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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View concert photos from previous seasons in our Concert Archive

King Band plans busy summer:

     The months of June and July will be busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa.   The band will perform each Sunday evening, beginning June 9th through July 28th, at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.   Beginning his 22nd season as Conductor of the King Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson.   Dan Cassady is the assistant conductor and Paul Bloomquist will be the bandís announcer again.

     All concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.   The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is back this summer sponsoring an ice cream social prior to and during the concerts, featuring ice cream and baked goodies for sale.   Persons attending these concerts are urged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since no public seating is available.

On June 9th, the Band will open their summer season with marches by Karl L. King and John Philip Sousa on the program.   A wide variety of other selections are also included, ranging from the descriptive suite Atlantis (The Lost Continent) to highlights from the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess.   The Saxophone Section will be featured on Billy Joelís Root Beer Rag.   A long-time band member, Monte Leichsenring from Clarion, will guest-conduct the band on two selections, As Summer Was Just Beginning and Sousaís march, Manhattan Beach.   There will also be a special tribute to Ardella Hein, a member of the Band for 45 years and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony for 48 years, who recently passed away.

Sunday, June 16th will be the annual Flag Day Concert. Many well-known patriotic selections and melodies will be featured, including The Stars and Stripes Forever, along with The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along, led by band member/vocalist Roger Netz.   Marches written by Sousa, King, John Williams, and famous TV comedian Red Skelton are on the program.   A patriotic narration by Scott Johnston titled Valor! will honor the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944.   A powerful work that recounts the magnificent story of four U.S. Army Chaplains who heroically sacrificed their lives during World War II, The Light Eternal is based on the
well-known hymn, God of Our Fathers, and is filled with an abundance of musical inventiveness that will produce a startling emotional impact on the listener.  Audience members are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave at appropriate times during this hour-long concert.

Continuing on Sunday, June 23rd, the Band will perform a special concert with the theme, LOVE AND MARRIAGE.   A wide variety of music, from the classic Mozart overture, The Marriage of Figaro to Richard Wagnerís Elsaís Procession to the Cathedral from the opera ĎLohengriní will be featured.   Rounding out this concert will be marches by King, Sousa, and John Casto, along with the popular sounds of The Shadow of Your Smile and hit songs Recorded by Sinatra to highlights from the Broadway musical, Camelot.

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.

And thatís only some of the highlights from the first four 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.   In case of inclement weather occurring at the posted starting time, a concert may be cancelled.   Any announcement will be made on this page or on the bandís Facebook page (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.
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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.

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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