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 February 22nd performance.


The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 15, at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.   There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the City of Fort Dodge.   Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee.

This concert, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., is the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.   Many familiar Irish tunes will be performed, including everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band”, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.   Other Irish selections on the program include “Fantasy On An Irish Air” by David Gorham, Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me” from his Irish Suite, and “Carrickfergus”, a traditional Irish folk song named after a town in Northern Ireland.  March selections to be performed include “Spirit of Minstrelsy” and “Bon Voyage”, both composed by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King.

A beautiful tone poem, “Mannin Veen” by Haydn Wood will be the afternoon’s classical highlight.   Subtitled “Dear Isle of Man”, this collection of well-known, traditional Manx folk melodies includes “The Good Old Way”, “The Manx Fiddler”, “Sweet Water in the Common”, and “The Harvest of the Sea”.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.  The Head of state Queen Elizabeth II,
who holds the title Lord of Mann.   The island has been inhabited by humans since before 6500 Bc.   As one of the six Celtic nations, Gaelic cultural influence began in the 5th century AD,
and the Manx language, a branch of the Goidelic languages, gradually emerged.

Special guest soloist will be Dan Cassady, a regular member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band for 35 years and a frequent trombone soloist.  Mr. Cassady will perform the classic trombone solo, “Atlantic Zephyrs” by Gardell Simons, along with the traditional Irish favorite, “Londonderry Air”.  Cassady is a retired music educator who currently works as a sales associate and brass instructor at West Music in Coralville, and adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  Previously he taught music and directed band programs at Fort Dodge Senior High School, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School.   He currently works as trombonist with Jive For Five, East Side Jazz Team, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Cedar Rapids Big Band.

Also featured on this concert will be the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five.   Group members in addition to trombonist Dan Cassady include Tim Miller from Humboldt on trumpet, David Swaroff from Dayton on trumpet, Kathy Yoakam from Humboldt on French Horn, and Paul Bloomquist from Dayton on Tuba.   They will perform the Paul Nagle composition, appropriately titled “Jive For Five”.   Guest conductor for this selection will be Dr. Michael Golemo, director of bands and head of the Music Department at Iowa State University in Ames, and he is also the arranger for this selection.

Roger Netz, from Manson, long-time member of the Saxophone section in the King Band, will lead the audience in a sing-along of two traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose”.   This concert will close with our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”   In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled. 

The next concert is April 12 at 3:30.  This is the annual Scholarship Concert and will be the Focus Concert featuring the music of Scandanavia.


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 performance on March 15!

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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


T.H. Hoefing and Jerrold Jimmerson recently 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
2014 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 this summer's June 24 concert.

Walking Frog excerpt 1 - Walking Frog excerpt 2

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