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THE KING BAND SALUTES FLAG
months of June and July will be busy and exciting ones for the Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge IA. The band will
be performing each Sunday evening, beginning June 4th through July 23rd,
at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. The only exception
will be the July 16th concert, which will need to move to a different site
because of the Shellabration concert the night before.
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will continue their 2023 summer
concert season on Sunday evening, June 11, with a concert at the Karl L.
King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Concert time is 7:30 pm.
There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.
In case of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled.
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
will again be selling homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cake before the
concert, starting around 6:30 pm. Persons attending these concerts
are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs or blanket.
No seating is provided.
Conductor of the Karl L. King
Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Paul Bloomquist as the announcer.
This concert will commemorate several musical milestones in America’s
history, commented conductor Jimmerson, with music from the Revolutionary
War time to today.
The concert features patriotic
selections to celebrate the Flag Day observance on June 14. Marches
on the evening program include Loyal Americans by Karl L. King,
and National Emblem by E.E. Bagley.
Many selections will provide
a slice of pure Americana, with a variety of patriotic and folk songs on
the program to salute our American flag. The King Band will
perform a medley of well-known standards with An American Celebration,
which includes You’re a Grand Old Flag and Battle Hymn of the
Republic. Also on the program is a collection of popular
songs titled Homefront: Musical Memories of World War II, which
audience members are certain to recognize and remember.
guest conductor for this concert will be Paul Bloomquist, director of bands
at Iowa Central Community College and a long-time King Band member, who
will fill in for Dan Cassady this week. He has chosen Concord
by Clare Grundman as one of his selections. This medley is
based on three traditional tunes from old New England – The White Cockade,
William Billings’ America, and Yankee Doodle.
For his second selection, Mr.
Bloomquist has chosen his father’s march, The Spinning Baton.
The march was originally written by Marlan Bloomquist for national champion
baton twirler Joyce Rice, a Greenfield IA native. At age 17,
Ms. Rice was judged the best baton twirler in the world, defeating some
20,000 other young women. She went on to Iowa State University,
where she was the featured twirler with the Marching Band.
At this Sunday’s concert, this march will feature an area baton twirler,
Hannah Jenson, from Algona.
Featured vocalist Roger Netz,
from Manson, will perform another of America’s favorites, Lee Greenwood’s
God Bless the U.S.A. The band will also perform popular
American composer Leroy Anderson’s The Phantom Regiment.
Scott Johnston, Fort Dodge, will narrate a moving tribute to the American
flag while the band performs James Swearingen’s Lest We Forget.
The concert will close with the
playing of songs from all five branches of military service in the Armed
Forces Salute, followed by Karl King’s exciting galop, Majestic,
and John Phillip Sousa’s immortal march, The Stars and Stripes Forever,
along with our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Persons attending this Sunday’s
concert are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate
times during the concert. There will be plenty of opportunities
to proudly wave the red, white, and blue during this hour-long concert,
states Conductor Jimmerson.
summer concerts continue on Sunday, June 18th, when the King Band will
perform a special Father’s Day Concert. Guest soloist
will be David Lang from Independence IA on Euphonium. He will
perform the famous solo Napoli, originally composed and performed
by Herman Bellstedt with the John Philip Sousa Band. A wide
variety of music will be featured, from Ambrose Thomas’ classic overture,
to the Highlights from Man of La Mancha. Rounding out
this concert will be marches by Karl King and Henry Fillmore and others
to the popular sounds with the hits from the song-writing team of Burt
Bacharach and Hal David.
June 25th, the King Band will feature music with a circus flair.
Marches from composers like Karl L. King and Russell Alexander to the classical
music of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and the exciting Farandole
by Bizet will combine with the popular sounds of Seventy-Six Trombones
and jazz from New York, 1927. Special guest conductor
Andrew Glover, president of the C.L. Barnhouse Co. in Oskaloosa IA, will
be on hand to premier one of his latest compositions, Happy-Go-Lucky,
along with a recently discovered, unpublished manuscript by Karl King titled
Rippling Waves, a circus aerial waltz.
There will be four more in July
as well, starting with an Independence Day concert on July 2nd featuring
Tschaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.
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 posted starting time, a concert may be cancelled.
View Winter concert
The Indoor Concert Season from
February 20 - Karl L. King Birthday
View two pages of photos and listen to MP3 sounds
that February 20 concert.
March 13 - The Irish Concert
April 3 - The Scholarship Concert
View photos and listen to MP3 sounds from the
3rd Scholarship Concert .
the programs from the 2022 Summer Season.
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 last year. 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 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
started at 7:00 pm.
to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015,
Ames Municipal Band.
A 2016 Open House
celebrating 125 years was held in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting
The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa
Summit. Learn more
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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