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The APRIL 8 CONCERT WAS DELAYED OR CANCELLED BECAUSE
The third and final indoor
concert for the 2018 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of
Fort Dodge may be held on a date to be announced.
This concert serves
a two-fold purpose each year. The first will be the presentation of the
Karl L. King scholarships. Several talented students will audition
during the day, and the winners will be announced during the afternoon
concert. Winners will be recognized with either $500 scholarships
to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any 4-year
Iowa college or university. Providing the funds for these awards
are the King Band Scholarship fund, along with Dr. Greg Olson in memory
of his and his wife’s parents, and Peggy and the late Tom Dowd.
All persons who audition will be invited to join in playing a selection
with the Band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient will
perform their award-winning solo.
The second feature of
the concert coincides with Iowa Central Community College’s Focus series.
This year, the college has chosen the country of Italy for its cultural
emphasis, and several selections on the program will reflect that heritage
Compositions by the
band’s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his
1923 march, “The Iowa Band Law” his 1909 waltz “Venetian Beauties”, and
the “Prestissimo Galop”, published in 1931. Other march selection
include Julius Fucik’s ‘Grande Marche Italiana’, titled “Florentiner”,
and Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere” (Italian Rifleman). Classical
offerings include Gioachino Rossini’s famous overture to his opera, “The
Italian in Algiers”, composed in 1813, along with John Philip Sousa’s rollicking
“Easter Monday on the White House Lawn”. A lighter work in
keeping with the Focus theme is “Funiculi, Funicula”.
Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which
includes Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan
Vande Berg from Fort Dodge, playing the familiar “Carnival” Variations,
based on the traditional solo, ‘The Carnival of Venice’. Band
member Roger Netz from Manson will sing Tony Bennett’s signature hit, “I
Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
LOOKING AHEAD: The next performance by the band will
be at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday morning, May 28th
in Fort Dodge. The summer series of concerts will again be held on
eight Sunday evenings during June and July, beginning on June 10th, and
lasting through July 29, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.
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. 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 next 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 during
a practice session
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