The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The June 30th Fort Dodge Celebrates 150 Years program

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June 30, 2019                      This was the fourth concert of the 8 week Summer outdoor season.

The King Band is helping celebrate the 150th year anniverary of the Fort Dodge city charter.

      The program opened with Land of Plenty, a march by C. L. Barnhouse which includes the Iowa Corn Song, the best known and most popular song for the state of Iowa.

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Karl King's 1922 march Hawkeye Fair, dedicated to H.S. Stanberry and
the Hawkeye Fair Association of Fort Dodge was the next to be presented.


Listen to Hawkeye Fair
Listen to the 1921 march Hawkeye Fair.

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The band followed with two movements of Suite of Old American Dances written in 1949 by Robert Russell Bennett.
Western One-Step and Cake Walk were the two movements.

       The music of local composers Dave Hearn and Shadric Smith was be represented with Shari Netz of Manson singing The Old Iowa Waltz.   This song was premiered by the King Band at the Folk Life Festival in Washington D.C. in 1996 on the National Mall, when Iowa celebrated its sesquicentennial.

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Dan Cassady, a local area musician and educator from Twin Lakes,
performed (accompanied by the King Band) The Old Home Down on the Farm,
the classic trombone solo by Fred Harlow.

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Listen to Dan Cassady perfomr The Old Home Down on the Farm
This 7.4 MB MP3 file is most of
The Old Home Down On the Farm

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     The mining of gypsum was also very important to this region.   Karl King chose to highlight one of the greatest hoaxes of the 19th century when a block of local gypsum was quarried, shipped away, and eventually carved into the shape of a prehistoric man.   King’s 1926 march Cardiff Giant commemorated one of the greatest hoaxes in American history.

Listen to King's Cardiff Giant march
Listen to King's march Cardiff Giant.

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David Swenson, a local composer from Boone conducted his 2016 River Valley Rhapsody that was inspired
by a canoe trip through the Des Moines River Valley near Boone.

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      Next on the program was some music that came from King's 1914 through the 1916 season days when Karl King was the director of the Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows.   There was a need for music to fit the various acts, and King wrote the three-part “Western Sketches Suite” to meet that need.   King and Buffalo Bill became close friends.

Movement 1.  On The Warpath (Indian War Dance)
Movement 2.  Passing of the Red Man (Indian Characteristic)
Movement 3.  Wyoming Days (Intermezzo)
Listen to Western Sketches Suite
(13 MB  MP3 file)
Listen to Western Sketches Suite.

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Shari Netz led the audience in singing a medley of songs titled the Good Old Days Sing-Along.


Good Old Days Sing-A-Long
Listen to this 9 MB version
of Good Old Days Sing-A-Long.

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King’s 1927 galop, The Whippet Race, commemorates the nearly 40 years (1921-1959)
when the King Band was the featured musical group at the Iowa State Fair.

Listen to The Whippet Race galop
Listen to The Whippet Race galop.

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     The final scheduled tune was Former Conductor Reginald R. Schive’s march, The Fort Dodge Messenger, which pays tribute to the support of the local news media with events happening in this region.    The trio of this unpublished march includes the Senior High school song, Up Fort Dodgers.

      This concert closed in the usual way, with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.


This program shows what the King Band performed on July 7, 2019.



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