Caleb Paust teaches drumset and orchestral percussion in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Caleb Paust is a freelance drummer based in Los Angeles. Caleb’s diverse stylistic background quickly proved to be an asset and allowed him to begin freelancing at age thirteen. He has performed professionally in both symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz combos, pop and rock groups, and as a solo artist. He has developed a highly creative approach to improvisational performance, taking inspiration from revered avant-garde musicians Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Milford Graves, and Paul Bley. He is also hugely influenced by modern experimental music, particularly artists like Tyshawn Sorey, Ches Smith, Jon Hebert, and Mary Halvorson. Without a doubt, his greatest strength is his ability to present the drum set as a fully realized musical instrument.
He attended Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated from the Studio Music Program in 2017. Prior to this, he studied jazz drum set performance at Idyllwild Arts Academy, performing in ensembles under the direction of both Marshall Hawkins and Paul Carman. While participating in the Honor Orchestra of America, Caleb performed under world-renowned conductor and USC professor Larry Livingston, and was subsequently hand-selected by Livingston to attend the Idyllwild Arts Chamberfest on a full scholarship for two consecutive summers. Caleb was also awarded a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard Summer Jazz Workshop at Snow College, chosen by jazz legend Carl Allen. A native of Stuart, Florida, Caleb has studied privately with many reputable percussionists, including Keith Aleo (world-renowned educator), Marty Morell (Bill Evans, University of Central Florida), John Yarling (University of Miami), and George Nickson (Sarasota Orchestra). Caleb has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, and Hilbert Circle Theatre, among other famed orchestral venues. He played the Benny Golson Jazz Festival while in high school.