King Band concert is today

The Karl L. King Municipal Band, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson, will perform its weekly concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the city of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir from Fort Dodge will again be selling homemade ice cream and cake before and during the concert, starting around 6:30 pm.

Before the main concert starts, the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive for Five, will do a preconcert performance, starting at 7 p.m. Group members include Tim Miller, of Humboldt, on trumpet; David Swaroff, of Dayton, on trumpet; Kathy Yoakam, of Humboldt, on French Horn; Dan Cassady, of Twin Lakes, on trombone; and Paul Bloomquist, of Dayton, on tuba. These musicians are also all members of the King Band, and will perform “Jive for Five,” by Paul Nagle and the “Glenn Miller Selection” during the regular concert with the band accompanying.

Marches on the evening program will include “Garland Entree” by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King; and “Knightsbridge March” by English composer Eric Coates, along with Fred Jewell’s exciting circus galop, “They’re Off!”

Former KVFD radio and KQTV television personality Dick Johnson from Great Falls, Montana, will return to Fort Dodge to conduct his march composition, “Oley Speaks,” which he dedicated to a long-time King Band member and announcer, the late Duane “Oley” Olson.

In Assistant Conductor David Klee’s absence this week, Al Paulson will guest conduct Ralph Vaughan Williams “English Folk Song Suite.” This three-movement suite, published in 1924, includes the march “Seventeen Come Sunday,” the lovely intermezzo “My Bonny Boy,” and concludes with the march “Folk Songs from Somerset.”

Al Paulson has taught for 32 years and will begin his seventh year as director of bands at Fort Dodge Senior High School. Prior to this position, Paulson served as associate director of bands at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas, and before that was director of bands in both Oskaloosa and Sidney. Paulson has been a member of the Karl King Band saxophone section for the past five years.

Also on the program will be an medley of recognizable hit songs from the popular movie “The Wizard of Oz Fantasy”, along with “The Woodwind Polka.” This year marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of the popular movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which later became a hit Broadway musical.

The evening’s classical offering will be the “Finale (Fourth Movement) from Symphony in B Flat,” by French composer Paul Fauchet. This vigorous, march-like work is considered “the first symphony ever written for band” and premiered in France in 1926. It made its American debut in Michigan in 1933.

Closing this concert will be the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” People attending this Sunday’s concert are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, etc., since there is no seating available. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled.

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