King Band opens season today

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will open its 2014 summer season at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park. The concert will be preceded by an ice cream social, served by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Marches will include “Yellowstone Trail” and “Gallant Zouaves,” both written by the band’s namesake, along with Sammy Nestico’s “Vaquero,” and John Philip Sousa’s classic, “Sabre and Spurs,” written for the U.S. Cavalry.

Classical offerings include “Light Cavalry Overture,” written in 1866 by Franz von Suppe, the father of the Austrian operetta. This overture was one of von Suppe’s most popular and recognizable works. Also on the program will be Ferde Grofe’s classic, “On The Trail,” from his “Grand Canyon Suite.”

On the lighter side will be music arranged by Robert Hawkins from the epic motion picture, “How The West Was Won,” and a novelty arrangement of an early American folk song, titled “The Blue-Tail Fly” by Clare Grundman. In addition, highlights from the popular Broadway musical and motion picture, “Paint Your Wagon,” will be heard.

The concert will close in the traditional way with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Directing the band again this season will be Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled. Concerts will continue each Sunday evening during June and July.