FINAL KING BAND SUMMER CONCERT:
The final concert of
the 2017 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge
will be held Sunday evening, July 30 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 Dr. David Klee serving
as the Assistant Conductor.
There will be an ice cream social, starting around
6:30 pm, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir before
the regular concert starts at 7:30 pm. Persons are reminded to bring
their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.
Preceding the concert will
be a monologue at 7:00 pm by local Fort Dodge resident Larry Mitchell about
the life and travels of Karl King. Mitchell will actually appear
in one of Mr. King’s uniforms. Larry Mitchell taught at Fort Dodge
Senior High for many years, and was one of the founders and director of
the Comedia Musica group.
The Karl L. King Municipal
Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections
during their hour-long concert. This “Grand Finale Concert” will
open with Karl King’s masterpiece, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March”.
Written in 1913 when King was just 22 years of age, this is one of the
most recognized and often-recorded marches in history. It was dedicated
to Ned Brill, the bandmaster of the Barnum and Bailey Circus when King
was the Euphonium player with that circus. Other Karl King compositions
on the program include the waltz “Desdemona”, the reverie “On A Summer’s
Eve”, and a galop, “Walsenburg”.
Sunday’s classical selections include English composer
Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb”, one of the standard works in the band
repertoire. Written in 1909, this suite of three movements was revolutionary
in that it was written exclusively for wind band and is considered Holst’s
first step toward achieving his goal of making the concert band a serious
On the lighter side will be a medley of hits made popular
by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Titled “The Sound of the Tijuana
Brass”, it includes “A Taste of Honey”, “The Lonely Bull”, “Tijuana Taxi”,
and “El Lobo”, along with the modern concert march, “Bandology”.
Guest soloist will be Paul
Bloomquist from Dayton on the Tuba. Mr. Bloomquist will play “The
Old Grumbly Bear” by Julius Fucik, then be joined by the rest of the low
brass and woodwind sections for “Them Basses March” by G.H. Huffine.
Paul Bloomquist grew up in Dayton, and graduated from Southeast Webster
High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College
in Indianola, and his Master’s degree from the American Band College in
Oregon. He is currently the director of concert and jazz bands at
Iowa Central Community College. He previously taught at SCMT, Lake
Mills, and Manson Northwest Webster.
This final summer concert
will close in the traditional circus way with the playing of Karl L. King’s
march, “Auld Lang Syne”, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled
Banner. The Karl L. King Municipal Band’s next performance will be
on Sunday evening, September 17, at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, followed
by the Fireball Run reality television series arrival in Fort Dodge on
Wednesday, September 27.
The winter concerts resume on Sunday, February 18,
2018 at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community