In the fall of 1964, Iowa’s Governor Hughes suggested that each Iowa community make an effort to welcome its teachers with a special program. Organized to provide the entertainment for Shell Rock’s program, the vocal and instrumental group formed at that time became the Shell Rock Music Association.
The basic show format has remained consistent. A standard stage band and a mixed chorus support a series of center stage acts drawn from band and chorus members. A variety of musical styles include popular tunes of the day, golden oldies, and comedy acts. Shell Rock’s Boyd Building has been the “theater” since the beginning. Despite the limitations, the auditorium helps bring a Broadway feel to Main Street USA.
The auditorium has been named “The Everson Auditorium” in recognition of Dale and Bev Everson’s contributions to the Music Association and the community.
Funds raised from the annual swing show help with the costs of continuing the show, as well as support a variety of community projects and activities.