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Francis Eugene ("Gene") Mikell (1880-1932) Instrumentalist and recitalist (violinist, cornettist, saxophonist), conductor, composer, educator (including instruction in voice, piano, violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, cornet, saxophone, clarinet; school and community bands and chorusses). Compositions for band, orchestra, voice. Arrangements of popular songs and tunes for band. And a photograph exists of Mikell with a curious string instrument he invented---a kind of soap box cello.
Mikell attended Avery, Tuskegee, the New York Conservatory, and Orangeburg, so he probably came from a relatively educated and successful family background. This supposition is only reinforced by his subsequent career in education. He taught at: Tuskegee in 1894 Orangeburg SC State College Jenkins Orphanage, Charleston, SC Cookman Institute, Jacksonville Florida Baptist Academy, Jacksonville Bordentown School, Bordentown, NJ New York Music School Settlement, NYC Martin-Smith School of Music, NYC (acc. Southern) Lincoln House Settlement, NJ Lincoln House Settlement, NYC