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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      The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 18, in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.  There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided free of charge to everyone by the City of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, and the Assistant Conductor is Dr. David Klee. 

This concert, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., is the band’s traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  Many familiar Irish tunes will be performed, including everyone’s favorite, “McNamara’s Band”, as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.  

The concert opens with the exciting “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen, Jr.  This contemporary composition includes part of the Irish ballad, “Danny Boy”.  Other Irish selections on the program include “Strains from Erin” by Lucien Cailliet, and Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me” and “The Minstrel Boy” from his Irish Suite.  The music of Percy Grainger is also included with “Themes from Green Bushes”.  On the lighter side will be “The Irish Rag” by Harry Carroll.  

March selections to be performed include “Monahan Post”, and “Bon Voyage” composed by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, along with John Philip Sousa’s classic, “Hands Across the Sea”.  

     Special guest soloist will be Bob Patton, baritone, from Gowrie.  Mr. Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C.  During his twenty year career in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras.  He also performed with the Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap, Northern Virginia and Annapolis opera companies. In 1991 he returned to Gowrie IA and became editor and publisher of The Gowrie News, the fourth generation owner of a 110 year-old family business.  He is now retired from the newspaper after a 20-year career, but is still very active and much sought-after as a vocalist throughout the Midwest.  

Mr. Patton will perform two Irish selections with the Band.  First will be “Danny Boy”, as arranged by Reginald Schive, followed by the George M. Cohan classic, “Harrigan”.  Mr. Patton will also lead the audience in a sing-along of the traditional Irish favorites, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose”. 

This concert will close with our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”   In case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.  The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be will be our annual Scholarship Concert, and will also be the Focus Concert for the college featuring the music of Italy performed on Sunday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Decker Auditorium. 


     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.  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 next photo shows Karl King and his band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County Fair.

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Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone players.

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 Conference.

Jimmerson took Dr. Golemo's place on week in 2015, conducting the Ames Municipal Band.

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

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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 2014, 2015 and 2016 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
2017 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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