KING BAND TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY:
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is planning
a special concert to celebrate this year’s Independence Day holiday. This
concert will be held Sunday evening, July 3, beginning at 7:30 pm at the
Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy
of the City of Fort Dodge.
Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has planned a fun evening
of music that is pure Americana. Also involved in the evening’s program
is Dr. David Klee, assistant conductor. Conductor Jimmerson commented,
“With July 4th being on Monday this year, this will be a great way to enjoy
the holiday weekend with a band concert of familiar patriotic music to
celebrate our country’s independence.”
March music is always a part of every concert, and
this week will include one of Karl L. King’s earliest marches, “Military
Life”, and his lively galop, “Majestic”, along with Henry Fillmore’s tribute
to all Americans with the march, “Americans We”.
Highlighting the program will be the exciting “American Overture for Band”
by Joseph Willcox Jenkins. Jenkins spent some years as an arranger for
the U.S. Army Field Band. He wrote “American Overture for Band” in
1953, and dedicated it to the Field Band and its Commander. Also
on the program is Larry Neeck’s “An American Celebration” along with the
well-known “American Patrol” by F.W. Meachem.
A special duet performance of Herbert L. Clarke’s “Cousins”
will highlight the evening. Trumpet Tim Miller, Humboldt, and Trombone
Dan Cassady, Twin Lakes, will be featured on this classic technical selection.
Both Tim and Dan are well-known area educators and long-time members of
the Karl King Band. Members of the Trombone Section will also be
featured on David Rose’s “Holiday for Trombones”.
Roger Netz from Manson, another long-time band member
in the Saxophone section, will lead the audience in singing Irving Berlin’s
“God Bless America”. Rounding out this concert of patriotic
Americana will be a “Salute to American Jazz”, America’s only true art
form. This medley includes such jazz standards as “A Night in Tunisia”,
“St. Louis Blues”, “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”,
The concert will close with America’s national march,
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, followed by the playing
of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
An ice cream social, sponsored by the Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church, will start about 6:30 pm. Homemade ice cream
and fresh baked goodies will be available for purchase prior to and during
the concert. Remember to bring along your own lawn chairs or
blanket, since there is no seating provided.