Two soloists will entertain at concert
Tonight’s Karl L. King Municipal Band concert will feature two soloists, LuAnn Ewan from Ames, and Robert Shafer from Waterloo. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. at the Karl King Bandshell in Oleson Park.
There is no admission charge.
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir will again be selling homemade ice cream and cake, starting about 6:30 p.m.
Ewan grew up in Storm Lake and has played in the Karl King band on and off since high school. She appears with several groups in the Ames area primarily on saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano. In addition to teaching privately, she directs the Central Iowa Clarinet Choir. She will perform the classic clarinet solo, “Finale from Luisa di Montfort” by Michal Bergson and arranged by Andrew Glover.
She studied clarinet at Iowa State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She taught for 11 years as a band director, with 10 of those in Ames. She has been a private music teacher and chamber music coach for more than 25 years.
Shafer taught instrumental music in the Waterloo schools for 36 years, 19 of which were at West High School. During his teaching years, he traveled the fair circuit with Keith Killinger’s group, playing lead alto saxophone, and backed such stars as Liberace, Sonny and Cher, Gordon McRae, Ann Murray, Bob Hope, the Mills Brothers, Lennon Sisters and the Lawrence Welk group.
He will perform Eldridge Bunton’s jazz solo, “Alto Mood,” and also George Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” with the King Band accompanying.
Shafer has played saxophone and clarinet in the Waterloo Municipal Band and is also a member of the Iowa Military Veterans Band and a frequent soloist. He has been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Educators Hall of Fame and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame. Shafer started playing tenor and lead alto for local bands in 1947. He attended Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) where he was one of the original members of the first jazz band in 1951. After graduation he played in the Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.
The balance of the concert will feature a variety of music as well. Marches this week include “The New Corn Palace” by King, “Hostrauser’s March” by W. Paris Chambers, Clifton Williams’ tribute to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity with “The Sinfonians,” and the last march composed by Henry Fillmore, “The President’s March.” The evening’s classical overture will be “Il Guarany,” by the Brazilian composer A. Carlo Gomez. Other selections range from Karl King’s waltz, “Mystic Night,” to a Johann Strauss polka, “Thunder and Lightning,” to a King rag, “Georgia Girl,” and a King galop, “Majestic.”
Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the assistant conductor is Dr. David Klee.