The King Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble and Jive for Five Brass Quintet will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th Street.
The concert will feature a variety of sacred, secular and patriotic music performed by each group separately, and some with both groups performing together. Bell features will include a quartet performing "The Lord's Prayer," and the entire ensemble playing "Jamaican Rumba," an arrangement of "Jesus Loves Me" reminiscent of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," a medley of Cole Porter tunes, and highlights from "Les Miserables." Jive for Five will perform favorites from their repertoire, and will join the King Ringers in a Fanfare from "The Great Gate of Kiev" by Mussorgsky, Beethoven's "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," Karl L. King's "Rough Riders" and "America the Beautiful," Also featured will be "Grand March" with French horn soloist. Director of the King Ringers for this concert is David Swaroff, Dayton. The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken. Refreshments will be served.
The King Ringers is a community handbell ensemble from the Fort Dodge area. The group's name is a tribute to the legendary Fort Dodge bandmaster/composer, Karl L. King (1891-1971). Their first appearance was at the Fort Dodge Area Symphony concert in December, 1997, where they performed seasonal music prior to the concert and during the intermission. They have performed with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Fort Dodge Choral Society, the Iowa Central Community College Choir and in Hawkeye Theater's Christmas shows.
The King Ringers are currently in their 14th year of existence. Currently there are 14 members and several substitute ringers who rehearse on Monday evenings at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge.
Members of the group come from Fort Dodge, Gowrie and Dayton.