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King Band plans busy summer:
The months of
June and July are always busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge. The band will perform each Sunday evening,
weather permitting, beginning June 10. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold
P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.
All concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy
of the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell
Choir also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during these concerts,
featuring homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale. Persons
attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or
blankets, since no seating is available.
On June 10, the King
Band will begin their summer season with the annual Flag Day Concert.
Conductor Jimmerson has planned a special night of music to honor America.
Many patriotic selections will be featured, including Salute to the
Patriots, and the music of George M. Cohan with Star-Spangled Spectacular.
Marches on the program will include John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and
Stripes Forever, along with Karl King’s Sons of Veterans, and
several others. Guest Conductor James Goodwin from the Iowa
Military Veteran’s Band will conduct Sousa’s El Capitan, along with
his own composition, How Will You Remember a Soldier?
In addition, the band will pay tribute to all military veterans with the
Armed Forces Salute. The evening’s overture will be
Franz von Suppe’s Light Cavalry.
The summer concerts continue
on Sunday, June 17, with a special focus on Italy. This concert was
originally scheduled for April, but was cancelled due to winter weather.
Marches on the program include Julius Fucik’s “Florentiner”, along with
Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere”. The evening’s
overture will be “The Italian in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini. The
trumpet trio will be featured on “Carnival Variations”, and Roger Netz
will sing Tony Bennett’s signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
Special tributes will
be made to two band members who have recently passed away. Karl L.
King’s march, “Invictus”, will be dedicated to former tuba player Roger
Anderson, and Davide Della Cese’s “The Little English Girl”, will be dedicated
to tenor saxophonist Alan Bridge. Both gentlemen will be remembered
with Karl L. King’s dirge, “Our Last Farewell”.
On Sunday, June 24,
Conductor Jimmerson has planned a special evening of musical selections
by American composers. Opening the evening will be Karl King’s march,
“Iowa Centennial”. Compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Willson,
Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and George Gershwin are also
being planned. Guest soloists will be Larry Prescott on trumpet,
and Karen Anderson Prescott on French Horn. They are currently
living in the Minneapolis area. Larry is a Fort Dodge Senior
High graduate, and Karen graduated from Ames High School. Both
attended Iowa State University. They will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s
“Double Concerto”, and Larry will be featured on Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star
Dust”. Closing this concert will be John Philip Sousa’s classic
march, “The Washington Post”.
And that’s only the first three concerts!
There will still be five more during July, starting with a special Independence
Day concert on July 1 through July 29 as well. More details
on those next month. Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl L.
King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July.
In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time, the concert
may be cancelled.
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
The nationally-known Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, was invited to join the 100th
anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer on September
17. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were regular fixtures
at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing to the close of
the 1959 season. This next photo shows Karl King and his band in
front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band performed in the Grandstand that
evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
The last Sunday Program
of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.
Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge during
a practice session
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