(born August 11, 1976 in Annapolis, MD
) is an American musician, the founder, a lead guitarist
alongside fellow guitarist and band member Jake Cinninger
, and primary vocalist for progressive rock
band Umphrey's McGee
. He formed the band in 1997 and took its moniker from the name of a distant relative he met at a wedding named Humphrey McGee. "My father’s aunt’s sister’s son’s kid," says Bayliss. "He’s just a nice guy. Lives on a farm, I think." Bayliss is one of the band's main songwriters.
Bayliss attended the University of Notre Dame
, where his father Bob Bayliss is a tennis
coach, and formed the Star Wars
inspired Tashi Station with bass player Ryan Stasik
and keyboardist Gregg Andrulis. After the band split in the fall of 1997, Bayliss and Stasik joined up with Joel Cummins
and Mike Mirro
- two former members of another recently defunct local band, Stomper Bob - to form Umphrey's McGee
Bayliss uses Paul Reed Smith
and Oldfield amps, endorses VOX
Classic Plus amps, and along with the rest of Umphrey's McGee
endorses Morley pedals and BBE Sound equipment.
Bayliss recently founded a non-profit charity called USTORM (United So Together Our Reach Multiplies), a non-profit organization aimed at raising funds to help needy children and young adults improve their lives by providing access to various music and art educational programs.
Bayliss... Read More