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 months of June and July are always busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge.   The band will perform each Sunday evening, weather permitting.  Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.   All concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.  The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during these concerts, featuring homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale.   Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since no seating is available.     June 10 performance.


      The second concert for the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held on Sunday evening, June 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge.  There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone’s enjoyment. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again planned an enjoyable program of band music.  Dr. David Klee serves as the Assistant Conductor of the band. 

This concert program will be similar to the April concert that was cancelled due to a winter storm.  Sunday’s concert coincides with this year’s Iowa Central Community College Focus series.  This past year, the college chose the country of Italy for its cultural emphasis, and several selections on the program will reflect that heritage in music.

       Compositions by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his 1909 waltz “Venetian Beauties”, and the “Prestissimo Galop”, published in 1931.  Other march selection include Julius Fucik’s ‘Grande Marche Italiana’, titled “Florentiner”, and Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere” (Italian Rifleman). 

Classical offerings include Gioachino Rossini’s famous overture to his opera, “The Italian in Algiers”, composed in 1813, along a lighter work in keeping with the Focus theme, “Funiculi, Funicula”. 

Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which includes Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge, playing the familiar “Carnival” Variations, based on the traditional solo, ‘The Carnival of Venice’.   Band member Roger Netz from Manson will sing Tony Bennett’s signature hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.

     Special tributes will be made to two band members who have recently passed away.  Karl L. King’s march, “Invictus”, will be dedicated to former tuba player Roger Anderson from Ames, and Davide Della Cese’s “The Little English Girl”, will be dedicated to tenor saxophonist Alan Bridge from Storm Lake.  Both gentlemen will be memorialized with the playing of Karl L. King’s dirge, “Our Last Farewell”. 

The concert will conclude in the traditional way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be delayed or cancelled.

And that’s only the first three concerts!   There will still be five more during July, starting with a special Independence Day concert on July 1 through July 29 as well.   More details on those next month.  Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July.  In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.


      On Tuesday, July 10, the Karl L. King Municipal Band, in cooperation with The Messenger newspaper and Iowa Central Community College, will be hosting the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.  This 60 piece Army Field Band and the 29 voice Soldiers’ Chorus are based in the Washington D.C. area, and include some of the finest musicians performing in military organizations today. 

Throughout the world, the Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences for more than half a century.   These musical ambassadors of the Army spend more than 100 days annually on tour.  Fort Dodge is one of only three performance sites in Iowa on the current 2018 tour, with the other two stops being in Dubuque and Iowa City.  We feel very fortunate to be able to host these two outstanding groups. 

The 2018 tour includes stops in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and Norway.   According to their Commander, Colonel Jim B. Keene, these tours “strengthen the bond between the Army and the people it serves.   Through social media, our Soldier’s hard work, and the efforts of the host sponsors, our unit’s outreach has grown by more than 400% in the past three years, exceeding all of the other military bands combined!”

Admission is by ticket only, which are available through The Messenger’s office in downtown Fort Dodge by calling 515-573-2141.   There is no charge for these general admission tickets, with a maximum of 4 tickets allowed per person.   This concert will be held in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge.   There is no reserved seating. 

Concert time is 7:00 pm that evening, with doors open to ticket holders at 6:15 pm.   All ticket holders should be seated by 6:45 pm.   Admission will then be allowed at 6:50 pm to any other persons not holding tickets.   The concert will be two hours in length, with a short intermission. 

This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the finest military bands currently traveling, and one that should not be missed by persons who enjoy the finest in band, choral, and patriotic music.   Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor of the Karl King Municipal Band, states that “there will not be another local occasion to hear these two fine groups within the next five years, based on their current touring cycles.  Don’t miss it!"


     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.

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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 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.

The last Sunday Program of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.

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


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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 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 
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

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