Karl Lawrence King (1891-1971) was born in Paintersville, Ohio, and became one of America's most successful composer-band directors.
As a teenager, King began composing and having his works published. A euphonium player, he left home at an early age and traveled the sawdust trail with various circuses.
His pinnacle of success during his show years was as band director of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
In 1920, King, now a family man, left circus life and accepted the position of band director with the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Municipal Band, a posting he had for the next 50 years.
He established a music publishing house under his own name with more than 500 titles of his own works plus many more by other composers.
Upon his death in 1971, the municipal band changed its name to the Karl L. King Band and it still performs in Fort Dodge Friday evenings.
King wrote many different styles of music with his marches being the most famous. He wrote the college fight songs for many universities, including Indiana University.
Throughout the summer, the BCB regularly features at least one King tune each week.
"Choosing a concert of all Karl King selections is easy," Huber said. "But at the same time, difficult, because there are so many excellent works from which to choose."
However, Huber narrowed down the list to the following, "Invictus," "The Golden Dragon," "The Melody Show," "Enchanted Night," "The Lieutenant Commander," and "A Night in June."
Also, "Bolivar," "Lover's Lane," "The Viking March," "Spanish Romance," "Diamond Jubilee," and "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite," will be performed.