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The best kept secret in music


"Brilliant Timpani Playing"

"...Timothy Adams Jr. certainly did so with some brilliant timpani playing in Haydn's Symphony No. 100, "Military." If you think it's odd to highlight a timpanist, you haven't heard Adams. He infuses music -- especially of the classical era -- with such vitality with his aggressive approach. The propulsive "Military" symphony is a perfect place for that, and later he was joined by the rest of the percussion section for the famous Turkish percussion battery that enters in the second movement. ..." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Performs on Mister Roger's Neighborhood"

"...even drums can be noisy or quiet, as Pittsburgh symphony percussionist Tim Adams shows different ways he uses drums to express his feelings." - Neighborhood News, Family Communications

"A Wonder to Behold"

"Adams was a wonder to behold, as he played with aplomb both timpani and tibetan prayer bowls in the motivic 1st movement, bongo cadenza in the more pointillist 2nd movement and chimes offstage in the last." - Hartford Courant

"Praise From Terence Blanchard"

"The precision and clarity of Tim Adam's sound is something you have to hear to believe. I remember recording the music for the movie "Caveman's Valentine" thinking about how in certain scenes the entire orchestra was driven by one man on perc (Tim Adams). His power and control not only gave pulse to the orch, but it also gave it attitude as well. The next thing I realized was the broad pallet of musical styles and ideas that he is very comfortable with. Switching between Classical, Jazz and R&B is as easy as changing hats for Tim. Rarely does a musician possess all these qualities with such command. His dedication has gotten him to the point where he is now in his career. His vision will take him to places unheard of and unseen as of yet. It takes a strong willed person to accomplish the things that he has in such a short period of time. I eagerly look forward to being inspired by what he will do next." - not published


Images of My Spirit


Feeling a bit camera shy


1995 to present Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Timpanist
1995 to present Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Music
1991 to 1995 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist
1991 to 1995 Butler University, Associate Professor of Music

• Premiered percussion concerto, The Healer, with the Knoxville Symphony, written by Lucas Richman.
• Solo performances with Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and Asheville Symphony
• Recorded with Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
• Guest lecturer at the University of Chile, International Percussion Festival in Puerto Rico, International Percussion Festival in Patagonia, Percussion School of Madrid and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention/USA
• Active in education and outreach activities such as Pennsylvania Day of Percussion, Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and teaches master classes and plays recitals both in this country and abroad.
• Played on the soundtrack of The Caveman’s Valentine starring Samuel L. Jackson. Score written by Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.
• Endorsed by Regal Tip Stick Company, Zildjan Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads (product design consultant), Mike Balter Mallets, and Pearl/Adams Percussion
• Played under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Elliot Carter and Leon Fleisher
• BFA and MA from Cleveland Institute of Music
• Recorded with the rock band, “Exotic Birds”

• April '07 Release of solo CD, “Images of My Spirit” on indie label KMPDsound
• Booking and performing solo recitals featuring original compositions including, Katrina: The Soul of the People, Rhythm Song: A Diary of War, and Journeys with special guest vocalist, Kristina Lanuza