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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Click to see the King Band's appearance at the IBA State Conference.

Jimmerson takes Dr. Golemo's place, conducting the Ames Municipal Band.

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

On FEBRUARY 21, 2016,
there was a Karl L. King Birthday Concert in celebration
of the 125th anniversary of Karl King’s birth on February 21, 1891. . . (view photos)

On MARCH 13, 2016, there was the Annual Irish Concert
in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. . . . (view photos)

On APRIL 3, 2016, there was the Annual Scholarship Concert,
including with Iowa Central’s cultural focus on Central America. . . . (view photos)


June 19 King Band concert in Oleson Park         June 26 Concert


The summer series of concerts take place Sunday evenings during June and July at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.


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 3, 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 4th being on Monday this year, this will be a great way to enjoy 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 one of Karl L. King’s earliest marches, “Military Life”, and his lively galop, “Majestic”, along with Henry Fillmore’s tribute to all Americans with the march, “Americans We”.     Highlighting the program will be the exciting “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Willcox Jenkins. Jenkins spent some years as an arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band.  He wrote “American Overture for Band” in 1953, and dedicated it to the Field Band and its Commander.  Also on the program is Larry Neeck’s “An American Celebration” along with the well-known “American Patrol” by F.W. Meachem. 

A special duet performance of Herbert L. Clarke’s “Cousins” will highlight the evening. Trumpet Tim Miller, Humboldt, and Trombone Dan Cassady, Twin Lakes, will be featured on this classic technical selection.  Both Tim and Dan are well-known area educators and long-time members of the Karl King Band.  Members of the Trombone Section will also be featured on David Rose’s “Holiday for Trombones”.

Roger Netz from Manson, another long-time band member in the Saxophone section, will lead the audience in singing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.    Rounding out this concert of patriotic Americana will be a “Salute to American Jazz”, America’s only true art form. This medley includes such jazz standards as “A Night in Tunisia”, “St. Louis Blues”, “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and “Birdland”.

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.

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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 2013, 2014 and 2015 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
2016 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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