In the Sacramento jazz scene there are few drummers as well respected as Tim Metz. An academically trained musician with a true feel for the subtle nuances in rhythm that add texture and musicality to jazz standards and new compositions alike, Metz continues to be an in-demand session and live player.
Apprenticed to Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi through his teen years, Metz continued his education after high school by attending William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Performance in August 2001. It was at WPU that Metz was able to study and/or play with some of the leading lights of the international jazz scene, a list of names that includes: Rufus Reid, Conrad Herwig, Lynn Seaton, Don Braden, Dr. David Demsey, Steve Wilson, Horacee Arnold, and John Riley.
After college, Metz played in a variety of east coast rock bands, including Spiraling and Nova Social (the former of which toured with They Might Be Giants while Metz was in the band).
Metz returned to his home town of Sacramento in 2001. In between a heavy teaching schedule – over 40 drum students per week – Metz continues to consistently perform with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including guitarist Larry Koonse, Bassists Darek Oles and Todd Johnson, saxophone pioneer Steve Gundhi, alto sax master Jeff Alkire, pianist’s Joe Gilman, Art Hirahara, and Jim Martinez, singer-songwriter Christian Kiefer, and America’s got Talent finalist Butterscotch. Furthermore, Metz is carving out a new, more technological niche as he teaches drum lessons on YouTube and on his own site.