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 June 21 Father's Day performance.
View photos of the June 28 concert.


The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is planning a special concert to celebrate this year’s Independence Day holiday.  This concert will be held Sunday evening, July 5, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.  There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.

           Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has planned a fun evening of music that is pure Americana.   Also involved in the evening’s program is Dr. David Klee, assistant conductor.   Conductor Jimmerson commented, “With July 4 being on Saturday this year, this will be a great way to wrap up the holiday weekend with a band concert of familiar patriotic music to celebrate our country’s independence.”

March music is always a part of every concert, and this week will include Karl L. King’s Sons of Veterans, Fred Jewell’s E Pluribus Unum, and John Philip Sousa’s The Glory of the Yankee Navy.

Highlighting the program will be an exciting patriotic selection, American Pageant by Thomas Knox, which was commissioned for the inauguration of President Richard Nixon in 1973 and has been used at every Presidential inaugural since then.    Also on the program is a beautiful setting of one of the most beloved of all American spirituals, Amazing Grace, along with Heroes of the Sea, a new selection written and dedicated to the men and women of our Navy and Coast Guard.

Trumpet soloist Tim Miller from Humboldt will be featured on the Columbia Fantasia Polka, based on "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean", a patriotic song popular during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, especially during the Civil War era.   Miller is the Middle School Band instructor in Humboldt and a long-time member of the King Band.  
Roger Netz from Manson, another long-time band member in the Saxophone section, will lead the audience in The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along, which includes several well-known American standards, ending with “God Bless the U.S.A.”.

     Rounding out this concert of patriotic favorites will be Meredith Willson’s Seventy-Six Trombones, originally arranged by Leroy Anderson for the Boston Pops Orchestra and recently adapted for the Concert Band.  
 The concert will close with America’s national march, The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, followed by the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

     An ice cream social, sponsored by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, will start about 6:30 pm.  Homemade ice cream and fresh baked goodies will be available for purchase prior to and during the concert.  Remember to bring along your own lawn chairs or blanket, since there is no seating provided.

     In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.  Conductor Jimmerson commented, “Plan to be in attendance each Sunday evening to hear the finest in band music played by your local municipal band.”

Plan to spend each Sunday evening during June and July with the King Band in beautiful Oleson Park, located in the southern part of the city of Fort Dodge.

LOOKING AHEAD:  This summer's series of concerts will again be held each Sunday evening during June and July at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park.



View photos of that September 17th performance.


Last year's season programs may be viewed in our Concert Archive:

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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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