King Band will perform March 18

The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on March 18 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided free of charge to everyone by the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson. Special guest conductor for this concert will be Tim Miller from Humboldt. Tim is a long-time member of the band in the trumpet section, and recently retired from teaching at the Humboldt Community Schools.

This concert, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., is the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Many familiar Irish tunes will be performed, including everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band,” as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.

The concert opens with the exciting “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen Jr. This contemporary composition includes part of the Irish ballad, “Danny Boy.” Other Irish selections on the program include “Strains from Erin” by Lucien Cailliet, and Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me” and “The Minstrel Boy” from his Irish Suite. The music of Percy Grainger is also included with “Themes from Green Bushes.” On the lighter side will be “The Irish Rag” by Harry Carroll.

March selections to be performed include “Monahan Post,” and “Bon Voyage” composed by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, along with John Philip Sousa’s classic, “Hands Across the Sea.”

Special guest soloist will be Bob Patton, baritone, from Gowrie. Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. During his 20-year career in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. He also performed with the Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap, Northern Virginia and Annapolis opera companies. In 1991 he returned to Gowrie and became editor and publisher of The Gowrie News, the fourth-generation owner of a 110 year-old family business. He is now retired from the newspaper after a 20-year career, but is still very active and much sought-after as a vocalist throughout the Midwest.

Patton will perform two Irish selections with the Band. First will be “Danny Boy,” as arranged by Reginald R. Schive, followed by the George M. Cohan classic, “Harrigan.” Mr. Patton will also lead the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose,” both arranged by Schive.

This concert will close with the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.