Tim McMahon

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Lecturer, Jazz Drumset



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Originally from Chicago, IL, Tim McMahon moved to the west coast in 1976. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1986 after completing a Fine Arts degree in music. He was named Outstanding Music Graduate of that year. Tim served as adjunct studio faculty in the percussion department at SDSU from 1994-1998. He is currently on adjunct studio faculty at Grossmont College. The scope of his involvement in the percussion world is, and continues to be quite broad. The following is a sampling of some of the artists of different styles and genres with whom he has worked or performed with:

Art Farmer
Hank Jones
Charles McPherson
Peter Sprague
Brian Lynch
Fred Hersch
Hollis Gentry
Plas Johnson
Larry Koonse
Ron Eschete
Harry “Sweets” Edison
Andy Laverne
Alan Broadbent
Russell Malone
Phil Upchurch
Johnny Mathis

…and many others

The following are some outstanding events and organizations with which Tim McMahon performed as a free-lance drummer/percussionist:

The La Jolla Playhouse: (“Zhivago”,”Most Wanted”, “Peter and the Starcatchers”, “LimeLight”,”Nightingale”) The Old Globe Theatre (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”,”First Wives Club”, “Sammy”,The Rocky Horror Show”,”The Scottsboro Boys”,” Allegiance”, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”,”Dog and Pony”,”Kiss Me Kate”, “Rain”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “October Sky”,” Benny and Joon”, “Guys and Dolls” and “The Lorax”)
The San Diego Reperatory Theatre (“Tintypes”, “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum”, “Rapunzel”)
The Birch North Park Theatre (Hershey Felder’s: “An American Story”)
Starlight Theatre: (“Aida”, “High School Musical”)
Ahmanson Theatre-Los Angeles (“Scottsboro Boys”)
San Diego Civic Theatre(aka Broadway San Diego): “Cinderella”(2015 tour),”Motown”(2015 tour), “The Sound of Music” and “Beautiful”
Mannheim Steamroller (Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles)
Michael Crawford (Excerpts from Phanthom of The Opera)

Tim has also had the opportunity to do some studio work on both commercial jingles and motion pictures.

In the orchestral field, Tim has performed with The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The San Diego Symphony Pops, The San Diego Chamber Orchestra, The San Diego Master Chorale and the Harry Partch Ensemble.

Original Projects, Recordings and Collaborations

*Below is a list of recordings on which Tim has performed, as well as groups he has led and co-led.

The Tim McMahon Ensemble – “Illuminations” (Heavywood Music)
Common Ground – “Manhattan Fantasy” (Time is Records)
Myriad – “Nobody Else But Me”
Trio Alchemy – “Reflection” (WLW Records)
Ron Eschete Trio – “Sunset Hour”
Hollis Gentry Quartet – “For The Record”
Joe Garrison – “Let Old Men Dream Their Dreams” (WLW Records)
Steve Feierabend Quartet – “Revolving Doors” (WLW Records)
The Powerhouse Quintet – “Reunion” (PHd Music)

La Vibra (featuring Anthony Smith)

Cult Of Soul – “Walkin’ My Planet”