King Band will play weekly concert today

The Karl L. King Municipal Band continues its concert series today at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park.

Conductor Jerrold Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor David Klee will lead the band in an hourlong sampling of a wide variety of music.

“Plan to be in attendance on Sunday evenings throughout July to hear the finest in band music played by your local municipal band,” Jimmerson said.

Classical offerings will include Gustav Holst’s standard work for band, titled “Second Suite in F for Military Band.” Also on the program is “Procession of Nobles,” from the opera-ballet “Mlada”, by the Russian composer Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov.

March music will include “The Huntress,” by Karl King, “Colossus of Columbia,” by Russell Alexander, and John Philip Sousa’s classic, “The Washington Post.” In addition, the band will feature one of King’s aerial waltzes, “June Twilight,” along with Fred Jewell’s galop, “They’re Off!”

Paul Bloomquist, director of bands at Iowa Central Community College, will narrate the poem, “Casey at the Bat.” This poem was first published in the late 1800s. The musical version of this famous story was first performed in 2001 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and was later arranged for wind ensemble and performed by the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C.

On the lighter side, an American standard by Hoagy Carmichael, “Georgia on my Mind,” will be heard, and the Clarinet section will be featured on “Clarinet Polka.”

There will also be an ice cream social hosted by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir, which will start at about 6:30 p.m.

These summer concerts are provided, free of charge, by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone’s listening pleasure. Everyone is reminded to bring their own lawn chairs, since no seating is provided.