Faculty & Staff

Kevin McDonald

Jazz Percussion

Adjunct Faculty

  • Applied Jazz Percussion and Drum Set


  • B.M. in Jazz Studies/Contemporary Media and a Certificate in World Music/Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music
  • M.M. in Jazz Arts, Manhattan School of Music

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, The Midwest Clinic, and Bimhuis. A Ph.D. candidate in musicology at The Catholic University of America currently completing his dissertation entitled, “Hearing the American Civil Rights Movement in the Music of Max Roach,” McDonald 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. McDonald is a proud endorsing artist for Zildjian cymbals, 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. Visit Kevin online at:  kevinmcdonaldmusic.com

E-mail Professor McDonald at: kmcdon@gmu.edu