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Ken Mc Nair

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in Southern New Jersey, Ken McNair, an exceptional drum talent, began playing at the tender age of 3 with no formal training. He was drawn to the drums picking up his first pair of drumsticks at Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ in Berlin, N.J. For a number of years, his only medium for practicing was quite literally weekly live performances in various churches throughout the New Jersey area.
Throughout middle school, he spent his lunchtime in the music room, where he diligently practiced. These practice sessions were the birthplace of his self-expression and creativity. It was during one of these practices that the Highland Regional High School band director, John Tumminia, noticed his amazing drum abilities.

From that point on under the direction of Tumminia, Ken began formally learning, developing and crafting his abilities as a drummer.

Throughout high school, he was inspired to continue his quest for musical excellence, receiving many awards including two scholarships for Best Overall Outstanding Jazz Soloist to Berklee School of Music in Massachusetts. But fate had other plans and he decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
While pursuing Music at the University of Pittsburgh, he had the opportunity to play for the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Nathan Davis, who encouraged him to take formal lessons from Norman G. Humphries. While there, he also had the good fortune to play with some of the jazz greats like the late Eddie Harris, Monty Alexander, the late Grover Washington Jr., Johnny Griffin, Larry Corryell, James Moody, and Hank Crawford.

During his time at the University, Ken was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Mellon Jazz Scholarship with which he purchased his first drum set. In his last academic year at Pitt, he ventured into the Pittsburgh jazz scene, where Walt Harper & All That Jazz hired him. As time went on, he was playing throughout the Pittsburgh area in local jazz spots such as Dizzy's with Dwayne Dolphin and Jimmy Ponders, James Street Tavern, and The Balcony in Shadyside.

In 1998, he had a 4-month tour playing with a jazz trio aboard Princess Cruises' Sun Princess. While on the open seas, he traveled around the western Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska and Canada. In September 1999, Ken moved with his wife to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

Today, as a session drummer, he has been steadily playing throughout the D.C. metropolitan area with various groups including the Prelude Orchestra, the Wright Touch Big Band, Ron Chiles Trio, Rick Whitehead Trio, and formerly with Tim Eyermann and the East Coast Offering. He also has done clinics with the Georgetown University Jazz Band.

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