In memory of : Denny Brunk who passed away on August 28th, 2017,a top West Coast veteran jazz singer, actor, trombone player,
Carnival Cruise Lines entertainer and McPherson native, has returned to his
hometown to perform onstage with the popular McPherson-based rock 'n' roll oldies group, King Midas and the Muflers.
An extremely busy guy Since leaving McPherson in the early 1970s, Brunk's music career has literally let him sail the world! After 14 years of intense
study at Bethany College, K.U., and private teachers in L.A., Brunk, was
asked to join the Stan Kenton Orchestra & toured with Kenton for 2 yrs. He later toured with music legends Buddy Rich, Harry James, Ray Charles and played on stage with Tony Bennett. Between tours Brunk worked as a studio/free-lance trombonist and singer in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA
During his 37 years in Los Angeles he performed and recorded with the bands of Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, Les Hooper, and Oingo Boingo. In 1991 he
began a career as a Headliner Entertainer. He entertained on Carnival Cruise
Lines that go from Los Angeles to Mexico, Alaskan, & Hawaii. Brunk did 10 tours in Japan with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra and 5 tours in Rio, Brazil with Ray Conniff. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous movies, including "Jerry McGuire."
"The Presidio" and "For the Boys," and television programs "Frazier," "Married With Children," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Murder She Wrote”. The King Midas Band has known Brunk since the 1960s, when both were involved in the local rock scene and Brunk also played with the bands “Shadows of Blue” &
“The Red Dogs”. On Brunk’s hometown visits Bob Hapgood and his bandmates would invite him to perform with them. Brunk cleared his schedule for a weekend a year to appear with the Midas Band. We were (2013) pleased to
announce he had moved from LA - back home to McPherson, and had become a
permanent member performing with the “King Midas and the Muflers” band.
Denny also enjoyed teaching private lessons in trombone, vocal productions,
and jazz improve. Denny’s voice and his trombone helped complete the Midas
Band with a real Chicago sound. Denny we will always miss you!!
The band was organized in 1965, as a four-piece group, and was originally named King Midas & the Muflers. In 1966, the group became an eight-piece show band, performing in a six-state area, billed as the "King Of The Show Bands". The group released two records in the late 1960’s, “Get Down With It” & “Mellow Moonlight”.
A solid rhythm section, crisp-tight horns, and lead vocals that bring the days of James Brown, Wilson Picket, Buddy Holly, & Elvis, as well as Huey Lewis, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others! That’s what KING MIDAS is all about.
Everywhere they go, people comment “KING MIDAS” music sounds just like the original record!” Bassist Ron Foulk once said – “If we’re going to cover someone else’s hit record, we’re going to do it right” – and they do!
The music is well suited for many occasions…targeted at the musical taste of all ages. They play many types of engagements: conventions, class reunions, town festivals, weddings, company Christmas parties, and nightclubs.
KING MIDAS established themselves as one of the premier “oldies“ party bands in the Mid West. Wherever they play they gain enthusiastic fans who keep coming back for more of the high energy performances which set KING MIDAS apart from the rest of the “Oldies” Pack! The bands groove-oriented classic rock is guaranteed to keep your toes tapping and a smile on your face!
And this year, 2018 KING MIDAS is celebrating 53 yrs together! They are continuously rocking the mid-west making them "Kansas’ Greatest & Longest Performing Rock & Roll Band!"
All the members are quick to point out that over the years, what they've learned most is to “entertain!” Make the dance or concert the most enjoyable party of the year, so when the people go home, they’ll tell their friends, “You should have been there!”
Along with playing good time Rock & Roll, all members of KING MIDAS are dedicated to the hard work and persistence which, along with solid talent, creates such a successful unit.
