Originally from Chicago, IL, Tim McMahon moved to the west coast in 1976. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1986 after completing a Fine Arts degree in music. He was named Outstanding Music Graduate of that year. Tim served as adjunct studio faculty in the percussion department at SDSU from 1994-1998. He has again currently joined the staff on adjunct studio faculty in 2018 at San Diego State University as well as Grossmont College. The scope of his involvement in the percussion world is, and continues to be quite broad. The following is a sampling of some of the artists of different styles and genres with whom he has worked or performed with:

Art Farmer
Hank Jones
Charles McPherson
Peter Sprague
Brian Lynch
Fred Hersch
Hollis Gentry
Plas Johnson
Larry Koonse
Ron Eschete
Harry “Sweets” Edison
Andy Laverne

The following are some outstanding events and organizations with which Tim McMahon performed as a free-lance drummer/percussionist:

Live Theatre

The La Jolla Playhouse: (“Zhivago”,”Most Wanted”, “Peter and the Starcatchers”, “LimeLight”,”Nightingale”, “Kiss My Aztec”)

The Old Globe Theatre (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”,”First Wives Club”, “Sammy”,The Rocky Horror Show”,”The Scottsboro Boys”,” Allegiance”, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”,”Dog and Pony”,”Kiss Me Kate”, “Rain”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “October Sky”,” Benny and Joon”, “Guys and Dolls” and “The Lorax”and “Life After”)

The San Diego Reperatory Theatre (“Tintypes”, “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum”, “Rapunzel”)

The Birch North Park Theatre (Hershey Felder’s: “An American Story”)

Starlight Theatre (“Aida”, “High School Musical”)

Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles (“Scottsboro Boys”)

Viejas Arena, San Diego  (orchestra for The Who– 2019″Movin’ On” tour)

San Diego Civic Theatre, aka Broadway San Diego (“Cinderella”, “Motown”, “The Sound of Music” and “Beautiful”)

Mannheim Steamroller (Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles)

Michael Crawford (Excerpts from Phanthom of The Opera)

Tim has also had the opportunity to do some studio work on both commercial jingles and motion pictures.

In the orchestral field, Tim has performed with The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The San Diego Symphony Pops, The San Diego Chamber Orchestra, The San Diego Master Chorale and the Harry Partch Ensemble.

Original Projects, Recordings and Collaborations
Below is a list of recordings on which Tim has performed, as well as groups he has led and co-led.


ENCORE! (Disney) Kristen Bell’s reality TV show series of “Annie” airing 2019 on ABC.

“Archer-Danger Island”on FXX ( 2018) -Theme song (percussion)


The Tim McMahon Ensemble – “Illuminations” (Heavywood Music)*
Common Ground – “Manhattan Fantasy” (Time is Records)
Myriad – “Nobody Else But Me”
Trio Alchemy – “Reflection” (WLW Records)*
Ron Eschete Trio – “Sunset Hour”
Hollis Gentry Quartet – “For The Record”
Joe Garrison – “Let Old Men Dream Their Dreams” (WLW Records)
Steve Feierabend Quartet – “Revolving Doors” (WLW Records)
The Powerhouse Quintet – “Reunion” (PHd Music)


La Vibra (featuring Anthony Smith)


Cult Of Soul – “Walkin’ My Planet” *

* these titles are available for purchase by contacting me