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"When I speak of natural drummers I'm talking about guys that are playing with the talent God gave 'em" - Gene Krupa
He is a performer/entertainer and keeps everyone on their toes with groove twists, unexpected hits and ferocious sound. His chops and power go without saying.
Tim’s stage presence is the way he visually communicates theemotion and meaning of music not only with his playing, but also with his body language, his clothing even his facial expressions. His role as a musician is to entertain people. Performance for Tim is not a routine, it’s a mindset!
Tim started out at the age of 6, with pots and pans. Later in high school winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for outstanding achievement in the field of jazz in 1977. He later found himself on stage with Chuck Berry, The Rightous Brothers, Bertie Higgins and Glen Campbell. Tim’s been playing professionally for 40 years.
Tim’s addiction is playing his drums and he still keeps the party jumping with his unique sound and skill. As I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona for some reason there was something about music that I loved. Even though I was born with partial hearing in my left ear, music was the most beautiful sound in the world.
I’m sure I got this feeling for music from my mom. She was a singer and made albums back in the forty’s. She even sang once with Eddie Fisher.
At the age of 9 my neighbor took me to see Benny Goodman and drummer Louie Bellson. Oh my god! I couldn’t sit still in my chair. The sweet sound of those drums. At that point, I wanted to be a drummer!
I began my career at the age of 6 playing my mom’s pots and pans. Of course my dad tried to steer me away from that, but that didn’t work. Sorry pop. In grade school, I was the little drummer boy in a Christmas concert.
In high school I played in marching band, jazz band, concert band and was featured in many concerts providing distinguishable drum solos. In 1977 I received recognition for outstanding achievement by an instrumental list in the field of Jazz, and received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. . . . Oh, it gets better!
LAST UPDATE: November 2, 2015
Bing, Bang, Boom
Tim “Traps” O’Connor / Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Tim’s passion ignites when he is on stage behind his drums.
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