2018 Current Members
Mike Hill: an original McPherson resident King Midas band member who started out playing in a local band called the Imperials. After High School graduation, the Imperials broke up, and King Midas was formed with the original members: Bob Hapgood, Dale Frans, Dennis Frans, Rick Johnson, and Mike. Mike attended McPherson College & in 1967 he left the band to serve 4 yrs. in the U S Air Force & graduated from the Northeast Broadcast School of Boston, MA. Mike came home to rejoin King Midas. Still playing his Fender Telecaster that he purchased new in the early 70’s and cranks out that 60’s twang guitar style. Working in radio since 1971, he is now retired from vice president, station manager, and part-owner of KSKU Ad Astra per Aspera Broadcasting, in Hutchinson. Mike and his wife, Dianne, have raised three sons, all musicians, & proud grandparents of 5 boys.
Tim Hill: youngest son of original member Mike Hill, provides King Midas with a golden voice for their many styles of music. Tim started his musical career, at age 11, as singer for the “Sons of Midas”. Tim is also the singer for “The Marmots” band. Following his dad’s example by playing guitar, and growing up since birth in this Midas band family; Tim took the reigns as lead vocalist for the Midas band in the new year of 2010. Tim, wife Mindy, & young son reside in Moundridge, KS. Tim is employed with CHS Refinery in McPherson, KS.
Bobby Hapgood: Is the youngest son of original member & founder of the King Midas Band, the late Bob Hapgood who passed away on May 1st 2007. Bobby, honoring his dad’s memory, took the throne as the band’s drummer. He comes from a long family history of “Hapgood” musicians that goes all the way back to the 1800’s! His dad started playing in 1957 with “Micky Decker & the Galaxies” (McPherson, KS) & “The Spartans” out of Boulder Colorado. Bobby works for Advisors Excel, an insurance marketing organization in Topeka, KS, as a radio producer. Producing weekly radio shows for financial advisors across the country. At age 11 he was the original drummer of “The Sons of Midas” & “The Marmots”. He now also plays drums for the Kansas City party band "Landrush”. Bobby is a ’96 graduate of Hutchinson CC with an Arts Degree. Moving from his hometown McPherson to Lawrence where he graduated KU in 2000 with a BA in Delinquency & Juvenile Justice. You can also hear him on occasions drumming for the Alumni Pep Band at the KU BB games. Bobby is proudly sponsored by Sabian Cymbols & Scorpion Percussion Drumsticks. He is an active member of the Lawrence & Topeka communities. We are pleased to have him on board & the “Midas” legacy lives on!
Mark Casebeer: growing up & graduating from McPherson High School is where Mark’s accomplished trumpet playing began. Mark played with many different Army Bands while serving in the military. In 1969 Mark felt honored to play taps for General Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial service in Abilene, KS. Once out of the service he played with many different bands in Chicago, Denver, & Dallas. Returning home to Kansas, he toured with bands The Avontes, Soul Patrol, & The Kopy Kats. Currently resides in Lindsborg, KS with his wife Patty. Together they have five sons, one daughter, & fifteen grandchildren.
Ralph Brown: of Hutchinson, KS. has forever been addicted to music & is a current Mufler member. At the age of 8, Ralph was greatly influenced from listening to Charlie Parker records. Ralph started playing saxophone at age 13. In 1968, Ralph joined the US Navy. He is a Vietnam vet. He plays a wailing sax and provides special percussion sounds to Midas. He adds the spice of a New Orleans jazz musician with his unusual vocal style. Ralph and his wife Juanita have three sons and one daughter who are all musicians.
Ron Foulk: Ron’s inspiring musical background comes from his father’s bass & steel guitar playing in several country bands, and mother who played piano. Becoming a seasoned bass player from performing through the years with many different rock & country bands, he is now the extreme bassist for the King Midas Band. Ronnie’s driving bass makes people want to get up and dance, and that’s what King Midas and the Muflers is all about! After serving his country during the Vietnam War, Ron returned home to Hutchinson, KS where he recently retired from Hutchinson Salt Mines. He is the father of three adult children.
Mike Badgett:.Has been band sound engineer since 1992. Veteran of USN 1968-1972 as a Hurricane Hunter. Recently retired from Central States Mkt. of McPherson, KS & Mfg./Plant engineer.
Tim Hill: lead vocal & guitar
Bobby Hapgood: drums
Thanksgiving weekend November 2012
2006 Inducted in
Hall of Fame
“Hall of Fame”