King Band continues summer season

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge 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 p.m. and will be preceded by an ice cream social served by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, starting around 6:30 p.m.

These concerts are free to all and are provided as a public service by the City of Fort Dodge. Directing the band again this season is Jerrold P. Jimmerson with Dan Cassady serving as the assistant conductor and Paul Bloomquist as the band’s announcer.

Marches scheduled to be performed include “Woody Van’s” written by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, and “Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band” by King’s teacher and mentor, Roland F. Seitz, along with Fred Jewell’s circus march, “Quality-Plus” and the Norwegian march, “Valdres,” by Johannes Hanssen.

Other Karl King compositions on the program include one of his beautiful circus aerial waltzes, “Glory of Egypt,” a ragtime novelty titled “Ragged Rozey” along with the fast-paced circus galop, “Sunshine.” A classical offering for the evening will be the beautiful tone poem by Jean Sibelius titled “Finlandia.”

Rounding out the program will be a musical medley of Duke Ellington songs titled “Rhythmoods,” including “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Black and Tan Fantasy,” along with a musical montage of Cole Porter classics, including “Anything Goes,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,” “Just One of Those Things,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

The members of the percussion section will be featured performing “Dazzling Drums” with band accompaniment. Percussionists include Jeremy Smith from Fort Dodge, Rollie Jenson from Humboldt, and Luke Snyder from Eagle Grove. Each concert always closes in the traditional way, with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Next week’s concert on July 24 will be the band’s final concert of the 2022 summer season. It will feature nationally-known composer/arranger Andrew Glover from the C.L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa as guest conductor on three of his band arrangements, including the debut of a Karl King march, “The Soaring Eagle.”

Persons 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 cancelled at the starting time. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page listing for the Karl L. King Municipal Band at https://www.facebook.com/karlkingband/ or on the band’s website at www.karlking.us.


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