King Midas & the Muflers

Kansas Oldies Rock & Roll Band

King Midas Band formed in 1965 out of McPherson Kansas

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”.

Pictured Left to Right, Top Row: Cliff Lambert, Bob Hapgood, Bill Wuertz Bottom Row: Clid Cunningham, Dennis Frans, Steve Zimmerman, Tom Hapner, Steve Kail

Earliest known picture of King Midas & The Muflers. Taken at JD's Pizza Parlor, Manhattan, Kansas in 1965. Left to Right: Mike Hill, Dennis Frans, Mike D'Amico, Dale Frans, Rick Johnson. Bob Hapgood,on drums, is hiding in the background.

Through The Years:

Bob Hapgood (original/current member) drums
Mike Hill (original/current member) guitar, vocals
Dennis Frans (original/current member) piano, organ, vocals
Rick Johnson (original member) bass
Scott VanNordstrand (original member) vocals
Dale Frans (original member) drums
Bill Wuertz, trumpet, and vocals
Steve Zimmerman, trombone
Mike D’Amico, (original member) trombone
Jim Walker, bass
Scott Heitschmidt, saxophone
Cliff Lambert, trumpet
Steve Kail, bass
Tom Hapner, vocals
Klyd Cunningham, guitar
Tom Wheeler, guitar
Mike Tinsley, guitar
Odel Reed, vocals
Richard Collins, guitar and vocals
Charlie Moyer, saxophones, flute, and clarinet
Randy Norland, (current   member) vocals
Mark Casebeer, (current   member) trumpet and vocals
Ron Foulk, (current   member) bass
Ralph Brown, (current   member) saxophone, percussion, and vocals
Mike Badgett, (current member) sound engineer
And thanks to the many others that have either played, drove the bus, or
just came along & helped.

Five Decades of Rock & Roll

In remembrance   of
Passed members:
Ed (Klyd) Cunningham (guitar)
Cliff (Fong) Lambert (trumpet)
Tom (CT) Hapner   (vocals)
Bob Hapgood (Founder of Band & drummer)
Dennis Frans  / Boy Wonder (keyboards)

Nominated in 2005

 Inducted in 2006 


The Imperials out of McPherson, Kansas.

Picture taken about 1962. Recognize any of these guys? They had their own place to play...The Imperial Club. Remember? That old church way down on South Main across from Central College. Band members identity coming later. You'll have to guess for now. OK! Here it is: top left- Mike Harris on 50s or 60s? Rickenbacker bass, top right-Dale Frans on Slingerland drums, bottom left- John Pinson on red Gibson guitar, bottom right- Mike Hill on Silvertone guitar? Well, is that a Silvertone?...And can anyone tell me what model of Gibson guitar John is playing?


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