King Band Irish concert Sunday

The second in a series of three indoor winter concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band is 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium, 800 N. 32nd St. There is no admission, since these concerts are provided free of charge by the City of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, the assistant conductor is Dan Cassady and the announcer is Paul Bloomquist.

This concert is the band’s annual Irish concert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is believed that these concerts were started by Karl King when he arrived in Fort Dodge in the early 1920’s. Many familiar Irish tunes will be performed, including everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band” as arranged by former conductor of the band, Reginald R. Schive.

Other Irish selections on the program include the beautiful “Irish Tune from County Derry” as arranged by Percy Aldridge Grainger; a medley of traditional Irish songs titled “Strains from Erin” as arranged by Lucien Cailliet; “Solas Ane,” a Gaelic phrase meaning “Yesterday’s Joy,” by Samuel Hazo; Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” the final movement from his ‘Irish Suite’; and Melanie Donahue’s “Eire.”

Several march selections will be performed, including “Bon Voyage” and “Monahan Post,” both by Karl L. King, along with John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” The concert will also include “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” a medley of well-known popular songs by George M. Cohan, the son of Irish parents.

Roger Netz from Manson, a member of the saxophone section, will lead the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “That’s an Irish Lullaby.” These concerts always close in the traditional way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In case of inclement weather, this concert may be cancelled on the concert day. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/karlkingband/ or on the band’s website at www.karlking.us. The final indoor concert will be on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium, which will be the band’s annual scholarship concert.


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