Kelby MacNayr (BMus ’04)


Born and raised on Canada's west coast, Kelby MacNayr studied percussion with Bill Linwood at the University of Victoria. Connected to a small but mighty musical community in his hometown, a great and varied musical community across the country and an ever-changing world of musicians in the Pacific Northwest, Kelby performs groundbreaking original music — a beautifully crafted blend of innovation and tradition that engages and inspires audiences. A dynamic and creative musician MacNayr performs in Canada and abroad with leading musicians from New York, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. A faculty member of the world-renowned Jazz Port Townsend Festival under director John Clayton, staff at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, Kelby is continually reinventing himself as a performer, composer and educator.

MacNayr is a first-call drummer who has worked on over 50 CDs. In November 2013, the Kelby MacNayr Quintet released their much-anticipated album, The Measure of Light, featuring Phil Dwyer, Dan Lapp, Miles Black, and Tom Wakeling.

“I have taken my training at UVic and continued my artistic aspirations developing my work in jazz and composition. I currently lead a renowned Quintet, work as a free-lance musician and work on the faculty a numerous jazz workshops in Canada and the US.”