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 most recent Sunday Program of the 2017 Summer season was held July 23.

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      The final concert of the 2017 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held Sunday evening, July 30 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in 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. 

     Preceding the concert will be a monologue at 7:00 pm by local Fort Dodge resident Larry Mitchell about the life and travels of Karl King.  Mitchell will actually appear in one of Mr. King’s uniforms.  Larry Mitchell taught at Fort Dodge Senior High for many years, and was one of the founders and director of the Comedia Musica group.     

     The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert.  This “Grand Finale Concert” will open with Karl King’s masterpiece, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March”.  Written in 1913 when King was just 22 years of age, this is one of the most recognized and often-recorded marches in history.  It was dedicated to Ned Brill, the bandmaster of the Barnum and Bailey Circus when King was the Euphonium player with that circus.  Other Karl King compositions on the program include the waltz “Desdemona”, the reverie “On A Summer’s Eve”, and a galop, “Walsenburg”.  

Sunday’s classical selections include English composer Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb”, one of the standard works in the band repertoire.  Written in 1909, this suite of three movements was revolutionary in that it was written exclusively for wind band and is considered Holst’s first step toward achieving his goal of making the concert band a serious concert medium.

On the lighter side will be a medley of hits made popular by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.  Titled “The Sound of the Tijuana Brass”, it includes “A Taste of Honey”, “The Lonely Bull”, “Tijuana Taxi”, and “El Lobo”, along with  the modern concert march, “Bandology”.    

     Guest soloist will be Paul Bloomquist from Dayton on the Tuba.  Mr. Bloomquist will play “The Old Grumbly Bear” by Julius Fucik, then be joined by the rest of the low brass and woodwind sections for “Them Basses March” by G.H. Huffine.   Paul Bloomquist grew up in Dayton, and graduated from Southeast Webster High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in Indianola, and his Master’s degree from the American Band College in Oregon.  He is currently the director of concert and jazz bands at Iowa Central Community College.  He previously taught at SCMT, Lake Mills, and Manson Northwest Webster.     

     This final summer concert will close in the traditional circus way with the playing of Karl L. King’s march, “Auld Lang Syne”, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.  The Karl L. King Municipal Band’s next performance will be on Sunday evening, September 17, at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, followed by the Fireball Run reality television series arrival in Fort Dodge on Wednesday, September 27.

The winter concerts resume on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus.

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

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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     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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