Rich MacDonald – drums
Rich MacDonald is Professor of Music at Winona State University – Percussion/Jazz Studies. He has been playing with the La Crosse Jazz Orchstra since 2012. He is Principal Percussion with La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Safe Passage Jazz Quartet, Optimism Jazz Sextet, John Paulson Big Band and WSU Faculty Jazz Septet. He recently completed The Commission Project, a joint effort with the JazzMN Orchestra featuring seven works commissioned by MacDonald with the goal of presenting a variety of big band styles. He earned Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees at the University of North Texas, and Doctor of Arts (DA) - Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.