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

The last concert of the 2018 Summer Concert Series

July 29, 2018 - This 2018 Summer Season Grand Finale was "A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS"

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of All Ages,

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Karl King’s masterpiece Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite march, written in 1913 when King was just 22 years of age, 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
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The second number in this Night at the Circus was Ringling Bros, Grand Entry,
composed by circus bandmaster Al Sweet.
Ringling Bros. Grand Entry

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Listen to Karl King's circus opening spectacular, Sunny Spain.   (9.5mb) 
Sunny Spain

Next on the evening program was the John Hall waltz, Wedding of the Winds(for the Aerialists)

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Hear the Karl L. King Municipal Band perform Karl King's Oriental Fox Trot Abdallah.
(for the tigers and lions)


Next was The Circus Bee, a march composed by Henry Fillmore.  This was directed by Dr. David Klee.
The circus ringleader/announcer for our A Night at the Circus was Scott Johnson.

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Dr. David Klee, the Assistant Conductor, also conducted the band on the tune Teddy Bear's Picnic.

Jerrold P. Jimmerson returned to the podium to conduct highlights from the recent hit movie musical
about the life of P.T. Barnum, named Selections from 'The Greatest Showman'.

Walter Paul "Woody" English wrote the march Royal Decree in 1916 and dedicated it to Karl L. King.   This was the most famous march used by circus bands to accompany elephant and wild jungle animal acts.
(for the elephants)
Royal Decree March

Cumana, arranged by David Bennett, was a mambo tune written by jazz pianist Barclay Allen.
(for the jugglers)

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Listen to the ending of Karl King's two step, The Walking Frog.
The Walking Frog

The Big Cage is a fast galop march written by Karl King.

The Big Cage Galop

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This concert A Night at the Circus ended with Auld Lang Syne, which was the march that Karl L. King composed in 1944. Auld Lang Syne

The 2018 Summer Season ended with our U. S. National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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