When I was in college at the University of Iowa the Iowa Band played
a concert in Humboldt, Iowa, just north of Fort Dodge. I believe
it was in 1967. The highlight of the concert was having Karl
King conduct his march “The Melody Shop”. I was impressed
by Mr. King in many ways, but I was most impressed with his unassuming
Band director Fred Ebbs introduced Mr. King to the band by saying; "You should know that Mr. King wrote The Melody Shop when he was 17 years old and the difficulty of the euphonium part is an indication of what a great euphonium player he was."
Mr. King mounted the podium and said; Thank you, Mr. Ebbs for that introduction, but I want you to know that I was 19 when I wrote The Melody Shop and I was a lousy euphonium player.