About Tim McCarthy…

Tim McCarthy is a professional, Chicago-based drummer and classically trained musician.  He is versatile and experienced in performing with rock, pop, jazz, classical, funk, punk and horn ensembles that entertain diverse audiences at clubs, corporate events, receptions and private celebrations.  His expertise allows him to tailor his musical style in ways that blend with and support seasoned players of all genres.  As a drummer, McCarthy delivers snap with substance, keeping solid time while adding variance and intimately reflecting the beat of the ensemble.

In addition to being a first class drummer and percussionist, Tim McCarthy is an accomplished studio recording musician and producer whose range includes lead and back-up vocals, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and keyboards.  McCarthy improvises on the spot, identifying what a song needs and interacting with fellow musicians to enrich the finished sound.  His passion for excellence inspires his dedication to continuously flourish through expanding his music knowledge and repertoire.

McCarthy’s advanced education in music theory, composing and arranging makes him an ideal studio partner.  Whether mixing original compositions, soundtracks, demos or artistic projects, McCarthy offers a focused, highly skilled approach to perfecting musical results.  He is at ease using his instincts about arranging to masterfully craft players’ best work into solid sounds with impact.  

Since age six, Tim McCarthy has been playing drums and performing, composing, and recording music.  Throughout the decades, he has dedicated himself to entertaining and inspiring others with music.  Whether he has been filling the clubs, releasing original albums, or promoting his bands, McCarthy has stood out as a musicians’ professional.  Look for him on the scene as he introduces a new band, The Mad Poets, to Chicago entertainment venues.

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