The 2013 Winter Concert Series
The second in this series of three winter concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, was held on Sunday afternoon, March 17, at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee.
This concert was the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Many familiar Irish tunes were performed, including everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band”, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive. Other Irish selections on the program included “Irish Tune from County Derry” and “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and “The Best Loved Irish Melodies”, as arranged by Al Hayes, which is one of the pseudonyms used by the famous composer Henry Fillmore.
Several march selections were performed, including “Spirit of Minstrelsy” and “Monahan Post”, both by Karl L. King, along with “Across The Atlantic” by Russell Alexander. The concert was opened with the “Theme from Profiles in Courage”, otherwise known as “The John F. Kennedy March”, by Nelson Riddle.
The beautiful tone poem, “Mannin Veen”, was the afternoon’s classical highlight. This selection is subtitled “Dear Isle of Man”, and is a standard work of the symphonic band repertoire. It included four traditional folk songs, which all reflect the strong Celtic heritage of the inhabitants of this island located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain.
Guest soloist will be Dr. David Klee, principal flute and piccolo player with the King Band as well as the Assistant Conductor. Klee is also principal flute with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and performs with the Comedia Musica Orchestra in Fort Dodge. He performed on a traditional Irish ballad, “The Lark in the Clear Air”. Dr. Klee is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies/Music Production & Technology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake IA. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mercer University.
Roger Netz, Manson, a member of the Saxophone section, led the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “That’s An Irish Lullaby”.
The concert closed with our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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