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COMING this Winter
The Karl L. King Municipal
Band of Fort Dodge, IA is getting set to begin their 2019 winter season.
Three concert dates have been scheduled on Sunday, February 17; Sunday,
March 17; and Sunday, April 7. All concerts begin at 3:30 p.m.,
and are held in Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College
campus in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge, with these
concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge.
Jerrold P. Jimmerson is currently in his 16th season
as Conductor of the band after a 43 year playing career, 11 of which were
under the baton of Karl L. King. Dr. David Klee currently serves
as the Assistant Conductor and solo flautist of the band.
Karl King was born on February
1891 in Paintersville, Ohio. After his childhood in Ohio, he
left at the age of 19 and traveled for 9 years with several different circuses,
conducted several of their bands, and reached the pinnacle of success as
conductor of the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus Band during the 1917 and
He returned to his hometown of Canton, Ohio after his
trouping days were done in November of 1918 to settle down with his wife,
Ruth, and to direct the local G.A.R. Band there. This February 17th
concert will be the Band’s annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King
in honor of his birthday. A special afternoon of band music
is being planned to include some of King’s best-known and most popular
compositions, along with some of his music that was published 100 years
ago in 1919.
The March 17 concert
will be the Band’s annual Irish Concert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
This concert dates back to the early days of the Band under Mr. King’s
direction. A wide variety of Irish music is being planned,
and will include an audience sing-along and everyone’s favorite Irish tune,
The April 7 concert has become
two-fold in nature in recent years. It is the Band’s annual Scholarship
Concert, where talented high school seniors and college freshmen audition
for three scholarships that the Band annually administers. In addition,
this concert will tie into the annual cultural emphasis for Iowa Central
Community College. This year’s featured country is Viet Nam, and
several musical selections are being planned to showcase this region and
the Viet Nam War era.
The Municipal Band will then perform at the traditional
Memorial Day ceremonies in Fort Dodge on Monday, May 27, before beginning
a series of 8 summer concerts every Sunday evening from June 9 through
July 28 in the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park.
2018 Summer Season photos
June 10 performance
- June 17 performance
- June 24 performance
- July 15 performance -
KARL KING BAND PERFORMED IN SPENCER:
The nationally-known Karl
L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia, was invited to join the 100th
anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair in Spencer on September
17 last year. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were
regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing
to the close of the 1959 season. This photo shows Karl King and his
band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band performed in the Grandstand that
evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. Check the King Band Facebook page for more.
The first concert of
the 2017 Winter season of the
Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge was held
Sunday afternoon, February 19.
The last Sunday Program
of the 2017 Summer season was held July 30.
Click to see the King Band's appearance at the 2015 IBA State
Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the
Open House celebrated 150 years held
in the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room.
The King Band performed for the 2017 Preserve Iowa
Summit. Learn more
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is
seen during a practice session
before taking the stage.
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