Drummer . Percussionist . Teacher

Tim Sellars is a drummer and percussionist who thrives at playing in a range of settings and bands. He has a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Jazz Performance and a Diploma in Teaching and Learning; both from the University of Canterbury. During his Honours degree, he received the Michael Toovey prize for Outstanding Merit.

Tim plays a variety of styles which include Jazz, Theatre, Pop and World percussion. Tim has performed with a range of artists including Mary Coughlan, Roger Manins, Thomas Marriott, Roger Fox, Ali Harper, Fiona Pears and Francisco Torres . He has played numerous shows with the Christchurch Symposium Big Band, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard on a diverse selection of albums; including recordings with well known New Zealand artists Ali Harper, Anna Whitaker, and Fiona Pears. He has played at numerous festivals including the Christchurch Jazz festival, Queenstown Winter Festival, Nelson Jazz Festival, Tauranga Jazz Festival, Nostalgia Festival, and the Waipara Wine and Food Festival. More recently he has played at the Creative Jazz Collective and Wellington Jazz Collective series in Auckland and Wellington.

During Tims’ Honours study, world percussion became a strong focus. Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments have enthused Tim, and he has enjoyed experimenting with them in both traditional and fusion settings. Tim is leader of World Band Mukhlisa which focuses on his Middle-Eastern percussion instruments in combination with  flute, double bass, and guitar. Mukhlisa released their debut album 'The Puzzle' at the 2017 International Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tim spent two years travelling around the world working for Holland America Cruise Lines where he played in the Showband and the Jazz Trio. He also played smaller contracts for P&O Cruise Lines with Rock 'n' Roll band The Goldonies who were initially formed for the show “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Court Theatre.

Tim has played in many musicals for the Court Theatre, NASDA, and Showbiz in Christchurch, New Zealand. His Court Theatre credits include Cabaret; Grease; One Man, Two Guvnors; Legally Blonde the Musical; Songs for Nobodies; Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other show highlights include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Mamma Mia!; Spamalot; Hairspray; Avenue Q; Evita; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Working; Once on This Island; Sister Act; and Little Women.

Currently, Tim is residing in Las Vegas, Nevada where he is performing with a variety of groups and projects. Tim is part of the Las Vegas Pipe Band and has started up the Tim Sellars Project  where he plays drum kit and Indian tabla. Tim has played with The Swingbeats, Franky Perez, and at various corporate events. Tim currently holds a residency at CHICA restaurant in the Venetian Hotel and is also teaching at Guitar Center, Brill Music Academy, and privately.  


Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) majoring in Jazz Performance on the drum kit- University of Canterbury

Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary)- University of Canterbury



Drum Kit


Tar frame drum







Tuned percussion (vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba)



A Charlie Brown Christmas (2019), Rainbow Company

42nd Street (2019), Drum sub NASDA 

Jesus Christ Superstar (2018-19) Court Theatre

Little Women (2018) NASDA                           

Chicago (2017/2018) Court Theatre

Sister Act (2017) Showbiz

Songs for Nobodies (2017) Court Theatre

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (2017) Showbiz

Legally Blonde (2016-17) Court Theatre

Evita (2016) Showbiz 

Hairspray (2016) Showbiz

Mama Mia! (2016) Showbiz

Working (2015) NASDA

Spamalot (2015) Showbiz

One Man, Two Guvnors (2014-15) Court Theatre

Spring Awakening (2014) NASDA

Once on This Island (2013) NASDA

Avenue Q (2013) Showbiz

Grease (2012-13) Court Theatre

The Music Man (2011) NASDA

Cabaret (2010-11) Court Theatre

Curtains (2010) NASDA

42nd Street (2010) NASDA

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2010) Showbiz

Cruise Ships:


Pacific Jewel (2018) The Goldonies- P&O

Pacific Jewel (2018) The Goldonies- P&O

Pacific Explorer (2017) The Goldonies- P&O

Pacific Jewel (2016) The Goldonies - P&O

Pacific Eden (2016) The Goldonies - P&O

Pacific Dawn (2015) La Petite Manouche - P&O

Pacific Pearl (2015) The Goldonies - P&O

Maasdam (2014) Neptunes Dance Band - Holland America

Ryndam (2013-14) Neptunes Dance Band - Holland America

Veendam (2013) Neptunes Dance Band - Holland America

Volendam (2012) HAL Cats Show Band - Holland America 

Recorded Albums:


Rob Grover- Aviator, 2018

Nick Dow- Layers, 2018

Ali Harper- Songs For Everybody, 2017

Tim Sellars Mukhlisa - The Puzzle, 2017

Ali Harper Big band - Doris Day tribute, 2016

Matty Smith- Before you Lay Down, 2015                        

Classical Jazz Quartet - Live at Orange Studios, 2015                        

Glen Wagstaff - Firefly, 2015                                                     Kate Taylor - Kate Taylor Live, 2014                      

Fiona Pears - Swing Driven Thing, 2014                 

Warrior Quartet - Warrior, 2013                                    

Amy Grace - Brother and Sister EP, 2013             

Glen Wagstaff - NG Gallery (live recording), 2013      

La Petite Manouche - Odd Times, Odd Places, 2013             

Ali Harper - Naughty And Nice, 2013                      

Rob Grover - Take Back Your Innocence, 2012           

Anna Whitaker - Anna Whitaker, 2012                          

Will Frost - Shelter, 2012                                     

Nocturne Quartet - Around the World in 80 Minutes, 2011  

Valerie Wycoff - Grateful, a celebration of love, 2011     

Peter Rosewall - Mistletoe and Coffee, 2010                  

Anna Whitaker - Winter Swing (live recording), 2010      


-The Goldonies (2018) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-The Goldonies (2018) Waipara Music Festival

-Mukhlisa-The Puzzle album release (2017) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-The Goldonies (2017) Waipara Music Festival

-Mukhlisa (2016) Christchurch Inyernational Jazz and Blues Festival 

-Mukhlisa at the 25th Jazz School Anniversary at IRT (2016) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Symposium Big Band with Roger Fox and Roger Manins (2015) Christchurch Big Band Festival     

-Ellen Barry (2015) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Ali Harper sings Gershwin (2015) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-The Goldonies (2015) Waipara Music Festival

-The Goldonies (2015) Nostalgia Music Festival

-Symposium Big Band with Roger Fox and Francisco Torres (2014) Christchurch Big Band Festival

-All Star Big Band (2013) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival    

-Women in Jazz (2013) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (2013) Tauranga Jazz Festival 

-Mukhlisa at New Music Collective (2012) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Thomas Marriott (2010) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-CPIT Big Band (2009) Christchurch Big Band Festival

-Billy Holiday tribute show (2009) Christchurch  International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Voice of the Blues (2009) Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival

-Anna Whitaker and the Company Band (2008) Queenstown Winter Festival                                 



Guitar Center, Las Vegas (2020-Present)

Brill Music Academy, Las Vegas (2019-Present)

Itinerant drum tutor, Hagley College (2016-2019)

Itinerant drum tutor, Westburn Primary (2010-2019)

Substitute tutor (drums and percussion), CPIT Jazz School (2012-2013)

Private drum tutor, Clevetown Studios (2012)

Itinerant drum tutor, Christ’s College (2009-2012)