The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will celebrate the July Fourth holiday a little early with a special patriotic concert today. This concert will be held at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled.
Conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the assistant conductor is Dr. David Klee.
This concert features patriotic selections to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. The concert will open with a new piece, "An American Fanfare," by Rick Kirby, based on "My Country 'Tis Of Thee." Also featured will be an overture, "Land of Liberty," written 100 years ago by Karl King's close friend C.L. Barnhouse, of Oskaloosa, along with Leroy Anderson's classic "The Phantom Regiment," and the Carmen Dragon arrangement of "America The Beautiful."
Marches on the evening program include "Salute To The Colors" by Karl L. King and Bert Anthony, former conductor W.B. Green's unpublished march "Operation Freedom," and J.J. Richards' up-tempo "Emblem of Unity." One of Karl L. King's famous galops, "Rough Riders," will be heard during this one-hour concert as well.
On the lighter side will be a medley of songs made popular during World War II with" A Tribute to Glenn Miller." A trumpet trio will perform one of the most popular and requested selections by the King Band, "Bugler's Holiday" by Leroy Anderson. Trio members are Tim Miller, Humboldt; David Swaroff, Dayton; and Harlan VandeBerg, Fort Dodge.
Recognition will be made of members from the military with the playing of the "Armed Forces Salute." A special tribute will be given to the American soldier with the performance of "Duty, Honor, Country," narrated by Paul Bloomquist, director of bands at Iowa Central Community College. Closing this concert, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa will be heard, along with "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Concertgoers can bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert. Those attending also should bring lawn chairs or blankets since there is no seating available.
An ice cream social will be held before the concert starts, beginning around 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Homemade ice cream and fresh-baked goods will be available for purchase.