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 13 different high schools, encompassing 17 different extra-curricular programs over more than 30 competitive seasons, including two Winterguard International indoor percussion ensembles.
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. In 2011 he moved into the front ensemble lead role, and remained with them through their 2012 and 2013 seasons.
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. For the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Caleb taught the front ensemble at Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corps, earning two more top-ten finishes in 7th and 5th place.
He is also currently the front ensemble arranger and program designer with Clearview High School Marching Band, the President and principal percussionist with the Rockville Brass Band and a percussionist with the Capital Pride Symphonic Band. Most recently, he won the North American Brass Band Association Championship with the Rockville Brass Band in the second division, and placed 3rd in the concurrent NABBA solo percussion competition.
Caleb is also a teacher at E. L. Haynes Public Charter High School, where teaches Music Composition. 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.
My set is used symphonically, operating under the necessity of creating a wide range of timbres and effects to maximize and capture the composers intent.
Bright Suspended Cymbals: Custom ride/crash
Medium Suspended Cymbals: Vintage Old School 1964 ride
Dark Suspended Cymbals: Extreme ride
HiHat (modern literature): Custom
The Rockville Brass Band, conducted by Nigel Horne, took first prize in their division this past weekend at the...Read More
July 9th, 2016
Soultone Artist Caleb DeGroote has been recently named the President of Rockville Brass Band...Read More