King Band goes Irish

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will hold its traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at 3:30 p.m. March 17 at Decker Auditorium, Iowa Central Community College. Admission is free.

Many familiar tunes will be performed, including the hit “McNamara’s Band,” as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive. Other Irish selections include “Irish Tune from County Derry” and “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and “The Best Loved Irish Melodies,” as arranged by Al Hayes, which is one of the pseudonyms used by composer Henry Fillmore.

Roger Netz, Manson, a member of the saxophone section, will lead the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “That’s An Irish Lullaby.”

Several march selections will be performed, including “Spirit of Minstrelsy” and “Monahan Post”, both by Karl King, along with “Across The Atlantic” by Russell Alexander. The concert will open with the “Theme from Profiles in Courage,” otherwise known as “The John F. Kennedy March,” by Nelson Riddle.

The tone poem, “Mannin Veen”, will be the afternoon’s classical highlight. This selection is subtitled “Dear Isle of Man,” and is a standard work of the symphonic band repertoire. It includes four traditional folk songs, which all reflect the strong Celtic heritage of the inhabitants of this island located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain.

Guest soloist will be Dr. David Klee, principal flute and piccolo player with the King Band as well as the assistant conductor. He will perform on a traditional Irish ballad, “The Lark in the Clear Air.”

Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson.

This concert will close with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled. The next concert will be April 14.