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 third and final indoor concert for the 2024 season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 21st, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium, located at 800 North 32nd Street in Fort Dodge, Iowa.   There is no admission charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone’s enjoyment.   Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again planned an enjoyable program of band music.   Dan Cassady serves as the Assistant Conductor of the band, and Paul Bloomquist will be the band’s announcer.

     Compositions by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his marches, Garland Entrée, and Drake Relays, King’s intermezzo, In A Moonlit Garden, and his exciting circus galop, Eclipse.

The afternoon’s classical offering features Austrian composer Franz von Suppe’s overture, Jolly Robbers.   Although not as well-known as some of his other compositions like The Light Cavalry or Poet and Peasant, this overture is colorful, robust and descriptive of Suppe’s creative style, making it a delight for performers and audiences alike.

Also included on the program will be John Philip Sousa’s tribute to baseball, The National Game March, and Sousa’s arrangement of English composer Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens.   The first movement from the English Folk Song Suite by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, titled March: Seventeen Come Sunday, is included on this concert as well.

The sounds of classic Hollywood movies will round out the afternoon’s program.   Music from 11 different movies will be combined into one Warren Barker medley, titled Hooray for Hollywood, featuring music from such well-known composers as George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, and others.   Conductor Jimmerson says, “See how many of these theme songs you can remember!”

     This April concert is always the Band’s annual scholarship event, with the presentation of the Karl L. King Memorial Scholarships.   Talented students audition earlier that day, and the winners will be recognized that afternoon with either $500 scholarships to Iowa Central Community College or a $1,000 scholarship to any 4-year Iowa college or university.

Providing the funds for these scholarships is the Karl L. King Memorial Education Foundation, which exists to provide band instrument scholarships for students majoring in music.   All persons who audition will be invited to join in playing one selection with the Band during the concert, and the major scholarship recipient will perform their award-winning solo during the program.

     All concerts conclude in the traditional way with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-
Spangled Banner.   In case of inclement weather (even though it will be on April 21st), the concert
may be cancelled.   This concert may even be cancelled on concert day.

Any announcements will be made on this page or on the band’s Facebook page (see link above).

     Looking ahead, the next performance by the band will be at the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday morning, May 27th, at Veteran’s Memorial Park.   The summer series of concerts are scheduled to be held again on eight Sunday evenings during June and July, beginning June 9th, and lasting through July 28th, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.

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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 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.

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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 -

2016 Scholarship Concert  2017 Scholarship Concert   2019 Scholarship Concert

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The 2022 Karl King Scholarship winner was Abigail Holshlag, a trumpet player from New Hampton, who plans to study music at UNI.

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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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