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|| The KING BAND TO PERFORM AT NATIONAL CONVENTION:
The The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge IA has been invited to open the Circus Fans Association of America National Convention on September 17, 2014 in Dubuque IA.
This performance will start at 7:00 pm, and there is no admission charge. It is being held at the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium. This 5-day convention is annually held at various sites throughout the United States. The 2013 Convention was held in San Diego CA in February, while the 2015 convention will be in West Springfield, Massachusetts next July.
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. These 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.
The mission of the Circus Fans Association of America is to support the circus in all its many forms, whether under a big top, in an arena, a stadium, or anywhere "children of all ages" gather for one of America's greatest cultural institutions. This association is a hobby group of 2,000 or so folks who love the circus. CFA members, including performers and circus personnel, share all facets of the circus, swap tales of experiences and observations, trade posters and memorabilia, and attend performances.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band is honored to have been chosen to represent the greater Fort Dodge area, as well as the state of Iowa, at this national convention. It is due in part to the role Karl King played with various circuses and that he lived in Fort Dodge for 50 years while directing the municipal band and publishing his music, along with the national reputation that the band continues to maintain.
Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has planned a program, titled "Trouping With Karl King", that will reflect King’s travels with 4 different circuses as a baritone player, and his 5 years as conductor of the top two circus bands in the land. Through the use of King’s compositions, along with program notes and anecdotes, the audience will make that same journey as Mr. King did from the start of the 1910 season with Robinson’s Famous Shows to the close of the 1918 season with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Along the way, the audience will hear about such people as John Ringling, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, lion tamer Clyde Beatty, aerialist Lillian Leitzel, and all the other interesting personnel that were such an exciting part of this American way of life.