Born in the sweeping landscape of Colorado, he grew up inspired
by everything around him. Perhaps his soul mingled with the spirit
of Katherine Lee Bates who, in 1893, journeyed by horse and carriage
to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado and was so inspired by the
beauty she saw, that she wrote "America the Beautiful."
His own journey led him to University of Northern Colorado where
he plunked and strummed and created and composed his way to his
Bachelor of Music Education Degree.
"Music for me has never been a solo sport. I'm inspired
by the people around me. Fellow musicians. The audience. Their
energy is what drives me. "
He has shared his own energy as a member of the Concert Choir,
Dixieland Jazz Band, and Jazz Lab Bands. Downbeat Magazine recognized
Tim's musical performances of "Vocal Jazz 1", "Dash
Four" and "Et Cetera," all which received National
"As I mentioned, I get my energy from the people around
me. For me though, children are the source of the most pure, unbounding
energy. They inspire me and in turn I try to inspire them. Inspire
them to express who they are. That's the core of my mission. It's
not to create proficient musicians, it's to help children to be
brave about expressing who they are, to feel confident."
His mission to help children led him to earn his Masters Degree
in Elementary School Administration from UNC. Tim has been inspiring
children, and his educational colleagues, for eighteen years as
a music teacher and school administrator. The last decade has
been dedicated to a music specialist position at Christa McAuliffe
Elementary School in Greeley, CO.