Kris Myers

270 – Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee): From Jazz man to jam band

Since 2003 Kris Myers has been the drummer for Umphrey’s McGee, who’ve been a staple on the Jam Band Scene for more than 2 decades. Although he fits the band like a glove, this isn’t the career path that Kris originally envisioned for himself. Originally focused on being a studio/local drummer and avoiding the road, Myers found himself landing a gig with a band who is constantly touring  – a position that he gladly accepted and is now considered one of the best “Jam Band” drummers in the world, a title he earned in the 2011 Drum! Magazine reader’s poll.

Kris Myers talks about:

  • His early years  / getting into drumming
  • Life as a Jazz drummer
  • Original plans for his career
  • Landing the Umphrey’s McGee gig
  • His approach to learning a huge song list in a short amount of time
  • How he learned the improvisational language of the band
  • The ups and downs of being on the road
  • Much more

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Kris Myers plays:

  • Pearl Drums
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Vic Firth
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Humes and Berg

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