Brass in Blue performs Friday

When the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band’s Brass in Blue ensemble takes the stage in Fort Dodge Friday evening, it will be a unique opportunity for the audience in a variety of ways.

“It’s going to be a really important performance for a number of reasons,” said Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor of the Karl King Municipal Band, one of the concert’s sponsoring organizations.

The Omaha, Neb.,-based band out of Offutt Air Force Base could be limited in personnel numbers and touring opportunities in future years due to cuts in military funding.

“The Offutt bands could experience some severe cutbacks,” said Jimmerson. “Their tours could be restricted in the future. This could be the first and only chance to get to see a concert of this caliber in Fort Dodge.”

The concert will also be one of the final performances to take place in the Phillips Middle School auditorium before the school closes its doors at the end of the 2012-2013 school year to move into a

new facility.

“The Phillips auditorium was very important to Karl King,” said Jimmerson. “He held many concerts there from the time he came to Fort Dodge in the 1920s and the band didn’t really start playing at Iowa Central until the 1980s. For more than 60 years that auditorium was an important part of the King Band.”

Jimmerson said Fort Dodge was one of the first cities the group offered to hold a performance in during its 10-day February tour of Iowa.

“The Heartland of America Band was going to perform here last summer,” he said. “But because of military obligations they were not able to come. They contacted us as one of the first places they could play during this tour.”

The 12-member ensemble comprised of 10 horns, a percussionist and vocalist performs a variety of musical selections and styles, ranging from traditional military tunes to jazz and pop music.

Tickets to the event are free and can be picked up at The Messenger, 713 Central Ave. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.. Doors will open to ticket holders at 6 p.m. with any remaining seats available to the public at 6:50 p.m.