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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View photos and listen to MP3 sounds from the March 18 Concert.


King Band plans busy summer:

       The months of June and July are always busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge.   The band will perform each Sunday evening, weather permitting, beginning June 10.  Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the assistant conductor.   All concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.  The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during these concerts, featuring homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale.   Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since no seating is available.

      On June 10, the King Band will begin their summer season with the annual Flag Day Concert.  Conductor Jimmerson has planned a special night of music to honor America.   Many patriotic selections will be featured, including Salute to the Patriots, and the music of George M. Cohan with Star-Spangled Spectacular.   Marches on the program will include John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, along with Karl King’s Sons of Veterans, and several others.   Guest Conductor James Goodwin from the Iowa Military Veteran’s Band will conduct Sousa’s El Capitan, along with his own composition, How Will You Remember a Soldier?   In addition, the band will pay tribute to all military veterans with the Armed Forces Salute.   The evening’s overture will be Franz von Suppe’s Light Cavalry.

     The summer concerts continue on Sunday, June 17, with a special focus on Italy.  This concert was originally scheduled for April, but was cancelled due to winter weather.  Marches on the program include Julius Fucik’s “Florentiner”, along with Eduardo Boccalari’s “Il Bersagliere”.     The evening’s overture will be “The Italian in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini.  The trumpet trio will be featured on “Carnival Variations”, and Roger Netz will sing Tony Bennett’s signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.  

      Special tributes will be made to two band members who have recently passed away.  Karl L. King’s march, “Invictus”, will be dedicated to former tuba player Roger Anderson, and Davide Della Cese’s “The Little English Girl”, will be dedicated to tenor saxophonist Alan Bridge.  Both gentlemen will be remembered with Karl L. King’s dirge, “Our Last Farewell”.    

      On Sunday, June 24, Conductor Jimmerson has planned a special evening of musical selections by American composers.  Opening the evening will be Karl King’s march, “Iowa Centennial”.  Compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Willson, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein,  and George Gershwin are also being planned.   Guest soloists will be Larry Prescott on trumpet, and Karen Anderson Prescott on French Horn.   They are currently living in the Minneapolis area.   Larry is a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, and Karen graduated from Ames High School.   Both attended Iowa State University.   They will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Double Concerto”, and Larry will be featured on Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust”.   Closing this concert will be John Philip Sousa’s classic march, “The Washington Post”.   

And that’s only the first three concerts!   There will still be five more during July, starting with a special Independence Day concert on July 1 through July 29 as well.   More details on those next month.  Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July.  In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.


     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.  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 next 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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     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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