Degrees: M.M. with emphasis in jazz studies, USC; Graduate, Grove School of Music; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara



Courses Offered at Redlands

Applied Electric Bass


  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Graduate, Grove School of Music

  • M.M. with emphasis in jazz studies, USC

Professional Background

Tim Emmons is an active freelance musician in the Los Angeles area and a veteran of over one hundred and fifty film and television scores including the 2010 Winter Olympics, Up, Star Trek XI, The Tale of Desperaux, Lost, Battlestar Gallactica, Ratouille, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Mission Impossible III, The Incredibles, The Day After Tomorrow, Something's Gotta Give, and The Wedding Planner. He has played in the pit and on stage for dozens of major theatrical productions including Curtains, Swing, Candide, Swan Lake, and Ragtime. Gamers can hear him on the low end of the soundtracks of Fall of Liberty, Splinter Cell, Halo, Call of Duty, Jumper, Assassin's Creed II and Bioshock2.

An eclectic musician, Tim has played Contrabass on recordings for Stevie Wonder and Beyonce, Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Andrea Boccelli, Rufus Wainright, Brandy, John Tesh and Toni Braxton. He has performed with a diverse array of artists including Jazz guitar virtuoso Joe Pass, Rock pioneer Bo Diddley, master Jazz saxophonist Art Pepper, Motown artists Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, Swing-Era staples Lionel Hampton and the Glenn Miller orchestra, British Invasion stalwarts Ian Whitcomb and Peter Noone, Musical Theater diva Liza Minelli, Blues mistress Linda Hopkins, Disco queen Donna Summer, Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, Broadway icons Carol Channing, Shirley Jones and John Raitt, Rock veteran Rod Stewart, Harlem Renaissance Dance titans The Nicolas Brothers and scat-singing innovator Cab Calloway.

Tim is a dedicated music educator and is on the faculty of Occidental College in Los Angeles where he conducts and arranges for the Jazz Ensemble and teaches Electric Bass Guitar and Double Bass. An undergraduate English literature degree bore fruit in the authorship of the book/CD method "Odd Meter Bass", published in 2008 by Alfred Music and as the co-author of "Fretboard Roadmaps For The Bass Guitar", published by Hal Leaonard music, and as a contributor to "The Funkmasters; the rhythm sections of the James Brown Bands" published by Alfred Music. Tim is also involved in education as an adjunct faculty member at the The University of Redlands, where he is co-principal bass with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of California Riverside, Cal State University Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, and the Musicians Institute Hollywood.

A chance call to research a bass line in a music copyright lawsuit involving the movie "Ghostbusters" opened the door to work in forensic music research. Tim has been an expert witness and consultant on over three dozen copyright violation cases involving major recording artists such as Janet Jackson, Greenday, Mariah Carey, Rascal Flatts, Eminem and Dr. Dre, Billy Joel, Babyface and Pope John Paul II. He has also researched musical issues and written reports and depositions on songs used in the movies Ghostbusters II, Iron Eagle, St. Elmo's Fire, Top Gun and The Doctors.