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

June 8 program of The 2014 Summer Concert Series

June 8, 2014

The opening concert of the 2014 Summer season included music in keeping with the Frontier Days celebration in Fort Dodge that weekend.  Marches were the main part of this first concert, including "Yellowstone Trail" and "Gallant Zouaves", both written by the band's namesake, Karl L. King, along with Sammy Nestico's fine march, "Vaquero", and John Philip Sousa's classic, "Sabre and Spurs", written for the U.S. Cavalry.

Classical numbers included "Light Cavalry Overture", written in 1866 by Franz von Suppe, the father of the Austrian operetta.  This overture was one of von Suppe's most popular and recognizable works.  Sounds ranged from military melodies with vigorous rhythms to delicate Hungarian-like folk songs.

Ferde Grofe's classic, "On The Trail", from his Grand Canyon Suite was also on the program.

On the lighter side was music arranged by Robert Hawkins from the epic motion picture, "How The West Was Won"; and a novelty arrangement of an early American folk song, titled "The Blue-Tail Fly" by Clare Grundman.

Highlights from the popular Broadway musical and motion picture, "Paint Your Wagon", were heard.

All the excitement of those early American fire calls was captured in the galop by Harry J. Lincoln, titled "The Midnight Fire Alarm".

Solo fire siren by Paul Bloomquist

The concert closed in the traditional way, with the playing of our National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Thanks to Susan Swaroff for these photos.

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