Barbara Jaspersen

Greg McRay
Greg McRay was fortunate to grow up in a musical family. His father, saxophonist Robert McRay, played the jazz circuit both in the U.S. and Europe and exposed Greg's ear to the best of jazz. Starting his formal study of drums in high school, Greg played under the mentorship of Benny Green at the well-respected jazz program at Berkeley High School.

Greg continued his studies at Laney College where he performed in both the concert band and Ed Kelly's Jazz Combo. His most influential teachers were Jim Smith and Tony Williams. Since then he has continued to expand his rhythmic repertoire by playing with many jazz, fusion, and rock bands.

Drawing on the powerful musicianship of Art Blakey, Max Roach, Bill Bruford, and Billy Cobham, Greg brought his creative drum playing to Copus in the summer of 2002 and has been with them ever since.

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