Paul Kreibich

Paul Kreibich

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68 age

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May 24, 1955 Birthday

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Los Angeles, California, U.S. Birthplace

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Paul Kreibich is a Los Angeles based drummer, bandleader and educator. He began his career touring with Carmen McRae in 1979 and went on to tour with the Ray Charles Orchestra for several years followed by stints with Mose Allison, The Woody Herman Band, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, and the Gene Harris Quartet. Kribich can be heard on a variety of recordings by notable artists including Dianne Reeves, Jon Hendricks, and Kenny Burrell. He's also released several albums as a leader and maintained a longstanding weekly gig at the Studio Cafe on Balboa Island. Beyond performing, Kreibich serves as a faculty member at Cal State Fullerton and teaches privately.


Paul Kreibich also plays vibes and the flute. Paul Kreibich invented the "Muffbone," a bass drum muffling tool. Paul Kreibich has published a book of exercised for drummers and a book of duets for drums.

Early Life

Paul Kriebich was born in Los Angeles in 1955 and grew up in Southern California. As a young child he showed an interest in drumming and began playing in his school band at age 9. By high school he was playing several nights a week in local clubs and also serving as his high school drum major. Following graduation, Kriebich studied at the Berklee College of Music and then returned to Southern California. He played in Vince Wallace's Quintet before getting his first major gig in 1979, touring the US and Japan with singer Carmen McRae.