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

The June 14th concert of the 2015 Summer Concert Series

Before the main concert started, the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive for Five, held a pre-concert performance.

June 14, 2015


     The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge continued their 2015 summer concert season on Sunday evening, June 14, with a concert at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.   Conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee.  Thanks to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for selling homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cake as people gathered for the concert.

Jive for Five group members include Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt;
Dan Cassady, formerly from Fort Dodge and now living in North Liberty;
and Paul Bloomquist of Dayton.

Jive also includes David Swaroff, Dayton; and Tim Miller of Humboldt.

These musicians are members of the King Band.

“This concert commemorated several milestones in America’s history”, statted conductor Jimmerson.   In 1865, 150 years ago, the Civil War ended and Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.   Many selections provided a slice of pure Americana, with a variety of patriotic and folk songs on the program.  The King Band performed Jerry Bilik’s collection of familiar American songs, “American Civil War Fantasy”, Andrew Glover’s exciting arrangement of “Those In Peril on the Sea”, based on the Navy Hymn, and Samuel A. Ward’s moving hymn, “America, the Beautiful”.    This American standard debuted in 1910, combining the words of a poem by Katherine Lee Bates with the hymn written earlier by Ward.   In 1970, Ward was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

This concert featured many patriotic selections to celebrate Flag Day, including “Emblem of Freedom” by Karl L. King, and “Abraham Lincoln” by Edwin Franko Goldman.  Dr. Klee conducted "Abraham Lincoln".

Jive for Five performed “Shaker Suite”, originally recorded by the Canadian Brass, during the concert with the band accompanying.

Tunes on the lighter side included a medley of Glenn Miller classics, including “Tuxedo Junction”, “Jersey Bounce”, “American Patrol”, and “Little Brown Jug”, titled “A Tribute to Glenn Miller”.   Recognition was made to members from our military and their families with the playing of the “Armed Forces Salute”.

John Phillip Sousa’s immortal march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” closed the concert.

Piccolo players were featured.

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Persons attending this Sunday’s concert were encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert.   George Mack, a Jolley area resident, provided flags that he had donated.

There were plenty of opportunities to proudly wave the red, white, and blue during this hour-long concert.
The concert closed with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Thanks to Susan Swaroff for these photos.

View photos from the June 21 Program.

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