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 The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge IA  has been invited to open the Circus Fans Association of America National Convention on September 17, 2014 in Dubuque IA.

This performance will start at 7:00 pm, and there is no admission charge. It is being held at the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium.   This 5-day convention is annually held at various sites throughout the United States. The 2013 Convention was held in San Diego CA in February, while the 2015 convention will be in West Springfield, Massachusetts next July.

Dubuque was chosen in part because it is close to McGregor IA, where the famous Ringling Brothers were from, and close to Baraboo WI, where the Ringling Bros. first circus performance was held, and currently the home of Circus World Museum. These brothers teamed up with Yankee Robinson there, who died and was buried in Jefferson IA. Karl King’s second year with the circus band was with the Yankee Robinson Shows. In addition, Iowa became the home of circus musicians C.L. Barnhouse, Russell Alexander, Fred Jewell, and many others.

The mission of the Circus Fans Association of America is to support the circus in all its many forms, whether under a big top, in an arena, a stadium, or anywhere "children of all ages" gather for one of America's greatest cultural institutions. This association is a hobby group of 2,000 or so folks who love the circus. CFA members, including performers and circus personnel, share all facets of the circus, swap tales of experiences and observations, trade posters and memorabilia, and attend performances.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band is honored to have been chosen to represent the greater Fort Dodge area, as well as the state of Iowa, at this national convention. It is due in part to the role Karl King played with various circuses and that he lived in Fort Dodge for 50 years while directing the municipal band and publishing his music, along with the national reputation that the band continues to maintain.

Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has planned a program, titled "Trouping With Karl King", that will reflect King’s travels with 4 different circuses as a baritone player, and his 5 years as conductor of the top two circus bands in the land. Through the use of King’s compositions, along with program notes and anecdotes, the audience will make that same journey as Mr. King did from the start of the 1910 season with Robinson’s Famous Shows to the close of the 1918 season with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Along the way, the audience will hear about such people as John Ringling, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, lion tamer Clyde Beatty, aerialist Lillian Leitzel, and all the other interesting personnel that were such an exciting part of this American way of life.

Circus Fans Association of America National Convention, Dubuque IA

  11:00 am – Meet at the Parking lot by the Fort Dodge Aquatic Center (north of Perkins on 32nd Street)
  11:15 am – Load the bus.
  11:30 pm – Depart Fort Dodge
  12:15 pm – Stop at the Flying J - Boondocks off I-35 (southwest ...corner) to pick up additional passengers.
  1:15 pm – Stop at Grundy County Welcome Center on Highway 14 at the Parkersburg exit off US 20.
                  Take a short stretch break off the bus for restrooms, snacks etc.
  3:45 pm – Arrive Dubuque at the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, 2001 Radford Road,
  4:00 pm – Rehearsal in the Auditorium
  5:30 pm – Supper at Pizza Ranch, 2020 Radford Road (across the street), and this cost was included
                   in the funding request.    Return to school to change clothes.
  7:00 pm – Concert begins.
  8:30 pm – Concert done, change clothes, load the bus.
  9:00 pm – Leave Dubuque for the trip home.
11:00 pm – Drop off at Highway 14, Parkersburg exit.
12:00 am – Drop off at Boondocks – Flying J.
12:45 am – Arrive back in Fort Dodge, unload the bus.

The KING BAND has concluded the 2014 SUMMER 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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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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