Ken French’s career as a professional drummer began in 1980 when he auditioned for the United States Air Force band program. Upon passing his audition, Ken entered the Air Force and was assigned to the USAF Band of the Golden Gate, Travis AFB, CA. Subsequent assignments for Ken included working with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL and the USAF Academy Band, Colorado Springs, CO.
During his Air Force band career, Ken worked with a variety of musical groups, performing in big bands, rock groups, jazz combos, and many other musical ensembles. One of the highlights of his career was performing and recording with the USAF Academy Falconaires jazz ensemble from 1990-1993. Ken was also the drummer, bandleader, and producer of the highly acclaimed big band CD “Tower of Inspiration,” which was recorded by the Shades of Blue jazz ensemble from Scott AFB, IL.
After twenty years of service, Ken retired from the Air Force in 2000. He and his family settled in Mukilteo, Washington. Ken currently makes his living as a freelance drummer and instructor.