Karl L. King's distinguished career as a bandmaster, prolific composer and musician made him a legend in his own lifetime. Everyone has heard his Barnum and Bailey's Favorite which, along with the other 200 marches he composed, assured him the world-wide status of March King along with John Philip Sousa and Henry Fillmore.
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      The Winter Season of The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa will begin February 18, 2024, with a concert celebrating the birthday of Karl L. King, the band's namesake.   Learn more . .
The unveiling of restored Karl King portraits has been held!  learn more. . .
See Jacob Siepker's video about Karl King that was his project for the District History Day competition.   (YouTube file opens in new browser tab)  Thanks to Jacob Siepker, a MNW student!  Jacob's 1st video

Several years ago, Andrew Glover was interviewed on WOI radio to share what he knew about Karl King.  Hear that interview  (mp3)

In July of 2012, Duane Oley Olson was presented a plaque saluting his many contributions to the Karl King Band.  Learn more...

Karl King was a Windjammer, and he is noted in several issues of
Windjammers Circus Fanfare printed by the Circus Music Historical Society.

The Iowa House of Representatives recently
passed Resolution 120, which mentioned Karl King.
The Video showing the Life of Karl King is now on the second about Karl King page.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs' new campaign showcases the best of Iowa with a "Not to Brag" program.

Karl King is now represented.   (30 mb MOV format video)

The 125 years since Karl King's birth was celebrated in 2016 with an Open House. Learn more ...

Iowa Public Radio's series Iowa Archives includes a program featuring the voice of Karl King.
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Anyone wishing to visit the Karl King Band Office and archival center
in the Fort Dodge Public Library should contact Nancy Olson
first to insure someone will be present.
or write to:
Karl L. King Municipal Band
Room 146, Fort Dodge Public Library
424 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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