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 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.  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.

        -   June 10 performance   -   June 17 performance   -   June 24 performance   -   July 15 performance

      There are still two more concerts on Sundays through July 29.   Plan to be in attendance at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during July.  In case of inclement weather occurring at the starting time, the concert may be cancelled.


     The July 22 concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held 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.

     The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variet of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert.   Marches will include "Monte Carlo" by Karl L. King; Russell Alexander's exciting circus march, "Olympia Hippodrome"; and John Philip Sousa's "The Rifle Regiment".   Also on the program will be King's exciting galop, "Circus Days".

     The evening's classical offering will be the overture to the opera Raymond (The Queen's Secret) by the French composer Ambroise 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 all the French opera works.   Also on the classical side will be Emile Waldteufel's 1886 waltz, "Espana".   This melody became a #1 hit for singer Perry Como in 1956.

     On the lighter side will be highlights from the Beatles' popular record album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".   This album was released in 1968, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of that release.

     Guest soloist for the evening will be Dr. David Klee, principal flute and piccolo player with the King Band as well as the Assistant Conductor.   Klee is also principal flute with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and performs with the Comedia Musica Orchestra in Fort Dodge.   He will perform two selections with the King Band.   First will be Cecile Chaminade's beautiful "Concertino", a showcase selection for flute that demonstrates brilliant virtuoso technique.   Following this presentation on flute, Dr. Klee will present Arthur Pryor's humorous "The Whistler and His Dog", a classic Piccolo solo written in 1905.   Dr. Klee is presently Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies/Music Production & Technology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.   He hold a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mercer University.

Guest vocalists will be Roxanne and Duane Amhoff from Fort Dodge.   They will be singing "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" from Season 4 of the popular television series American Idol.   These summer concerts always close with the playing of our national Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs, since there is no seating provided.  These summer concerts are provided for everyone free of admission charge by the City of Fort Dodge.  The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir also offers a homemade ice cream social before the concert starts each week, beginning at 6:30 pm. 


     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.

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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.


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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 -


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 
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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