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

The Final Performance of the 2017 Summer Concert Series


       Before the final concert of the 2017 Summer Season, a monologue about the life and travels of Karl King was given by local Fort Dodge resident Larry Mitchell, wearing in one of Mr. Kingís uniforms.  Larry Mitchell taught at Fort Dodge Senior High for many years, and was one of the founders and director of the Comedia Musica group.

I am Karl King
Listen to that fifteen minute monologue.   (20 mb)
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The evening's program began with Karl L. King's most famous march, Barnum and Bailey's Favorite.   Written in 1913 when King was just 22 years of age, this is one of the most recognized and often-recorded marches in history.   It was dedicated to Ned Brill, the bandmaster of the Barnum and Bailey Circus when King was the Euphonium player with that circus.

Barnum And Bailey's Favorite
Listen to the band playing Barnum and Bailey's Favorite.
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The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge next performed the Eric Osterling's march Bandology.

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       A classical selection for this evening's concert was English composer Gustav Holstís First Suite in Eb, one of the standard works in the band repertoire.   Written in 1909, this suite of three movements was revolutionary in that it was written exclusively for wind band and is considered Holstís first step toward achieving his goal of making the concert band a serious concert medium.

First Suite in E Flat
    Listen Gustav Holt's First Suite in Eb.        (16 mb)

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The band next performed Desdemona, one of Karl King's 26 Waltzes.

Desdemona Waltz
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Guest soloist soloist for the evening was Paul Bloomquist from Dayton.

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Mr. Bloomquist performed The Old Grumbly Bear, written by Julius Fucik.

Old Grumbly Bear
Listen to the Tuba solo accompanied by the King Band.   (7 mb)
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      Dr. David Klee, Assistant Conductor, led the band in Them Basses March by G.H. Huffine.   This gave lots of action to the low brass and woodwind sections.

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Next, the band performed Karl Kingís 1914 Reverie, On a Summer's Eve.

On a Summer's Eve
On a Summer's Eve      (4.5 mb)
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     Jerrold Jimmerson took the podium to lead a medley of hits made popular by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.   Titled The Sound of the Tijuana Brass, it included A Taste of Honey, The Lonely Bull, Tijuana Taxi, and El Lobo.

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Walsenburg Galop
The next number on the program was Karl King's 1915 galop, Walsenburg.
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The 2017 Summer Season closes the usual way, with Karl King's Auld Lang Syne.

Auld Lang Syne

The season finished with the playing of our National Anthem.

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