Basic Background Info

Birth: April 5, 1977
Location: Palatine, Illinois
Band: Umphrey's McGee, Kick the Cat, Dorp Q
Genres: Progressive, Jazz, Jam
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Kris Myers is the improvisational drumming genius behind Chicago progressive rock outfit Umphrey's McGee.

In 2002 drummer Mike Mirro left Umphrey's McGee to attend medical school. The band then scrambled to find a replacement or face dismantlement. The very first audition demo the band received came from Kris Myers, who formerly drummed with jazz/funk band Kick the Cat. Though initially impressed by Kris Myers' performance, fueled by his Masters degree in Jazz Drumming, percussionist Andy Farag reviewed hundreds of drummers before sending Kris the official band invitation in 2003. Local Band Does Oklahoma was Kris Myers' first released recording with the band.

In addition to thrilling audiences with cleverly intricate grooves with Umphrey's McGee, Kris Myers also drums for fusion, jazz, drum, and bass trio Drop Q and the Beatles/Pink Floyd cover band called Brain Damaged Eggmen.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2003 Local Band Does Oklahoma Umphrey's McGee
2004 Anchor Drops Umphrey's McGee
2005 Up All Night: Jamminí to the Talking Heads Various Artists
2005 Wrapped Around Chicago: New Years at the Riviera Umphrey's McGee
2006 Safety in Numbers Umphrey's McGee
2007 The Bottom Half Umphrey's McGee
2007 Live at the Murat Umphrey's McGee
2007 Jimmy Stewart Umphrey's McGee
2009 Mantis Umphrey's McGee
2011 Death By Stereo Umphrey's McGee


  • The Umphrey's McGee website proudly hails that Kris Myers's contribution "proved critical to the band’s success" and helped "the gifted collective elevated its game."
  • The Beatles/Pink Floyd cover band, Brain Damaged Eggmen, includes two other members of Umphrey's McGee, Jake Cinninger, Brendan Bayliss, and two more from jam band The Disco Biscuits, Marc Brownstein, Aaron Magner, in addition to Kris Myers.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Sabian, Zildjian
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Evans
Electronics: Roland SPD-S
Sticks: Vic Firth

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