Legendary Nashville drummer Chris McHugh to headline two events at Benedictine University April 4

Veteran drummer Chris McHugh, one of Nashville’s most sought after studio drummers, percussionists, and music producers, will conduct a late afternoon drum clinic, and evening lecture at Benedictine University as part of its “Journeys in Leadership” series.

Both events, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, April 4, at the university, 5700 College Road, Lisle.

During a remarkable career spanning more than three decades, McHugh has played with a virtual “Who’s Who” of musical artists, including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, The Doobie Brothers and Lionel Richie.

The clinic will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Benedictine’s Goodwin Hall of Business Auditorium. McHugh will play along with tracks of songs he has recorded over his lengthy career, explain his technique for each song, and answer audience questions. While open to the public, high school music programs in the Lisle area are being encouraged to attend and participate.

McHugh’s “Journeys in Leadership” lecture will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. also at Benedictine’s Goodwin Hall of Business Auditorium. McHugh will tell stories and relate lessons learned from 40 years in the music industry. For those who are not able to attend in person, the live presentation can be seen via Zoom; register at

“It is rare any of us have the opportunity to listen to and interact with a legendary musical figure such as Chris McHugh,” said Phil Hardy, Journeys in Leadership director and a political science professor at Benedictine University. “He’s not just played with some of the music industry’s best, he is one of the best, and we can’t wait to hear the stories and lessons he imparts.”

Drummer Chris McHugh will be joining Benedictine University’s “Journey in Leadership” series for a drum clinic and evening lecture on Thursday, April 4. Courtesy of Chris McHugh

For additional information, contact Phil Hardy at or (630) 829-6292.

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