Marion grad will return to Kansas for performance

Jazz trumpeter Mike Steinel will return to his roots when he and his quintet of world-class musicians perform Oct. 4 at the Sundstrom Conference Center in Lindsborg.

Singer Rosana Eckert, pianist Pat Coil, bassist Jeff Eckels, and drummer Steve Barnes will join Steinel, a 1969 Marion High School graduate.

Steinel’s parents met at Bethany College in the 1940s.

A professor of jazz studies at the University of North Texas the past 25 years, Steinel has also performed in Canada and Europe.

He is the author of “Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble,” a jazz band method used by middle school students around the world.

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