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KING BAND IRISH CONCERT:
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 17 th , in the
Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium, located at 800 North 32 nd St. There
is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the City of
Fort Dodge. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, the Assistant
Conductor is Dan Cassady, with Paul Bloomquist announcing.
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.
Other selections on the program
include a traditional Irish folk song, Mother Machree, The Irish
Rag, and the Gaelic Rhapsody, a medley which includes such standards
as Irish Tune from County Derry, The Kerry Dance, The
Rakes of Mallow, and The Minstrel Boy.
Several march selections will
be performed, including McKinley’s Own by Karl L. King, along with
the Atlantic by Russell Alexander, and Theme from Profiles in Courage
by Nelson Riddle, otherwise known as The John F. Kennedy March from
the TV series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
A beautiful tone poem, Mannin
Veen, by Haydn Wood, will be 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,
Water in the Common, and The Harvest of the Sea.
The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency located in
the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.
As one of the six Celtic nations , Gaelic cultural influence began in the
5th century AD, and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages,
One of America’s most popular
composers of light, classical music, Leroy Anderson, will be represented
with two movements from his Irish Suite, originally written and
premiered by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Arthur
Fiedler. These include the First and Fourth movements, The
Irish Washerwoman and The Wearing of the Green.
Laird, a chiropractic doctor in Fort Dodge, will lead the audience in a
sing-along of the well-known Irish standards, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
and My Wild Irish Rose. Dr. Laird graduated from Fort
Dodge Senior High in 1991 and from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in
Davenport in 1999. He has been in several cabaret performances,
Stage Door Productions musicals, Sonshine Singers, and recently did a story
telling project with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony at their holiday concert.
concerts always close in the traditional way with the playing of our National
The Star-Spangled Banner.
In case of inclement weather, this concert may be cancelled on concert
day. Any announcements
will be made on this page or on the band’s Facebook page.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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