John Hodkins, Great Britain’s “Triking Tubador,” will take a break from his Tuba Triking Trailer Travels on Thursday, July 11, when he performs in concert with the Chariton Community Band at 7 p.m. on the Lucas County Historical Society campus, 123 North 17th St., in Chariton. The museum campus will open at 5:30 p.m. Peanuts fresh from the vintage Piper’s Roaster will be served to all comers as the historical society also celebrates its annual “Peanut Day.”
Among other numbers, the band will perform Vince Gassi’s “Chariton Chronicles,” a piece of instrumental music commissioned by the historical society for the Chariton High School Band. The composition, now being published, was premiered during this year’s spring band concert.
Hodkins, a native of north England who now lives in Scotland’s Highlands, has triked thousand of miles across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland since 2000 with his beloved tuba in tow, performing free benefit concerts.
His first U.S. tour, primarily in Iowa due in large part to a principal sponsor, Chariton’s Connecticut Yankee Pedaller, will begin July 8 and conclude Aug. 28.
Read the July 4, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.