Principal, Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair
DSO member since 2014
Canadian timpanist Jeremy Epp holds the Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair as Principal Timpani of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His 2014 appointment with the DSO was preceded by four seasons serving as Principal Timpani with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and as Principal Timpani with the Erie Philharmonic prior to his appointment with the WSO.
Epp has made appearances with several North American orchestras as guest Principal Timpanist including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. He has recorded with many ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and can be heard on several Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Epp studied extensively with Jauvon Gilliam while performing as a regular guest musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In the years leading up to his first orchestral appointment, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Cleveland Orchestra musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner.
In addition to his appointment as a Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2018, Epp has presented clinics and masterclasses internationally at various institutions and events including the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. His website and blog, jeremyepptimpani.com, is a resource for amateur and professional timpanists and educators.
He is a proud endorser of Remo drumheads and Freer Percussion products and performs on a 1975 set of American Drum Company Mark XI timpani.