Tim McDonald started his professional career while still in high school playing with blues and swing bands in the NE Ohio Area.
Upon graduation he attended Youngstown State University on the Tony Leonardi Jazz Scholarship and eventually finished his degree at Kent State University, receiving the Walter Watson Jazz Award. His music has taken him to venues nationally as well as internationally and has shared the stage with a diverse group of musical heavyweights including Ernie Krivda, Bobby Selvaggio, Dominick Farinacci, Blue Lunch, and Dave Sterner to name a few.
He currently resides in the Cleveland area and coaches jazz combos at Cleveland Heights High School as well as teaching privately. Tim stresses technique as well as creativity in a relaxed environment. He works closely and personally with students to design a course of study that will most benefit them. Tim feels that each student is unique and the teacher must adapt to their learning style.