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

The July 12 concert of the 2015 Summer Concert Series

July 12, 2015


       Conductor Jimmerson had planned a special concert for this week which he has titled “TRIBUTES”.   Many different selections on the hour-long program paid tribute to different styles of music, along with different people or historical events.

    Marches are favorites of many, and several were heard, from Karl King’s Michigan On Parade, and Carl Lawrence’s Salute to the Sultan, and finally former conductor Reginald R. Schive’s tribute to the members of the King Band with The Black and Gold Line.

     Many people enjoy those patriotic selections, and this concert will include Morton Gould’s American Salute, based on “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” from the Civil War era.  Others enjoy the various Karl King compositions.   Included in this concert was a beautiful serenade, Lover’s Lane, which was dedicated to Mr. King’s wife, Ruth.

        The program this week featured King’s The Whippet Race, a fast-paced circus galop dedicated to the Superintendent of Speed at the Iowa State Fair.

Ragtime music always gets the toes tapping,
and this week will include George Washington’s Birthday Party by C.L. Barnhouse.

This program’s soloist was Christina Tait on clarinet from Carroll.

Ms. Tait performed A Tribute to Artie Shaw, the famous jazz clarinet player and band leader from the Big Band era of the 1940’s.

This medley included many familiar songs, such as “Dancing in the Dark”, “Begin the Beguine”, “Stardust”, and “Frenesi”.

Christina Tait graduated from Ottumwa High School, and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa State University and a Masters Degree in Clarinet performance from Western Illinois University.  She has performed with numerous symphony orchestras in both Iowa and Illinois, including the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.  She has taught music in the public schools for 8 years, most recently at West Bend-Mallard, and has taught applied music and other classes at Buena Vista University, Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant and Knox College in Illinois.

There was even be a selection dedicated to Conductor Jimmerson and the Karl King Band.   Andrew Glover has masterfully arranged Danza Brilliante (from the opera Aida), by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, into an exciting new selection.

Dr. David Klee, assistant conductor, conducted Edwin Franko Goldman’s Tribute to Sousa and the Cake Walk George Washinton's Birthday Party.

Shari Netz, vocalist from Manson, was featured.  Shari works as a legal secretary in Fort Dodge and Rockwell City, and has performed in the area with the Manson Meridian Singers and the Pocahontas Community Band, as well as the King Band. 

She sang A Gershwin Tribute to Love, including many familiar selections made popular by the song-writing duo of George and Ira Gershwin.

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


Thanks to David & Susan Swaroff for these photos.

View photos from the July 19 concert.

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