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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Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 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.

On FEBRUARY 21, 2016,
there was a Karl L. King Birthday Concert in celebration
of the 125th anniversary of Karl King’s birth on February 21, 1891. . . (view photos)

On MARCH 13, 2016, there was the Annual Irish Concert
in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. . . . (view photos)

On APRIL 3, 2016, there was the Annual Scholarship Concert,
including with Iowa Central’s cultural focus on Central America. . . . (view photos)


June 19 King Band concert in Oleson Park
June 26 Concert      July 10 Concert      July 17 Concert


The summer series of concerts take place Sunday evenings during June and July at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.

The Karl King Municipal Band performed again this year at the Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone on Saturday, July 9.  View photos.


       Each week during June and July, the Karl L. King Municipal Band presents their Sunday evening concerts in Oleson Park at the Karl L. King Band Shell, and each week they present a wide variety of band music to appeal to all ages and musical tastes.  The weekly Sunday night band concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will continue in Oleson Park for two more weeks in July.  Beginning at 7:30 pm, these concerts are held at the Karl L. King Band Shell.  There is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.  

An ice cream social begins in the evening around 6:30 pm, courtesy of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs or blanket, since no seating is provided. 

      On July 24, Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson, along with Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee, will again be leading the Band.  A variety of march music will be heard, including Karl King’s “The Caravan Club”, and “Step On It!”  along with John Philip Sousa’s “The Invincible Eagle”.  In addition, Karl King’s fast-paced galop, “Homestretch” is on the program.   On the classical side Franz von Suppe’s overture “Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna”, will be performed.  This light-hearted operetta includes lots of enjoyable music to the ear.

Guest soloist will be violinist Bill Sergeant from Fort Dodge.  Bill was introduced to the violin at Duncombe School in 4th grade at age 10.   He played in the pit orchestra for the Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club from 1956-1958, the Fort Dodge High School Operettas from 1955-1958, and for several Comedia Musica, Fort Dodge Chorale Society, and Iowa Central Community College productions.  Bill has played with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra since 1955, retiring as concertmaster in 2014, and plays in the first violin sections of the North Iowa Symphony Orchestra in Mason City, along with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Orchestra, both in Colorado Springs, CO.  

Bill has performed a variety of music locally for numerous churches, weddings, funerals, and other events.  He has played the same 1783 Johann Christian Hammig German violin since the age of 11.  Bill will be featured on two solos with the Band during the concert.  First will be John Williams’ haunting "Theme from ‘Schindler’s List" from the motion picture, then the beautiful “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS television series 'The Civil War’.  

Guest conductor for this concert will be Josh Barlage from Des Moines.  Mr. Barlage is the current conductor of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra.  He will direct the Grand March from ‘Aida’ during the concert.  

On the lighter side will be recognition of the U.S.O. shows on this 75th anniversary of their beginning.  One of the main entertainers through the years at those shows has been Bob Hope, and the band will perform a “Salute to Bob Hope” as a tribute.  The band will also perform highlights from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular musical “The Sound of Music”.   This musical debuted on Broadway in 1959, and has had many revivals since.  Several songs from that show are included in this medley, from “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” to “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things”. 

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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 2013, 2014 and 2015 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
2016 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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