Caleb DeGroote is currently a resident of Washington, D.C., but grew up in Canandaigua, NY. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Political Science from Binghamton University and a Master's of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University. Throughout his life, music performance and education have always been an integral part of his life.
Caleb started his teaching career at Naples High School in New York with their marching band during his senior year of high school, in 2006. He stayed with them until 2012, leaving the program as their assistant director after sixteen first place finishes in competition.
While at Naples and earning his B.A., Caleb co-founded the Midlakes High School Percussion Ensemble. From there, he has gone on to direct, teach, arrange, or consult at a total of 11 different high schools, encompassing 15 different extra-curricular programs over 26 competitive seasons, including two Winterguard International indoor percussion ensembles.
Caleb fell in love with Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, when five-time World Champions, the Empire Statesmen, came to his high school and performed. In 2008, he joined the Rochester Crusaders, playing timpani and marimba with them under the tutelage of Rick Rogers, placing 10th at Drum Corps Associates World Championships. In 2009, he marched vibraphone with Citations, earning a Drum Corps International Open Class bronze medal. In 2010, Caleb joined the Empire Statesmen as an in-line tech, playing marimba. This move brought his drum corps experience full circle, as he began teaching with the same organization that introduced him to drum corps six years prior. In 2011 he moved into the front ensemble lead role. The 2013 competitive season was his fourth and last with the corps, as the Empire Statesmen transition into new forms of music entertainment and chose to explore a different, non-drum corps structure. The corps placed 3rd in 2010 and 2011, 6th in 2012, and 4th in 2013 at Drum Corps Associates World Championships.
Following this, Caleb accepted a position with Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as their Percussion Caption Head for the 2014 DCA season. His leadership there helped the corps move to Open Class from A Class, finishing 12th at DCA World Finals. Windsor Regiment utilized a wide variety of Soultone cymbals in their front ensemble, creating a dark and unique sound that was appreciated by many. Starting in 2015, he became the front ensemble instructor of Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps, where he currently enjoys working with the talented members of that ensemble.
He is also currently the front ensemble arranger and program designer with Clearview High School Marching Band, the President and a performing member of Rockville Brass Band and a percussionist with the Capital Pride Symphonic Band. Caleb is also a teacher at E. L. Haynes Public Charter High School, where teaches Music Composition and directs the Percussion Ensemble. In addition to being an artist with Soultone Cymbals, Caleb is a Percussion Educator with Innovative Percussion, finding the combination of Soultone Cymbals and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets to be extremely practical and versatile.
Marimbas - Exteme Series crash cymbals
Vibraphones - Gospel Series crash cymbals
Auxilliary - Vintage Series, Custom Brilliant RA Series, FXO Series
Symphonic - Vintage Old School 1964 Series, Custom Series