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Tim Cibor, Director

Tim Cibor is husband to Sara and father to Catherine and Simon. He is the director of bands and assistant director of orchestras at Birmingham Seaholm High School. Under his leadership, the band program continues to have successful marching and concert seasons, performing in Rome, London, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Memphis, Nashville and New York City.

An active conductor, Tim has been the Artistic Director for the Dearborn Youth Symphony since 2008. From 2010-2015 he was on the conducting staff for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where he lead the Civic Concert Orchestra. He has been a guest conductor for the Dearborn Symphony, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra, and Birmingham Concert Band. Tim has also been a conductor for the Detroit Symphony’s “Avanti” Summer Music Festival. Additionally, Tim has served on faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp and has presented at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids and the National Music Education conference in Nashville.

Tim earned undergraduate degrees at Wayne State University and a M.M. at the University of Michigan. In his free time Tim enjoys golf, working on his house, spending time with his family and cheering for his beloved Detroit Red Wings. Go Wings.  His ice sculptures have won numerous awards and he has also been known to use leaf-blowers.

Tim can be reached by email at or by phone at 248-203-3794.

Nicole "Nikki" Sanford, Assistant Director

Nikki received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University.  While at MSU, she was an active horn player in the College of Music performing in the Wind Symphony Orchestra, and the Honors Brass Quintet.  Nikki spent her college career as a member of the Spartan Marching Band playing mellophone and served her final two years as Drum Major.

Nikki also worked at the MSU Community Music School in a variety of capacities such as organizing music camps, assisting in the Music Therapy Department, and teaching Early Childhood Music.  Outside of music, Nikki loves to travel back to her hometown, Traverse City, where she goes hiking with her dog.

She also enjoys running and eating at new restaurants.  She is extremely excited to be joining the Birmingham Public School District!

Nikki can be reached by email at or by phone at 248-203-3794.

Adam James, Percussion Instructor

Adam James has been coaching the Seaholm drum line for over ten years, and teaching private lessons and performing since his junior year of high school.

He attended Michigan State University where he studied classical and hand percussion as well as drum set, and then went on to graduate Cum Laude from Wayne State University, earning a degree in Music Industry Management with an emphasis in musical performance.

Adam is known for his versatility, being a performer of everything from jazz and blues to rock-n-roll and musical theater. He has performed and/or recorded with Sony artist Sonia Lee, Frankie Ford, Stewart Francke, The Crystals, Kim Wilson, Lazy Lester, The Tokens, Doug Demming, Damani Phillips, Bob Mervak, Boogie Dynomite and many others.

He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the film Hit and Run, released in 2012.