Paul Kreibich was born May 24, 1955 in Los Angeles, moving to Costa Mesa, CA when he was an infant. From an early age he showed an interest in drumming. As a kid he made his own drum set out of a cardboard barrel and coffee cans. He then began playing in the school band at the age of nine. At 12 years old Paul started private lessons with Bob Wrate. He was drum major at Costa Mesa High School and already working five nights a week at a local club on Balboa Island by his junior year. Paul continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He returned home to attend Orange Coast College and study with renowned percussionist Forrest Clark. Paul then worked for 2 years with tenor saxophonist Vince Wallace's Quintet (…that was my real schooling!) Following this, Paul worked a variety of musical jobs including a stint with the Continental Circus.
In 1979 at the age of 23 he got his first major jazz gig with the great singer Carmen McRae. They toured the United States and Japan including a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Paul moved to Los Angeles in 1981, began private studies with well-known drum teacher Fred Gruber and attended LA City College.
Impressed with Japan and their love of jazz, Paul accepted an offer to return to work in Japan for 6 months with American and Japanese musicians in Osaka and Kyoto.
Upon his return to Los Angeles he got back into the local music scene. At a friend's coaxing, Paul went to a cattle call audition for the Ray Charles Band. He was the last drummer to play and was hired on the spot. Paul traveled with the band internationally for four years.