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 most final Sunday Program of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.

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


     On Sunday evening, September 17, the nationally-known Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, has been invited to join the 100th anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer.  Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in1922 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.

(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 will be performing in the Grandstand that evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration starts at 7:00 pm.  The evening program will include a human cannonball, a high wire/unicycle act, and a juggler.  There will also be two vocalists performing as well.  The evening’s festivities will close with a fireworks display around 9:00 pm, highlighted by patriotic music from the King Band.

      The evening’s program will include music to celebrate the 100-year history of “The World’s Greatest County Fair”.  A wide variety of selections will be performed by the Band, including former King Band conductor Reginald R. Schive’s “The Spencer Fair March” premiered at the Fair’s 75th anniversary.  Other songs include a “Salute to Bob Hope”, who performed in the Grandstand in 1975, and “Red’s White and Blue March” composed by “Red” Skelton, who performed in the Grandstand in 1976.  A medley of songs popular at the start of World War I, titled “Over There” will also salute the first year of the Fair’s organization.

A patriotic closing is planned to include “God Bless the U.S.A.”, composed by Lee Greenwood, who performed in the Grandstand in 1983 and again in 1992.  The King Band will accompany a chorus of nearly 200 students from area high schools to close the evening with “America, the Beautiful” and “God Bless America”.

There is a $5.00 gate admission that day, and general admission tickets are available for the grandstand show for $15.00 each, with children 12 and under admitted free.  Persons can order tickets either online at, or by calling 712-580-3000.

On Wednesday, September 27, the adventure/reality television series Fire Ball Run will be making an overnight stop in Fort Dodge on Day 5 of their 8-day travels, which starts in Eau Claire WI. and ends in Rapid City SD.  They will be filming Season 11, which will air a year from now.  This television series is produced by Universal Studios in Orlando FL, and is seen on the cable channel.

At 5:30 pm that afternoon, the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be presenting a public concert downtown in front of the Fort Dodge Public Library.  Local and area residents may attend this event at no charge.  Persons will need to bring their own lawn chairs, since no seating will be provided. 

The winter concert season begins on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus.

The first concert of the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held Sunday afternoon, February 19.

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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