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KING BAND ANNOUNCES MARCH 18 CONCERT:
The second in a series
of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge
will be held on Sunday afternoon, 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,
and the Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee.
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. Mr. Patton attended the University
of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants
in Washington, D.C. During his twenty 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 IA 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.
Mr. Patton will perform two Irish selections with the
Band. First will be “Danny Boy”, as arranged by Reginald 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”.
This concert will close with our national anthem, “The
Star-Spangled Banner.” In case of inclement weather, the concert
will be cancelled. The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal
Band will be will be our annual Scholarship Concert, and will also be the
Focus Concert for the college featuring the music of Italy performed on
Sunday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Decker Auditorium.
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
The nationally-known Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, was invited to join the 100th
anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer on September
17. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were regular fixtures
at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing to the close of
the 1959 season. This next photo shows Karl King and his band in
front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band performed in the Grandstand that
evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
The last Sunday Program
of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.
Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge during
a practice session
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