Karl L. King Band Salutes Flag Day

Legendary local big band kicks off summer concert series today

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge opens its 2017 summer concert series on today with a concert at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.

This concert will feature patriotic selections to celebrate the Flag Day observance on June 14.

Marches on the evening program include “Loyal Americans” by Karl L. King, along with C.E. Duble’s circus-style march, “Old Glory Triumphant,” and E.E. Bagley’s most famous composition, “National Emblem.”

“This concert will commemorate several musical milestones in America’s history,” said Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson, “with music from the Revolutionary War to today’s music.”

Many selections will provide a slice of pure Americana, with a variety of patriotic and folk songs on the program to salute the American flag. The King Band will perform Robert Longfield’s collection of familiar American songs, “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars.”

Also on the program is one of the songs popular during America’s Civil War, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” along with a tribute to all military personal who are longer with us, “Arlington (Where Giants Lay Sleeping”).

A Dixieland Combo, made up from members of the band, will perform the “Original Dixieland Concerto,” and Roger Netx, Manson, member of the band’s saxophone section, will sing a collection of popular songs titles, “George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy.”

Paul Bloomquist, Dayton, member of the King Band and currently director of bands at Iowa Central Community College, will close the program narrator for “A Sousa Portrait,” followed by John Phillip Sousa’s immortal march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” along with our national anthem.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park.

There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled. Persons attending these band concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs or blanket. No seating is provided.

People 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,” Jimmerson said.