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

The February concert of the 2017 Indoor Concert Series

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February 19, 2017

This was the first in the series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge.

The program was held on Sunday afternoon, February 19, at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.

        This February concert was the Band’s annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King.   The music for this concert included several of the compositions published 100 years ago in 1917, when Karl King was a 26-year old young man.

         He had traveled for four years, from 1910 through 1913, with different circuses and had already reached the peak of his playing career as a Euphonium player with the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, the top job of that era.   The 1914 season found Mr. King being named bandleader on the Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill Combined Shows, a position he would hold through the 1915 and 1916 seasons as well.   In 1917, John Ringling hired King to lead the most famous circus band of that era with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The first number of the program was King's The New Madison Square Garden.

Listen to this march.

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The King Band then performed Karl King's march The Chevalier, published
with the composer listed not as Karl King, but as "Carl Lawrence".

  Listen to The Chevalier.

The overture The Golden Dragon was performed next, with Paul Hochmuth playing the euphonium solo.

Hear the first third of The Golden Dragon.

      Special guest soloist for two number on this program was Tim Miller, trumpet player from Humboldt.  Tim performed two selections with the Band.  First was “Grand Russian Fantasia”, by J. Levy.  This tour-de-force solo in theme and variations form includes many familiar Russian melodies, and shows off the soloist’s technical skills.  The second selection, “Sleepy Lagoon”, by Eric Coates, is a beautiful, lilting waltz that was popular during the 1930’s.

Tim is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan University with a BME degree, and he has done graduate work at both the University of South Dakota and the University of Iowa.  Tim recently retired after a long and successful career at both Humboldt High School (7 years) and Humboldt Junior High School (24 years).  He previously taught 5-12 Band for 9 years at Sheffield-Chapin Schools.  Tim continues to perform locally with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Jive for Five Brass Quintet, Humboldt Big Band, and Oak Hill Church Praise Band, along with the King Band.

     Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee conducted the band performing the march Sir Galahad.

Listen to that march.

The next number of the program was the Intermezzo Spanish Romance.

Hear the King Band perfoming Spanish Romance.

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     The program followed with the performance of Over There Fantasie, and the Karl King Galop Eclipse. before performing King's signature march, Marnum and Bailey's Favorite.

Watch and listen to the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge
as they play Barnum and Bailey's Favorite.

(57mb MPG file)

      This concert closed in the usual way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

The next performance of the Karl King Municipal Band was the March 12, the Irish Concert.
The final 1917 Indoor Concert Season was the Focus and Scholarship Concert held April 2.

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