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Kris Myers

Umphrey's McGee, Kick the Cat

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ABOUT Kris Myers


Chicago native Kris Myers began playing drums at the age of eight with an interest in rock, funk, and pop music. It was not until his college years that his musical path led him to jazz, in the form of the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. Under director Doug Beach, the Elmhurst College Jazz Band played gigs in the U.S. and Internationally at events such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. During that time, Myers played with a variety of jazz artists such as Nicholas Payton, Diane Schuur, Randy Brecker, Dennis DiBlasio as well as local Chicago musician Mark Colby. 

In 2001, Myers enrolled in DePaul University where he earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies, while playing with the Rob Parton Orchestra. Myers also played with John McLean and was a member of the Chicago jazz fusion band Kick the Cat.

In 2003, Kris began playing drums for progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee, following the departure of original drummer Mike Mirro. With Myers at the helm, Umphrey's has released eleven albums and maintains a rigorous touring schedule of over 100 live shows per year.  Umphrey's has performed at legendary festivals and venues such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Fuji Rock Festival, South by Southwest, Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Ryman Theatre, The Beacon Theatre, and more.

Myers was honored with the title of Best Jam Band Drummer by DRUM Magazine in 2011. In 2018, he was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer's July issue. Kris also placed second in the Experimental Rock category of the publication's "Readers Poll Awards," behind St. Vincent drummer Matt Johnson




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