June 6 - Keith Altemeier, conductor
Don Simonson is a tenor and is chair of the voice division at Iowa State University. He holds the B.M., B.M.E., and M.M. degrees from Drake University, and the D.M. degree from Northwestern University. He also did advanced study at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, Austria. He has appeared in leading roles and as a soloist with opera companies, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe and America and has been featured on Austrian, German and Italian national radio and television broadcasts. Mr. Simonson is an active researcher, specializing in the acoustics of the voice. He teaches applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy and vocal literature at ISU. Don is formerly from Ft. Dodge.
Bob Patton is from Gowrie, Iowa. He is a well known Iowa vocalist who sang with the Air Force's Singing Sargents.
Marches highlighted the program, and included Emblem of Freedom by Karl King, National Emblem by Bagley, and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
Also on the program was the Rough Riders Galop by King. Popular selections included highlights from the Broadway musical, The Music Man, and the music of George M. Cohan was heard in Star-spangled Spectacular.
Each branch of the military was saluted with the playing of the Armed Forces Salute, which includes the theme songs associated with each branch of the five branches of military service. Rounding out the program was the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and America, the Beautiful. The concert closed with the playing of our national anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.
This concert opened on an appropriate note with the playing of Gershwin’s Strike Up The Band. Marches included on the concert were Zacatecas Mexican march by Codina, and three selections by the band’s namesake, Karl King, including The Trombone King and Ponderoso marches, and The Big Cage circus galop.
Highlighting the concert was the performance of Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, by the Russian composer, Kalinnikov, and the Suite of Old American Dances, by Bennett. The workings of a big city newspaper were described musically with the performance of Carleton Colby’s composition, Headlines.
Guest soloist for the evening was G.B. “Gary” Evans, on tuba. Gary is a long-time member of the King Band’s tuba section, and was featured on two selections, Asleep In The Deep by Petrie, and Them Basses by Huffine. Gary currently lives in Webster City. Rounding out the concert was Glenn Osser’s composition, Beguine for Band, and The Star-spangled Banner.
June 27 - Reggie Schive, conductor
Director Reginald R. Schive and assistant conductor Keith Altemeier chose an interesting and varied program for everyone’s listening pleasure. From the classical sounds of Ballet Egyptian by Luigini to the music from the Disney movie, The Lion King, there was something for everyone. Announcer Duane “Oley” Olson provided interesting anecdotes about the selections being performed.
Marches performed included Cyrus the Great and The Melody Shop by Karl King, Farrar’s circus favorite, Bombasto, and Henry Fillmore’s Boss Trombone. Sounds of the circus were recalled with Karl King’s Circus Days galop.
A special addition to this concert was a clarinet section feature on the Zez Confrey standard, Dizzy Fingers. This selection is always a favorite, whenever it is performed.
Also included on the program was the Farandole from the L’Arlessienne Suite No. 2, by the French composer, Bizet, and a big band favorite, the Johnson Rag by Hall.
Also on the program were selections by the band’s namesake, Karl King, including: Invictus March; and the Prestissimo Galop. Former 1st trumpet John Erickson’s march, All The King’s Men also was performed.
Rounding out the program was John Krance’s composition, Midnight Fire Alarm, which took the listener on a hilarious trip to the volunteer fire house of the early 1900’s.
July 13 - Reggie Schive, conductor
The music of the band’s namesake, Karl King, was performed as well, including Alhambra Grotto march, Emporia galop, The Walking Frog novelty, and his most famous composition, Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite march.
Other marches scheduled were The New Colonial by Klohr, and The Chicago Tribune by Chambers.
Special guest soloist was Inga Sanford, performing the famous Concertino by Carl Maria von Weber on Clarinet. Inga, the daughter of Carroll and Judy Lang, is a graduate of Fort Dodge High School and Wartburg College. She is presently the Band Director at the Madrid Community Schools, and also performs with the Ames Municipal Band.
July 18 - Reggie Schive, conductor
The second guest performance was by vocalist Donna Schive, Sioux City. She performed two popular standards, Someone To Watch Over Me and S’Wonderful, both composed by George and Ira Gershwin.
The Band performed the Overture 1812, by the Russian Composer, Peter I. Tschaikovsky. This classic composition tells the story of the War of 1812 in musical form, complete with the heroic sounds of victory and the simple folk melodies of the peasants. Also to be performed was Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, from the opera, Lohengrin, by the German composer Richard Wagner.
Music of Karl King rounded out the balance of the program, with such selections as The Cardiff Giant March, The Iowa Band Law March, Excelsior Galop, a trombone novelty called Mournful Maggie, and Samson March, which was dedicated to the late Carl “Tim” Pray of Fort Dodge, a friend of Mr. King and former member of the band.
A variety of band music was planned for this concert, with everything from Rossini’s William Tell Overture to the Canadian Brass’ Just A Closer Walk With Thee.
Marches were an important part of this concert, and included Karl King’s New Corn Palace, Sousa’s Fairest Of The Fair, Klohr’s Billboard, and Fillmore’s His Honor. Mr. King’s circus galop, Majestic was also performed. Closing the concert was the circus’ and the band’s traditional finale, Auld Lang Syne March by King.
Two guest soloists entertained during this concert as well. First was Nancy Vogt, from Gowrie, performing Atlantic Zephers by Simon. Nancy is an accomplished baritone player, having performed with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. for six years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She is currently co-owner of THE GOWRIE NEWS, and performs in various ensembles throughout central Iowa. She does extensive piano and organ accompanying work as well.
The second guest soloist was Robert Patton, vocalist, also from Gowrie. He performed a medley of Gershwin songs, and was also featured as Ring Master on a band selection, A Day at the Circus, which took the audience on a musical trip to a typical circus performance.
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