Gabrial "Gabe" McNair (born September 8, 1973) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, most famous for his work in No Doubt since 1993 as a trombonist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist. He recorded and toured with Green Day during the Nimrod and Warning tours, playing trombone and tenor saxophone. In 2003, he joined the California-based rock band Oslo where he plays the guitar.
Early life and studies:
McNair attended Glendora High School in Glendora, California. He played trombone in the marching band and snare drum in the Scottish Pipe Band. After graduation, he went on to study Jazz and Music Composition at Citrus College, before moving on to California Institute of the Arts to continue his studies with Charlie Haden, Alex Iles, Joe LaBarbera, and David Roitstein.
During the hiatus of No Doubt, he also writes and records with bandmate/producer, Tony Kanal, in the studio on various recordings for Elan Atias, Gwen Stefani, and Pepper. McNair also works with Toby Record and his company All Ears Music, scoring films, documentaries, commercials, and television shows.
His band Oslo that also includes Mattia Borrani on lead vocals and Kerry Wayne James on bass, with McNair on guitars toured with Blue October in the Fall of 2006 on the Foiled Tour in the US and Canada.
Oslo released their second full length album, called The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate, in 2007.
In the late 2005, McNair went on tour with fellow band member Gwen Stefani on her solo Harajuku Lovers Tour. He joined Gwen once again on "The Sweet Escape Tour" in 2007.
He joined the Smashing Pumpkins on their 20th Anniversary Tour in 2008, playing the trombone, backing vocals and percussion.
He also joined Lenny Kravitz on his "Black and White America World Tour" in 2011 & 2012, playing the trombone and percussion.
In 2013, he lent his vocals to the track "Desert Lullaby" on the original soundtrack of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, composed by Naoshi Mizuta. The soundtrack was released on November 21st, the same day as the release of the game in Japan, with a North American and European release to follow early next year.