[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 51°F  
High: 64°F ~ Low: 43°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Concert band to pay tribute to King

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Brazil Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will present "King Karl King," Sunday, July 26, at 8 p.m., at Forest Park, rain or shine.

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.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Playing Kings marches was always a favorite. Here is a site I found of some biblical information about King, http://karlking.us/tunes.htm

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 3:23 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: