King Band concert is today

The second concert for the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again planned an enjoyable program of band music. Dr. David Klee serves as the Assistant Conductor of the band.

Persons attending these band concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs or blanket. No seating is provided. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be selling homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cake before the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m.

This concert program will be similar to the April concert that was cancelled due to a winter storm. Sunday’s concert coincides with this year’s Iowa Central Community College Focus series. This past year, the college chose 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 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 famous overture to his opera, “The Italian in Algiers,” composed in 1813, along a lighter work in keeping with the Focus theme, “Funiculi, Funicula.”

Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which includes Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge, playing the familiar “Carnival” Variations, based on the traditional solo, “The Carnival of Venice.” Band member Roger Netz from Manson will sing Tony Bennett’s signature hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Special tributes will be made to two band members who have recently passed away. Karl L. King’s march, “Invictus,” will be dedicated to former tuba player Roger Anderson from Ames, and Davide Della Cese’s “The Little English Girl,” will be dedicated to tenor saxophonist Alan Bridge from Storm Lake. Both gentlemen will be memorialized with the playing of Karl L. King’s dirge, “Our Last Farewell.”

The concert will conclude in the traditional way with the playing of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be delayed or cancelled.