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 or Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium.   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 Dan Cassady 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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     TThe final concert of this 2024 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at 7:30 pm on Sunday evening, July 28 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.   Admission is free, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.   There will be a homemade ice cream social provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church before and during the concert.   Persons are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since there is no public seating provided.

     Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady serving as the Assistant Conductor, and Paul Bloomquist as the announcer.   This will be Maestro Jimmerson’s final concert as Conductor after 22 seasons, which followed his 43-season playing career with the Band under Conductors Karl L. King (11 seasons), W. B. Green (7 seasons), and Reginald R. Schive (25 seasons).

     Compositions by Karl King are always on the program, including The Home Town Boy, which King dedicated to his friend Meredith Willson, along with the Emporia Galop.   Current conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson’s march, King of Fort Dodge, is also on the program.   Jimmerson performed for 11 seasons under King’s baton before the famous conductor passed away in 1971, and has written this march as a tribute to his mentor.

This week’s classical selection is one of the world’s most popular, the Finale from ‘The New World Symphony by Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak.   Portions of this famous symphony were composed in Spillville, Iowa in 1893, while Dvorak was spending the summer in the northeast Iowa area.   Another classic will be the Pilgrim’s Chorus from the opera Tannhauser by German composer Richard Wagner, a favorite selection of Karl King, which he frequently performed.

Lighter sounds will be heard from one of America’s most popular musicals, The Music Man, by Mason City native Meredith Willson, along with Paul Yoder’s Rush Street Tarantella, another favorite of Karl King.   Dan Cassady, from Twin Lakes, will be the featured trombone soloist on a collection of Tommy Dorsey melodies with T. D. – That Sentimental Gentleman.

This concert will feature a special guest conductor, Andrew Glover, a nationally prominent composer, conductor, and arranger.   He joined the staff of the C. L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1998, as Executive Vice President in charge of music production.   Glover now serves as staff composer-arranger and editor, and is the President of that company.

Originally a native of the St. Louis area, he was educated in the public schools of Webster Groves, Misssouri.   He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University, did graduate work at Southeast Missouri State University, and taught in the St. Louis area for several years.   His performance experience includes playing Euphonium with the Detroit Municipal Band under the direction of Leonard B. Smith.

Glover’s band compositions and arrangements now number well over 250, most of which are published by the Barnhouse Company, and have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by bands worldwide.   Mr. Glover will conduct one of Karl King’s marches, The Attorney General, along with a recently discovered unpublished manuscript of an overture written by King in the 1940s titled The Debutante.

This final summer concert always closes in the traditional circus way, with the playing of Karl King’s march, Auld Lang Syne, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

In case of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled at the starting time.   Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page listing (see link above).

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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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