The Karl L. King Municipal Band
invites you to like them on Facebook.
The final winter season concert was April 7. View
photos from that concert.
Photos & sounds from the 2019 Summer Concert Season.
the June 9 concert ,
16 concert, June 30 concert, July
14 concert, and the July 21 concert.
KARL KING BAND ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY CONCERT:
The Karl L. King
Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, IA will open their 2020 indoor season on
Sunday, February 23rd, with a concert beginning at 3:30 pm at the Fort
Dodge Middle School Auditorium. Concert-goers should note the change
of location for this particular event. There is no admission
charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge.
Jerrold P. Jimmerson is the conductor of the Karl King Band, with Dr. David
Klee serving as assistant conductor, and Paul Bloomquist as the announcer.
Karl King was born on February
21, 1891 in Paintersville, Ohio. After his childhood in Canton,
Ohio, he left at the age of 19 to travel for 9 years with several different
circuses, conducted several of their bands, and reached the pinnacle of
success as conductor of the world-famous Barnum and Bailey Circus Band
during the 1917 and 1918 seasons. He returned to Canton after
his trouping days were done in November of 1918 to settle down with his
wife, Ruth, and direct the local Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Band
there. In addition, the Kings’ only son, Karl Jr., was born
in November of 1919.
This February 23rd concert
will be the Band’s annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King in honor
of his birthday. Conductor Jimmerson has drawn music for this
concert from several of the compositions published 100 years ago in 1920,
when Karl King was a 29-year old young man in his second year as Conductor
of the G.A.R. Band in Canton.
Selections to be performed include two of Karl King’s
marches, “Tuscawaras”, published in 1920, and one of his earliest marches,
“Greater Canton”, published in 1909 when he was just 18 years old.
Karl King composed more than marches, however. Also included
from 1920 on this tribute concert will be his beautiful serenade, “An Autumn
Romance”, and the Oriental fox trot, “Abdallah”. His exciting
1912 circus galop “Homestretch”, is also included on the program.
Special guest soloist will be Dan Cassady, a regular
member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band and a frequent trombone soloist.
Mr. Cassady will perform Arthur Pryor’s classic solo, “Thoughts of Love”.
Cassady is a retired music educator who currently lives at Twin Lakes.
Previously he taught music and directed band programs at Fort Dodge Senior
High School, Iowa Central Community College, and St. Edmond High School,
and currently performs as trombonist with Jive for Five.
Classical selections on this one-hour concert include
Ludwig von Beethoven’s overture, “Egmont”, as a tribute to the 250th anniversary
of Beethoven’s birth, along with “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Richard Wagner’s
opera, ‘Tannhauser’. In addition, a medley of popular songs
from composer Jerome Kern, including his 1920 hit, “Look for the Silver
Lining”, is on the program.
The concert will conclude with “Diamond Jubilee”.
A portion of King’s most famous composition, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
March”, is included in this closing selection. “Diamond Jubilee”
is a medley of portions of seven best-selling King marches arranged to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the C.L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa,
IA., a major supplier of King’s music throughout the world.
The March 15th concert will
be the Band’s annual Irish Concert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
This concert dates back to the early days of the Band under Mr. King’s
direction. A wide variety of Irish music is being planned,
and will include an audience sing-along and everyone’s favorite Irish tune,
The April 19th concert
has become two-fold in nature in recent years. It is the Band’s annual
Scholarship Concert, where talented high school seniors and college freshmen
audition for three scholarships that the Band annually administers.
In addition, this concert will tie into the annual cultural emphasis for
Iowa Central Community College. This year’s featured country is Spain,
and several musical selections are being planned to showcase this region.
The Municipal Band will then perform at the traditional
Memorial Day ceremonies in Fort Dodge on Monday, May 25th, before beginning
a series of 8 summer concerts every Sunday evening during June through
July at the historic Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.
2018 Summer Season photos
June 10 performance -
17 performance - June 24
performance - July 15 performance
- 2018 Season Finale
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
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
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
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa
Summit. Learn more
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
- - - - - - - -