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KARL KING BAND ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY CONCERT:
The Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge, IA will open their 2019 indoor season on Sunday, February
17th, with a concert beginning at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium at Iowa
Central Community College in Fort Dodge. There is no admission
charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge.
Jerrold P. Jimmerson is the conductor of the Karl King Band, with Dr. David
Klee serving as assistant conductor, and Paul Bloomquist as the announcer.
Karl King was born on February
21, 1891 in Paintersville, Ohio. After his childhood in Canton,
Ohio, he left at the age of 19 to travel for 9 years with several different
circuses, conducted several of their bands, and reached the pinnacle of
success as conductor of the world-famous Barnum and Bailey Circus Band
during the 1917 and 1918 seasons. He returned to Canton after
his trouping days were done in November of 1918 to settle down with his
wife, Ruth, and direct the local Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Band
The 1919 Grand Army of the Republic Band (G.A.R.) from
Karl King is seen with a moustache in the back row
slightly left of center.
King had traveled for four years, from 1910 through
1913, with four different circuses and had already reached the peak of
his playing career as the Euphonium player with the Barnum and Bailey Circus
Band, the top job of that era. The 1914 season found Mr. King
being named bandleader on the Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill Combined Shows,
a position he would hold through the 1915 and 1916 seasons as well.
In 1917, John Ringling hired King to lead the most famous circus band of
that era, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and he was rehired for the 1918
This February 17th concert
will be the Band’s annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King in honor
of his birthday. Conductor Jimmerson has drawn music for this
concert from several of the compositions published 100 years ago in 1919,
when Karl King was a 28-year old young man.
Selections to be performed from 1919 include two of
Karl King’s marches, “Ohio Division”, and “Fame and Fortune”, which was
dedicated to King’s “friend and benefactor, C.L. Barnhouse” of Oskaloosa
IA. Karl King composed more than marches, however. Also included
from 1919 on this tribute concert will be his beautiful aerial waltz, “Enchanted
Night”, the two-step “Kentucky Sunrise”, his exciting circus galop “Majestic”,
and a ragtime selection “Broadway One-Step”. This last selection
features the popular area Brass Quintet Jive For Five with the band accompanying.
In addition, one of the first
marches Karl King had published in 1909 when he was just 18 years old,
“Canton Aero Club”, will open the concert. An overture by Franz
von Suppe, “Poet and Peasant”, as arranged for band by another Ohio native
and friend of King, will be presented. Another of King’s close
friends, Paul Yoder, composed “Rush Street Tarantella”, which King often
performed with the band here in Fort Dodge.
A special feature on this concert will be the performance
by a clarinet duet with the band accompanying of “The Two Little Bulfinches”,
arranged by Conductor Jimmerson. This selection will highlight
the talents of Christina Tait from Carroll and Nikole Nuttall from Newell.
The concert will end with the “March of Time”, by J.J.
Richards, which includes Karl King’s masterpiece and most famous composition,
“Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March”. This selection is “a
composite of six World Famous Marches from the C.L. Barnhouse catalog,
commemorating our Fiftieth Anniversary, 1886-1936”. Closing
this concert will be our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
In case of inclement weather,
the concert may be cancelled. The next performance by the Karl
L. King Municipal Band will be the annual Irish Concert on Sunday, March
17th in Decker Auditorium.
2018 Summer Season photos
June 10 performance
- June 17 performance
- June 24 performance
- July 15 performance -
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 King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa
Summit. Learn more
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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