Mr Caleb Rothe

Mr Caleb Rothe

Percussion Adjudicator


Caleb Rothe is the Percussion Education Coordinator for WGI Sport of the Arts. He has previously served as a program director, arranger, and instructor for Ayala HS (1997-2009), Pulse Percussion (2004-2007), and Rancho Cucamonga HS (2000-2004). Mr Rothe also served as a front ensemble arranger and instructor for Upland HS (2004-2006), Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006). He has been a percussion educator in Southern California since 1997 and has worked with more than twenty different high schools, independent percussion ensembles, and drum and bugle corps.


Mr Rothe has served as an adjudicator at events across the United States, Europe and Asia. His judging experience includes work with WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International, the Malaysia World Band Competition, and a number of local and regional marching arts organizations and events across the United States.

As a performer, Caleb served as principle percussionist of the Cal Poly Pomona University Wind Ensemble from 1998 to 2003 and has also performed with the Irvine Valley College Wind Symphony. In addition to his concert performances, Caleb has been active as a studio musician and has performed on several albums and film soundtracks.

Caleb is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses ProMark sticks and mallets and Remo drumheads. He was a founding member and now serves as President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance. Caleb has previously served as the Vice President of Percussion for the Winter Guard International Board of Directors and has previously been a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Percussion Steering Committee.

In indoor competition, his ensembles have collectively won 9 WGI World Championship medals, been WGI World Championship Finalists 25 times, been Regional Finalists 55 times, and Regional Champions 20 times. Caleb has lead ensembles to finalist placements at the WGI World Championships across all three classifications (A, Open, and World), in both marching and concert percussion, and in both the scholastic and independent divisions. On the field, his groups have previously been named DCI Division III World Champions, Bands of America Grand National Finalists, Bands of America Regional Champions, and Western Band Association Finalists 23 times. Locally, his ensembles have won 20 SCPA Championship medals and over 60 first place awards.

Caleb received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the spring of 2003 and his teaching credential from the University of Redlands in the winter of 2007. He currently teaches math and percussion at Cope Middle School in Redlands, California and serves as the mathematics department chair.

Caleb lives with his wife Kelly and sons Cameron and Carter in Fontana, California.