Tim teaches bass and bass guitar.
Tim started playing the double bass at age 20 when he attended Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a bachelor of arts degree. After delving deeper, he pursued a performance degree. After 4 years studying with Dr. Sara Edgerton and also commuting to St. Louis to study with current Principal Bass Erik Harris, he moved on to continue his studies at Indiana University. Here, Tim studied for three years under the instruction of world renowned bassist and instructor Bruce Bransby.
He held positions with the Arkansas Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and help the Principal Bass position with Orchestra Iowa for 6 seasons. He has also been fortunate enough to continue as a regular substitute bass for the St. Louis Symphony. In 2018, He took an audition for the Muny and won their principal seat. He has been fortunate to play with them ever since.
Tim’s love for the bass doesn’t end at the double bass. He’s passionate about electric bass, as well. Rock bands were his interest outside of High School as he was the lead singer and bassist for a Primus cover band. He loved funk, alternative rock, and progressive rock. In high school, he played electric bass in jazz band and also in his undergraduate studies. The Charlie Shoemake Trio came to SEMO for a clinic and he got to work closely with bassist Luther Hughes, an LA studio jazz bassist. Having rock, jazz, and classical influences, he’s made his career a wide ranging and satisfying pursuit.
He moved to St. Louis in 2013 with his then fiancée but has since bought a home in the Crestwood area. Hobbies include weightlifting (health is important!), playing board games with his wife, and cooking. Tim and his wife enjoy their vegetable garden as well as their five chickens! In March of 2020, we welcomed a beautiful daughter, Jocelyn June, to the world and couldn’t be happier!
My philosophy on music is to have a balance. With today’s hustle and bustle, one must have different avenues of interest in order to develop. I know it sounds weird, but time away (not a lot of time away!) is where you develop your muscle memory.