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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     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 17 th , in the Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium, located at 800 North 32 nd St. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the City of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, the Assistant Conductor is Dan Cassady, with Paul Bloomquist announcing.

     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.

Other selections on the program include a traditional Irish folk song, Mother Machree, The Irish Rag, and the Gaelic Rhapsody, a medley which includes such standards as Irish Tune from County Derry, The Kerry Dance, The Rakes of Mallow, and The Minstrel Boy.

Several march selections will be performed, including McKinley’s Own by Karl L. King, along with Across the Atlantic by Russell Alexander, and Theme from Profiles in Courage by Nelson Riddle, otherwise known as The John F. Kennedy March from the TV series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

A beautiful tone poem, Mannin Veen, by Haydn Wood, will be the afternoon’s classical highlight.   Subtitled Dear Isle of Man, this collection of well-known, traditional Manx folk melodies includes The Good Old Way, The Manx Fiddler, Sweet Water in the Common, and The Harvest of the Sea.   The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.   As one of the six Celtic nations , Gaelic cultural influence began in the 5th century AD, and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages, gradually emerged.

One of America’s most popular composers of light, classical music, Leroy Anderson, will be represented with two movements from his Irish Suite, originally written and premiered by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Arthur Fiedler.   These include the First and Fourth movements, The Irish Washerwoman and The Wearing of the Green.

     Jason Laird, a chiropractic doctor in Fort Dodge, will lead the audience in a sing-along of the well-known Irish standards, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and My Wild Irish Rose.   Dr. Laird graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1991 and from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport in 1999.   He has been in several cabaret performances, Stage Door Productions musicals, Sonshine Singers, and recently did a story telling project with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony at their holiday concert.

     These concerts always close in the traditional way with the playing of our National Anthem, 
The Star-Spangled Banner.   In case of inclement weather, this concert may be cancelled on concert
day.   Any announcements will be made on this page or on the band’s Facebook page.

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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 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 -

2016 Scholarship Concert  2017 Scholarship Concert   2019 Scholarship Concert

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The 2022 Karl King Scholarship winner was Abigail Holshlag, a trumpet player from New Hampton, who plans to study music at UNI.

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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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