Caleb Lambert

Caleb L.

Iowa City, IA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have helped many trumpet students place in All-State ensembles, compete for seating placements, and earn top marks in solo and ensemble competitions.

About Caleb L.

Hello and Welcome!

I am excited to start offering my teaching services on trombone, euphonium and the rest of the instruments from the brass family here at

Here is a brief introduction about myself.

I am currently a member of Orchestra Iowa based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and have played with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra, Quad City Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and many others. I studied with Jay Friedman and other members of the Chicago Symphony at Roosevelt University between 2007 and 2012

I am a Greenhoe trombone performing artist and recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a DMA in 2020 where I was the teaching assistant in the trombone studio.

In addition to my orchestra playing, I was also a member of Axiom Brass Quintet from 2012-2014. During my tenure we were the first prize winners at the International brass competition held in Passau Germany and the ensemble in residence at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Music Institute of Chicago, and were the first Brass ensemble to be invited to the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, MI.

As a soloist, I was also the grand prize winner of the Chicago International Brass solo competition in 2012 on euphonium.
Currently, I am also an active member with the New Chicago Brass, a modern brass ensemble based out of Chicago. I am comfortable teaching all brass instruments for all ages and skill levels. I look forward to answering any questions you may have in regard to taking lessons on a brass instrument.

Teaching Philosophy:

My goal is to make music accessible to everyone and not just professional musicians.

Music is about more than the combination of playing the right notes at the right time. It is about turning the song and melody we imagine in our mind into musical sound to communicate with the world. The goal is to express ourselves the way we hear in our imagination.

With this in mind, I focus on the following when working with the needs of individual students:

development of technique through scales, arpeggios, and lip slurs, as well as technical exercises from Schlossberg, Arban, and others.

development of musical phrasing and style through the etudes of Cimera, Bordogni, Blazhevich, Edwards, and others.

music history and music theory

the history of the trombone and how the trombone works

collaboration with piano accompaniment and small chamber groups for development of aural and physical awareness

Once learned, these tools can then be applied to music from any era or genre. The end result is easier and more enjoyable trombone playing, and a better sense and appreciation for music.


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With Caleb's classes. my son was able to catch up with his trombone lessons in school. Caleb was extremely knowledge about the subject matter and also offered a list of events with trombone(s). We are very appreciate of his well-thought lesson plans and wish him the best in the future. We discontinued only because my son will not be continuing with Band next year in high school.

Posted Mar 30, 2021
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My son has learned so much in just a few lessons with Caleb. He is also practicing more than ever as Caleb is giving him excellent feedback and instruction. Can't wait to see how he does with upcoming auditions and looking forward to more leasons.

Posted Dec 4, 2017
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My son is brand new to the trombone and Caleb has been great. My son is having fun which is all due to Caleb.

Posted Sep 14, 2017
Eric G
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Knowledgeable, friendly easy to work with.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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Posted Dec 1, 2017

Photos & Videos

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Interim 2nd trombone
Aug 2017 - Present

Quad City Symphony

I am playing second trombone with the Quad City Symphony in Davenport Iowa for the 2017-2018 season.

Teaching Partner
Sep 2016 - Present

West Music (Coralville location)

I teach private students of all ages in the studios at West Music location.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present

University of Iowa

I teach undergraduate private trombone lessons, play in large ensembles, and coach chamber groups.

2nd Trombone
Aug 2014 - Present

Orchestra Iowa

I am the second trombonist at Orchestra Iowa. I also play a lot of principal trombone, as well as euphonium and bass trumpet.

substitute second trombone
Oct 2016 - Sep 2017

Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra

I substitute in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony.

substitute second trombone
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017

Dubuque Symphony

I frequently am called to substitute in the Dubuque Symphony in Dubuque, Iowa.

substitute 2nd trombone
Jul 2016 - Jul 2016

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

I was substitute 2nd trombone for the Raider's of the Lost Ark Movie in the Concert Hall series.

Guest tenor tuba
Feb 2012 - Aug 2012

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

I performed tenor tuba with the Chicago Symphony on Janacek's Sinfonietta, Holt's Planets, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition playing the Bydlo tuba solo.


Aug 2016 - Present

University of Iowa

MM Orchestral Studies
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Chicago College of Performing Arts

BM Trombone Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2010

Chicago College of Performing Arts



Limited Proficiency


Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau
Oct 2012

Passau International Brass Competition

Grand prize
Mar 2012

Chicago Brass Festival solo competition


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2014
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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