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The months of
June and July are always busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge. The band will perform each Sunday evening,
weather permitting. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson,
with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor. All
concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of
the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir
also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during these concerts, featuring
homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale. Persons attending
these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets,
since no seating is available.
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NEXT KING BAND SUMMER CONCERT JUNE 24:
The third concert for
the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held
on Sunday evening, June 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl L. King
Band Shell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge,
since these concerts are provided by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone’s
enjoyment. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again planned an enjoyable
program of band music. Dr. David Klee serves as the Assistant Conductor
of the band.
There will still be
five more concerts during July, starting with a special Independence Day
concert on July 1 through July 29 as well. More details on
those will be coming soon. Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl
L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July.
In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time, the concert
may be cancelled.
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIER’S CHORUS:
On Tuesday, July 10, the Karl L. King
Municipal Band, in cooperation with The Messenger newspaper and Iowa Central
Community College, will be hosting the United States Army Field Band and
Soldiers’ Chorus. This 60 piece Army Field Band and the 29 voice
Soldiers’ Chorus are based in the Washington D.C. area, and include some
of the finest musicians performing in military organizations today.
Throughout the world, the Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences
for more than half a century. These musical ambassadors of
the Army spend more than 100 days annually on tour. Fort Dodge is
one of only three performance sites in Iowa on the current 2018 tour, with
the other two stops being in Dubuque and Iowa City. We feel very
fortunate to be able to host these two outstanding groups.
The 2018 tour includes stops in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and Norway.
According to their Commander, Colonel Jim B. Keene, these tours “strengthen
the bond between the Army and the people it serves. Through
social media, our Soldier’s hard work, and the efforts of the host sponsors,
our unit’s outreach has grown by more than 400% in the past three years,
exceeding all of the other military bands combined!”
Admission is by ticket only, which are available through The Messenger’s
office in downtown Fort Dodge by calling 515-573-2141. There
is no charge for these general admission tickets, with a maximum of 4 tickets
allowed per person. This concert will be held in the Decker
Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge.
There is no reserved seating.
Concert time is 7:00 pm that evening, with doors open to ticket holders
at 6:15 pm. All ticket holders should be seated by 6:45 pm.
Admission will then be allowed at 6:50 pm to any other persons not holding
tickets. The concert will be two hours in length, with a short
This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the finest military bands
currently traveling, and one that should not be missed by persons who enjoy
the finest in band, choral, and patriotic music. Jerrold P.
Jimmerson, conductor of the Karl King Municipal Band, states that “there
will not be another local occasion to hear these two fine groups within
the next five years, based on their current touring cycles. Don’t
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
The nationally-known Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, was invited to join the 100th
anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer on September
17 last year. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were
regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing
to the close of the 1959 season. This photo shows Karl King and his
band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band performed in the Grandstand that
evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
The last Sunday Program
of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.
Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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