Final indoor King Band concert set

The third and final indoor concert for the 2014 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 6 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge.

The conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson; Dr. David Klee serves as the assistant conductor.

This April concert serves a twofold 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 $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any four-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 parents and his wife’s parents, and Peggy and the late Tom Dowd.

Everyone who auditions will be invited to join in playing a selection with the band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient will perform his or her award-winning solo.

The second feature of the concert coincides with Iowa Central Community College’s Focus series.

This year, the college has chosen Peru for its cultural emphasis, and the selections on the program will reflect the Spanish heritage in music from the region.

Selections by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, will include his marches, “Pan American,” “Alcazar” and “Bolivar,” along with an intermezzo, “Spanish Romance.” Other selections on the program include the march, “El Caballero”; a samba, “Copa Cabana”; the serenade, “La Paloma” (The Dove); and a Spanish-flavored selection, “Fandango.”

A tribute to Peru will be John Philip Sousa’s “Pan-American Marches,” which includes the Peruvian national anthem, “Somos Libres.” There will also be a selection that acknowledges the Inca heritage of the Peruvian people, titled “Volver a la Montana” (Return to the Mountain,” by Shelley Hansen.

The concert will conclude in the usual way with the playing of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The next performance by the band will be at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on May 26 in North Lawn Cemetery.

The summer series of concerts will again be held on eight Sunday evenings during June and July, beginning on June 8, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.