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

July 26, the final concert of the 2015 Summer Season

The final concert of the 2015 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held Sunday evening, July 26 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band featured a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert.   This “Grand Finale Concert” opened with C.E. Duble’s most famous march, Bravura.

This program’s classical selections included Austrian composer Franz von Suppe’s 1846 overture, Poet and Peasant,  and French composer Georges Bizet’s Farandole, the fourth movement from his “L’Arlessienne Suite No. 2”, written in 1872.     This was followed by the lilting Pavane by Morton Gould.

     Guest soloist was Inga Sanford, daughter of Rev. Carroll & Judy Lang of Fort Dodge.    Inga is a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate where she studied with former long time principal clarinetist of the King Band, Ardella Hein.

She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA majoring in Music Education.    Inga was a European Tour Soloist with the Wartburg College Concert Band.    She will be performing the classic clarinet solo, Adagio and Tarantella by Ernesto Cavallini with the band.

She played with the Karl King Band for 11 seasons, and previously soloed with the Band ten years ago in 2005.  She has also played in the Ames Municipal Band, the Quad Cities Wind Ensemble, Drake University Wind Ensemble, Metropolitan Winds of Dallas TX, and currently plays in the Frisco Community Band, Frisco, TX.

Inga was a band director for 6 years at Calamus-Wheatland Schools and Madrid Community Schools in Iowa.   In Texas she has taught private clarinet and piano students.   Inga resides in Allen, TX with her husband Adam, who is an Electrical Engineer with Texas Instruments, and their children Karina, age 11, and Johann, age 8.

      Special guest conductor for this program was Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer, conductor, and arranger.    He conducted his newest composition, March Kings.

      Mr. Glover is a native of Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis.    He began writing and arranging music for bands while still a student in high school, and now has nearly 300 publications in print.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College, and taught instrumental music in the St. Louis area public and private schools for nine years.   In October 1998, he joined the C.L. Barnhouse Company of Oskaloosa, Iowa as staff composer, arranger, and editor.    He is now the Chief Operating Officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.

       Dr. Klee conducted a tribute to popular singer Frank Sinatra, with Recorded by Sinatra.   This year is the 100tth anniversary of Sinatra’s birth in Hoboken, New Jersey to his Italian-immigrant parents.   This medley includes “High Hopes”, “Young at Heart”, “Love is the Tender Trap”, “Love and Marriage”, and “My Kind of Town”.

Next on the program was French composer Georges Bizet’s Farandole, the fourth movement from his “L’Arlessienne Suite No. 2”, written in 1872.  This was followed by King’s 1943 serenade, A Mooning Melody and Karl King’s War March of the Tartars, written for Wayne State University in 1938.

The band performed Karl King’s Excelsior Galop.

This final summer concert always closes in the traditional circus way, with the playing of Karl King’s march, Auld Lang Syne, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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