photo courtesy of Wes Urbaniak

photo courtesy of Wes Urbaniak


Keller Paulson is a freelance percussionist and drum set artist from Casper, Wyoming, currently based in Billings, Montana.  Paulson earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies and Percussion Performance from Colorado State University in the fall of 2014.  He also holds an Associate’s of Arts in music from Northwest College.  Keller’s teachers and mentors include Dr. Terry Gunderson, Ronnie Bedford, Spencer Martin, Shilo Stroman, Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, Peter Sommer, and Wil Swindler.

Paulson has performed with a diverse group of musicians and bands including folk/soul group, Satsang, funk rock group, the Bad Math Band, electro/improvisation group, Big Sword, indie/punk band, Too Many Teeth, blues/rock group, O’Connor Brothers Band, and hip-hop groups, Infuhmus and Lucid Mynd (also known as Truck Stop Tuxes).  Current projects that Keller is a part of include Satsang, Parker Brown Band, Grant Jones Band, Alex Nauman Organ Trio, and the O'Connor Brothers Band.

While in Colorado, Keller has had the opportunity to share the stage with such artists as John Fedchock and Ingrid Jensen.  Other notable artists that Paulson has played with include Ron Blake (trumpet), Nick Mancini, Caleb Quaye, Tim Snider, Matt Harris, Ben Markley, Matt Smiley, Wil Swindler, Peter Sommer, Annie Booth, Ryan Fourt and many others.  Paulson has also had the opportunity to open and share the stage with such groups and people as Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Jon Wayne and the Pain, and Senator Bernie Sanders.

As a performer, Keller has played a wide variety of venues including Dazzle Jazz Club, the Fox Theatre, Jannus Live, and has performed as a featured soloist in the Northwest Jazz Festival in Powell, Wyoming.  Paulson has performed and toured across the country playing in venues and festivals in over 25 states including Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, New York, California, and many more.  As an educator, Paulson has conducted clinics at many middle schools and high schools, has been teaching private lessons since 2007, and is adjunct faculty at Sheridan College.  In his free time, Keller enjoys snowboarding, fly-fishing, reading, and watching movies.