Tim Sutton was appointed bass trombonist of the Auckland Philharmonia in 1990 right after his completion of a Bachelor of Music degree from Victoria University of Wellington. After his appointment Tim went to study for his Master of Music at De Paul University (Chicago) in the studio of Mr. Charles Vernon and more recently with Robert Hughes in London.
Tim has played at the Pacific Music Festival 1991 under Leonard Bernstein, the Music Academy of the West summer school in 1993, the Asian Friendly concert (Kyushu Symphony Orchestra). He is a founding member of 175 East (contemporary music ensemble, www.175east .co.nz), BonaNZa (New Zealand’s premier trombone quartet, www.bonanza.co.nz), The New Zealand Dominion Centenary Concert Band, and has also performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the NZSO and the Vector Wellington Orchestra.
Tim takes an active role in Auckland’s musical culture. He can often be heard performing free improve at Vitamin S nights at the Wine Cellar (K Rd), has performed as soloist with the Auckland Wind Orchestra and Manukau Symphony, can be heard on the sound track to the movie Toy Love, and albums ‘Scorpio Righting’ (Garageland), ‘Triumph in the City’ and ‘For ANZAC Day’(album’s by the Dominion Centenary Concert Band), ‘Burnt Friedman and the New Dub Players’ plus the Waiteata Collection of New Zealand Music – Volume VIII.
Tim enjoys spending all the rest of his time with his family and putting out fires as a volunteer firefighter.