Mr. Kehle joined the Pittsburg State University faculty in 1978 and holds the rank of University Professor of Music where he teaches trombone and is the director of the PSU Jazz Studies program.
Mr. Kehle completed his undergraduate studies at Washington State University with both the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (music education) degrees and completed the Master of Music degree and doctoral course work at Indiana University. His trombone teachers include former members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Philadelphia Symphonies. His jazz studies were with Dominic Spera and David Baker. He has performed with the Spokane Symphony, at several International Trombone Festivals as a member of the Cramer Choir and the American Trombone Choir, and with the Indiana Brass Quintet, the Spokane Jazz Society, and back up for various touring artists/groups including Slide Hampton's World of Trombones, the Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis and with Mr. Louie Bellson.
Mr. Kehle has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, bands, and jazz groups in the Midwest. He is also Principal Trombone in the Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Central Plains Brass Quintet, and is trombonist with the jazz group "Blues Over Easy." He has published articles in several professional journals and his book, "Alto Trombone Literature: An Annotated Guide" is now in its second edition and is published by Warwick Music, UK.
Mr. Kehle was a 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Awards for the College of Arts and Sciences. He has given scholarly presentations at the Kansas Music Educator's In Service Workshop on Recruiting the Beginning Trombonist and Trombone Basics. He has also presented at the Kansas Bandmasters Association about the trombone and presented at the International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City. The topic was Alto Trombone Literature with emphasis on the Americas.
His memberships include Phi Mu Alpha, The International Trombone Association, The Kansas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Jazz Educators Network, American Federation of Musicians, and the National Educators Association. Mr. Kehle is an artist affiliate with C. G. Conn. He has also held the positions of President of the PSU Faculty Senate and President of PSU-KNEA.