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.
The KING BAND has concluded the 2014 SUMMER SEASON.
The 2013 Winter and Summer Concert Series May be viewed in our Concert Archive
THE KARL L. KING MUNICIPAL BAND OF FORT DODGE, IOWA acknowledges with great appreciation the significant contributions of DUANE "OLEY" OLSON to the band's history, heritage and tradition.
EUPHONIUM PLAYER AND SOLOIST 1947-2012 65 years
CONCERT ANNOUNCER 1955-2011 56 years
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD/BAND MANAGER 1977-2008 31 years
PRESENTED July 2012
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.
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
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.