Music of both World Wars was performed, including Over There from World War I, and Homefront - Musical Memories of World War II. In addition, the music of George M. Cohan was heard in the Star-spangled Spectacular.
Music from each branch of the military service was be played as included in the Armed Forces Salute medley. Other selections included March and Procession of Bacchus by Delibes, the Big Cage galop by King, and the Carmen Dragon arrangement of America, the Beautiful.
The members of the Trombone section were featured during the concert, performing Holiday for Trombones by Rose, and Shoutiní Liza Trombone by Fillmore.
Marches performed included the English march Invercargill by Lithgow; and Hawkeye Fair and The Trombone King, both written by the bandís namesake, Karl King. Other King selections performed were the circus favorites The Walking Frog and Circus Days galop.
The audience was delighted with the popular selections on the program. The sounds of that famous bandleader, Glenn Miller, were heard on In The Miller Mood, along with music from the movies in Hooray for Hollywood.
The concert closed with our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Continuing with the firemen idea, the band segued into Midnight Fire Alarm by Lincoln, and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, written by Jerome Kern.
A special feature of the concert was the performance by a Trumpet Trio, consisting of members from the Band. They performed the popular Buglerís Holiday by Anderson, along with the Carnival Variations by Jacoby.
Other selections included on the program were Raymond Overture by Thomas, Johnson Rag by Hall, and A Night In June and Excelsior galop, both by Karl King.
Marches were the order of the day, and included: Emblem of Unity by Richards; Sons of Veterans by the band's namesake, Karl King; Flight Commander by former King Band member and director, W. B. Green; the Abraham Lincoln March by Goldman; and, of course, The Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa. In addition, the King Band performed the Armed Forces Salute, which included the theme song from each of the five branches of military service, along with the Prestissimo galop.
A highlight of the evening was the playing of Overture 1812 by the Russian composer, Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky. The piece made its debut in 1882 in Moscow, and pays tribute to the historic events surrounding the Battle of Borodino and the French general, Napoleon's, flight from Moscow. Mixed in with the original material that Tchaikovsky created are sounds of the Russian National Anthem and the French song La Marseillaise to identify the two opposing armies.
The music of Karl King, the band's namesake, still remains popular with the audiences, and this concert included his Fame and Fortune March, Sunshine Galop, and Gallant Zouaves. In addition, other marches performed included Reg Schive's The Black and Gold Line (which is dedicated to the members of the King Band), along with the Spanish-style march Amparita Roca.
Other selections on the program were Robert Russell Bennett's Suite of Old American Dances, and the Highlights from West Side Story.
Special guest soloist was G. B. (Gary) Evans on Tuba. Mr. Evans is from Webster City, and has been a longtime King Band member. He was featured on the march, Them Basses.
A variety of marches were performed, including Diamond Jubilee, and Invictus by Karl King, the Norwegian march Valdres by Hanssen, Sousa'a Manhattan Beach March, and Goldman's On The Mall. In addition, King's Rough Riders galop was heard.
Other familiar selections played included I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Gold and Silver Waltz, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, and Scott Joplin's ragtime standard, The Entertainer.
In addition, members of the Clarinet section were featured in Clarinet Polka.
Guest vocal soloist for this program was Dixie Cassady, who sang two selections with the Band - Sound of Music Highlights and Bye Bye Blackbird. Dixie has lived in Fort Dodge more than 20 years, and has performed with the Choral Society, Comedia Musica, Sonshine Singers, and Hawkeye Community Theater, as well as the King Band. She earned a BA degree from the University of Iowa, and has been a former vocal music teacher and private voice instructor. She is currently employed as the Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator for the Fort Dodge Housing Agency.
Karl King compositions again highlighted the evening, with Spirit of Minstrelsy and the Emporia Galop on the program. Other marches included the circus favorite, Colossus of Columbia by Alexander, Them Basses by Huffine, Washington Post by Sousa,and the Royal Bridesmaids March by Casto.
The featured soloist during the one-hour concert was Donna Schive, who sang S'Wonderful and Tuxedo Junction with the band. In addition, a Dixieland Jazz group formed from the band membership played the Original Dixieland Concerto.
Standard band works included a collection of music from grand opera entitled Opera Mirror, as arranged by Tobani, and the Coronation March by Meyerbeer. On the lighter side was Osser's Beguine for Band.
The band closed their season with the traditional final selection, Auld Lang Syne March by King, followed by the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
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