Tim Horner began playing the drums at the age of ten. His influences rest primarily with musical parents. His introduction with music began by singing in the church choir at a very early age and by the 4th grade he began playing violin, viola, and drums in his public school music programs. This continued through high school while also joining The Roanoke Civic Orchestra and attending numerous summer music camps. Upon entering Berklee College of Music in 1974 he made drumming and the goal of being a professional jazz drummer his dream.
His first major professional work was with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which he joined in 1978. After a year on the road Tim returned to Boston leading his own bands, finishing his Bachelors Degree in Performance @ Berklee, recording and performing with many artists including Miroslav Vitous, John Scofield, Jack Wilkins, Buddy Defranco and Bob Mover.
In 1980 following his six years in Boston he moved to New York City and for 26 years has offered his experience, knowledge and skills as one of New York's in demand jazz drummers and has traveled extensively in the US, Europe, the Balkans, Asia, North and South America with some of the world's greatest jazz talents, performing concerts, clubs, recordings, teaching and master classes. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Warne Marsh, Hank Jones, Helen Merrill, Ernestine Anderson, George Mraz, Miroslav Vitous, Clifford Jordan, Pepper Adams, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Ed Howard, Frank Kimbrough, Ted Nash, Ben Allison, The Jazz Composers Collective, Wynton Marsalis, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Joe Williams, Carol Sloane, Roseanna Vitro, Dena Derose, Sarah James, Bill Mays, Bob Kindred/Ann Phillips & The Jazz Nativity, The MaryAnn McSweeney Quintet, The Mike Fahn Band, Vic Juris, Dave Liebman, Billy Drewes, Dick Oatts, Corey Christiansen, The Stryker/Slagle Band, John Hart Trio, The Rufus Reid Quintet and Linear Surroundings, John Dimartino, Bill Gerheardt & Cotangent, Mark Sherman, Marc Mommaas, Alan Farnham, and Tomoko Ohno.