The Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa
King Band is the municipal band for Fort Dodge, Iowa. This ensemble has
historically provided a summer concert series in the Karl King Bandshell
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.
The Karl L. King Municipal Band
invites you to like them on Facebook.
The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa
Summit. Learn more
COMING this Winter
The Karl L. King Municipal Band will resume again in
February, with the first of three indoor winter concerts. Concert
dates in 2019 are February 17 for the Karl L. King Birthday concert, March
17 for the Irish Concert, and April 7 for the Scholarship/Focus on Viet
Nam Series concert. All these concerts will be held in the Decker
Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus, beginning at 3:30
pm each Sunday afternoon.
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
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
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
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
The Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
has included the Karl King Bandshell in a list of Iowa's most significant
structures. Iowa Public Television has
produced and aired a 40 minute excerpt from its 2 hour documentary featuring
those structures, entitled A
Century of Iowa Architecture. The entire documentary was
shown in the spring of 2005.