Kevin C. McDonald

Kevin C. McDonald [Ph.D., Catholic Univ.; M.M., Manhattan School of Music] is a passionate musicologist and an acclaimed jazz drummer. He has shared the concert stage with Dave Liebman, Mark Turner, Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel Zenon, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Lee Konitz in international venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The White House, and Bimhuis. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Applied Jazz Percussion at George Mason University and as drummer for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble. His Ph.D. dissertation, "Hearing the American Civil Rights Movement in the Music of Max Roach," was published in 2021. He has presented for prestigious academic fora, including the American Musicological Society (AMS), Jazz Education Network (JEN), Midwest Clinic, and National Museum of the U.S. Navy. He is a proud endorsing artist for Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Remo drumheads. 






Apr. 16

8 p.m.

George Mason Center for the Arts

(Fairfax, VA)

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

feat. Maria Schneider

Apr. 20

8 & 10 p.m.

Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.)

Darden Purcell

Apr. 28

7 p.m.

Town Hall (La Plata, MD)

U.S. Navy Band Commodores

Apr. 29

7:30 p.m.

49 West (Annapolis, MD)

Tim Stanley Quartet

May 11

5 p.m.

George Washington Univ.

Mike Cemprola Quartet

5/31 - 6/4


2022 International Trumpet Guild Conf.

U.S. Navy Band Commodores