson once again planned an enjoyable program of band music.  Dr. David Klee serves as the Assistant Conductor of the band.  This April concert serves a two-fold purpose each year.  The first is the presentation of the Karl L. King scholarships.  Several talented students auditioned during the day, and the winners were announced during the afternoon concert.  Winners were  recognized with $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any 4-year Iowa college or university.  Providing the funds for these awards are the King Band Scholarship fund, along with Dr. Greg Olson in memory of his parents and his wife’s parents, the family of the late Steve Helmich, and Peggy and the late Tom Dowd.  All persons auditioning were invited to join in playing a selection with the Band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient performed their award-winning solo.

     The second feature of the concert coincides with Iowa Central Community College’s Focus series.  This year, the college has chosen the Philippines for its cultural emphasis, and the selections on the program will reflect the Spanish heritage in music from the region.

     Selections by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, included his march, “Manila Bay”, the “Eclipse Galop”, and a fantasia, “Sunny Spain”.  Other selections on the program included the exciting march, “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, “The U.S. Field Artillery March” by John Philip Sousa, the beautiful waltz “La Golondrina” (The Swallow), and “La Roquina”, a march written by former conductor W.B. Green.

     Popular selections on the concert included the “Guadalcanal March” by Richard Rodgers from the television series Victory At Sea, highlights from the popular Broadway musical “South Pacific”, and the exciting paso doble, “El Relicario.”

     Soloist for this concert was Tim Miller on Trumpet.  Tim is the band director in the Humboldt Middle School, and a long-time member of the King Band.  He also plays with the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five.  Tim was featured on a piece of Spanish popular music, “La Oreja de Oro” by Mariano San Miguel.

The concert concluded in the usual way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.


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