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

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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Click to see the King Band's appearance at the IBA State Conference.

Jimmerson takes Dr. Golemo's place, conducting the Ames Municipal Band.

Open House celebrated 150 years held in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.

On FEBRUARY 21, 2016,
there was a Karl L. King Birthday Concert in celebration
of the 125th anniversary of Karl King’s birth on February 21, 1891. . . (view photos)

On MARCH 13, 2016, there was the Annual Irish Concert
in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. . . . (view photos)

On APRIL 3, 2016, there was the Annual Scholarship Concert,
including with Iowa Central’s cultural focus on Central America. . . . (view photos)


The Karl King Municipal Band performed again this year at the Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone on Saturday, July 9. View photos.

June 19 King Band concert in Oleson Park
June 26 Concert     July 10 Concert     July 17 Concert     July 24 Concert



       The final concert of the 2016 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held Sunday evening, July 31 at the Karl L. King Band Shell in beautiful Oleson Park.  Admission is free, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge.  Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee serving as the Assistant Conductor. 

There will be an ice cream social, starting around 6:30 pm, provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir before the regular concert starts at 7:30 pm.  Persons are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.    

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during their hour-long concert.  This “Grand Finale Concert” will open with Karl King’s tribute “to my friend and benefactor, C.L. Barnhouse” with “Fame and Fortune”.  Sunday’s classical selections include French composer Jacque Offenbach’s 1858 overture, Orpheus, said to be the first classical full-length operetta, and German composer Richard Wagner’s moving Pilgrim’s Chorus, from his opera “Tannhauser”, written in 1845.

On the lighter side will be highlights from the popular Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady”.        
This musical premiered 60 years ago in 1956 starring Rex Harrison, and became the longest running show in Broadway history. This medley includes such classics as “On The Street Where You Live”, “With A Little Bit of Luck”, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, and “I Could Have Danced All Night”.  Also on the program will be an exciting Italian tarantella, Funiculi, Funicula by Luigi Denza, along with Karl King’s serenade “An Autumn Romance”.  

Guest performers will be the King Band’s fine trumpet trio, including Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge.  They will perform “Fantasy for Three’, based on Rubinstein’s well-known ‘Melody in F’, along with everyone’s favorite selection, Leroy Anderson’s popular “Bugler’s Holiday”. 

Special guest conductor will be Andrew Glover, nationally prominent composer, conductor, and arranger.   Mr. Glover will conduct Karl King’s march, "The Attorney General", along with Glover’s newest march composition, “Crossroads of the Nation”, and a premier performance of Glover’s newest band arrangement, "Praeludium".

       Mr. Glover’s diverse career in music has included successful tenures as educator, composer-arranger, performer, conductor, and publisher.  He joined the staff at the C.L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa IA in 1998, and as Executive Vice President is in charge of music production, serves as staff composer-arranger and editor, and manages the business as Chief Operating Officer.   A native of the St. Louis area, he was educated in the public schools of Webster Groves MO.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University, and did graduate work at Southeast Missouri State University.    As a sophomore in high school, Glover’s first band arrangement was performed by the school’s wind ensemble, and thus began a multi-decade career in composition and arranging.  His band works now number over 200, many of which are published by Barnhouse, and have been performed, recorded, and broadcast by bands worldwide.  

This final summer concert features John Philip Sousa’s favorite encore, “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas”, and then will close in the traditional circus way with the playing of Karl L. King’s march, “Auld Lang Syne”, followed by our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

The Karl L. King Municipal Band’s next performance will be on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus.

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Recently, CIRCUS POSTERS were made into U.S. postage stamps.

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The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge during a practice session
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The 2013, 2014 and 2015 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.

View concert photos from previous seasons
Concert Archive

Dr. Mike Golemo, several times guest conductor at the summer concerts

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 AnnouncementCardiff 2006 Premiere

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 -


Scholarships awarded by the Karl King Band were announced at the
2016 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 
interviews Oley about Karl King.
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Dr. Timothy Rhea, director of bands at Texas A & M University
in College Station, was the special guest conductor for the 2012 June 24 concert.

Walking Frog excerpt 1 - Walking Frog excerpt 2

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