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 of that September 17th performance.

The KING BAND has concluded the 2014 SUMMER SEASON,
so the winter season is coming February 22.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, IA will open their 2015 indoor season on Sunday, February 22, with a concert beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.   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.  Paul Bloomquist will serve as announcer for this concert. 

 This February Concert always recognizes the music of the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, in celebration of his birth on February 21, 1891.  The music to be performed reflects a variety of King’s musical styles and tastes, and was influenced by his career as a circus musician.   When Karl King arrived in Fort Dodge in the fall of 1920 with his wife Ruth and young son Karl, Jr., he was already a well-established performer, conductor, composer, and publisher of band music.   He continued to write music along with directing the local Municipal Band for 50 years, and eventually opened his own music store and publishing business here. 

 Conductor Jimmerson has drawn music for this concert from several of the compositions published 100 years ago in 1915, when Karl King was a 24-year old young man.   He had traveled for four years, from 1910 through 1913, with different circuses and had already reached the peak of his playing career as a Euphonium player with the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, the top job of that era.   The 1914 season found Mr. King being named bandleader on the Sells-Floto Buffalo Bill Combined Shows, a position he would hold through the 1915 and 1916 seasons as well. Thus began his lasting friendship with Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. 

Selections to be performed from 1915 include the overture, “Prince Charming”; an intermezzo, “Arabian Nights”; a lively galop, “Walsenberg”; along with music written by Mr. King for the actual Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, featuring the second movement of his Western Suite, “On The Warpath”. 

Opening the concert will be Karl King’s best-known composition, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March”.  Additional selections on the first portion of the concert include “Sweeney’s Cavalcade March” by W. Paris Chambers; and a ragtime selection, “Buffalo Bill’s Centennial”.

The second half of this one-hour concert will be a musical time capsule of 1945, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.   On February 23, 1945, a brave group of five U.S. Marines and one Navy corpsman raised a flag on the island of Iwo Jima.   Three months later, the day after the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender – Victory in Europe Day – that same flag was raised over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Opening this portion of the concert will be Aaron Copland’s dramatic “Fanfare for the Common Man”, followed by “Midway March”, composed by John Williams for the movie 1941.   The King Band will continue their musical tribute with “Themes from Victory at Sea”, written by Richard Rodgers for the documentary television series; followed by “Highlights from South Pacific”, one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular Broadway musicals. 

Closing this historic concert will be John Philip Sousa’s march, “Semper Fidelis”, the official march of the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.   In case of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled.   The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be the annual Irish Concert on Sunday, March 15 in Decker Auditorium.

See photos from the June 8th program.  -  June 15th concert photos  - June 22nd concert photos

July 6th program  -- July 13th program  --  July 20 program  --  July 27 program

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The 2014 Winter Concert Series

February 21 Concert  --  March 16 Concert  --  April 6 Scholarship Concert

The 2013 Winter and Summer Concert Series
May be viewed in our Concert Archive

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   acknowledges with great appreciation
the significant contributions of
to the band's history, heritage and tradition.

1947-2012  65 years

1955-2011  56 years

1977-2008    31 years


T.H. Hoefing and Jerrold Jimmerson recently presented an award plaque to Oley Olson commemorating his long participation in the Karl King Band and his lifetime of dedication to extending the legacy of Karl King.  The Band and the entire community of followers of the Karl King Band extend congratulations to both Oley and Nancy Olson.

View a video of the band performing Karl King's march, Bon Voyage. (60 MB mpeg format)

View photos of the bandshell during the renovation process.

View concert photos from previous seasons
Concert Archive

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2012 Karl L. King Band Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The Karl L. King Municipal Band was honored by the Iowa Bandmasters Association by being selected to perform at their 80th annual State Conference.  This three-day event featured some of the finest school and professional bands from throughout Iowa, along with clinicians and other performing groups from throughout the United States.  The conference was held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. - more

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
2014 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 this summer's June 24 concert.

Walking Frog excerpt 1 - Walking Frog excerpt 2

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