Heartland Marimba

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Caleb Pickering

HMP Compositions

  • BLOODWORKSA technically virtuosic marimba trio depicting the motion of blood pumping through the human body.

  • POP PSYCHE – A marimba quartet commissioned by the HMQuartet Education Project 2017-18.


Percussionist, composer, and educator Caleb Pickering (b. 1990) is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at James Madison University, where he is a student of Percussionist and Composer Casey Cangelosi.  A graduate of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, he studied with Dr. Dean Gronemeier and Dr. Timothy Jones, receiving his MM in Percussion Performance. Pickering is also a graduate of Texas A&M University - Commerce, where he received his B.S. in Music Education.  During his time at TAMU-C, he was a percussion student of Dr. Brian Zator.  As a percussionist and educator, Pickering has performed frequently in the DFW area, and has previously been a frequent performer throughout Las Vegas.  Pickering has been a performer for a variety of companies, including MGM Grand Entertainment, Hakkasan Nightclub, Chateau Rooftop Club, Wine Amplified festival, and Taste of the Nation. Pickering's works are published through C. Alan Publications, Heartland Marimba Festival, and via self publishing. Pickering endorses Salyers Percussion sticks and mallets.