Timothy Adams, Jr. was named Chair of the Percussion Department at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2010. Before joining the faculty, Tim Adams was the Principal Timpanist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2009. He was born in Georgia and received early musical training there. While in high school, he started his professional career by playing as a substitute percussionist in the Atlanta Symphony. After attending the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in percussion, Mr. Adams played in a rock band called the Exotic Birds. The band recorded two records and appeared on MTV and VH1 on regular rotation. Having spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Mr. Adams played under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Elliot Carter and Leon Fleisher. He has played solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Florida Philharmonic and has recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. Mr. Adams was featured on the award-winning children's television show, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood."In his most recent ventures, he has played on two movie soundtracks, “The Caveman's Valentine,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and “Miracle at St. Anna,” a film directed by Spike Lee. Both film scores were composed by Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. Mr. Adams' major teachers were Timothy Adams Sr., Clarence Daniels, William Wilder, Paul Yancich, Cloyd Duff, and Richard Weiner. He has been coached by Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Buster Bailey, William Platt, Eugene Espino, Peter Erskine, and Will Kennedy. Timothy Adams, Jr. presents master classes and recitals in the US and abroad.