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The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, led by Jerrold P. Jimmerson, will continue its 2022 summer concert season Sunday night at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Concert time is at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. In case of bad weather, the concert may be cancelled.

This concert will feature patriotic selections to celebrate Flag Day. Steps opening the evening program include Karl King’s “Vanguard of Democracy” and “Hello to the colors” by Karl L. King and Bert Anthony.

During this hour-long concert, the exciting and well-known composition of Morton Gould will also be presented, “American Salute”, with music from the 1950s World War II television documentary titled “Victory at sea.” On the lighter side, a mix of familiar patriotic songs, “Hail Patriots.”

A special treat this week will be a performance by vocalists Shari and Roger Netz of Manson. Roger is a longtime member of the saxophone section of the King Band, while Shari has performed frequently with the band over the years. They will sing the beautiful duet of the film, “Quest for Camelot” title “Prayer” written by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster.

The guest conductor in Cassady’s absence this week will be Belmond’s David Swaroff, a longtime member of the band in the trumpet section. Swaroff graduated from Belmond High School in 1971 and attended Iowa State University majoring in music education. He taught instrumental music for 40 years at five different schools including Klemme, Ida Grove, Lake City, Clay Central/Everly and Southeast Valley, retiring in 2015. David and his wife Susan now reside in Belmond.

Dave has been a member of the Karl King Band since 1985. Other ensembles he has performed with include Jive for Five, Cherokee and Fort Dodge Symphonies, Ames Town Band, Spencer and Storm Lake Community Bands, King Ringers Choir, Sonshine Singers, Comedia Musica and several local dance groups. He will lead the group in two selections, “March Fly with the Colors” by former conductor WB Green and a symphonic prelude, “Rushmore” by Alfred Reed, loosely based on “America, the beautiful.”

Recognition will be extended to members of our military, past and present, with the game of “Hail from the armed forces.” A special tribute will also be paid to the American flag with the performance of “Let’s not forget it”, narrated by the group’s announcer, Paul Bloomquist. The closing of the concert will be the American national march, “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa followed by our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

People attending this 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 are no seats available.

An ice cream party will take place before the start of the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ice cream and freshly baked treats will be available for purchase as in previous years.

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