Live Entertainment

Live Music Performances

Performance Time Performer
10 a.m. Lee Muller
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thundering Cats Big Band
12-12:40 p.m. Topeka High Drumline
12:40 p.m. Lee Muller
1:30-2:40 p.m. Haymakers
3:45 p.m. Lee Muller

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Thundering Cats Big Band

Thundering Cats Big Band

Since its organization in 2010, the Thundering Cats Big Band has played the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. Drawn from community members from throughout the Manhattan area, the 20 piece Thundering Cats have played concerts, dances and benefits reintroducing people to this great music. Fred Burrack is the director of the band, which is managed by Jim Reed.
Topeka High Drumline

Topeka High Drumline

The Trojan drumline is an extracurricular activity for percussion musicians on the Trojan Band. It is a private ensemble that does performances independently. They perform over 125 times a year with most gigs in the summer.


Call it roots or Americana, but the music made by Wichita, Kansas-based Haymakers is the intersection of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and more. Formed in 2012, Haymakers gradually honed their sound through steady gigs around Kansas before releasing their debut, self-titled album in 2017. Since then the quartet of Dustin Arbuckle (lead vocals/harmonica), Tom Page (guitar/vocals), Dennis Hardin (mandolin/vocals) and Caleb Drummond (upright bass/vocals) have toured heavily around the Midwest and beyond, playing everywhere from festivals to rowdy bars to living rooms. Over the years they have cultivated a loyal fanbase and developed a reputation for fun live shows that blend a wide variety of original and traditional songs performed in their own unique style.
Lee Muller

Lee C. Muller, "Chicken Picker," started his performing career in 1969. Lee’s proficiency on the five-string banjo has gained recognition in many of the regional and national festivals and contests in the Central United States over the last several years. He has performed, and placed, consistently in the top three finalists at the National Country Music Festival in Ainsworth, Nebraska, and, has won the Picker’s competition, the Songwriting Contest, and has been chosen People’s Choice Award winner three times by the audience.  He has won the Midwest 5-String Banjo Championship, and retained the title, at the National Traditional Country Music Association Festival/Contest in Avoca, Iowa, and Missouri Valley, IA, and the Iowa and Nebraska State 5-String Banjo Championships. He has competed in the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas, and has won the Kansas Bluegrass Association and Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship 5-String Banjo Championship at Lawrence, Kansas. He is a voting member, in good standing, of the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame.