Originally from Spokane Washington, Christian and his family spent three and half years in Okinawa, Japan during his childhood. In sixth grade, Christian started taking private percussion lessons from Paul Raymond, the principal percussionist of the Spokane Symphony. In junior high school, Christian became interested in jazz after listening to the Dave Brubeck Quartet and he started studying drumset with Ed Brown, founder of Gold Line Percussion.

   After High School, Christian received scholarships to study jazz vibraphone with world-renowned vibraphone player, Prof. Tom Collier, head of Percussion and Jazz Studies at the University of Washington. Christian majored in percussion and minored in physics at UW, studying the relationship between music (sound) and physics. After teaching and playing percussion professionally in Seattle for three years, Christian moved to Sapporo, Japan to teach English with the Jet Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program). In addition to teaching English, Christian also played with many local jazz groups around town and met many great musicians. Upon finishing the JET Program in 2006, Christian returned to Seattle and spent the next two years working towards his masters degree in percussion performance at The University of Washington.

    Since graduating in 2008, Christian has been performing with his own jazz vibraphone group, Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo Steel Drum Band, Million Dollar Nile, The Lee Redfield Quartet, and playing freelance percussion for orchestras, musicals, and other ensembles in the Seattle area. In addition to playing and teaching music, Christian is the School Technology Specialist at Lockwood Elementary School in Bothell, WA.

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Christian Krehbiel graduated in 2008 with a masters degree in percussion performance from the University of Washington. He studied percussion with Tom Collier, timpani with Mike Crusoe, and jazz improvisation with Marc Seales. Currently, Christian spends his time teaching private lessons, leading his own jazz vibraphone quartet, and playing freelance percussion in the Seattle area. He has performed and taught music in Japan with Tom Collier in 2005 and with the University of WA Wind Ensemble in 2007. Christian holds a BA/BM in percussion performance from the University of Washington as well.

Contact: 206.354.0794      christiankrehbiel@hotmail.com