| Maurice Mckinley, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois.
In 1973 received a Jazz Composition Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1986 received a certificate of completion from The Center for Media Arts, NYC, NY. In Audio Recording and MIDI.
Performances with: Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Hamiet Bluiett, Dr. Billy Taylor, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Roy Ayres, Reggie Workman, Andy Bye, Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams, Donald Smith, Cecil Bridgewater, Ron Bridgewater, DeeDee Bridgewater, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jerry Gonzalez and The Manhattan Plaza Big Band, Steve Miller.
Tours: Melba Moore, B.B. King, Rick James, Universal Jones featuring Eugene McDaniel’s Ballet Espanola and Labelle featuring Pattie Labelle, The Goldberg Miller Blues Band.
Performed on and off Broadway in: Two Gentleman of Verona, “One Mo Time”, “Oh” Coward, They were all Gardenias, Heebie Jeebies, But Never Jam Today and Lost in the Stars.
Teaching career, NYC public schools, LaGuardia Community College, Pratt Institute of Technologies, Boys Choir of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Marie Brooks Children School of Dance, New Muse Community Museum of Brooklyn, Henry Street Settlement House and Nat Horn Theatre.
Returned to Champaign, IL. January 1, 2000 and served as Director of Education and Youth Development for The Urban League of Champaign County through 2002.
Presently, the Executive Director of the Uhuru Jazz and Literacy program for children. Private percussion teacher.
Drummer/Leader of two jazz groups, CHAMBANA and PANACHE.
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