King Band indoor concert is April 8

The third and final indoor concert for the 2018 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on April 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

There is no admission charge.

This April concert serves a two-fold purpose each year. The first will be the presentation of the Karl L. King scholarships. Several talented students will audition during the day, and the winners will be announced during the afternoon concert. Winners will be recognized with either $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any four-year Iowa college or university. Providing the funds for these awards are the King Band Scholarship fund, along with Dr. Greg Olson in memory of his and his wife’s parents, and Peggy and the late Tom Dowd. All persons who audition will be invited to join in playing a selection with the band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient will perform their award-winning solo.

The second feature of the concert coincides with Iowa Central Community College’s Focus series. This year, the college has chosen the country of Italy for its cultural emphasis, and several selections on the program will reflect that heritage in music.

Compositions by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his 1923 march, “The Iowa Band Law,” his 1909 waltz “Venetian Beauties,” and the “Prestissimo Galop,” published in 1931. Other march selections include Julius Fucik’s grande marche Italiana titled “Florentiner,” and Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere” (Italian Rifleman).

Classical offerings include Gioachino Rossini’s overture to his opera “The Italian in Algiers,” composed in 1813, along with John Philip Sousa’s “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn.” A lighter work in keeping with the Focus theme is “Funiculi, Funicula.”

Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which includes Tim Miller. of Humboldt; David Swaroff, of Dayton; and Harlan Vande Berg, of Fort Dodge, playing the familiar “Carnival” variations, based on the traditional solo “The Carnival of Venice.”

Band member Roger Netz, of Manson, will sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

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