The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium, 800 N. 32nd St. There has no admission charge, with these concerts being offered free to all by the City of Fort Dodge. The band’s bandleader is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady as assistant bandleader and Paul Bloomquist as announcer.
This gig is the band’s traditional Irish gig to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many familiar Irish tunes will be performed, including everyone’s favourites, “The MacNamara Band” as arranged by former bandleader Reginald R. Schive.
The concert opens with an exciting march, “The Boys of Wexford”, followed by “The Irish Brigade” by John W. Casto, and ends with “Walk to an Irish tune” composed by Claude T. Smith. Also on the program, the beautiful march of Karl L. King, “McKinley’s Own,” dedicated to the former bandleader of the Grand Army Band in Canton, Ohio.
Other Irish selections on the program include “Ireland,” a medley of traditional songs arranged by Warren Barker, and the charming “An Irish Suite for Orchestra”, with Leroy Anderson’s delicious “The Mallow Rakes” of his Irish suite.
Two special guest performances will be presented during this one-hour concert. The first will be flautist Dr. David Klee, performing the contemporary work of Anne McGinty, “Variations and theme”. Dr. Klee recently retired in May 2021 from Buena Vista University as a Distinguished Professor of Music after serving there for 20 years. He was also the principal flautist of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony and the Karl L. King Municipal Band for many years. Dr. Klee received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from the University of Georgia in 1998.
Dr. Klee and his wife Judi now live in Columbus, Nebraska, to be closer to their two sons and two granddaughters. He currently teaches part-time at Central Community College (wind band) and works on his YouTube channel.
Also on the program are the Triton Kids, founded in 2018 by Will Lopes as a connecting channel between Iowa Central Community College and the community. Now in its third season, Triton Kids is partnering with the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association to continue enriching the lives of young singers in grades two through eight in Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. Triton Kids believes in inspiring young singers to explore the joy of singing, teamwork, musicality, self-expression and friendship through an environment that supports all children, regardless of background. cultural, ethnic and economic.
The Triton Kids will perform three selections with the King Band. The first will be “A Patriotic Salute” featuring the music of Irish-American composer George M. Cohan. Included in this medley will be “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You are a big old flag.” Their second selection will be the well-known Irish favourite, “Boy Danny,” followed by “When Irish Eyes Smile” both arranged by Reginald R. Schive.
This concert will end with the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” In case of bad weather, the concert may be cancelled. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karlkingband/, or on the band’s website at www.karlking.us.
The next concert will be at 3:30 p.m. on April 3 at the auditorium of Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. This will be the group’s annual scholarship concert, featuring music from the youth and spring.