Saxophonist Kevin McNerney received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education (Jazz Studies emphasis) degrees from the University of North Texas, where he directed the Six and Nine O'Clock Lab Bands and served as a Teaching Fellow in applied saxophone (and also spent many years as a morning DJ at KNTU-FM 88.1). Kevin currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where he directs three jazz ensembles and teaches applied saxophone. He also maintains a private saxophone studio at five secondary schools in the Garland Independent School District and one in the Rockwall Independent School District.
Kevin has performed with Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Phil Woods, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahogany, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Denis DiBlasio, Bobby Shew, Mike Vax, Tom "Bones" Malone, and Frank Mantooth, as well as the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Duke Ellington Small Band featuring Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., the Brad Leali/Shelley Carrol Big Band, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony and the symphony orchestras of Garland, Mesquite and Irving, Texas.
Kevin has been on the faculty of the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp since 1999; he appears on their CD All of Us, released in 2004 on Sea Breeze Records. He may also be heard on two recordings by the Metroplexity Big Band, one by the Gospel Train Big Band, and two by the Dallas Wind Symphony (now Dallas Winds).
Kevin is the regular saxophonist for the worship band at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas (where he also holds the position of Orchestra Coordinator), and he also serves as Governor of Province 32 for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
Kevin is active as a freelance performer, adjudicator and clinician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. His new quartet, The Kevin McNerney/Thomas Dawson Project, has begun performing locally; he is also one-half of the jazz duo "Credulous." A list of his upcoming performances may be found here.