The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will open its 2012 summer concert season today.
This concert will be held at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Concert time is 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled.
Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on since there is no seating available.
Conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the assistant conductor is Dr. David Klee.
This concert features patriotic selections to celebrate the Flag Day holiday. Marches on the evening program include "Salute To The Colors" by Karl L. King and Bert Anthony, and J.J. Richards' "Emblem of Unity." Also during the one-hour concert will be Karl King's gallop, "Rough Riders."
Also featured during this concert will be an overture, "Land of Liberty," written 100 years ago by King's close friend C.L. Barnhouse, along with Leroy Anderson's "The Phantom Regiment." On the lighter side will be a medley, "A Tribute to Glenn Miller."
Special guest soloist will be Bob Patton, baritone, from Gowrie. Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. During his 20 years in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. Patton will perform two selections with the Band. First will be "Battle Hymn of The Republic," followed by the stirring Carmen Dragon arrangement of "America The Beautiful."
Recognition will be made of members from our military with the playing of the "Armed Forces Salute." A special tribute will be given to the American soldier with the performance of "Duty ... Honor ... Country," narrated by Patton. Closing this concert, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa will be heard, along with our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Persons attending this Sunday's concert are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert. In addition, George Mack, a Jolley area resident, will be providing flags that he has donated.
An ice cream social, provided by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, will be held before the concert starts, beginning around 6:30 p.m. Homemade ice cream and fresh baked goodies will be available for purchase as in past years.