King Band hopes to offer something for everyone

Each week during June and July, the Karl L. King Municipal Band presents its Sunday evening concerts in Oleson Park at the Karl L. King Band Shell. Each week they present a wide variety of band music to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. This week’s concert on today is no exception Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee will offer selections in many different styles during this hour-long program.

This week’s guest soloist will be Dr. Andrew Glendening from Redlands, California. Glendening is Professor of Trombone and Dean of the School of Music at the University of Redlands. He is principal trombonist of the Redlands Symphony and has performed with many groups including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, California Philharmonic, and has soloed with the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

His father, Richard L. Glendening, played trombone in the Fort Dodge Municipal Band in the early 1940’s under Karl King. Richard graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1942 and went on to the University of Iowa before being drafted. Andrew Glendening states that “although he (his father) ended up in a medical career, the experience he had in the band was one of the most important ones in his life. We have some great home movies of parades with King leading the band with his double bell euphonium.” Andrew Glendening learned to play on his father’s old horn, which he still has.

Dr. Andrew Glendening will be featured on the traditional Gardell Simons trombone solo, “Atlantic Zephyrs” with the band accompanying. The rest of the trombone section will then join Dr. Glendening in performing one of Henry Fillmore’s famous trombone rags, “Shoutin’ Liza Trombone.”

If marches are your favorites, then you will hear several, from Karl King’s “Cyrus the Great,” to C.L. Barnhouse’s “Harmony Heaven,” W. Paris Chambers’ “Chicago Tribune,” along with a Roland Seitz’ classic “March Grandioso.” Still others wait for those fast-paced circus galops, which this week will feature King’s “Sunshine.”

Many people enjoy those classic overtures that the band plays, and this concert will include one of the best with Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s overture to the opera “Nabucco,” which premiered in 1841.

Other people enjoy the variety of Karl King compositions. Included in this concert will be a medley of some of King’s best-known compositions. Arranged by Harry Alford for the 1939 convention of the American Bandmasters Association held in Fort Dodge, “Melody ala King” came as a complete surprise to King as retiring president of the Association that year.

This year marks the 80th anniversary for the publication of the first Superman comic book. This year also marks the 40 th anniversary of the release of the Superman movie, with music by the legendary film composer John Williams. Included in this concert is a suite of songs from that epic “Superman”movie of 1978.

Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs, since there is no seating provided. These summer concerts are provided for everyone free of admission charge by the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir also offers a homemade ice cream social before the concert starts each week, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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