Maquoketa Native Wrote Two Musical Pieces for Spencer Schools

A Maquoketa native who’s composed music for symphony orchestras in Boston and New York has written two pieces for the instrumental music programs in Spencer. John Frantzen says he rarely writes for school-age musicians.

One piece, titled In The Mix, was performed by the 7th and 8th-grade band in Spencer last week. Frantzen was there for the debut.

The directors of both Spencer bands are retiring and Frantzen says his compositions celebrated two outstanding music educators.