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

The final concert of the 2017 Winter season was held April 2.


Memorial Day and the summer season concerts

     The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will perform at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies again this year on Monday, May 29, 2017.  This event, sponsored by the Fort Dodge Veteran’s Council, will again be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on the northwest corner of the Kennedy Park/Badger Lake complex, 1386 National Ave.  Parking and shuttle bus service will be available again this year.  Persons are strongly advised to take advantage of this shuttle service, since parking is very limited at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  People attending the ceremony should bring their own lawn chairs, since public seating is not provided.   

    The Karl L. King Municipal Band, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson, will start playing at 10:00 a.m., prior to the start of the program, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.  In the event of rain, this program may be moved on very short notice to the St. Edmond High School Auditorium.  Listen to local radio stations for any last-minute changes in location.  

     The program will include several march selections written by the band’s namesake, including “140th Infantry”, “The Lone Crusader”, and “Our Heritage”, along with an overture, “National Glory”.    Other patriotic selections on the program will include “America”, “This Is My Country”, “America, the Beautiful”, and “God Bless America”.  

    Special recognition will be extended to the members of the military, past and present,  with a medley of songs representing all five branches of the military service, titled “Salute to America’s Finest”.

Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State Conference.

Jimmerson takes Dr. Golemo's place, 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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the Karl King Page Concert Season Archive Online Photo Archive

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