The Karl L. King Municipal Band will open its 2012 indoor concert season at 3:30 p.m. Feb 19 in the Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College.
There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge. Jerrold P. Jimmerson is the conductor of the King Band, with Dr. David Klee as the assistant conductor and Duane "Oley" Olson as the band's announcer.
The February concert always recognizes the music of the band's namesake, Karl L. King, in celebration of his birth on Feb. 21, 1891. The music to be performed reflects a wide variety of King's musical styles and tastes, and was heavily influenced by his career as a circus musician. When King arrived in Fort Dodge in the fall of 1920, he was already a well-established performer, conductor, composer and publisher of band music. He continued to write music along with directing the local municipal band for 50 years, and eventually opened his own music store and publishing business in Fort Dodge.
Jimmerson has drawn music for this concert from a variety of King's publications. Most of the compositions on the program were published 100 years ago in 1912, when King was a 21-year-old traveling with the Sells-Floto Circus, one of the larger and more famous circuses of the day. These selections include the marches "Garland Entree"; "Royal Hussars"; "Salute To The Sultan", published under the pseudonym of Carl Lawrence; and "Howdy Pap," a collaboration between King and Sells-Floto band director W.P. English which was published in 1913.
Also on the program will be the overture, "Princess of India"; an aerial waltz, "Spirit of Springtime"; the serenade, "A Night In June"; a schottische, "Wild Rose"; and a lively galop, "Homestretch." King had all these compositions published in 1912.
Rounding out the concert will be a medley of well-known compositions popular during this same era. These five songs, published between 1909 and 1914, are in a medley entitled "Themes Like Old Times." Songs include "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Peg O' My Heart," and the "12th Street Rag." Closing this special concert will be King's most famous and recognizable composition, "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite," published in 1913; and "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled. The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be the annual Irish concert on March 18.