King Band holds concert for the ‘young at heart’

Conductor Jerrold Jimmerson has drawn on music from his childhood to bring a special twist to today’s concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park, with a homemade ice cream and cake social starting at 6:30 p.m. by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Concertgoers should bring their own lawn chairs, since no seating is provided.

Music of the circus will be featured with “Entry of the Gladiators” by Julius Fucik, along with Karl King’s most famous march, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” and a King galop, “The Big Cage.”

Other marches on the program will be King’s “Valiant Youth,” written for his son, along with a new arrangement by Jimmerson of John Phillip Sousa’s march, “Mother Hubbard,” which Sousa dedicated to his two children.

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.

Tim Miller, Humboldt Middle School band director, will be featured on “The Toy Trumpet” by Raymond Scott. This song, released in 1937, is described as “a rhythm novelty.”

Other light-hearted arrangements include “The Wizard of Oz Fantasy,” a collection of highlights from the epic movie and musical, along with music from several Walt Disney movies with a selection, “Disney at the Oscars,” and a childhood favorite, “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”

A classical offering on the program will be the “William Tell Overture,” from the opera of the same name. Written by the Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini in 1829, the piece includes some of the most familiar music used on radio and television.

Audience members will recognize many of the themes, especially the finale, said Jimmerson.

“You’ll just have to attend to hear the thrilling conclusion of this overture,” he said.

The assistant conductor of the band is Dr. David Klee.

In case of inclement or threatening weather at concert time, the program may be canceled at the last minute.