King band to play Independence Day concert

The Karl L. King Municipal Band, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson, will feature the area brass quintet, Jive For Five, and a speech by Thomas Jefferson at its annual Independence Day concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park. Admission is free.

Jive for Five will do a pre-concert performance, starting at 7 p.m. Group members are Tim Miller, Humboldt; David Swaroff, Dayton; Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt; Dan Cassady, of North Liberty and formerly of Fort Dodge; and Paul Bloomquist, Dayton. These musicians are members of the King Band, and will perform “A Sousa Collection” along with a jazz-styled big band selection, “Jump Swing Fever,” during the concert with the band accompanying.

Scott Johnston will narrate a speech, “Jefferson … A Vision For America,” accompanied by the band. Johnston is a Fort Dodge native and a long-time performer and sound/lighting technician with the Comedia Musica Players, Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club and other organizations. He is active as a musician and speaker at First United Methodist Church.

This concert features patriotic selections to celebrate Independence Day. Marches on the evening program include “Sons of Veterans” by King and Henry Fillmore’s “Americans We.” This concert will also include a new piece, “An American Spectacular,” which traces the musical history of the United States, along with Alfred Reed’s tribute to the four presidents with a selection titled “Rushmore.” On the lighter side will be Leroy Anderson’s arrangement of the Meredith Willson classic, “Seventy-Six Trombones.” Dr. David Klee, assistant conductor, will lead the band in a medley of George M. Cohan standards, “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” along with the King march “Loyal Americans.”

Closing this concert, the audience will be invited to join in singing Irving Berlin’s classic “God Bless America.” The national march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa will then be heard, along with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir will again be selling homemade ice cream and cake before and during the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m.

Those attending this concert are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert. People also need to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since there is no seating available.

“With July 4 being on Thursday this year, I think people will be taking a long weekend break,” Jimmerson said. “What a great way to wrap up the holiday weekend … with a band concert of familiar patriotic music to celebrate our country’s independence.”