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About Me

BIOGRAPHY

Timothy Talavera continues to be a sought out, versatile percussionist from the west coast. At the age of 10, he began playing percussion in the local middle school band in which he developed his skills to make the honor band. During Timothy’s freshman year of high school, he was awarded positions in the drum line, wind ensemble, and jazz band. This opened up a new world of percussion to him and had a profound impact on his perspective of music. It was after Timothy’s freshman year of high school in which he began to truly dedicate himself to playing. With hard work and dedication, he eventually earned a seat at the high school honor band and had the honor of playing at Cal State Los Angeles with other honor students. During his senior year, he became the section leader of the high school’s drum line, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble. He also received the Louis Armstrong Award for his contribution with the jazz band during this time. After high school, Timothy was rewarded with a one year full scholarship to Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Under the instruction of Jason Chevalier and Matt Altmire, he began extensive training in orchestral percussion, concentrated in mallets. In 2005, he had the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Mt San Antonio College wind ensemble. In 2006, the ensemble was invited to the College Band Directors National Association Festival in Reno, NV. In 2007, the ensemble was invited to headline a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The following year, the group was invite to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA. While playing percussion with the wind ensemble, Timothy was also performing in the jazz department under the instruction of Jeff Ellwood. In 2009, the big band won first place in the Reno Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in western United States. At the Reno Festival, he received an “Outstanding Musicianship Award” along with four other members of the ensemble. During his time at Mt San Antonio, Timothy also participated in the world class drum corp, Pacific Crest. From 2006 to 2008, he marched in the bass drum section of the drum line, expanding his knowledge on melodic/soloist aspects of the instrument. During his time at Pacific Crest, the drum corp made it to the semi finals twice. In 2009, Timothy was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he currently resides and records music with fellow students and musicians.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Drum Instructor for Hyde Square Task Force
    November 2011 to Present (over 8 years)

    Provide fundamental instruction for the youth. Create a comfortable enjoyable working environment. Asses students skills with one on one instruction 30 minutes a week.

Past

  • Customer Clerk Service (Meat Dep) for El Super
    May 2011 to August 2011 (3 months)

    Assist customers in purchasing products. Answer customer questions regarding products. Ensure that the working area is well maintained, organized and safe.

  • Drum line Instructor for Santiago High School
    2006 to 2009 (over 3 years)

    Provide fundamental skills on marching percussion. Provide exercises and instruction of exercises to students. Preparation of shows for competition and other performances. Provide proper marching technique to maintain a healthy back for students

  • Caption Head of Percussion for Gladstone High School
    2007 to December 2009 (about 3 years)

    Write music for marching percussion/field shows and provide the teaching of music to students. Asses students in one on one lessons for individual progress. Provide private lessons on drum set for big band and combo groups. Lead percussion ensembles.

  • Custodial Engineer for Disney Land
    January 2006 to May 2007 (about a year)

    Provide maintenance to the park while providing quality customer service.

  • Telephone Operator for Metro One
    May 2005 to January 2006 (8 months)

    Provide good customer service while assisting callers with requested information.

Education

  • Bachelors Degree in Performance Degree at Berklee College of Music
    2010 to 2013 (3 years)