The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The March, 2008 Irish Concert

The second in a series of three winter concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held on Sunday afternoon, March 9, in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.

This concert was the traditional Irish Concert, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  Many familiar Irish songs were performed, including everyone’s favorite, McNamara’s Band, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.

Other Irish selections on the program included Strains from Erin as arranged by Lucien Cailliet, An Irish Interlude by Warren Barker, and a collection of Irish street ballads, A Longford Legend, by Robert Sheldon.

Several march selections were performed, including McKinley’s Own, and Bon Voyage by Karl L. King, along with Hands Across The Sea by John Philip Sousa.   The Bells of St. Mary’s, arranged for Band by Paul Yoder, represented a more contemporary style.

Dan Cassady, long-time member of the King Band and a frequent Trombone soloist was the guest soloist for this concert.  Mr. Cassady performed the traditional solo, Atlantic Zephyrs by Gardell Simons, along with the beautiful Irish ballad, Londonderry Air.   Mr. Cassady recently retired as director of bands at Iowa Central Community College, and presently teaches at St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge.  He also performs with many area groups, including Jive For Five.

Roger Netz, vocal music instructor in the Manson Northwest Webster Schools and a member of the Saxophone section, led the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and My Wild Irish Rose.

The concert closed with the national anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.

2008 Scholarship Concert Photos

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