King Midas & The Muflers
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 1960s, Get Down With It & Mellow Moonlight. In 1971, several members of the original group reorganized as a five-piece band, under the shortened name King Midas. The band was composed of a guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, and a lead vocalist. The King Midas Band specialized in oldies, songs of the 50s-60s-70s. The music was well suited for many occasions targeted at the musical taste of 25 to 50 year olds. They played many types of engagements: conventions, class reunions, town festivals, weddings, company Christmas parties, and nightclubs. We are a happy band. Every song we play is very danceable and we always play songs that were popular. People like that. And, I think one of the things that has made us go over well is that people can sing along with the tunes we play. (Leader: Bob Hapgood/The Hutchinson News Magazine 1971) After 41 years of blood, sweat and tears, the King Midas & The Muflers were finally recognized for their hard word by being inducted into the Kansas Music Hall Of Fame on March 18, 2006. A little over a year later on May 1st of 2007, the band suffered its greatest loss. The King had passed away. Bob Hapgood, the founding member of the King Midas band lost his life in the recovery room a few days after an 8 hour heart surgery at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. The band continues to play today with Bob's son Bobby behind the drums. "My dad wouldn't have wanted the band to stop...it meant too much to him," Bobby said.
Mike Leichner’s ministry spans multiple areas over many years. It began with him traveling with and playing lead guitar and steel guitar for his family the Singing Ledbetters. Following a three year military commitment he began traveling in Evangelistic ministry which included singing with his wife and brothers, The Leichner Brothers & Dee. This encompassed nine years of full-time travel and evangelism; statewide camp-meetings and revivals; music ministry with 12 recordings and many original songs; author of the book ‘Most Holy Faith’ and most recently the release of a new CD, ‘The Country Side of Me’.
In 1988 he became the founding Pastor of the Ark Church, a multicultural, Full-Gospel church in the heartland of the nation that rests under the banner of ‘Fire in the Plains’. Mike has ministered on the 700 Club, TBN Praise The Lord, cable television, multi-state radio stations and hosted the daily radio broadcasts ‘Shine On Time’ and ‘Fresh Fire’. He is a United States Marine with a love for his Country and a heart for God. His mission is to promote Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel. This is reflected in his message and music with a progressive country-gospel style.