Lauren McKinley – Percussion
Lauren McKinley is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator currently based in Spokane, Washington. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (percussion emphasis) at Eastern Washington University. While attending EWU, Lauren won the EWU Concerto Competition, received the Undergraduate Jazz Arranger award multiple years, received the Frances B. Huston Medallion for excellence in her graduating class, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors. In 2014, Lauren competed as a semi-finalist in the Southern California International Marimba Competition and the Great Plains International Marimba Competition. Lauren was recognized as honorable mention for the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest in 2016.
In 2018, Lauren graduated with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies, Composition Emphasis, from the University of North Texas. While a student at UNT, Lauren worked as a teaching assistant for the jazz arranging courses and in the jazz library. Lauren’s arrangements were performed by the One O’Clock Lab Band and the U-Tubes.
Lauren enjoys writing music for all ages, and her compositions and arrangements have been heard throughout North America.
Paul Raymond – Percussion
Bachelor of Music from Eastern Washington University. Master of Music from Northwestern University. Principal Percussionist of Spokane Symphony. Instructor of Percussion at Whitworth College.
Brendan McMurphy – Percussion
Brendan McMurphy graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Arts in Music with a Jazz emphasis and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance, but requires no stunt double when it comes to his second instrument, the drums. An intuitive and musically sensitive musician with persuasive rhythmic and harmonic concept, Brendan is well versed in both jazz and classical performance as well as many popular forms.
His composition “Somewhere, Someplace” was featured in the Fall 2009 edition of Jazziz magazine. He also co-wrote the theme song and soundtrack music for “The Last Chapter”, an independent short film.
He has performed with the Washington Idaho Symphony, in addition to various Jazz big band & small group jazz combo settings throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is currently on faculty at Holy Names Music Center, where he runs “The Jazz Factory” a weekly class teaching jazz performance skills to a small group of High School aged students.