The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa
The KING BAND performed at the Circus Fans Association
of America National Convention
on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Fort Dodge municipal band will open for national convention
Fort Dodge native son Karl King's connection to the circus will be
revisited Wednesday in a unique concert in Dubuque. The Karl
L. King Municipal Band will open for the Circus Fans Association of America
National Convention at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School auditorium.
"Trouping with Karl King" performance at the Circus Fans of America national convention in Dubuque, IA.
The Band was invited to open the Circus Fans Association of America National Convention on September 17, 2014 in Dubuque IA. Dubuque was chosen in part because it is close to McGregor IA, where the famous Ringling Brothers were from, and close to Baraboo WI, where the Ringling Bros. first circus performance was held, and currently the home of Circus World Museum.
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A display of Karl King memorabilia was displayed by Nancy Olson, archivist for the Karl King Band.
These Ringling brothers teamed up with Yankee Robinson there, who died and was buried in Jefferson IA. Karl King’s second year with the circus band was with the Yankee Robinson Shows. In addition, Iowa became the home of circus musicians C.L. Barnhouse, Russell Alexander, Fred Jewell, and many others.
A Monologue on Karl King was given by Larry Mitchell who knew Mr. King personally. Mr. Mitchell directed the Fort Dodge Glee Club for many years and the Glee Club always performed at the annual March concert with the Karl L. King Municipal Band, hence a close personal relationship with Mr. King. Mr. Mitchell was the vocal music director in Fort Dodge High School, directed local musicals for many seasons, and leader of the Glee Club shows.
Larry Mitchell (in a Karl King conductor's uniform given to him by the family)
The crowd was pretty pumped by the time the band finished "The Big Cage" and "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite." Karl always seemed to enjoy playing his galops, particularly The Big Cage, which was dedicated to the lion tamer, Clyde Beatty. Mr. King directed his galops in one beat per measure at about a quarter note=240. On this concert in Dubuque, "The Big Cage" was timed at 70 seconds!
Karl King's best-known composition has to be Barnum and Bailey's Favorite. This march has the power to conjure up the whole magnificent scene of the old tent circus -- all the aromas, all the sounds, all the sights, and, of course, the Circus Band. King was twenty-two years old at the time of writing what grew to be what many hold as their favorite march.
Thanks to Susan Swaroff for these photos.
The 2014-2015 Winter concerts were next for the band.
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