When still in high school, McKay Tebbs' life was was changed forever. He had recently made a trip to Las Vegas where he discovered the music of Steve Vai and realized that he needed to practice more. His serious study of the guitar eventually led him to Berklee College of music where he graduated with a degree in professional music. These different experiences have influenced McKay's music to sound like what 20th Century Guitar described as 'Adventurous smooth jazz.' His music is characterized by instrumental rock guitar melodies played over jazz chord progressions. Kind of Like Carlos Santana going out to lunch with Kenny G. After graduation, McKay was hired by Southern Utah University to teach guitar. In 2007 he recorded his first CD, 'The Way.' Which music critic Kyle England said, 'Will certainly bowl over guitar lovers and appreciators everywhere.' In support of that CD, McKay has played at many different events and festivals all across Utah including: The Highland City Fling, Brian Head Summer Concert Series, The Zion Canyon Arts Concert Series, The St. George Arts Festival, Ancestor Square, the Dixie Center, The Electric Theater, and The Grind. His band was also picked as the opening act for the Oak Ridge Boys concert at the SUU Centrum in Nov. 2007. When not playing shows or teaching lessons, McKay can be found indulging in one of his favorite pastimes of raising guppies. His home has different tanks that separate the males from the females and it's his job to save the fry before the cannibalistic mother fish can eat them. What People Are Saying 'Springdale loves the McKay Tebbs Band ~ They Rock! What a talented group of young musicians full of crowd-pleasing riffs and great compositions. A must hear group.' - Julie Hancock, Director of Springdale Community Center 'McKay is the best guitarist I have worked with. He plays flawlessly and the guitar solos are amazing. He rivals any of the famous players I have seen play.' -Eric Dodge, Country Singer 'McKay Tebbs is a top-notch guitar player, and can easily call himself a guitar virtuoso.' -Kyle England, The Independent Newspaper 'Here at Berklee, there are many with raw talent. But there are few with raw talent, strong work ethic and mature world-view. McKay, in my opinion, is one of the few. -Jon Finn, Guitar Prof. Berklee College of Music 'McKay is a very professional and accomplished guitarist. As the chairperson for the performing arts of the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council, I arranged for the McKay Tebbs Band to perform a concert in Springdale, Utah. Everyone I spoke with after the concert was impressed by his guitar virtuoso.' -Michael Evenson, Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council "Prior to McKay's arrival, we had no guitar teacher at SUU. On his own initiative he has started a beginning guitar class, a guitar ensemble, and has developed a large studio of applied students. If we had the financial resources, we could easily fill up another section of beginning guitar, and a section of intermediate guitar. He has been very dependable, relates well with the students, is very knowledgeable in his instructions, and receives excellent evaluations from his students. " -Keith Bradshaw, Chair SUU Music Department 'Strong on both substance and style, McKay Tebbs released his CD, The Way in 2008. Tebbs excels here, putting together a solid instrumental rock mix while adding in a few vocals along the way. The CD is well recorded and a number of fusion influences appear including Santana and Steve Morse. Best described as adventurous smooth jazz with folk edges, The Way is a solid introduction to this Berklee grad, backed up here by a number of fine players.' -Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar.
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