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 final concert of last year's Winter Season was April 7.    View photos from that concert.

Photos & sounds from Last Year's Summer Concert Season.
the June 9 concert , June 16 concert, June 30 concertJuly 14 concert, and the July 21 concert.



    Genral manager T. H. Hoefing and the board of the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge announced that the band will cancel the remainder of the band's scheduled concerts during the month of July.   The board had originally suspended the first four concerts during June as part of the summer season held at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.   These newly cancelled dates now include the Sunday evenings of July 5, July 12, July 19, and July 26.

     Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson states:  "With the current concern over the pandemic and social distancing we are experiencing, and the recommendations from health officials, we feel it is best to not have the band members meeting together to perform at this time.   Bringing band members from surrounding communities together in close proximity to each other to rehearse, prepare, and perform these concerts is not in the best interests of their health and safety.   It is also better to not have audience members in attendance until such time as we can all gather safely together again."

     This cancellation of summer concerts follows what Municipal Bands in Ames, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake, Boone and numerous other town and cities in Iowa have already done.

The next scheduled appearance by the Band will hopefully be for the annual Karl L. King Birthday Concert in February.   Any further announcements and updates will be provided to local area media outlets when they become available.  Persons can also check on the bandís facebook page.    Announcements will also be made on this website or on the bandís Facebook page (see link above). 


     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.

(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
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.


The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit.   Learn more ...

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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 -

2016 Scholarship Concert  2017 Scholarship Concert   2019 Scholarship Concert

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The 2019 Karl King Scholarship winner was Carly Drenth from Alta,
who performed Carl Maria von Weber's 
Concertino for Clarinet.

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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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