Today's concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will highlight music from many different eras and styles, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Bandshell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge. An ice cream social by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m.
Special guest conductor for this concert will be Dr. Timothy Rhea, director of bands at Texas A & M University in College Station. Conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.
Compositions written by the band's namesake, Karl L. King, are always on the program, including the march, "Military Life," and "Robinson's Grand Entree," along with his famous galop, "Circus Days," and an aerial waltz, "Alpine Sunset."
Other marches to be performed include Russell Alexander's "The Southerner," and Earl McCoy's "Lights Out." This last march includes a portion of the bugle call "Taps," for the attentive listener.
The evening's classical offerings will include "March Militaire Francaise," by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens, along with "Light Cavalry Overture" by the Austrian composer Franz von Suppe.
Born in Paris, Saint-Saens is considered one of the most versatile musicians of all time. "March Militaire Francaise" is the final movement of his 1879 Algerian Suite. It is believed to be an expression of the composer's joy and sense of security in coming upon a French garrison. Franz von Suppe, on the other hand, was the father of Austrian operetta, considered the most successful and highly esteemed operetta composer. His overture, "Light Cavalry," premiered in 1866.
On a lighter note, there will be a musical tribute to trumpeter Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, including the songs "What A Wonderful World," "When The Saints Go Marching In," "St. Louis Blues" and "Hello Dolly!"
Two sections of the band will be featured during this hourlong concert. First, members of the clarinet section will take the spotlight with Henry Mancini's "Pie-In-The-Face Polka" from the movie "The Great Race." Members of the trombone section will perform "Shoutin' Liza Trombone," written by Henry Fillmore.
Rhea serves as administrative head of the instrumental music department, conductor of the Wind Symphony and director of the nationally famous "Fightin' Texas Aggie Band." He is a graduate of the DeKalb, Texas High School and earned a bachelor of music education degree with honors from the University of Arkansas. His master of music in wind conducting was earned at Texas Tech University and his doctor of musical arts in wind conducting and composition was earned from the University of Houston in 1999. In July 1999, Rhea was awarded the Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year for the state of Texas, and in December 2000, Rhea was presented with the President's Meritorious Service Award from Texas A & M University. In addition, he has composed or arranged more than 300 musical selections for band and is in demand nationally as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator.