Final summer King Band concert Sunday

The final concert of the 2021 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Admission is free, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.

Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady serving as the assistant conductor and Paul Bloomquist doing the announcing.

Persons are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket, since there is no seating provided. Social distancing is still being recommended. Public portable restrooms will be available behind the Band Shell. There will be no ice cream social offered.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during the hour-long concert. This “Grand Finale” will open with Karl King’s most famous and recorded march, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” followed by another fast-paced circus march, Russell Alexander’s “Colossus of Columbia.”

Sunday’s classical selections include the overture to the 1831 comic opera “Zampa” by French composer L.J.F. Herold. The overture to this opera is one of Herold’s most famous works and is a staple of orchestral repertoire, which has been transcribed for Band by V.F. Safranek.

On the lighter side will be highlights from several popular Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musicals, titled “The Golden Age of Broadway,” including songs from ‘South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “Carousel” and “The Sound of Music.” There is also a medley of familiar songs made famous by band leader and pianist Duke Ellington during the Big Band era, simply titled “Ellington!” along with “Beguine for Band” by Glenn Osser.

Special guest conductor will be Andrew Glover, a nationally prominent composer, conductor, and arranger. Mr. Glover’s diverse career in music has included successful tenures as educator, composer-arranger, performer, conductor, and publisher. He joined the staff at the C.L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa in 1998 as executive vice president in charge of music production. He also serves as staff composer-arranger and editor, and manages the business as chief operating officer.

A native of the St. Louis area, he was educated in the public schools of Webster Groves, Missouri. He received his bachelor of music education degree from Central Methodist University and did graduate work at Southeast Missouri State University. His band works now number well over 200, many of which are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Co., and have been performed, recorded and broadcast by bands worldwide.

Mr. Glover will conduct one of Karl King’s last marches, “Black and Gold (Purdue),” along with some of Glover’s newest arrangements for band, “Petersborough Sleighride” by Richard Eilenberg and the beautiful church hymn, “In the Garden.”

This final summer concert closes with John Philip Sousa’s famous encore, “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas,” followed in the traditional circus way with the playing of Karl L. King’s march, “Auld Lang Syne” followed by the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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


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