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PSU Gorilla 'Bones

Welcome to the Pittsburg State University trombone studio web page.  The studio members are active as performers, students and teaching of young trombonists in the region. Activities include not only the regular university ensembles, but also the trombone choir, trombone quartets, jazz combos and some players are members of the Crowder Jazz Orchestra, an area professional jazz ensemble.

Recent students have participated in the Kansas Intercollegiate Band, The Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble, the National Intercollegiate Band, and trombone choirs at the International Trombone festivals

Our graduates are teaching at various public schools throughout the region, and have been members of our armed service bands and other professional groups. LCDR Patrick Sweeten is the Director, Fleet Band Activities for the U.S. Navy program and a former Gorilla Bone. Here is little bit about him and what he does.                                                His advice for students:

Soloists and Master classes

PSU has hosted a variety of master classes affording our students valuable opportunity to work with world renowned performers and pedagogues.

new pic trombone studio

The studio with Mr. Joe Alessi Principal Trombone with the New York Philharmonic (2nd from the right front row). Joe presented a master class and recital.

Trombones de  Costa Rica
The Trombones de Costa Rica presented a concert and clinic.

Carsten Svanberg
Danish trombonist and recording artist Carsten Svanberg (3rd from left) has presented 3 recitals and master classes at PSU.

Mr. M. Dee Stewart
Mr. M. Dee Stewart presented a concert and clinic.

Alan Trudel
Alain Trudel presented a concert and clinic.

Steve Turre
Steve Turre with the PSU Jazz Ensemble at KMEA.

JoDee Davis
JoDee Davis clinician

Trombone Studio

Ryan Bellamy, Coffeyville, KS

Sabrina Graham, Olathe, KS

Jonathon Miller, Marion, Iowa

Evan Noel, Carl Junction, MO

Ivan Vazquez, Garden City, KS

Kaden, Wimmer, Columbus, KS

International Trombone Association Website

Gus and Bell Tower

Trombone Studio Director

Robert Kehle with trombone

Robert G. Kehle

  • University Professor (1978)
  • B.M., B.A. Teaching Certificate, Washington State University;
  • M., D.M., (Candidate) Indiana University.
  • Artist Affiliate with C. G. Conn. Specialties: Trombone;
  • Director of Jazz Studies; Jazz Ensemble I.
  • Contact by email Office phone 620/235-4474.

    What has Mr. Kehle been doing?

    • In July of 2015 he was a member of the American Trombone Choir that performed at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain.
    • In July of 2012 he toured with the American Trombone Choir performing in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, Bruges, Belgium as well as performing with the Cramer trombone Choir at the International Trombone Festival held in July 2012 at the Paris Conservatory.
      ITF Cramer choir
      Paris Conservatory
    • In 2009 Mr. Kehle performed with the American Trombone Choir in Bad Neuenahr, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.  He was also a member of the Cramer Trombone Choir that performed at the International Trombone Festival in Aarhus, Denmark and the Dom Cathedral where Queen Margrethe II was in attendance.

      Bad Neuenahr, Germany

      Prague, Czech Republic

      Cramer Choir, Aarhus Denmark
    • Presented at the 2008 International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City on Alto Trombone Literature.
    • Presented at the Kansas Bandmaster’s Workshop in 2008.
    • Mr. Kehle presenting at KMEA 2006.
      Mr. Kehle at KMEA
    • Was a member of the American Trombone Choir that performed at the 2006 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham, England. 
      Int'l Trombone Festival  Int'l Trombone Festival
    • Plays Principal Trombone with the Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra. 
      Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra
      Robert Kehle (Principal), Mike Stine (2nd), Bill Hartman (bass), Bradley Coker (tuba), Bob Swanson (Euphonium and extra trombone)