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

The Karl King Band is the municipal band for Fort Dodge, Iowa. This ensemble has historically provided a summer concert series in the Karl King Bandshell in beautiful Oleson Park and an indoor concert series held in the auditorium of Iowa Central Community College.   These concerts are free to all, and are provided as a service by the City of Fort Dodge. Jerrold P. Jimmerson is the Director of the King Band, and Dr. David Klee serves as the band's Assistant Conductor.  Learn more about the Band and visit the online archive of photos related to the history of the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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View photos of the April 12th performance.

View photos of the March 15th performance.

View photos of the February 22nd performance.


The Karl L. King Municipal Band from Fort Dodge, IA, has been selected to appear at the 88th annual Iowa Bandmasters’ Association State Conference.  This three-day event features some of the finest school and professional bands from Iowa, along with clinicians and other performing groups from throughout the United States. 

The Iowa Bandmasters’ Association is a 1,100+ member organization.  Typically, more than 800 members attend this state conference annually, along with some 1,500+ participants performing concerts or presenting clinics during this three-day celebration of the finest bands in Iowa.  This year’s conference will be held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Avenue, in Des Moines, IA.  The conference begins on Thursday, May 14, and runs through Saturday, May 16.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will be the featured ensemble at the 5:00 pm concert in the Iowa Ballroom, performing a concert including the music of Karl King.  This concert is open to the public along with the Association members.

“It is indeed a tremendous honor for the Karl L. King Municipal Band and the City of Fort Dodge to be invited to perform for such a prestigious audience”, commented conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson.  “This appearance will give us the opportunity to acquaint a new generation of people to the wonderful music of Karl King.”  This will be the fifth time that the Karl King Band has appeared at the annual state conference, having previously performed in 1977, 1981, 1991, and 2007.

Marches on the program include “Valdres” by Johannes Hanssen, and “Emblem of Freedom” by Karl King.  In addition, two selections published by Karl King 100 years ago in 1915, “Prince Charming” and “Walsenburg Galop”, will be included on the concert.  The beautiful tone poem, “Mannin Veen” is also on the program.

Assistant Conductor of the Band, Dr. David Klee, will conduct Clifton Williams’ symphonic march, “The Sinfonians”, dedicated to members of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music fraternity.   Guest soloist with the Band will be Dan Cassady, performing Gardell Simons’ classic trombone solo, “Atlantic Zephyrs”.  Cassady is a former instructor at Fort Dodge Senior High School, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School, and currently lives in North Liberty.

In addition, the popular Brass Quintet Jive For Five will be featured with the Band.  Members include Tim Miller from Humboldt on trumpet, David Swaroff from Dayton on trumpet, Kathy Yoakam from Humboldt on French Horn, Dan Cassady from North Liberty on trombone, and Paul Bloomquist from Dayton on Tuba.  They will perform a new arrangement created for this special occasion by Dr. Michael Golemo from Iowa State University, appropriately titled “Jive For Five”.  Dr. Golemo will guest conduct this premier performance.

LOOKING AHEAD: The King Band will perform at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 25th  at North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge.

The summer series of concerts will again be held on eight Sunday evenings during June and July, beginning on June 7, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park.


View photos of that September 17th performance.


Last summer's season:
See photos from the June 8th program.  -  June 15th concert photos  - June 22nd concert photos

July 6th program  -- July 13th program  --  July 20 program  --  July 27 program

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Don't forget the KING BAND performances each Sunday in June and July!

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The 2014 Winter Concert Series

February 21 Concert  --  March 16 Concert  --  April 6 Scholarship Concert

The 2013 Winter and Summer Concert Series
May be viewed in our Concert Archive

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   acknowledges with great appreciation
the significant contributions of
to the band's history, heritage and tradition.

1947-2012  65 years

1955-2011  56 years

1977-2008    31 years

PRESENTED July 2012 - and we all miss Oley!

T.H. Hoefing and Jerrold Jimmerson presented an award plaque to Oley Olson commemorating his long participation in the Karl King Band and his lifetime of dedication to extending the legacy of Karl King.  The Band and the entire community of followers of the Karl King Band extend congratulations to both Oley and Nancy Olson.

View a video of the band performing Karl King's march, Bon Voyage. (60 MB mpeg format)

View photos of the bandshell during the renovation process.

View concert photos from previous seasons
Concert Archive

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2012 Karl L. King Band Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The Karl L. King Municipal Band was honored by the Iowa Bandmasters Association by being selected to perform at their 80th annual State Conference.  This three-day event featured some of the finest school and professional bands from throughout Iowa, along with clinicians and other performing groups from throughout the United States.  The conference was held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. - more

Dr. Mike Golemo, several times guest conductor at the summer concerts

Fort Dodge's newest monument was dedicated in a ceremony held October 22, 2006.  The life-size monument to famed band composer and director, Karl L. King, was placed in the Karl L. King Park in downtown Fort Dodge and was first seen by the public following an open house of the Karl King Archives. 

The dedication ceremony included a program by the Karl L. King Municipal Band and the introduction of special guests and an address by former Fort Dodge mayor, Judge Albert Habhab.  - program photos -2006 Open House

Statue proposed - Statue in progress - Statue mounting process - Dedication speakers - Dedication program

Deann Haden-Luke's original musical that uses 
Karl King music has been published! 

View Cardiff information on the Heuer Publishing website.

Cardiff AnnouncementCardiff 2006 Premiere

What's New with the Band?
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The Karl King Band was the featured performing ensemble for the 2006 Summer Meet of Windjammers, Unlimited.   - photos -


Scholarships awarded by the Karl King Band were announced at the
2015 Scholarship Concert.

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The Karl King Band performed in the Iowa State
Capitol to promote a postage stamp in his honor.

Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen 
interviews Oley about Karl King.
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Dr. Timothy Rhea, director of bands at Texas A & M University
in College Station, was the special guest conductor for the 2012 June 24 concert.

Walking Frog excerpt 1 - Walking Frog excerpt 2

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