Principal, Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair
DSO member since 2014
Canadian timpanist Jeremy Epp holds the Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair as Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His 2014 appointment in Detroit was preceded by four seasons as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Principal Timpanist, prior to which he held the same position with the Erie Philharmonic.
Epp has made appearances with several North American orchestras as Guest Principal Timpanist including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. He has recorded with a number of ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and can be heard on several recent Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Epp studied extensively with Jauvon Gilliam while performing as a regular extra musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In the years leading up to his first orchestral appointment, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers were Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner.
In addition to having been appointed 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.