Tim Sellars


Tim Sellars

About Tim Sellars

Tim Sellars is a drummer and percussionist who has recently moved to Las Vegas from Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Jazz Performance and a Diploma in Teaching and Learning; both from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. During his Honours degree, he received the Michael Toovey prize for Outstanding Merit.

Tim plays a variety of styles which include Jazz, Theatre, Pop and World music. Tim has performed with a range of artists including Mary Coughlan, Roger Manins, Thomas Marriott, Roger Fox, Ali Harper, Fiona Pears and Francisco Torres . He has played numerous shows with the Christchurch Symposium Big Band, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard on a diverse selection of albums; including recordings with well known New Zealand artists Ali Harper, Anna Whitaker, Fiona Pears, and Nick Dow. He has played at numerous festivals including the Christchurch Jazz festival, Queenstown Winter Festival, Nelson Jazz Festival, Tauranga Jazz Festival, Nostalgia Festival, Waipara Wine and Food Festival, Creative Jazz Collective in Auckland and the Wellington Jazz Collective.

During Tims’ Honours study, world percussion became a strong focus. Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments have enthused Tim, and he has enjoyed experimenting with them in both traditional and fusion settings. Tim is leader of World Band Mukhlisa which focuses on his Middle-Eastern percussion instruments in combination with  flute, double bass, and guitar. Mukhlisa released their debut album ‘The Puzzle’ at the 2017 International Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tim spent two years travelling around the world working for Holland America Cruise Lines where he played in the Showband and the Jazz Trio. He also did some Guest Entertainer contracts for P&O Cruise Lines with Rock ‘n’ Roll band The Goldonies.

Tim has played in many musicals for the Court Theatre, NASDA, and Showbiz in Christchurch, New Zealand. His Court Theatre credits include Cabaret; Grease; One Man, Two Guvnors; Legally Blonde the Musical; Songs for Nobodies; Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other show highlights include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Mamma Mia!; Spamalot; Hairspray; Avenue Q; Evita; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Working; Once on This Island; Sister Act; and Little Women.

Aside from performing, Tim has been teaching since 2009 at a range of primary schools, high schools, after school programmes and Universities in New Zealand. Most recently he was working for the Forte Teaching Unit in Christchurch. He enjoys passing on his knowledge to keen learners and watching them develop into strong performers.