Ken Mackie started playing the Horn in 7th Grade when his band director asked if he wanted to switch from playing his dad’s beat-up trumpet to French Horn. He played through high school, junior college and college, graduating with a B.A. Degree in Music in 1977. His first experience playing in a horn choir came in high school, where his band director, also a horn player, started a horn choir with eight horn players from his high school band.
After a brief career in sales, Ken returned to school, earned a teaching credential and became a music teacher. He then taught music at the Alta Vista K-8 Elementary School in Porterville, Atwater High School in Atwater, Le Grand High School in Le Grand, Washington Elementary and Cloverdale High School in Cloverdale, and Planada Elementary School and Cesar Chavez Middle School in Planada. He retired from teaching in 2009 and is now an attorney with the firm Canelo, Wallace, Padron and Mackie Professional Corporation, in Merced California.
Ken played horn in the Modesto Junior College Wind Symphony; the Stanislaus State Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz Band; the Merced Symphony; the Tulare County Symphony; the Mendocino County Symphony; the Mendocino Brass Ensemble, He continues to play in the Merced College Band where he is the principal horn player.
Ken is a founding member of Cuivre!