The final concert of the 2012 summer series by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge begins at 7 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park. Admission is free.
An ice cream social begins at 6:30 pm, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Brass quintet Jive for Five will give a pre-concert performance at 7 p.m., with the regular concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.
The band will feature a variety of marches, classical works and popular selections during the hour-long concert. Several selections by Karl King are on the program, including his circus march "Sarasota" along with "Emporia Galop," a circus intermezzo "Spanish Romance," and his ragtime two-step, "The Walking Frog."
In addition, the King Band will perform two marches written by other former conductors. The recently discovered march by W.B. Green, "The Campus Call," and Reginald R. Schive's "Fort Dodge Messenger March" are also on the program.
This week's classical selection is "Nabucco Overture," by the Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. "Nabucco" was"was Verdi's third opera, and is based on the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzer. It is set in the halls and temples and palaces of Babylon and Jerusalem.
Jive For Five will join the King Band in playing two compositions of contrasting styles. The first selection will be "Jive For Five," written by Paul Nagle. This collection is a suite of three contrasting song styles. Their second selection will offer a touch of Dixieland jazz with "Dixieland On Stage," a medley of "Royal Garden Blues," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" and "When The Saints Go Marching In."
Also on the program will be a Cole Porter medley, featuring such well-known songs as "Anything Goes," "Begin The Beguine," "Night and Day," "Just One of Those Things" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow."
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 national anthem.
Jive for Five members are Tim Miller, of Humboldt, on trumpet; David Swaroff, of Dayton, on trumpet; Kathy Yoakam, of Humboldt, on French horn; Dan Cassady, of North Liberty, on trombone; and Paul Bloomquist, of Dayton, on tuba.
Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr, David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.
The next Karl L. King Municipal Band concert will be in 2013, with a series of three winter concerts during February, March and April held at Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus.