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Tim McDonald

At the young age of five, Tim McDonald embarked on a musical journey that throughout time has granted him countless opportunities to recognize and perfect his talents within. After starting formal piano lessons his natural music abilities were quickly recognized. By age nine, he was a member of the distinguished Classical Guild Society. He continued classical training throughout his teen years.

Tim attended college at Montreat Anderson on a soccer scholarship where he studied music theory and taught himself other genres of music such as Jazz, Blues, Funk and Alternative. Subsequently, Tim left college and enlisted in the US Army where he joined the Army Band following a successful piano audition. Graduating with honors, Tim attended the Armed Forces School of Music and was tagged with a special skill identifier that afforded him the opportunity to join a special band. During his tenure in the US Army, Tim continued to focus on his music. At each place he was stationed, he took complete advantage of every learning occasion. Tim continued to study music and seek out mentors. He played music and learned from great musicians such as Dave Mancini, Byron Berline, and Frank Mantooth. Later, Tim was assigned to teach piano at the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia. He performed with many bands as well as with the Virginia Symphony. He formed a Jazz Trio and recorded two independent Jazz albums where he wrote and arranged much of the music.

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