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Back to the squad long after almost two years of absence due to COVID-19

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will perform their annual Independence Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Karl K. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission fee, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. The band’s conductor is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with assistant conductor Dan Cassady and announcer Paul Bloomquist.

Conductor Jimerson says: “With July 4th being Sunday this year, I think it will be a great way to end the holiday weekend with a concert of familiar patriotic music to celebrate our country’s independence. We are very happy to return to the group after a long absence due to COVID-19 restrictions. “

Those attending Sunday’s concert are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during the concert. People should also bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, etc., as there is no seating available, and are encouraged to socially distance themselves as much as possible. There will be no social ice cream available this summer.

The walks in the evening program will include “Son of veterans” by Karl L. King, Henry Fillmore’s “Americans us”, with the exciting walk of JJ Richards, “The emblem of unity”. This concert will include“An American Spectacular” which traces the musical history of the United States. One of Karl King’s famous circus gallops, “Majestic,” is also part of this varied program.

On the lighter side will be George Gershwin’s 1929 composition combining classical and jazz idioms, “An American in Paris”, with arrangement by John Philip Sousa of “Running away on Yankee Doodle.” There will be highlights from the 2001 film soundtrack written by Hans Zimmer for “Pearl Harbor”, takes place during WWII.

An audience favorite will be the performance of Leroy Anderson “Bugle Holiday”, featuring a trio of trumpets from the group. It just wouldn’t be a summer concert without hearing this band standard and audience favorite.

Local Fort Dodge resident Scott Johnston will share a moving tribute to “The greatest generation” written by Robert W. Smith five years ago on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This year will now commemorate the 80th anniversary of this event.

The closing of this patriotic music concert will be our national march, “The stars and stripes forever” by John Philip Sousa, accompanied by our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled at the start time. All announcements will be made on the group’s Facebook page for the Karl L. King Municipal Band at or on the group’s website at

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