Drummer and percussionist Kevin McDonald's performance credits include 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, The U.S. Library of Congress, JEN, The Midwest Clinic, and Bimhuis. A Ph.D. candidate in musicology at The Catholic University of America researching the intersection of jazz arts and twentieth-century American cultural identity, McDonald serves as Adjunct Professor of Applied Jazz Percussion at George Mason University's Dewberry School of Music and as drummer for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble. McDonald was selected to perform in Carnegie Hall's 2011 Professional Training Workshops directed by Brad Mehldau and has given masterclasses at leading institutions around the globe, including Columbia University Teachers College, Georgetown University, and Manhattan School of Music. McDonald is a proud endorsing artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Ludwig Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Remo Drumheads.
Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, McDonald holds a M.M. in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied in the studio of John Riley and was recipient of the William H. Borden Award, Clement Meadmore Scholarship, Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, and Center for Music Entrepreneurship Fellowship. McDonald holds both a B.M. in Jazz Studies/Contemporary Media and a Certificate in World Music/Ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music, where he was recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship.