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The months of
June and July are always busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge. The band will perform each Sunday evening,
weather permitting. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson,
with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor. All
concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of
the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir
also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during these concerts, featuring
homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale. Persons attending
these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets,
since no seating is available.
10 performance - June
17 performance - June
24 performance - July
There are still two
more concerts on Sundays through July 29. Plan to be in attendance
at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during
July. In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time,
the concert may be cancelled.
KARL L. KING BAND TO FEATURE DR. DAVID KLEE
The July 22 concert by the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held 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.
The Karl L. King Municipal
Band will feature a variet of marches, classical works, and popular selections
during their hour-long concert. Marches will include "Monte
Carlo" by Karl L. King; Russell Alexander's exciting circus march, "Olympia
Hippodrome"; and John Philip Sousa's "The Rifle Regiment".
Also on the program will be King's exciting galop, "Circus Days".
The evening's classical offering
will be the overture to the opera Raymond (The Queen's Secret) by
the French composer Ambroise Thomas. Thomas attended the Paris
Conservatory and became one of the most successful French composers of
his time. This opera had its premier in Paris in June 1851,
and was a dismal failure, but the overture has become one of the most popular
of all the French opera works. Also on the classical side will
be Emile Waldteufel's 1886 waltz, "Espana". This melody became
a #1 hit for singer Perry Como in 1956.
On the lighter side will be
highlights from the Beatles' popular record album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band". This album was released in 1968, and this
year marks the 50th anniversary of that release.
Guest soloist for the evening
will be Dr. David Klee, principal flute and piccolo player with the King
Band as well as the Assistant Conductor. Klee is also principal
flute with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and performs with the Comedia
Musica Orchestra in Fort Dodge. He will perform two selections
with the King Band. First will be Cecile Chaminade's beautiful
"Concertino", a showcase selection for flute that demonstrates brilliant
virtuoso technique. Following this presentation on flute, Dr.
Klee will present Arthur Pryor's humorous "The Whistler and His Dog", a
classic Piccolo solo written in 1905. Dr. Klee is presently
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies/Music Production
& Technology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. He
hold a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University
of Georgia, a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, and
a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mercer University.
Guest vocalists will be Roxanne and Duane Amhoff from
Fort Dodge. They will be singing "When You Tell Me That You
Love Me" from Season 4 of the popular television series American Idol.
These summer concerts always close with the playing of our national Anthem,
"The Star-Spangled Banner".
Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring
along their own lawn chairs, since there is no seating provided.
These summer concerts are provided for everyone free of admission charge
by the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell
Choir also offers a homemade ice cream social before the concert starts
each week, beginning at 6:30 pm.
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
The nationally-known Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, was invited to join the 100th
anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer on September
17 last year. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were
regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing
to the close of the 1959 season. This photo shows Karl King and his
band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band performed in the Grandstand that
evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
The last Sunday Program
of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.
Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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