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

The July 5 concert of the 2015 Summer Concert Series

July 5, 2015


       For this program, Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson planned a fun evening of music that is pure Americana.   Also involved in the evening’s program is Dr. David Klee, assistant conductor.   Conductor Jimmerson had commented, “With July 4 being on Saturday this year, this will be a great way to wrap up the holiday weekend with a band concert of familiar patriotic music to celebrate our country’s independence.”

The concert began with John Philip Sousa’s The Glory of the Yankee Navy.  Other march music included Karl L. King’s Sons of Veterans, Fred Jewell’s E Pluribus Unum.

           Highlighting the program was an exciting patriotic selection, American Pageant by Thomas Knox, which was commissioned for the inauguration of President Richard Nixon in 1973 and has been used at every Presidential inaugural since then.

Trumpet soloist Tim Miller from Humboldt was featured on the Columbia Fantasia Polka, based on "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean", a patriotic song popular during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, especially during the Civil War era.   Miller is the Middle School Band instructor in Humboldt and a long-time member of the King Band.

Also on the program was A beautiful setting of one of the most beloved of all American spirituals, Amazing Grace, was on the program.

Roger Netz from Manson, another long-time band member in the Saxophone section, led the audience in The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along, which includes several well-known American standards, ending with “God Bless the U.S.A.”.

along with Heroes of the Sea, a new selection written and dedicated to the men and women of our Navy and Coast Guard.

       Rounding out the concert of patriotic favorites was Meredith Willson’s Seventy-Six Trombones, originally arranged by Leroy Anderson for the Boston Pops Orchestra and recently adapted for the Concert Band.

The "Tweedle Trio"

The concert was amost completed with America’s national march, The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.

The program ended by the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Thanks to David & Susan Swaroff for these photos.

View photos from the July 12 concert.

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