Brockshus, Gabhart, and Municipal Band ready to entertain

Saturday, August 4, 2012
(Above) Isaac Brockshus and Jonathan Gabhart will be followed by the Spencer Municipal Band (Below) at Mainstreet Market on Thursday. (Photos submitted)

Isaac Brockshus and Jonathan Gabhart will perform at Mainstreet Market on Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Following the Brockshus/Gabhart duo, the Spencer Municipal Band will perform its final concert of the season at 7 p.m. during Mainstreet Market.

Brockshus and Gabhart, both Spencer High School graudates who performed together at the summer event in 2010, will once again showcase their musical talents in front of the courthouse. The band will perform on the east side of the courthouse.

Brockshus graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2011. While at UNI, he involved himself in nearly every department within the music school. His vast musical involvement has cultivated a rich compositional output that earned him a chance to study with renowned composer Sam Adler in Berlin. In April 2011, one of the nation's leading brass quintets, Boston Brass, premiered Isaac's winning entry in the group's "Fanfares!" contest. He will be pursuing graduate studies in musical composition at the University of South Carolina beginning this fall. Isaac helped Arts on Grand inaugurate its alumni concert series in February, when he and Kim Steffen performed at the Auditorium.

Gabhart is a 2012 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Mich., with a degree in music. During the spring semester of 2012, he studied music at Liverpool University in England. He will be attending Western Theological Seminary this fall to work toward a Master of Divinity degree, with the goal of pursuing a career in music ministry. Jon's musical abilities and talents include vocal, percussion, guitar, and piano. He appreciates all styles and genres of music -- from classical to folk to jazz to the Beatles -- and everything in between.

The Spencer Municipal Band is directed by Janet Hoyt-Boyens and Kurt Schwarck. Their concert will feature a variety of light music, including a number of "blue" tunes in honor of Spencer's recent Blue Zones designation.

Mainstreet Market takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the courthouse square through August 16. Along with free live entertainment, Mainstreet Market features fresh produce, original art by area artists, and food from a variety of vendors.

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