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

The March Irish concert of the 2018 Indoor Concert Series

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March 18, 2018

This was the second in the series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge.

The program was held on Sunday afternoon, March 18, at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.   This was the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  Many familiar Irish tunes were performed.

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Jerrold P. Jimmerson, the conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band introduced each tune of this program.

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The first tune performedwas Kirkpatrick Fanfare, composed by Andrew Boysen, Jr.
This contemporary composition includes part of the Irish ballad, “Danny Boy”.


 
Listen to most of this fanfare piece.

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 The band followed by performing John Philip Sousa’s classic, “Hands Across the Sea”.

Listen to the band performing that Sousa march.

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The third tune on this program was "Strains from Erin", by Lucien Caillet.

Listen to Strains from Erin.

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Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me” was mext.

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     Special guest soloist for two songs was 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 performed the Irish selection “Danny Boy”, as arranged by Reginald Schive.

  Listen to Danny Boy.

Danny Boy was followed by the George M. Cohan classic, “Harrigan”.

    Listen to Bob perform Harrigan.

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The next two numbers were conducted by Tim Miller, trumpet player from Humboldt, under the title of guest conductor.

     Tim is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan University with a BME degree, and has done graduate work at both the University of South Dakota and the University of Iowa.  Tim recently retired after a long and successful career at both Humboldt High School (7 years) and Humboldt Junior High School (24 years).  He previously taught 5-12 Band for 9 years at Sheffield-Chapin Schools.  Tim continues to perform locally with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Jive for Five Brass Quintet, Humboldt Big Band, and Oak Hill Church Praise Band, along with the King Band.

The first of tunes conducted by Tim Miller was Karl King's march, "Monahan Post".

   Listen to Monahan Post.

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   Listen to the band perform Leroy Anderson's "The Minstrel Boy."

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The music of Percy Grainger was included with “Themes from Green Bushes”.

   Listen to that Percy Grainger tune.

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A tune on the lighter side was “The Irish Rag” by Harry Carroll.

  Listen to The Irish Rag.

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      Jerry Jimmerson invited the audience to sing along with Bob Patton as he led the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose”.

  Hear Bob lead the audience as they sing My Wild Irish Rose.

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Next was Reginald Schive's arrangement of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”.

  Listen to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

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Also included was everyone’s favorite, “MacNamara’s Band”, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.

  Listen to the band sing and play MacNamara’s Band.

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Karl L. King's march "Bon Voyage" was performed when the Irish Concert was nearly concluded.

      This concert closed in the usual way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

The next performance of the Karl King Municipal Band will be the April 8, the Focus and Scholarship Concert.


 
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