The Karl L. King Municipal Band will highlight music from many different eras and styles in a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl King Bandshell, Oleson Park. An ice cream social by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes the concert, starting around 6:30 pm.
Special guest conductor will be Roger Maxwell, from Des Moines. Maxwell will be conducting his composition, "The Blazing Comet March," which he dedicated to the memory of Chris Street, the University of Iowa basketball player who was killed in an automobile accident 20 years ago.
Maxwell has been the compliance officer for the Iowa Board of Regents, a former music teacher, an accomplished musician who has written four books for teachers, a musical called "Shake Somebody's Hand," and has been credited as the person who introduced music to the Iowa state girls basketball tournaments.
Featured soloist for this concert will be Paul Hockmuth, from Knierim. Hockmuth graduated from Mason City High School, the University of Northern Iowa and Red Wing Technical College. He has performed solos with both the Mason City and Clear Lake municipal bands, along with the Karl L. King Municipal Band. Hockmuth has worked in the instrument repair department with Rieman Music in Fort Dodge since 1991. He has performed with the King Band since 2001 and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony since 2004. Hockmuth will be performing "Rhapsody for Euphonium and Band" by James Curnow.
The music of Karl L. King featured in this week's concert will include the march "Hawkeye Glory," a serenade, "A Night in June," and a galop, "The Big Cage."
Other marches on the program include W. Paris Chambers' "Hostrauser's March," and Roland F. Seitz's "March Grandioso." Classical selections include "The Marriage of Figaro Overture" by Wolfgang A. Mozart, and "Toccata" by Girolamo Frescobaldi, which both have their roots in the Baroque and Classical eras of the 1700s.
Popular selections on the program include "Big Bands in Concert," a medley of 5 familiar songs from the Big Band era of the 1940s, along with "The Shadow of Your Smile" from the movie "The Sandpiper," and Leroy Anderson's popular "Blue Tango."
The concert will close in the traditional manner with the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." These concerts will continue each Sunday evening through June and July, weather permitting.
The conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.