About Wayde McDonnell
Wayde McDonnell has been playing drums for over 10 years, performing in a wide range of styles including jazz, musical theatre, and rock. He earned several accolades throughout high school, including the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as decided by the school administration, and an "Outstanding Drum Set Solo" Award during the 2016 University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. After graduating, Wayde has been hired to play school musicals, choir concerts, and orchestra concerts. Outside the realm of academia, he has performed at prominent Denver venues with several of his bands and recorded several studio albums, mostly in heavier styles of music.
Wayde believes in an emphasis on self-expression through music. He sees technique and holistic musical knowledge as essential tools, as well as encourages creativity just as much as technicality. He enjoys seeing students of all ages and skill levels enjoy themselves and become the best musicians they can be.