King Band to feature Patton as soloist

Summer concerts continue in Fort Dodge at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park today, with another special concert. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee will lead the band in a “Salute to Iowa,” with many selections on the program written by Iowa composers.

Concert time is 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. These concerts are being provided by the city of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir will again be selling homemade ice cream and cake, starting around 6:30 p.m. People attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs since no seating is provided.

Marches on the program include Karl L. King’s “Iowa Centennial” and “The Iowa Band Law,” along with his galop, “Prestissimo” and his intermezzo, “In a Moonlit Garden.” Other marches will include former conductor Reginald R. Schive’s march, “The Fort Dodge Messenger,” and “Land of Plenty,” which introduced the “Iowa Corn Song,” by C.L. Barnhouse from Oskaloosa, King’s friend and publisher of many of King’s songs.

A classical treat will be the “Finale from the New World Symphony,”,composed by Antonin Dvorak, with many of the ideas from this well-known work generated during the time he spent in the Bohemian community of Spillville. On the lighter side will be highlights from Mason City native Meredith Willson’s popular Broadway musical, “The Music Man.”

Special guest soloist will be Bob Patton, baritone, from Gowrie. Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. During his 20-year career in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras.He also performed with the Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap, Northern Virginia and Annapolis opera companies.

In 1991 he returned to Gowrie and became editor and publisher of The Gowrie News. He is now retired from the newspaper after a 20-year career, but is still very active and much sought-after as a vocalist throughout the Midwest.

Patton will perform highlights from George Gershwin’s 1935 opera, “Porgy and Bess” with such well-known songs as “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” followed by the humorous “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Each concert always closes with the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled.