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

The March concert of the 2015 Indoor Concert Series

March 15, 2015

The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held on Sunday afternoon, March 15, at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.

This concert was the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

The first selection performed was “Spirit of Minstrelsy” by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King.

   The beautiful tone poem, “Mannin Veen” by Haydn Wood was the afternoon’s classical highlight.   Subtitled “Dear Isle of Man”, this collection of well-known, traditional Manx folk melodies includes “The Good Old Way”, “The Manx Fiddler”, “Sweet Water in the Common”, and “The Harvest of the Sea”.

“Carrickfergus”, a traditional Irish folk song named after a town in Northern Ireland was performed.

Dan Cassady performed
Atlantic Zephyrs.

Click to see and hear his performance.
A large MPG file (109MB)

     Special guest soloist was Dan Cassady, a regular member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band for 35 years and a frequent trombone soloist.  Mr. Cassady performed the classic trombone solo, “Atlantic Zephyrs” by Gardell Simons, along with the traditional Irish favorite, “Londonderry Air”.

     Cassady is a retired music educator who currently works as a sales associate and brass instructor at West Music in Coralville, and adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  Previously he taught music and directed band programs at Fort Dodge Senior High School, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School.   He currently works as trombonist with Jive For Five, East Side Jazz Team, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Cedar Rapids Big Band.

Ather Irish selection on the program was “Fantasy On An Irish Air” by David Gorham.
Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee conducted.

Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me” from his Irish Suite was on this aftenoon's program.

Guest conductor for
Jive For Five was ISU's
Dr. Michael Golemo.

Click to see and hear this performance.  Another
large MPG file (109MB)

        Also featured on this concert was the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five.   Group members in addition to trombonist Dan Cassady include Tim Miller from Humboldt on trumpet, David Swaroff from Dayton on trumpet, Kathy Yoakam from Humboldt on French Horn, and Paul Bloomquist from Dayton on Tuba.   They performed the Paul Nagle composition, appropriately titled “Jive For Five”.   Dr. Michael Golemo, director of bands and head of the Music Department at Iowa State University in Ames conducted.  He was the arranger for this selection.

Roger Netz, from Manson, long-time member of the Saxophone section in the King Band, led the audience in a sing-along of two traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose”.

Another familiar Irish tune performed was everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band”, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.

Click to see and hear.
(51 MB MPG file)

Before the National Anthem was performed, the band played Karl L. King's “Bon Voyage”.
Conductor of the band, Jerrold P. Jimmerson, looked up to the audience and said Bon Voyage.

The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal Band was the annual Scholarship Concert
and the Focus Concert featuring the music of Scandanavia on Sunday, April 12 in Decker Auditorium.

See photos from the April 12 Concert.
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