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

The first performance of the 2018 Summer Concert Series

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June 10, 2018


       On June 10, the King Band began their summer season with the Municipal Band's annual Flag Day Concert.  Conductor Jimmerson led the King Band on a special night of music to honor America and celebrate Flag Day.   The audience enjoyed many patriotic selections.

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      The first number on the evening program was Emblem of Unity, written by J. J. Richards.   Joseph Richards, like Karl King, was a circus band leader who wrote many tunes, including fine marches.   He played began playing cornet when he was ten, and became director of the Norton-Jones Circus Band at the age of nineteen.   His career as a circus bandleader culminated with his directorship of the Ringling Brothers Circus Band from 1911 through 1918.   This march Emblem of Unity is the best known composition of J. J. Richards.

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Karl King's own Sons of Veterans march (1909) was the second number performed this evening.
Sons of Veterans
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The overture for this evening was Franz von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture
(popularly remembered from his operetta which premiered in Vienna in 1866).
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Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee directed the band on the next two numbers, starting with America Exultant March by Henry Fillmore.

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Star-Spangled Spectacular by George M. Cohan was the next number.

The guest conductor for this evening was James Goodwin of the Iowa Military Veteran's Band.

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Mr. Goodwin conducted the band playing El Capitan, the march from John Philip Sousa's 1896 operetta.

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Next on this evening's program was James Goodwin's own composition with narration, How Will you Remember a Soldier?
How will you Remember?

        Armed Forces Salute  Armed Forces Salute pays tribute to all five branches of the military.
Veterans and family of veterans were invited to stand when they heard the song indicating the branch served.
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The band then performed Karl King's march Rough Riders (published in 1943).

Listen to the last portion of Rough Riders.  Rough Riders Galop
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The patriotic highlight for the evening was Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever,
officially adopted in 1987 as our national march.

Stars and Stripes Forever
Watch the Karl King Band as they perform the final portion of
Stars and Stripes Forever.

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This program finished with the playing of our National Anthem.

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