King concert to highlight Father’s Day

Summer concert tonight at Oleson Park Bandshell

The summer concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will continue at 7:30 pm, today at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.

A wide variety of music is planned to appeal to all musical tastes during this special Fathers Day presentation. The concert will open with Henry Fillmore’s classic march, “His Honor,” and will also include two of King’s many march-style compositions, “Sir Henry”and “Invictus.” Also on the program will be Charles Belstering’s, “March of the Steel Men.”

A special feature of this concert will be the performance of an audience favorite, “Bugler’s Holiday,” by Leroy Anderson. The band’s trumpet trio – Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge – will perform this classic work with the band.

The evening’s classical offerings will include an overture written by the band’s namesake titled “Omar Khayyam,” along with excerpts from the 1868 opera, “Die Meistersinger,” by the German composer Richard Wagner. America’s national hymn, “God of Our Fathers” will be performed in a new, contemporary setting by Claude T. Smith.

Lighter selections on the program include a ragtime novelty, “Dull Razor Blues,” and an exciting circus galop, “Zip Boom.” A musical tribute, titled “Neil Diamond in Concert,” to the current 50th anniversary tour of this iconic pop composer and performer will be included. This medley includes some of his many hits, including “Song Sung Blue,” “Heartlight,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and “America.”

An ice cream social by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes each concert. Homemade ice cream and fresh baked goodies are available for purchase, starting around 6:30 pm.

There is no admission charge, courtesy of the city of Fort Dodge. People attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs, since no seating is provided.

Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the Assistant Conductor is David Klee. In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.