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 first concert of the 2017 Summer season was held June 11.

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    On Sunday evening, June 28th, the weekly concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature something for everyone’s musical taste.  Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee will lead the band in an hour-long sampling of a wide variety of music.  Concert time is 7:30 pm at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.  

     An ice cream social by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir will start about 6:30 pm preceding the concert.  These summer concerts are provided, free of charge, by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone’s listening pleasure.  Persons are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs, since no seating is provided.  

     March music is always on the program, and this week will include King Henry by Karl King, King Karl King by Henry Fillmore, and Roland F. Seitz’s classic, Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band.  In addition, the band will feature one of King’s beautiful serenades, A Night in June, and one of King’s ragtime selections, The Walking Frog, along with Fred Huffer’s exciting galop, The Thunderbolt.     

The evening’s classical offering will be the overture to the opera, Raymond (The Queen’s Secret), by the French composer Ambrose Thomas.  Thomas attended the Paris Conservatory, and became one of the most successful French composers of his time.  This opera had its premier in Paris in June 1851, and was a dismal failure, but the overture has become one of the most popular of the French opera works.  Also on the program is Country Gardens by English composer Percy Grainger, as arranged by John Philip Sousa.    

Guest soloist will be LuAnn Ewan on clarinet from Ames.  She grew up in Storm Lake and has played in the Karl King band on and off since high school.  She studied clarinet at Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.   She taught for 11 years as a band director, with 10 of those in Ames.   She has been a private music teacher and chamber music coach for over 25 years.   In addition to performing with the King Band, she appears with several groups in the Ames area primarily on saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano.  In addition to teaching privately, she directs the Central Iowa Clarinet Choir.  

Ms. Ewan will perform the classic clarinet solo, Immer Kleiner, a humorous fantasy by Adolf Schreiner.  She will then be joined by the rest of the Clarinet section to perform Leroy Anderson’s novelty, Clarinet Candy

Also featured will be the members of our Percussion section – Cathy Moklebust from Eagle Grove, Jeremy Smith from Fort Dodge, and Rollie Jensen from Humboldt – on the traditional rudimental solo, Dazzling Drums

On the lighter side will be a medley of Duke Ellington compositions, titled Rhythmoods, including “Sophisticated Lady”, “Mood Indigo”, and “Black and Tan Fantasy”.  

     In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.  Conductor Jimmerson commented, “Plan to be in attendance each Sunday evening to hear the finest in band music played by your local municipal band.”

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 takes Dr. Golemo's place, 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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