The month of July continues to be a busy and exciting one for the members of the Karl L. King Municipal Band. Director Jerrold Jimmerson has recently announced events that are scheduled to occur each Sunday evening during the month. All concerts in July will be held at the recently restored Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park. These concerts begin at 7:30 pm, and are free to the public, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. A homemade ice cream social, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, precedes each concert.
On July 5, a special guest conductor will appear with the Band for their Independence Day concert. Chief Warrant Officer James Goodwin is the Commanding Officer of the 34th Army Band of the Iowa National Guard, stationed in Fairfield. Mr. Goodwin's awards include the Iowa Meritorious Service Medal, two Iowa Commendation Awards, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of the Army Bandmaster Warrant Officer Staff Course. Mr. Goodwin has received the Governor's X Patch for being one of the five best riflemen in the State of Iowa. He is also an expert on pistol. Mr. Goodwin is a composer as well, and has written several compositions, including the Iowa National Guard March. He and his family live in Runnells.
The concert on July 12 will feature a member of the King Band’s percussion section. Cathy Moklebust, from Eagle Grove, will perform "The Flight Of The Bumblebee" on the xylophone, and then be joined by the rest of the percussion section for another song. Ms. Moklebust is a published composer and clinician, specializing in the field of hand chime and hand bell music.
On July 19, another special guest conductor will make an appearance with the King Band. Andrew Glover, nationally known composer and arranger of band music, will be in Fort Dodge to direct the King Band on several selections. Mr. Glover is the Chief Operating Officer of C. L. Barnhouse Publications and Walking Frog Records in Oskaloosa, IA. Mr. Glover has appeared in Fort Dodge before, and has been well received by band members and audience alike.
Closing the season on July 26 will be an appearance by the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five. These musicians are all members of the King Band, and will perform a short concert of their own around 7:00 pm prior to the start of the regular concert. During the concert, they will perform with the Band as well. Group members include Tim Miller, Humboldt; David Swaroff, Dayton; Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt; Dan Cassady, Fort Dodge, and Paul Bloomquist, Dayton.
Each Sunday evening, the Karl L. King Municipal Band performs a variety of marches, overtures and classical selections, along with popular songs from Broadway musicals and the Big Band era. In addition to Conductor Jimmerson, the Assistant Conductor is Dan Cassady and Duane "Oley" Olson is the band’s announcer. Mark these dates and plan to attend each week.