SSG Timothy McCarthy

Hometown: Brush Prairie, WA

Joined the Band: 2021

Ensemble: The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band

Bachelor's Degree: St. Olaf College

Master's Degree: Arizona State University

Doctorate or Performance Certificate: Southern Methodist University


Originally from Brush Prairie, WA, SSG Tim McCarthy joined The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Ceremonial Band in August 2022. Prior to this position, McCarthy was Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (2019-2022), and Third Trumpet in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (2018-2019).

McCarthy completed his BM in trumpet performance at Saint Olaf College (2014), MM at Arizona State University (2016), and Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University (2019). His teachers include Martin Hodel, David Hickman, Tom Booth, and Ryan Anthony.

An active freelancer, McCarthy has performed with the National, Dallas, Phoenix, Tucson, New World, and South Dakota Symphonies, as well as with Arizona Opera, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, Pink Martini, and many musical theater companies. In 2017, he performed with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra at a festival in Nanjing, China.

McCarthy has been teaching private lessons since 2007, and while in Dallas held a studio of over 50 students from elementary through high school age. He has performed in numerous music festivals, including the Bellingham Festival of Music, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado College Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.

In addition to music, McCarthy is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking.

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