King Band to present season’s last concert

The final concert of the 2014 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held today at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park.

Admission is free. Band conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.

There will be an ice cream social, starting around 6:30 p.m., provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir before the regular concert starts at 7:30 p.m. People should bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works and popular selections during the hour-long concert.

Selections by Karl King are always on the program, including his circus marches “Robinson’s Grand Entree” and “Sarasota” along with “Royal Hippodrome Galop.”

Karl King’s overture, “The Princess of India,” is included as well. All these compositions were written for the many circuses King was with from 1910 through the 1918 seasons.

Special guest conductor will be Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger. Glover is a native of Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis. He began writing and arranging music for bands while still a student in high school, and now has nearly 300 publications in print.

He received his bachelor of music education degree from Central Methodist College and taught instrumental music in St. Louis area public and private schools for nine years.

In October 1998, he joined the C.L. Barnhouse Co. of Oskaloosa as staff composer, arranger, and editor. He is now the chief operating officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.

Glover will conduct Karl King’s march, “The Missouri Bandman,” along with Antonin Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance No. 3,” and the premier performance of Glover’s new arrangement, “Somewhere A Voice Is Calling.”

The members of the percussion section – Jeremy Smith from Fort Dodge, Cathy Moklebust from Eagle Grove and Rollie Jensen from Humboldt – will perform a medley of traditional rudimental drums solos with band accompaniment. This selection, titled “Field Ayres,” will be followed by Leroy Anderson’s entertaining composition, “Sandpaper Ballet,” on which these same percussionists will be playing the sandpaper blocks.

This week’s classical selection is “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by the German composer Richard Wagner. Premiering in 1850, the opera Lohengrin was Wagner’s attempt to cling to the old operatic traditions while providing a forecast of the future. In this opera, Wagner achieves a unity of all these elements, while creating this beautiful and moving selection.

Music by one of America’s great composers, Irving Berlin, is on the program as well with a medley of some of his best-known songs, “Irving Berlin Showstoppers,” including such standards as “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” among the selections.

This final summer concert always closes in the traditional circus way, with the playing of Karl King’s march, “Auld Lang Syne,” followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner.”