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The third and final indoor concert of the Fort Dodge City Band Karl L. King of the 2022 season will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium, located at 800 N. 32nd St. There is no admission charge. , since these concerts are offered by the city of Fort Dodge for the enjoyment of all. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again provided an enjoyable program of orchestral music. Dan Cassady is the band’s assistant bandleader and Paul Bloomquist will serve as the band’s announcer.
This April concert is the band’s annual scholarship event, featuring the presentation of the Karl L. King Scholarships. Several talented students will audition during the day and the winners will be announced at the afternoon concert. Winners will be awarded $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any four-year college or university in Iowa. The King Band Scholarship Fund provides the funds for these awards.
Everyone who auditions will be invited to play a selection with the band during the concert, and the main scholarship recipient will perform their award-winning solo.
The compositions of the group’s namesake, Karl L. King, during this hour-long concert will include his 1936 march, “Drake Relay”, his aerial waltz of 1912, “Spirit of Spring” a thrilling circus gallop from 1913 titled “Emporia”, and the closing march of 1911, King’s “Eternal youth.”
Classical and popular afternoon offerings include music by two 20th-century American composers, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Under Copland’s pen, the group will perform excerpts from his 1944 ballet, “Appalachian Spring” which includes the well-known hymn, “Simple gifts.” Under the pen of Bernstein, the group will play “Let’s grow our garden” from his 1956 operetta, Candide, then move on to highlights from his popular 1957 Broadway musical, “West Side Story,” including those favorite songs like “I feel pretty,” “Maria” and “This evening.”
Two pieces by composer John Philip Sousa will complete this tribute to youth and spring. The opening of this concert will be “The March of the High School Cadets.” Published in 1890, it is said to be one of Sousa’s most popular marches. Later in the concert will be Sousa’s “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn” of his Suite for orchestra of 1929, “Tales of a Traveller”. This selection depicts the joy of children at the annual egg rolling event held at the White House the day after Easter each year.
The concert will end in the traditional way with the interpretation of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” In case of bad weather (even if it will be April 3), the concert may be cancelled. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karlkingband/, or on the band’s website at www.karlking.us.
The band’s next performance will be the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on May 30 at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The summer concert series will once again take place eight Sunday evenings in June and July, from June 5 to July 24, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.