Tim Ellis was a teacher at PAA for more than twenty years when he lost his battle with cancer in 2016. Ellis was a legend in our Adventist community, the Portland music scene (was inducted in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame), while also respected nationally as a phenomenal producer.
The film This is Tim: A Musical Life, is premiering at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre on November 14.
From the Music Hall of Fame: The music bug bit Tim Ellis early. By the age of 15, LA based Tim Ellis was giving guitar lessons and playing in bands. In the mid-80’s, he moved to Portland. He was an amazing guitarist and worked for 20 years as a teacher at the Portland Adventist Academy with both guitar and production classes. He also worked for a local recording studio, which inspired him to start one of his own, Kung Fu Bakery. It became one of the premiere places in the Northwest to record. Artists such as the Decemberists, Pink Martini, the Shins, Wayne Newton and Steve Martin recorded at the studio. And along the way, Tim played guitar on many recording sessions that happened there. Tim passed on due to cancer in March of this year.