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.


See photos from the June 8th program.  -  June 15th concert photos  -  June 22nd concert photos

July 6th program  --  July 13th program  --  July 20 program

The KING BAND will conclude the 2014 SUMMER SEASON on July 27.

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The final concert of the 2014 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held this Sunday evening, July 27 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park. Admission is free, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the Assistant Conductor.

There will be an ice cream social, starting around 6:30 pm, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir before the regular concert starts at 7:30 pm. Persons are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert. Selections by Karl King are always on the program, including his circus marches Robinson’s Grand Entrée and Sarasota along with Royal Hippodrome Galop. Karl King’s overture, The Princess of India, is included as well. All these compositions were written for the many circuses King was with from 1910 through the 1918 seasons.

Special guest conductor will be Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer and arranger. Mr. Glover is a native of Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis. He began writing and arranging music for bands while still a student in high school, and now has nearly 300 publications in print. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College, and taught instrumental music in St. Louis area public and private schools for nine years. In October 1998, he joined the C.L. Barnhouse Company of Oskaloosa as staff composer, arranger, and editor. He is now the Chief Operating Officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.

Mr. Glover will conduct Karl King’s march, The Missouri Bandman, along with Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 3, and the premier performance of Glover’s new arrangement, Somewhere A Voice Is Calling.

The members of the Percussion section – Jeremy Smith from Fort Dodge, Cathy Moklebust from Eagle Grove, and Rollie Jensen from Humboldt – will perform a medley of traditional rudimental drums solos with band accompaniment. This selection, titled Field Ayres, will be followed by Leroy Anderson’s entertaining composition, Sandpaper Ballet, on which these same percussionists will be playing the sandpaper blocks.

This week’s classical selection is Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral by the German composer Richard Wagner. Premiering in 1850, the opera Lohengrin was Wagner’s attempt to cling to the old operatic traditions while providing a forecast of the future. In this opera, Wagner achieves a unity of all these elements, while creating this beautiful and moving selection.

Music by one of America’s greatest composers, Irving Berlin, is on the program as well with a medley of some of his best-known songs, Irving Berlin Showstoppers, including such standards as "Puttin’ On The Ritz", "Cheek to Cheek", and "There’s No Business Like Show Business" among the selections.

This final summer concert always closes in the traditional circus way, with the playing of Karl King’s march, Auld Lang Syne, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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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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