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

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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 Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, IA, will open their 2024 summer season on Sunday evening, June 9, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.   Concert time is 7:30 p.m., and will be preceded by an ice cream social, served by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, starting around 6:30 pm.

    These concerts are free to all, and are provided as a public service by the City of Fort Dodge.   Directing the band again this season will be Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady serving as the Assistant Conductor and Paul Bloomquist as the bandís announcer.   Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring their own seating, since no public seating is provided.

     Conductor Jimmerson has programmed a wide variety of selections based around the theme THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER.   Marches scheduled to be performed include Cyrus the Great and Trouping Days, both written by the bandís namesake, Karl L. King, along with Amanda C.E. Aldridgeís march, On Parade.   Other Karl King compositions on the program include his fast- paced circus galop, Sunshine; and Remembrance, a dirge that will be played in memory of Ardella Hein from Fort Dodge.   Ardella Hein recently passed away at age 89.   She had a 28 year teaching career at St. Paulís Lutheran School and a performance career of 45 years with the Karl King Band and 48 years with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.

Classical offerings for the evening include the Atlantis Suite (The Lost Continent), a descriptive work written by V.F. Safranek, along with the sounds of the Boston Pops Orchestra with On the Esplanade, from the Bostonia Suite.   On the lighter side will be highlights from George Gershwinís well-known opera, Porgy and Bess.   The members of the Saxophone Section will be featured on Billy Joelís popular Root Beer Rag.

Guest soloist will be Lucas Yoakam, trumpet, a graduate of Humboldt High School and the son of Kathy and Dennis Yoakam from Humboldt.   Lucas received his Bachelorís degree in Music Education from Iowa State University, and his Masterís degree in Trumpet Performance from Texas State University.   Lucas is a current graduate student at the University of Illinois where he is working to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature.   While living in central Iowa, Lucas performed regularly with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Ames Municipal Band, and the Karl L. King Municipal Band.   While in Texas, he performed with the San Antonio and Austin Symphonies.   In Illinois, Lucas now performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.   Lucas will perform The Magic Trumpet by James Burke, and will then be joined by his former instructor, Tim Miller from Humboldt, for a duet performance of My Buddy Polka.

Guest conductor for this concert will be Monte Leichsenring from Clarion, in place of Dan Cassady.   Monte graduated from Westmar College in LeMars in 1981.   From 1981-86, he was the 5-12 Band Director at Boone Valley Schools in Renwick.   He then became the 6-8 Band Director at Clarion-Goldfield Dows Community Schools until his retirement in 2015.   He once again has served this past school year as the 5th grade and high school band director in Clarion.

Mr. Leichsenring is a long-time member of both the Karl King Municipal Band and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony.   He was recently awarded the Karl L. King Distinguished Service Award Ė Retired by the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association.   Monte will direct two selections on the eveningís concert; first, Larry Daehnís tribute to the late movie actor James Dean, As Summer Was Just Beginning, and then John Philip Sousaís march, Manhattan Beach.

     Each concert always closes in the traditional way, with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.    In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled.   Any announcement will be made on this page or on the bandís Facebook page (see link above).

Sunday, June 16th will be the annual Flag Day Concert.   On June 23rd, the Band will perform a special concert with the theme, LOVE AND MARRIAGE.   On Sunday, June 30th, the King Band will again feature marches from composers King and Sousa.   Sounds of the English countryside will be heard on the First Suite in Eb for Military Band by Gustav Holst along with Ralph Vaughan Williamsí Flourish for Wind Band, plus Karl Kingís exciting fantasia, Sunny Spain.   Featured clarinet soloist will be Christina Tait from Ames, performing Clarinet on the Town, plus a Clarinet Trio will perform Henry Manciniís Pie-In-The-Face Polka from the movie, The Great Race.

That is a highlight of the June concerts!   There will be four more in July as well, starting with an Independence Day concert on July 7th featuring Leroy Andersonís Buglerís Holiday, plus a patriotic salute to veterans from all six branches of military service.

Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July. 

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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.

The previous 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.

Dr. Mike Golemo of Iowa State University has been several times the guest conductor.

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 AnnouncementCardiff2006 Premiere

Other News from your Municipal Band

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The Karl King Band was the featured performing ensemble for the 2006 Summer Meet of Windjammers, Unlimited.   - photos -

2016 Scholarship Concert  2017 Scholarship Concert   2019 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.
Walking Frog excerpt 1 - Walking Frog excerpt 2

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