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 concert photos from previous seasons in our Concert Archive

June 6 concert - 2021 Summer Season Photos - June 13 concert
June 20 concert - - - June 27 concert - - - July 4 concert - - - July 18 concert - - - July 25 concert


KING BAND NEWS

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge has concluded
their 2021 Summer Season.

      So you know about the Winter Season:
February 20 - KLK Birthday Concert
March 13 - The Irish Concert
April 3 - The Scholarship Concert

As of now, all concerts are scheduled to be held at the
Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium,
beginning at 3:30 pm.


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 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 started at 7:00 pm.
 


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.

A 2016 Open House celebrating 125 years was held in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.

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     Several years ago, CIRCUS POSTERS were made into U.S. postage stamps.

 

The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit.   Learn more ...


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The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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The previous 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.


Dr. Mike Golemo of Iowa State University has been several times the guest conductor.

 
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 -

2016 Scholarship Concert  2017 Scholarship Concert   2019 Scholarship Concert

Click for more scholarship auditioners

The 2019 Karl King Scholarship winner was Carly Drenth from Alta,
who performed Carl Maria von Weber's 
Concertino for Clarinet.

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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 
interviewed 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

This page is available as KarlKingBand.org

 
the Karl King Page Concert Season Archive Online Photo Archive

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