About the Author
Mac Santiago, B.M., has been playing music professionally since the age of sixteen. Mac grew up on the West Coast (Los Angeles and the Bay Area), attended Sonoma State University for three years, and graduated from Idaho State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music. After a year or so back in L.A., he began touring in an effort to further his nonacademic experience.
In 1983 he settled in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where he currently makes his home. His experiences there have been wide and varied over the past twenty-five years. Always a purveyor of jazz music, Mac has played in just about every musical configuration possible. Mac has toured with the British rock band Badfinger and played regularly with the best Jazz, Salsa, Country, and R&B groups in the area. He has performed in the pit orchestras of the world famous Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Opera as well as with blues legend Mojo Buford. Also, successful "one-offs" with the likes of Grover Washington Jr., Doc Severinson, The Dallas Brass, Savion Glover, Jack McDuff, Paul Bollenbeck and Dick Oatts, to name a few. Mac has proven to be one of the truly versatile drummer/percussionists in the area.
Though known more as a player than a teacher, Mac has directed community-based local youth jazz groups in the Twin Cities area and has always been willing to share his knowledge and experience with his peers. To this end, Mac has co-founded a community based Jazz center in Minneapolis with pianist Tanner Taylor called Jazz Central Studios.
These days Mac emphasizes that he no longer plays the drums - he plays the ensemble, and has developed quite a reputation as a superb accompanist both live and in the studio.