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King Band salutes Flag Day Sunday

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson, will continue their 2022 summer concert season on Sunday evening at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Concert time is 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled.

This concert will feature patriotic selections to celebrate the Flag Day holiday. Marches opening the evening program include Karl King’s “Vanguard of Democracy” and “Salute to the Colors” by Karl L. King and Bert Anthony.

Also featured during this hour-long concert will be Morton Gould’s exciting and well-known composition, “American Salute,” along with music from the 1950’s television documentary about World War II, titled “Victory at Sea.” On the lighter side will be a medley of familiar patriotic songs, “Salute to the Patriots.”

A special treat this week will be a performance by vocalists Shari and Roger Netz from Manson. Roger is a long-time member of the King Band’s saxophone section, while Shari has performed frequently through the years with the band. They will sing the beautiful duet from the movie, “Quest for Camelot” titled “The Prayer” written by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster.

Guest conductor in Dan Cassady’s absence this week will be David Swaroff from Belmond, a long-time member of the band in the trumpet section. Swaroff graduated from Belmond High School in 1971, and attended Iowa State University majoring in music education. He taught instrumental music for 40 years at five different schools, including Klemme, Ida Grove, Lake City, Clay Central/Everly and Southeast Valley, retiring in 2015. David and his wife Susan now reside in Belmond.

Dave has been a member of the Karl King band since 1985. Other ensembles he has performed with include Jive for Five, the Cherokee and Fort Dodge symphonies, the Ames municipal band, Spencer and Storm Lake community bands, King Ringers hand bell choir, Sonshine Singers, Comedia Musica and several area dance bands. He will lead the band in two selections, “Flying with the Colors March” by former conductor W.B. Green and a symphonic prelude, “Rushmore” by Alfred Reed, loosely based on “America, the Beautiful.”

Recognition will be extended to members from our military, past and present, with the playing of the “Armed Forces Salute.” A special tribute will also be given to the American flag with the performance of “Lest We Forget”, narrated by the band’s announcer, Paul Bloomquist. Closing the concert will be America’s national march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa followed by our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Persons attending this Sunday’s concert are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert. Persons also need to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, etc., since there is no seating available.

An ice cream social will be held before the concert starts, beginning around 6:30 pm, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ice cream and fresh baked goodies will be available for purchase as in past years.

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