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Steel Drum Band concert moves indoors

April 26th, 2021

Luyken Fine Arts Center exterior

Because of chilly temperatures, the Steel Drum Band concert will move inside to Krehbiel Auditorium this evening at 7.

Bethel’s steel drums will play their first in-person concert in 18 months Tuesday, May 4 (originally planned for the plaza outside Luyken Fine Arts Center, where Krehbiel Auditorium is located).

The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the study and performance of steel drum music at Bethel.

Among the band’s selections are “El Cumbanchero,” “Tobago Jam,” “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Home on the Range” and Bob Marley’s signature “One Love.”

The Steel Drum Band is under the direction of Brad Shores, steel drum and athletic band director at Bethel College.

Band members are Taylor Dashney, Edmond, Okla., Charlotte Ehrmann, Augusta, Kan., Jaxie Gerk, Holyoke, Colo., Minkinzie Harkins, Wichita, Josh Kennell, Newton, Kayla Newman, Sedgwick, Kan., Elizabeth Tran, North Newton, Laura Tran, North Newton, and Briley Young, Wichita.

COVID-19 protocols are in place on the Bethel campus – face coverings are required, along with physical distancing between non-family groups.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #14 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #26 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, and earned its third-straight NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Gold Award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2020-21; is’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates; has the #10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to; and is #57 among 829 U.S. colleges and universities named by as “Best for Financial Aid,” as well as #23 “Safest College Towns in the U.S.,” ranked by for 2020-21. For more information, see

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.