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

The July 19 concert of the 2015 Summer Concert Series

July 19, 2015


      Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson, along with Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee, led the Band on July 19 on an “Around the World” tour.  No passports are required, however!

A variety of march music was heard, including Karl King’s Canton Aero Club, Pierre Leeman’s March of the Belgian Paratroopers, William Latham’s Brighton Beach, and Johann Strauss’ Radetzky March, Op. 228.

    On the classical side were three movements from French composer and conductor Alexandre Luigini’s Ballet Egyptien, written in 1875, as well as Percy Grainger’s beautiful Australian Up-Country Tune, which was first sung at Grainger’s wedding in 1928.

       On the lighter side was Paul Yoder’s tribute to the city of Chicago with Rush Street Tarantella, and a special tribute to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.   This musical debuted on Broadway in 1945, and has had several revivals since that time.  Several songs from that show are included in this medley, from “If I Loved You” to “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Guest soloist this week was Dr. David Klee, principal flute and piccolo player with the King Band as well as the Assistant Conductor.   He performed The Swiss Shepherd, by P. Morlacchi.

Dr. Klee is presently Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies/Music Production & Technology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake IA.    He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mercer University. 

Dr. Klee is also principal flute with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and performs with the Comedia Musica Orchestra in Fort Dodge. 

Dr. Klee was then joined by the other members of the Flute section – Jennifer Littlejohn from Clarion, and Megan Benz from Manson – for some Latin American sounds with Beguine for Flutes

Karl King’s German Melodies Waltz was on the program, along with King’s fast-paced galop, Emporia.

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

Thanks to David & Susan Swaroff for these photos.

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