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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     The third and final indoor concert for the 2018 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge may be held on a date to be announced.

      This concert serves a two-fold purpose each year. The first will be the presentation of the Karl L. King scholarships.  Several talented students will audition during the day, and the winners will be announced during the afternoon concert.  Winners will be recognized with either $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any 4-year Iowa college or university.   Providing the funds for these awards are the King Band Scholarship fund, along with Dr. Greg Olson in memory of his and his wife’s parents, and Peggy and the late Tom Dowd.   All persons who audition will be invited to join in playing a selection with the Band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient will perform their award-winning solo.

      The second feature of the concert coincides with Iowa Central Community College’s Focus series.  This year, the college has chosen the country of Italy for its cultural emphasis, and several selections on the program will reflect that heritage in music.

      Compositions by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his 1923 march, “The Iowa Band Law” his 1909 waltz “Venetian Beauties”, and the “Prestissimo Galop”, published in 1931.  Other march selection include Julius Fucik’s ‘Grande Marche Italiana’, titled “Florentiner”, and Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere” (Italian Rifleman).  Classical offerings include Gioachino Rossini’s famous overture to his opera, “The Italian in Algiers”, composed in 1813, along with John Philip Sousa’s rollicking “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn”.   A lighter work in keeping with the Focus theme is “Funiculi, Funicula”. 

Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which includes Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge, playing the familiar “Carnival” Variations, based on the traditional solo, ‘The Carnival of Venice’.   Band member Roger Netz from Manson will sing Tony Bennett’s signature hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.

LOOKING AHEAD: The next performance by the band will be at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday morning, May 28th in Fort Dodge.  The summer series of concerts will again be held on eight Sunday evenings during June and July, beginning on June 10th, and lasting through July 29, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.


     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.  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 next photo shows Karl King and his band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.

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Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone players.

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 Conference.

Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the Ames Municipal Band.

Open House celebrated 150 years held in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.

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     Recently, CIRCUS POSTERS were made into
U.S. postage stamps.


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The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge during a practice session
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The 2014, 2015 and 2016 Winter and Summer Concert Series
May be viewed in our Concert Archive

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

View photos of the bandshell during the renovation process.

View concert photos from previous seasons
Concert Archive

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
2017 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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