Tim Mitchell Nycum, A.K.A. “Thumper” Bass, Guitar, Vocals Years in Band: 1978-1982
Tim was born April 3, 1952 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he is the first son of James & Carolyn Nycum (both were school teachers.) Tim was exposed to music from the very start as Dad compiled a large collection of records he loved to listen to. Mom was a member of the Kalamazoo & Battle Creek Symphony’s for many years, as well as teaching piano & violin. In 1960 Tim & 19 other elementary students from Kalamazoo County were invited to join the prestigious “St. Luke’s Boys Choir.” He also studied the violin, piano and clarinet and went through the normal progression of “Garage Bands” in junior and high school. Tim was a member of several school choirs as well as Parchment High School Marching and Concert Bands. After graduation Tim went to work for Larry Rolfe at Midwest Music, a local music store in Kalamazoo. It was there that Tim and Mark Bass met and formed an inseparable rhythm section. Many musical groups followed, including the three locally popular bands Meadows, Rainbow, and Sage. Sometime between Rainbow and Sage Tim was introduced to Ray Bottomley and performed together with Rock Candy. One day Ray & Ron Bottomley came into Midwest Music looking for bass player & drummer that could hopefully sing. They left with Tim and Mark “in tow.” This was the pinnacle and final musical accomplishment for “Thumper”, at that time. One statistic that Tim is very proud of, was that during the almost 800 shows they did, he did not miss one performance.. More recently, Tim has been involved in the security business over the past 20 years as a security consultant and locksmith. Tim fell in love with his “soul mate” Linda 20 years ago and they live on their 19 acre wildlife preserve north of Battle Creek. They have three sons: Adam, Tim & Tyler. Tim has recently returned to music after a 25 year hiatus. Playing his last concert, “The Final Curtain”, on August 7, 2010 with the friends he so dearly loves. Tim was also able to finish his solo album entitled “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” with “Thumper’s Friends” including his longtime friend, Brent McDonald.
Tim’s Golf League & Charity: http://uwebob51137.tripod.com/id12.html
Music site: www.youtube.com/bnpthumper