Timothy M. Drum
Location: Manhattan, NYC


  • BFA, jazz performance – The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
  • Master of Arts, music education – Hunter College


  • Tim currently holds a teaching position at Citizens of The World Charter School in Brooklyn, in addition to teaching private lessons in styles ranging from jazz, rock, pop, and studio drumming, to avant-garde improvisation and classical percussion.
  • Tim holds a BFA in jazz performance, with a concentration in drums from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There, he studied with jazz legends and innovators including Billy Hart, Kenny Washington, Joe Chambers, Gerry Hemingway, Matt Wilson, Mary Halvorson, Ari Hoenig, Andrew Cyrille, and Reggie Workman.
  • He is the drummer for the edgy, innovative klezmer-punk band Golem, with whom he’s performed at The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, South by Southwest music festival, and on Louie CK’s hit show “Louie.” Tim has performed with The Walkmen, Brute Force, Deva Mahal, Old Time Relijun, Michael Leviton, David Krakauer, Steven Bernstein, Brandon Seabrook, and Curtis Hasselbring’s Curhachestra, among many others. He appears on over 30 albums, in styles ranging from indie rock, soul-funk, to heavy metal and folk-rock.


Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Tim M. had music in his life from the earliest and most formative days. Studying classical piano from age 5-15 with Yale School of Music staff, Tim made the natural transition to the drum chair in his high school band. After discovering Elvin Jones via John Coltrane, Tim became obsessed, quit the football team, and attended the Berklee College of Music summer performance program.

Tim followed his calling to New York City in the fall of 2002, where he studied jazz drums at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While there, Tim found his calling in the arena of avant-garde improvisation, studying intensely with Gerry Hemingway and Reggie Workman, while simultaneously swinging harder and harder under the guidance of Kenny Washington and Billy Hart.

Tenures in the Middle Eastern jazz and Brazilian/African ensembles at New School made Tim a perfect fit for Golem, the klezmer-punk band that would advance to critical acclaim and tour the world with his addition as drummer. Tim has performed and recorded heavily for over 12 years in the Brooklyn indie-rock and indie-folk scene, notably with The Walkmen, Relations, Deva Mahal, Old Time Relijun, Brute Force, J.A.C.K., Christy & Emily, and Bevy, among many other groups. He specializes in applying jazz’s inherent creativity and flexibility to other musical contexts, as well as practicing and ultimately recording with a click-track.