Paul began playing trumpet in 5th grade. He was a student at Zion Lutheran School when the public school band director visited and asked if anyone was interested in joining band. Paul immediately declined, sure that he would someday be the next Rich Little.
His parents, however, informed him that he was wrong, and took him to sign up for band. Paul picked the trumpet, as that seemed the instrument on which he could make the most noise (all the drum spots were filled).
Paul was still not sold and wanted to quit. Then his mother pulled a dirty trick and played a recording of a professional trumpet player. He has been in love with music ever since.
Paul was a 2 time All-Stater in high school, and during his senior year, he was picked to perform in the McDonalds All American Marching Band, and later, their All-American Jazz Band. This led to performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rose Bowl Parade, an appearance on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, among other performances.
Paul attended the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Music Education. While there, he played in the Wind Symphony, the Orchestra and Jazz II and Jazz I.
Paul has taught primarily in eastern Iowa: Iowa City Regina, West Liberty, and Muscatine. He also spent several years in the Des Moines Public Schools until budget cuts left him with out a job. Paul returned to eastern Iowa, where he has been taking care of his father.
Paul joined the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in the summer of 1995, and has been a member since, playing solo cornet and, most recently, interim director.