The July 14th program
July 14, 2019 This sixth concert of the 8 week Summer outdoor season was a program with something for everyone.
Conductor Jerrold Jimmerson chose Alhambra Grotto, the 1926 march by Karl L. King which was dedicated to the Alhambra Grotto Band of St. Louis, Missouri to start the evening's program.
Next was Karl King's 1916 march
dedicated to Roy D. Smith, bandmaster of Royal Scotch Highlanders Band.
Royal Scotch Highlanders.
The band followed with the overture movement of Franz von Suppe's 1864 Pique Dame.
Amorita Waltzes was composed at age 20 by Karl Lawrence King, but under the name Carl Lawrence.
Guest soloist with the band for this program was bassoonist Philip Dixon from Ames, who performed Variations of a Theme (The Happy Farmer) by Robert Schumann. Mr. Dixon was born in England and spent his teenage years in southern California. He first played the bassoon in high school, stopped while in college, and started playing again for fun when in graduate school at Cornell University. His family spent 11 years in South Carolina before moving to Ames in 1998.
Guest Conductor for this evening was the band's trombonist Dan Cassady, a well-known area musician, having taught at Fort Dodge Senior High, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School. Mr. Cassady had chosen to lead the band performing Vasilij Agapkin’s fine march A Slavic Farewell.
Dan also conducted a medley of
classic hit songs by one of America’s legendary performers,
titled Tony Bennett Unplugged.
Next on the program was Philip Dixon returning with his bassoon to perform The Old Grumbly Bear, composed by Julus Fucik and arranged by Andrew Glover. Philip is now a University Professor of Statistics at Iowa State University. He currently is principal bassoon in the Fort Dodge Area Symphony and also plays in the Central Iowa Symphony and the Ames Municipal Band.
Next music performed was the 1915 Karl King Galop, Walsenberg.
The final tune was March Militaire Francaise, composed by Camille Saint-Saens and arranged by M. L. Lake.
This concert closed in the usual way, with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
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