Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Affiliate Professor, Director of Jazz Ensembles
2755 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Tim Froncek continues to be one of the busiest drummers in west Michigan. He can be seen performing on drumset, directing big bands, giving clinics & lectures on jazz, or judging one of the many jazz festivals in the mid-west. Mr. Froncek not only performs locally but has toured Internationally with the Western Jazz Quartet to South America, Asia and Europe.
Tim is an affiliate professor at Grand Valley State University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra, teaches private drumset students, and lectures on the history of Jazz. Currently musical director with two of the areas premier big bands, Tim can be heard with the Muskegon based "Truth In Jazz Orchestra" (TIJO), and the newly reorganized "Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra" (GRJO).
In 2004 the "West Michigan Jazz Society" voted Tim "Jazz Musician Of the Year!" "Concerto for Jazz Drummer and Orchestra" by Harold Farberman, will spotlight Tim in several New York City performances this spring (2008).
Tim has performed with the following: Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Jon Faddis, Hal Galper, Clark Terry, John Pattitucci, Bill Mays, John Clayton, Marcus Printup, Terry Gibbs, Wes "Warm Daddy" Anderson, "Fat Head" Newmen, Wycliffe Gordon, Brother Jack McDuff, Pearl Bailey, and Joe Williams just to mention a few!
"Have drums will travel"