Bio

Drummer, percussionist, and arranger Kevin McDonald's performance credits include Dave Liebman, Mark Turner, Paquito D’Rivera, and Lee Konitz in international venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Le Poisson Rouge, Bimhuis, and The White House. McDonald has collaborated with groups ranging from the Limon Dance Company to the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, served as Percussion Principal for the 2012 Disneyland All-American College Band, was selected to perform in Carnegie Hall's 2011 Professional Training Workshops directed by Brad Mehldau, and serves specialized presidential support as drummer for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble. Kevin McDonald proudly endorses Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Remo drumheads.

Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, McDonald holds an M.M. in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music, where he was recipient of the William H. Borden Award, Clement Meadmore Scholarship, Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, and Center for Music Entrepreneurship Fellowship. While at Manhattan School of Music, McDonald, a student of John Riley, performed as drum chair for the MSM Jazz Orchestra, MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble, MSM Concert Jazz Band, and MSM Jazz Philharmonic under the direction of Justin Dicioccio. 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 and, through Eastman’s Conservatory Exchange Program, studied abroad at The Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). A Dual-Degree student and 2009 Provost Scholar, McDonald holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester, where he was twice named to the NCAA University Athletic Association’s All-Academic Team as a University of Rochester Varsity Men’s Soccer scholar-athlete.

McDonald has served as adjunct faculty within Manhattan College’s Department of Visual & Performing Arts; as Teaching Artist within Manhattan School of Music's Department of Distance Learning; and has given master classes at Columbia University Teachers College, Georgetown University, Manhattan School of Music, and Weaver Academy for the Performing & Visual Arts. McDonald is completing a Ph.D. in Musicology at the Catholic University of America.